Pine Ridge Youth Documentary Contest


SDFF is proud to partner with Chloe Zhao director of  Songs My Brothers Taught Me and Pharrel Williams’s i am OTHER to present the:

Pine Ridge Youth Documentary Competition.

Winning films will screen at the SDFF 2015.

Songs My Brother Taught Me is set on the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME is a compelling and complex tale that explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.

Songs My Brother Taught Me had its world premier at Sundance Film Festival 2015.  It is currently screening as part of Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.

i am OTHER, created by Pharrell Williams, is a creative venture and way of life. We are proud to be different and believe that individuality is the new wealth. This shared philosophy flows through each pillar within the company: music, film, television, apparel, tech and multimedia.


Pine Ridge Youth Documentary Contest

Engage and encourage Lakota youth living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to
share their stories through documentary filmmaking.
No entry fee.
Must be 5 minutes or less in length.
Must currently live on Pine Ridge Reservation and provide a photocopy of tribal ID.
Must be age 30 or younger on the day the film is submitted.
1st prize: $1000 + GoPro camera
2nd prize: $500 + GoPro camera
3rd prize: $250 + GoPro camera
Jury prizes: GoPro cameras
Top 3 prize winning films will be screened at the 2015 South Dakota Film Festival.
Top 3 prize and Jury prize winning films will live on Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER YouTube channel
and will be promoted on their social media.
Irene Bedard (Native American actress/producer/activist)
Adam Piron (Manager of Native American & Indigenous Film Program at Sundance Institute)
Mimi Valdes (Creative Director at Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER)
Chloé Zhao (Writer/director/producer “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”)
Submission opens: May 20th, 2015
Deadline for submission: July 20th, 2015
Winners announced: August 20th, 2015
Step 1: Create a YouTube or Vimeo account and upload your film. You can create a password for the
film or just don’t share it on social media yet.
Step 2: Make a copy of your tribal ID.
Step 3: Email the following to:
1. Link of the film
2. Name of the film, filmmaker’s full name, current address
3. A copy of the filmmaker’s tribal ID

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