Chance of a Lifetime is not your run-of-the-mill competition-based TV show. Yes, it features talented people competing under extreme pressure, all vying for victory. But here, it is also for a higher purpose.

A diverse pool of twelve talented young documentary filmmakers from India, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates compete to make the best short films that highlight some of the most pressing issues on the United Nations’ agenda. For these young filmmakers, it is truly the Chance of a Lifetime to show their stuff on a global scale.

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After arriving in the bustling metropolis of Chennai in India, the contestants form teams to face off in a series of elimination challenges. Armed with issue briefs provided by the UN, the teams set off to make mini-documentaries on subjects such as access to water, HIV/AIDS, migration, hunger and poverty, and universal primary education.

As they progress through the early rounds, the remaining teams are provided with video footage from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), as well as feedback from UN experts to help them produce films with a global feel.

The winning team’s prize is a trip to United Nations HQ in New York City to screen their winning 10-minute short film, and a once-in-a-lifetime celebration at the Cannes International Film Festival on the French Riviera, hosted by Variety Magazine.

The series, which includes seven half-hour episodes, will premiere on Pivot TV in the United States during the weekend of 15-16 February. Four episodes will be broadcast on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, with three more to follow on Sunday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Pivot can be seen on the following platforms in the United States:

  • Directv – Channel 267
  • Dish Network – Channel 197
  • AT&T – Channel 287
  • Verizon FIOS – Channel 287
  • Comcast Xfinity – Channel 231

All seven episodes will be rebroadcast on Thursday, 20 February, the World Day of Social Justice. The series will be broadcast in other markets internationally later in the year.

Chance of a Lifetime, hosted by prolific producer Ashok Amritraj, is produced by Hyde Park-Image Nation, in cooperation with the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative, the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and Variety Magazine.

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