Five of these films were selected among 1,387 submissions from 89 countries on Tongal.com, a creative platform which powered a global call for film entries that used the transformative power of storytelling to generate discussion, shift perceptions around extreme worldwide concerns and harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about these issues. Contributors on Tongal could submit finished films or story ideas based on the above topics. This program is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which encourages people inspired by these stories to join globalcitizen.org, a global movement that works towards ending extreme poverty in the world by 2030.
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Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a new project that will harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will spur the production of documentary and narrative films -- through a global open call for three-to-eight-minute submissions -- that will celebrate imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty. The project supports Sundance Institute's mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around the world.