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22 February 2010

BBC World Service "My World Competition"

A reminder to DFA fans that the BBC World Service "My World Competition" is closing soon... so please enter for some great prizes. Details follow:"



As part of the BBC's SuperPower season, take part in the MyWorld competition - make a two-minute video about how you see the world and you could be broadcast by the BBC around the world.

No-one sees the world the way you do. The BBC wants to see things from your perspective - and create a unique picture of our lives today across the planet.

We are asking you to use any camera you can find - a mobile phone, a point-and-click, or a friend's camcorder - and shoot a two-minute documentary with the theme MyWorld.

We are looking for original films that you think the world should know about and will shortlist films that are emotionally touching, important or visually impactful.

The best will then be selected by a panel of the world's top documentary makers and assembled into sequences showing the stories of each continent.

About the competition

We are looking for entries from across the planet.

You can interpret the MyWorld theme any way you choose. Your film could be a compelling personal story, tell of a place that is changing, or document the joy or difficulty of your work life.

Each film must be relevant to one of the five major continents - Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania - and must be tagged as such. You can shoot a single shot documentary, if appropriate to your story, or edit your film with any editing software available to you.

A selection of all work received may be shown on TV and online and an ultimate winner will be selected based on the judging criteria.

After submissions close, five prestigious MyWorld curators will each be assigned films from a particular continent. From each, they will choose and assemble a sequence of up to ten of the best films creating a fascinating portrait of the world today.

Finally each of the five curated sequences will be available to view online and on BBC World News. An overall winner will then be chosen and receive a prize of a semi-professional HD mini DV camcorder.


Americas - Cara Mertes
Director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

Africa - Mandisa Zitha
Festival Director, Encounters Documentary Festival

Europe - Greg Sanderson
Executive Producer, BBC Storyville

Asia - Fujioka Asako
Director, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Tokyo Office

Oceania - Stuart Menzies
Head of Documentaries, the (ABC) Australian Broadcast Corporation

(Closing date 1600 GMT March 5 2010)

You can enter by following the link below:


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