About the challenge
Create a video short that completes the phrase Democracy
An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., New York and Hollywood.
Gala screenings of the winning videos in Hollywood, New York and Washington
Exposure to filmmakers and the U.S. film and television industry.
Meetings with democracy advocates from government, media and civil society.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE – JANUARY 31, 2009
Challenge semifinalists will be selected February March 2009.
An independent jury will narrow down the semifinalists to 21 finalists April 1 May 15 2009.
The general public will vote online for the winning videos May 15 June 15, 2009.
Seven winners one each from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South & Central Asia, East Asia/Pacific and one anonymous winner will be announced in mid-June 2009.
In October 2009, the six publicly identified winners, one from each of the six geographic regions, will travel to the United States to claim their prize.
You must be 18 or older to enter.
Videos can be any style: fiction or documentary, animated or live action.
Videos must be no longer than three minutes.
Videos must be in English or have English subtitles.
Contestants may enter anonymously, but anonymous winners cannot collect the grand prize.
See contest site for a complete list of rules, www.videochallenge.america.gov.