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02 February 2010

BBC's "MyWorld" Global Short Documentary Competition - Call to Enter

The DFA was contacted last week by an associate producer at the BBC, for a new BBC short documentary competition called "My World". While shorter in length than our "My Town" competition, which will run later this year with Encounters, "My World" does offer great prises and exposure you those who enter. They asked us to get the word out to our DFA members and to people who follow the DFA blog.... so here it is:

MyWorld is global documentary competition open to anyone in the world to enter. They are looking for original, short (up to 2 mins) mini docs with the brief "My World". The project aims to find original stories from each continent, with compelling personal narratives. Their hope is to be able to create a vivid and compelling picture of life in the world today and have submissions from all sorts of people, not just film makers. In total 50 films will be broadcast internationally by the BBC and they have some great judges selecting the films to show - Cara Mertes from Sundance, Oscar winning producer Greg Sanderson (Man On Wire, The English Surgeon) from BBC Storyville and Mendisa Zitha from the Encounters Documentary Festival in addition to curators from Australia and Africa.

As well as the chance to be broadcast by the BBC, the director of the overall best film will receive HD camera equipment. BBC are all very excited about the competition which is a great opportunity for people to have their voice heard by people all over the world as well as fantastic opportunity for those interested in film making to get a platform for their work.

Their website is which has all the details of how to enter and a portal to upload films. They have also just launched a Twitter page:

The competition closes on 5 March

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