The International Documentary Challenge is coming up quick! Now in its 7th
year, the Doc Challenge takes place March 1-5, 2012 with registration now
open to filmmakers worldwide.
The premise is simple; filmmakers will push their skills to the limit by
making a short (4-7 minute) documentary in just five days. Top films will
make their world premiere at North America's largest documentary festival,
the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Filmmakers are
assigned a theme (e.g. Dreams/Nightmares) and must choose between two
assigned documentary genres (Character Study, Music, 1st Person, etc.)
These two requirements provide a challenge to filmmakers, as it will shape
the content and direction their film takes.
In addition to making their world premiere at Hot Docs, three major awards
will also be announced at the festival. Awards include The American
Documentary/P.O.V. Award, The Documentary Educational Resources (DER) Award
and the Best Film Award (presented by the Documentary Channel.) There are
also cash prizes for award winners. Additionally, online viewing and voting
will determine an Audience Award winner. After the premiere, there are
additional theatrical screenings in major cities, national television
exposure (10 films from 2011 were selected for national broadcast on the
Documentary Channel) and a DVD release of the best films.
Check out the Doc Challenge website where you can learn more about the
event, view films and hear directly from past participants about their
Registration: NOW OPEN Sign up
Early Registration Deadline: February 14, 2012
Final Registration Deadline: February 29, 2012
Doc Challenge: March 1-5, 2012
Hot Docs Dates: April 26 – May 06, 2012
Complete details and entry forms can be found at www.docchallenge.org
Doc Challenge is produced by Kat Touschner of KDHX Media. 2012 Presenting
Partners include Hot Docs, The Documentary Channel, American
Documentary/P.O.V. and Documentary Educational Resources. Supporting
partners include the International Documentary Association, the Documentary
Organization of Canada, DocuMentors, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival,
Dokufest, Docs In Progress and the 48 Hour Film Project.
The International Documentary Challenge.
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