Micro-Documentary Film Contest: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

Posted on 23 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Awards & Honors, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Nominations or Applications, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

Note that the deadline for this is October 24, 2008. Although this competition is not specific to disability issues, I think there is wide scope for a creative film maker to incorporate a disability dimension into their documentary.

Exciting Follow Up to the March 2008 International Workshop on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change:

The Social Development Department Announces the Launch of a Worldwide Micro-Documentary Film Contest!:

Click here for details:

[Addendum from We Can Do editor: There is a 3 minute video on this page. Only part of the video is subtitled. But immediately below the video, you will see links to full transcripts in your choice of English, Chinese, Spanish, or French.]

As a follow-up to our landmark March 2008 International Workshop on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change, the World Bank?s Social Development Department is thrilled to announce the launch of a world-wide documentary competition, “Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of
Climate Change”. The aim of this film contest is to inspire people to innovatively illustrate the consequences of climate change through one of the following theme categories: conflict, migration, urban space, rural institutions, drylands, social policy, indigenous peoples, gender,
governance, forests and/or human rights.

The contest is open to anyone who wishes to have their voice heard – both amateur and professional filmmakers alike. There are two award categories: 1.) Social Dimensions of Climate Change Award (general category) and 2.) Young Voices of Climate Change Award (youth category).

The general category is open to everyone; the youth category is open to entries submitted by filmmakers who are under 24 years old. Award winners will be chosen through a combination of public voting and a judging panel. The film with the most public votes in each theme category will receive honorable mention. The Award Winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for a screening of their film and will have the opportunity to attend a series of networking and learning events organized by the Social Development Department of the
World Bank in December, 2008.

The submission period ends on Friday, October 24, 2008.

For more detailed information about the contest, please visit our website:
SDCC Film Contest: http://www.worldbank.org/sdccfilmcontest

For any additional information, please contact Megumi Makisaka
[Addendum from We Can Do: deaf and hard of hearing people might wish to encourage Megumi Makisaka to put subtitles on the full video. People who are blind or who have vision impairments might wish to encourage them to add audio description.]

Spread the word about the contest to your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors!! We hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to creatively share their perspectives on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change.

We look forward to your submissions!

[We Can Do addendum: Even though this competition is obviously not focused specifically on disability issues, it could nevertheless be an opportunity for disabled film makers to gain recognition for their skill. It could also be a chance for filmmakers to explore, via film, how the consequences of climate change might affect people with disabilities differently from other populations. Because this is a mainstream film competition, it could be an opportunity to heighten the awareness of people who might not ordinarily think about disability issues.]

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