Sparks of Small Business Inspiration from Around the World

Welcome to Ingenious — an international competition for creative filmmakers from different communities, creating inspiring short films about local businesses, and how they have responded to the challenges of the last 18 months. We are inviting filmmakers from 31 countries to bring to life these stories, and how ingenuity and technology can transform lives and communities.

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Key dates

  • 25 June 2021 - Open for entries
  • 6 August 2021 - Final deadline, 23:59 BST
  • 1 September 2021 - Winners announced

Inspiration Everywhere

$40,000 in prizes for the best short films

Help us tell inspiring stories from around the world about local small businesses – how they have responded to the extreme challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with new ideas and had the courage to embrace new technology and pivot their businesses.

We are looking for 2-3 minute films from 31 countries. All eligible entries will be showcased on the competition website. The filmmakers have a chance of winning a prize, which range from $10,000 to $1,000 for the top six chosen, plus $3,000 for each of the themed prizes.

PLUS all participating businesses can access the Mastercard Digital Acceleration Program for tools and resources to help them succeed in our rapidly changing world.

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Small businesses are the beating heart of the economy, and it’s been incredible to watch them quickly switch course and continue to thrive despite being some of the worst-hit businesses by the pandemic. Our collaboration with Mastercard has created a powerful alliance that is committed to empowering every small business, and we’re excited to be working on this campaign together to celebrate both that collaboration, and the amazing small businesses that fuel their local communities.

Alastair Lukies CBE
Founder and group CEO, Pollinate

Small business owners have been role models throughout the pandemic, showing us what it looks like to get knocked down, to struggle, to pivot and to persevere – and for some, they are emerging stronger than before. We are thrilled to continue demonstrating our commitment to this vital community and collaborate with Pollinate to empower small businesses everywhere to learn from and be inspired by each other’s stories of resilience.

Andrea Gilman
SVP, Global SME Segment Lead, Mastercard

TIPS FOR FILMMAKERS

Check out our blog posts on creating the best possible film entries, and give yourself the best chance of winning one of the prizes!

Meet the Judges

Our judges have been invited from organisations around the world who actively support SMEs and the filmmaking community

Lukas Dzuroska

Lukas Dzuroska

Head of Communities and Executive Committee member

Efma

Ghada Eldemellawy

Ghada Eldemellawy

Documentary Director

BAFTA nominated

Mike Elliff

Mike Elliff

CEO

Tyl by NatWest

Andrea Gilman

Andrea Gilman

SVP, Global SME Segment Lead

Mastercard

Anthony Impey MBE

Anthony Impey MBE

Chief Executive

Be the Business

Michael Medoway

Michael Medoway

Independent Filmmaker

Documentary & Commercial

Mark Raymer

Mark Raymer

Executive, Business Everyday Banking

National Australia Bank

Fiona Roach Canning

Fiona Roach Canning

Co-Founder, Chief Proposition and Marketing Officer

Pollinate

Ginger Siegel

Ginger Siegel

Ginger Siegel, North America Small Business Lead

Mastercard

About Ingenious

Want to know more? Click the links below to find all the hows, whys and who's of the Ingenious competition.

Why Ingenious?

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Creative Brief

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About Pollinate

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About Mastercard

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