Video Contest Focuses on Millennium Development Goals

    If you’re a filmmaker eager to use your craft in helping to make a difference, Link TV wants to hear from you.

    The largest independent television broadcaster in the U.S. is looking for short films that tackle the progress made in curbing poverty, disease, hunger, conflict, inequality, and illiteracy in the developing world. In its ViewChange Online Film Contest, Link TV is calling on filmmakers to create videos, up to five minutes long, that tell personal stories behind efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

    Filmmakers may submit their videos in the following categories:

    - empowerment.- innovation.- leadership and governance.- local/global partnerships.- overcoming conflict.- sustainability.

    Contestants can upload their videos to the project’s website,

    The videos will be judged by Gael Garcia Bernal, actor and director; Wim Wenders, director; Danny Glover, actor, director and United Nations ambassador; U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations; Angelique Kidjo, Grammy-Award winning musician and U.N. ambassador; and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of “Purple Hibiscus” and MacArthur fellow. In addition to the celebrity judges, the online community can vote for their favorite films Sept. 1-15.

    Winners will be announced in October 2010. Link TV is offering a USD5,000 prize to the winner of each category, and a USD20,000 grand prize.

    About the author

    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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