Saturday, May 3, 2008

New Film Festival Challenges Cancer Stigma

Reel Lives: The Cancer Chronicles Film Festival is the first ever international documentary film competition focused on cancer. It aims to raise awareness of the impact of cancer while also honouring people who have been touched by the disease.

Reel Lives is produced by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28-30 August. The festival is supported by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Oncology.

In its inaugural year, the festival has already received more than 100 film entries from around the world, and has just added noted oncologist Dr. Larry Norton to its team of expert judges.

Films submitted to the competition come from more than 20 countries and are a mixture of features, shorts and public service announcements. Several are by notable directors, including the 2007 Oscar-winning documentary Freeheld by Cynthia Wade, which follows the true story of a dying police officer who fights to transfer her pension to her domestic partner.

Submissions to Reel Lives: The Cancer Chronicles Film Festival will be accepted until 1 May 2008. A panel of cancer community experts and film industry personalities will judge the films and select the winners.

The festival will take place during the 2008 World Cancer Congress in Geneva. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. Other monetary prizes will also be awarded.


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