Monday, January 12, 2009

Call for Entries: The International Documentary Challenge

[This crossed my desk recently - thought I'd pass it along!]

The International Documentary Challenge returns to Hot Docs in 2009!
http://www.docchallenge.org/

For the third straight year, The International Documentary Challenge returns to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. This year's challenge takes place March 5-9, 2009 with registration opening on January 5, 2009. Hot Docs dates are April 30 - May 10, 2009.

The Doc Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes.) All of the registered participants make their films during the same time period (March 5-9, 2009) and are required to ship the movie by the deadline. In addition to being restricted on time, the filmmakers must choose between 2 assigned documentary genres (such as Character Study, Music, 1st Person, etc.) and are assigned a specific theme (such as "Change") that will influence the content and direction of their film. The top 12 films (determined by a panel of judges) premiere at Hot Docs where the Winners are announced. Three major awards (with cash prizes) will be presented: The American Documentary/P.O.V. Award, The Documentary Educational Resources (DER) Award and the Best Film Award. After the premiere, there are additional theatrical screenings in major cities, possible television exposure and a DVD release of the best films.

Check out the new Doc Challenge website where you can learn more about the event, view films and hear directly from past participants about their exhilarating experiences:

http://www.docchallenge.org/

IMPORTANT DATES:
Registration opens on January 5, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: January 31, 2009 Final Registration Deadline: March 4, 2009
DocChallenge: March 5-9, 2009

Space is limited - only the first 300 teams to register will be accepted.

Check out the new Doc Challenge website where you can learn more about the event, view films and hear directly from past participants about their exhilarating experiences:

http://www.docchallenge.org/

The Doc Challenge is produced by Doug Whyte of KDHX Community Media.

The 2009 Presenting Partners include Hot Docs, American Documentary/P.O.V., Documentary Educational Resources and Typecast Releasing. Supporting partners include the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest, Film Action Oregon and the 48 Hour Film Project.

The International Documentary Challenge.
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