March 6, 2008


Filmmakers were called on to submit compelling video treatments that drive awareness of thalassemia, the fatal genetic blood disorder that disproportionably affects people of Mediterranean, Asian and Caribbean descent. 

Each grant winner will be given the use of a full Panasonic P2 HD camera package - including an AG-HPX500 P2 HD camcorder, Fujinon lens, four 16GB P2 cards, an AG-HPG10 P2 Gear recorder/player -  and $2,000 towards production costs to create their three- to six-minute documentary-style video. Abel Cine Tech is providing technical and production expertise, including operational training on the HPX500, to each of the grant winners.

The completed videos will be considered for the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation’s 2008 awareness campaign, and one grand prize winner will be selected to receive an equipment/cash award valued at $10,500 (including $5,000 and a P2 HD equipment package consisting of an AG-HVX200 P2 HD camcorder and two 16GB P2 cards). The grand prize-winning film will be screened at a Cooley’s Anemia Foundation fundraising event in the fall.