Storytelling Parade 2014 Update.

You are incredible.

Even with a busy life—and we know you’re busy—you made a commitment to make change happen.

To put your life on pause to share the story of someone else.

To highlight the world’s brightest hearts.

And for that, we’re grateful.

To date, there are over 1,100 of you—story-driven filmmakers—participating in Storytelling Parade.

But, even more remarkable is how global this idea has spread.

Filmmakers from 6 continents, 470 cities, and over 60 countries are participating in the Parade!

Now, don’t get us wrong, we had hoped this idea—sharing stories of good—would take off, as it’s something that is so core to who we are at Story & Heart. To see the degree in which it has, though, is nothing short of amazing.

Anyone who hears about what we’re doing together has been inspired to be a part of it.

Which brings us to today, what was originally the last official week of the contest.

Over the past week we’ve received a tremendous amount of emails from filmmakers who have just recently been introduced to our Parade. For those who joined us in the beginning, you can understand their feelings of just not being able to bring a full story to life in only the one remaining week...and do justice to their cause.

Our initial responses were to help expedite the process for each filmmaker. But after a certain point, there simply wasn’t much we could do—and we started to realize just how many stories wouldn’t be shared if we left the deadline the way it was.

At the core of the Parade is a desire to share as many inspiring stories with the world as we possible can—to raise our voices through amplification. In that spirit, and our desire to do as much good for the world that we can, we’re extending the deadline for film submissions by 2 weeks.

Two additional weeks to capture that story, fine tune your film in post, and check it one last time before calling a lock. Heck, two weeks to go out and tell another story for the Parade if you’ve already wrapped one story and are feeling ambitious and generous.

The new deadline for Storytelling Parade submissions is now Sunday October 12th at 11:59pm PST.

To those who contacted us asking for more time—this is your call to arms. You now have 3 weeks remaining to find and share an inspiring story of someone doing good for the world.

Together, we’re going to make sure the world sees them all.


As we mentioned earlier, anyone who has heard about the Parade has been inspired to be a part of it—including our judges.

We've lined up an incredible panel of judges—industry leaders we as filmmakers would all LOVE to have our films in front of.

We’re talking movers and shakers, television executives, hollywood actors, producers, directors and DPs, decision makers, and influencers.

So, here we are—excited to share our first wave of judges with you!

Terry Wood

Former President of Creative Affairs and Development for CBS Television Distribution, President of Unscripted and Original syndication for Mark Burnett’s One Three Media—producers of The Voice and Shark Tank among many others.  

Mark Seal

A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Mark authored Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa about murdered wildlife filmmaker and naturalist Joan Root. His most recent book, The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise And Spectacular Fall Of A Serial Imposter is a New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award Finalist.

Tony Thomopoulos

Tony is past President of ABC Television and ABC Broadcast Group as well as a former Chairman of United Artists Pictures. As well as establishing Productions, Tony was President of Amblin Television and CEO of MTM Entertainment, Inc. He served as a state commissioner of the California Service Corps and currently serves on numerous Boards including Genius Brands International, a global brand management company dedicated to providing entertaining and enriching ‘content with a purpose’ for toddlers to tweens.

Tim Guinee

Tim has starred in Homeland, Revolution, The Good Wife and more recently made his directorial debut with a production of Horton Foote's One Armed Man. The short has received immense praise from the likes of Gus Van Sant, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Ed Harris, Edward Zwick, Richard Dreyfuss, David Strathairn, Richard Jenkins, Mandy Patinkin and more. The film was executive produced by Tim's close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and is dedicated to his memory.

Scott Carlin

A 30 year veteran of the television industry, Scott is the Founder of SantaBlu Entertainment. Previously he served as President of Domestic Distribution for HBO, responsible for record-breaking deals for The Sopranos, Sex & The City, Band Of Brothers, The Wire and many other HBO classics. He was also Executive Vice-President at Warner Brothers Television and President of Digital Convergence, Inc. He serves on the board of directors of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society and Ketchum as well as his role as advisor to The Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, The Shift Network, and Wild Gift an incubator for young social entrepreneurs.

Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C.

Shane began his shooting career in 1995 with Music Videos for The Rolling Stones, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins and quickly moved to commercial work and on to Major Motion Pictures. His first feature film was The Rat Pack, followed by Terminator: Salvation, We Are Marshall, The Greatest Game Ever Played and Drumline. His most recent film Need For Speed was released in 2014 and Fathers And Daughters is expected to hit theaters in 2015.

Whew, incredible right? And we’re just getting started with our judges! :)

Our second wave of judges will be announced later this week, along with the judging process itself.


Now, don’t get up from your seat! There’s more.

While we’re not quite going to unveil all of the prizes just yet, we thought it was time to start sharing what exactly is up for grabs.

Here are just a couple of prizes you could win by entering a film for Storytelling Parade—keep an eye out for a full breakdown of prizes and categories shortly.

How is all of this for an update?

Extending the Deadline to October 12th, meeting the first wave of judges, and a glimpse into just a few of the prizes you could win as recognition of an amazing story and for joining the parade!

If you’ve already submitted your film, thank you. 

If you’re in the process of telling your story, we hope this extension gives you the ability to give it the polish it deserves.

And if you’re just getting started, there’s never been a time better than now for leaving a positive impact.

As always, if you have any questions or need any help, we are here for you. Email us at discovery@storyandheart.com and we'll get it from there.

Stay incredible, friends!

Justin DeMers