Blink is an online film festival for cinema lovers from the Global South, especially those who live in places where there are no movie houses or film production facilities, those who watch and make films on tablets, laptops and mobile phones. The festival will be a springboard for sharing good film stories with wide audiences everywhere, and a platform for expressing alternative voices that have something to say about the status of our world today.
Blink seeks to recognize and shed light on talented filmmakers who come from the Global South, and who are not necessarily academically qualified nor are working professionally in film industries. An independent jury will select the films that will be screened in Blink on the basis of their artistic merit. The festival will have two main sections:
20 short (less than 10 minutes) and long (more than 10 minutes) documentary and fiction films will be selected for online screening over 3 days. All films will be featured in a digital festival catalogue that will be published before the festival. The 3-days will also include discussions and director statements.
A competition among 12 selected films to win 4 prizes: best short documentary, best long documentary, best short fiction film and best long fiction film. Foreground films will be screened on the 4th day of the festival, followed by the prize giving ceremony. 12 1-minute spots about the directors of the films will be produced and will be published online throughout the day.