Democracy Video Challenge: Cast Your Vote Now

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 16, 2009
Democracy Video Challenge Cast Your Vote

We asked people around the world to create short videos completing the phrase, "Democracy is..." Over 900 contestants from 95 countries answered the call! Now it's your turn to choose the winners.

The Department of State and its partners announced the eighteen finalists for the Democracy Video Challenge, an online video competition that asked participants to complete the phrase, “Democracy is...” Also today, public voting to select the six winners opened ( and will continue until midnight June 15th (EST).

The finalists, chosen from among a pool of more than 900 entries from 95 countries, represent Brazil (2), Cote d’Ivoire, Germany, India, Iran (2), Japan, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Zambia. These videos provide an array of voices and visions about democracy from around the world. The finalists were selected by an independent jury, co-chaired by Michael Apted (President of the Directors Guild of America) and Hernando de Soto (President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy).

Six winners - one each from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia and East Asia/Pacific - will be announced mid-June 2009. The winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip in September to Washington, New York and Hollywood. The prize package includes time on television/film sets, meetings with film professionals, democracy advocates, the media, government officials, and special screenings of their videos.

The Democracy Video Challenge was launched online and at the United Nations on International Democracy Day (September 15, 2008). It was created through a unique partnership consisting of democracy and youth organizations, the film and entertainment industry, academia and the U.S. Government. Partners include the Center for International Private Enterprise, Directors Guild of America, International Republican Institute, International Youth Foundation, Motion Picture Association of America, NBC Universal, National Democratic Institute, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, TakingITGlobal, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and the U.S. Department of State. YouTube is providing the video platform, and the William Morris Agency is contributing part of the prize package.



Bruce A.
Alabama, USA
May 17, 2009

Bruce A. in Alabama writes:

What us a life -- sugar and spice and everything nice such an We need to remember a capitolist engine Greed if not for that vice we would be in trouble. To check and balance that is a stuggle. Lots of nice things to buy and it never will stop good. But spread the wealth share the good life tough


Syrian P.
May 17, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

So if you think Democracy is such great Political system, why you are kissing hands and your Presidents bow down to Dictators and absolute king rulers that robbed the whole nation wealth and made it private property to his clan.

May 18, 2009

Florin in Sweden writes:

I think we are the new generation to come.

United Kingdom
May 19, 2009

Charity in the United Kingdom writes:

I vote for the Zambian video. Thank you!

Florida, USA
May 19, 2009

F.W. in Florida writes:

I like the idea of this competition, and I'm happy to see a real diversity of views among the finalists.

However, it seems to me that if the sponsors are so interested in promoting democracy, they might have put a little more effort into upholding standard democratic conventions like a one-person/one vote system. And they could have raised the bar by using a ranked choice ballot.

For that matter, are they going to publish the results when the voting period is over? Also, if the winners are going to be selected from six regional categories, why haven't the sponsors separated out the candidates by category?

Online votes these days tend to be pretty vague... more about advertising that decision-making. This site hasn't broken any molds. Just sayin'.

June 8, 2009

Rowen in the Philippines writes:

beautiful .... interesting .... thought provoking .... radical


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