CBC Radio-Canada Announces ‘Roots Challenge’

I just got a press release for a cool contest currently being held by CBC Radio-Canada. They’re looking for entries for the ‘Roots Challenge’, a call to filmmakers and multimedia artists to create a short film or multi-media production (3 to 8 minutes long) that showcases your personal or family history. Here are details:

Everyone has a story to tell. Starting today, Radio Canada International invites all Canadians and permanent residents to tell us about their origins by entering ROOTS (or its French-language cousin RACINES), its brand-new short film and multimedia production competition.

The deadline for entries is March 7, 2010. The competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike, but you must be at least 18 years old to enter.

Simply submit a 3 to 8 minute work that speaks of your roots and touches on part of your history or an aspect of your culture. Entries can come in any form: fiction, report, documentary, animation, photomontage . . . And also in any genre: comedy, detective, drama, slam, art video . . . In short, we welcome anything unique, original, touching, or surprising that might captivate viewers and Internet users, and catch a jury’s eye!

In spring 2010, the juries appointed by Radio Canada International will select the works that best meet competition criteria: consistency with the theme, originality, artistic value and technical quality. The public will also be able to vote online for their favourite entries. A total of eight recipients (four for each language) will share prizes, to include high-tech gadgets such as camcorders, computers, iPod Touch players and iPhones.

So what are you waiting for? Stop reading The Documentary Blog and go make a short film! Click here for more information.

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