The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the launch of the 2010 Democracy Video Challenge, a worldwide competition aimed at enhancing the global dialogue on democracy.
With the Democracy Video Challenge, the call goes out to budding filmmakers, democracy advocates, and the general public to create video shorts that complete the phrase, “Democracy is…”
This is the second time that this competition will be held. The 2009 Democracy Video Challenge attracted over 900 submissions worldwide. Malaysia had nine submissions, with one making it to the semifinals. The 2009 winning film for the East Asia and the Pacific Region was from the Philippines.
The Challenge will honor seven winning videos: one each from Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere, and one anonymous video. The winning videos will be selected by global online voting. The video platform is provided by YouTube.
Winners will be eligible to claim an all-expenses paid trip to the United States that includes screenings of their videos in New York, Hollywood and Washington; meetings with film directors, public officials and democracy advocates from non-governmental organizations; and visits to film sets and TV program sets.
Malaysian partners of the Democracy Video Challenge are KRU Studios, 8tv, ‘Marketing’ magazine, Malaysian Animation Society, LimKokWing University, Multimedia University and The Laundry Bar.
Norman Abdul Halim, President of KRU Studios, states “We believe that this is a unique opportunity for Malaysians to share with the rest of the world our interpretation of democracy in the spirit of 1 Malaysia, and we are proud to be the Main Partner as we have established business links with the US and we foresee the great potential of relations between Malaysia and the US”.
The deadline for submissions to the 2010 Democracy Video Challenge is January 31, 2010. Contestants submit their films online via YouTube. For guidelines, rules and more information about the Challenge, please visit: http://www.videochallenge.america.gov/