The United Nations, Hyde Park-Image Nation and Variety will produce “Chance of a Lifetime,” an unscripted series featuring filmmakers from the Middle East, India and Singapore.
Ashok Amritraj, chairman-CEO of Hyde Park, will host the show, which follows the search for four teams of filmmakers, each with members from India, Singapore and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Amritraj will give the filmmakers production tasks to complete to finish their documentaries. Topics will reflect the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The winning doc will screen at the UN and be feted by Variety at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Bringing together aspiring filmmakers from three different regions to create a unified production epitomizes the ideal of the United Nations,” said Image Nation chairman Mohamed Al Mubarak. Hyde Park-Image Nation is financing the project.
Amritraj commented, “Bringing the Middle East, India and Asia to a global audience has always been a passion of mine, and I’m thrilled to provide this platform for filmmakers of such diverse cultures to have a truly collaborative cinematic experience.”
“It just feels right to be a part of this effort, given that Variety is the preeminent global entertainment news organization, coupled with our steadfast commitment to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals,” said Brian Gott, publisher of Variety.