Link TV, an online media broadcaster that focuses its programing on material that engages, educates and activates viewers to become involved in the world, has extended their ViewChange Online Film Contest to September 3rd. ViewChange.org, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a digital media based organization that highlights progress in reducing hunger, poverty, and disease in developing nations. So, if you are interested in social issue documentaries, and/or you are a filmmaker, you may be excited about the possibilities of this, like I am. After all stories can initiate and cultivate activism. It's been known to happen.
In their short film competition, ViewChange is asking for 5 minute video stories that tell of progress in developing countries, such as what people are doing out there to reduce and eliminate disease, hunger, conflict, inequality and illiteracy. They want to hear about progress toward achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Grand Prize is $20,000. If you're a social issue documentary filmmaker, you may be excited about those possibilities as well. Piecemeal funding seems to be the way to get independent films made anymore, so every dollar counts.
Link TV is offering a fairly prestigious line-up of judges. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gael García Bernal, Wim Wenders, Danny Glover are among the panel. Just upload your video with the ViewChange end tag, keep it under 100MB and you're good to go. And of course make sure it's visual and emotionally dynamic, more so than anyone else's, that it highlights one or more MDGs and consider the check in the mail.
What is seriously great about this competition though is the positive aspect of what all these stories will bring its viewers (videos will be open to public voting for a period before being turned over to the judges). Because we could all use a little news about progress right now, and an alternate media resource to view it through.