Thursday, October 1st, 2009
What is democracy? This is the relatively simple question asked by the Democracy Video Challenge. Now while you might expect the resulting answers to that question to be about as interesting as a fourth grade essay on “What America Means to Me,” keep in mind that the contest is open to filmmakers worldwide, each of whom will no doubt draw on their their own personal experience with the topic. And if last year’s winning videos are any indication, we can expect to see a wide array of perspectives and opinions again from this year’s contestants.
Submissions can be up to three minutes long will be accepted up until midnight on January 31, 2010, at which point semi-finalists will be chosen and the eventual winners will later be selected by the general public via online votes. The eight winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, Washington, D.C. and Hollywood where they will attend screenings of their work while meeting with democracy advocates from government as well as the film industry. So why not try to come up with an interesting answer to these six-words: What does democracy mean to you?