About the Author: Ben Harper serves as a Multimedia Specialist at the U.S. Department of State.
We’re back! And we’re very excited to launch the second annual Democracy Video Challenge competition. After a successful first year with more than 900 submissions from around the world, we can’t wait to see what kinds of video entries we get this year.
We’re calling for anyone from international filmmakers to people who’ve never picked up a camera before to create short videos that complete the phrase, “Democracy is…” From the videos that were submitted last year, we know how many different ideas about democracy everyone has—and we know how important it is to share those ideas with the rest of the world.
Last year’s entries were everything from animations and cartoons to webcam videos to High Definition movies. But it doesn’t matter what you submit, because just like last year, six regional winners will be selected by an online vote in the spring of 2010. (That’s right, even the competition is democratic.) Those winners get an all-expense paid trip to the United States to meet with film directors and democracy advocates and to tour film and television sets. For rules and more details, check out youtube.com/democracychallenge.