Film festivals give aspiring filmmakers a space to showcase their talent and there’s a new film festival in the making, from Kaspersky.

Yes, the cybersecurity software maker has announced that it will hosting a film festival under its Tomorrow Unlocked brand. Tomorrow Unlocked is an online magazine created by Kaspersky.

The Tomorrow Unlocked Film Festival (TUFF) will take place in Barcelona on 5th April but before that Kaspersky has put out a call to film makers.

Film makers are invited to submit tech films that look at how technology is “shaping our world for a better future”. Simply put, TUFF is looking for the opposite side of the Black Mirror coin.

“We are excited to kick off our first film festival, which is the next big step after launching our online magazine Tomorrow Unlocked. Our modern world is all about technology and it shapes our future, but not everyone understands it clearly. That’s why we invite creative minds to tell stories about technological topics which touch, inspire and educate people. There are many new filmmakers, who are great storytellers, hitting the cinematic scene with high quality short films, and we are glad to provide those talents with an opportunity to reach a broad international audience and network of people who work in tech,” explained global head of branded content, Povel Torudd.

Submissions are open until 20th February and can be made for free. A jury will select the 10 best short films which will be screened at the festival in Barcelona.

Of course, there are prizes on offer. The winner of the festival will win $10 000, while the three runners-up will win $3 000 each. The six finalists will receive $1 000 for their efforts.

There is also a Five Second Challenge where anybody can submit a video about how tech improves lives but you only get five seconds to tell your story. For your efforts you can win up to $500.

While a film festival from Kaspersky is weird, we are keen to see what folks come up especially when it comes to the positive influence tech has.

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