Chance of a Lifetime
Hyde Park-Image Nation, The United Nations Organization (UN), the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, and Variety Magazine collaborated to produce a non-scripted TV series titled Chance of a Lifetime hosted by internationally renowned award-winning producer Ashok Amritraj.
Twelve promising young filmmakers from the United Arab Emirates, India, and Singapore were divided into teams and worked together to survive various film making tasks and ultimately make a winning 10-minute short film. Sagar Shiriskar was one of the three filmmakers who was chosen from India. His team comprised of three contestants, one from each region, and drew on varied cultural perspectives while sharing a singular vision. Sagar and his team had to make films on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). At every stage, they were given a topic to make a film on one of the MDG’s. In all they were given three days to conceptualise, shoot and edit each of the films.
Sagar’s team was the one to come out on top after three rounds of relentless filmmaking. They made 3 films in the course of the show—each focused on social problems like Access to Water, Climate Change and Universal Education. The topics and tone of each film reflected the UN’s priority global causes. Through compelling film making, the contestants aimed to shine a spotlight on the issues.
Sagar along with his winning team was flown to New York City where their winning short films were screened at the United Nations headquarters as they interacted with representatives of member countries at the United Nations, after which they were flown to receive a special recognition from Hollywood’s Variety Magazine during the 2013 Festival de Cannes. The series has then been aired on Pivot on US television and National Geographic in Abu Dhabi.