Sony Pictures Television Networks Announced Picture This Festival; Initiative to Showcase Positive Future for Earth



Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, announced the opening of the Picture This Festival for the Planet ( This is a short-film competition for emerging filmmakers, everyday storytellers and change makers worldwide to showcase the positive future they see for our planet. Starting January 30, people from over 70 countries around the world are invited to submit videos between one and eight minutes in length inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals agreed upon by all 193-memberstates of the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and promote prosperity for all.

Partners in this year’s festival are The United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, WeTransfer, Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Alpha Universe, the Environmental Media Association and leaders and environmental visionaries from around the globe.

In addition to Kaplan, the list of celebrity advocates and industry leaders who will judge film submissions includes: Megan Boone, Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation, Marie Jacobson, EVP Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Tom Bernard & Michael Barker, Co-Presidents, Sony Pictures Classics, Mr. N.P. Singh, MD &CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India, Glenn Gainor, President of Physical Production, Screen Gems, Debbie Levin, President & CEO, Environmental Media Association and Damian Bradfield, President and Chief Marketing Officer, WeTransfer.

This summer, eight (8) regional winners will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the Picture ThisFestival for the Planet for a day of networking and training alongside industry leaders and social impact partners at the Sony Pictures Studio lot ,followed by a screening of the regional winners’ films.Regional winners will receive airfare and accommodations for two nights in Los Angeles, along with a Sony RX0 Camera and a one year WeTransfer Plus account, with the grand prize winner honored with a Sony A6500 camera and a SEL1670 lens. 

There will be three winners selected from India. While the first winner will receive gratification, as indicated above, the other two winners from India, will be rewarded with a Sony PJ675 Handycam® with Built-in Projector (HDR-PJ675) camera, each. In addition, the first 100 entries from India will each receive a WeTransfer Plus account for a year.

Submissions for thePicture This Festival for the Planet will open January 30 and close April 30. The contest will be open to entrants from select countries worldwide. Please visit for more information and to enter for free. In India, regular updates on the Picture This festival will be available on SPN’s social media handles including Instagram and Facebook.

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