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"CALL FOR ENTRIES !deadline 1th of September!
3rd international video journalism award, 27 – 29 October, 2006 Berlin
The 3rd international video journalism award is an international competition of short documentary videos, television journalism reports in any language and reportages in German language by reporters and video journalists working individually. The directing, camera work, sound and editing are all the work of a single person. The video producers utilize the creative potential of digital technology and approach the new, autonomous production methods as a challenge and an advancement of video production. Alongside the idea and the concept, the pre-selection committee and the jury appraise the imaginative use of filmmaking techniques by video journalists.

Smaller cameras allow greater freedom of movement that can often lead to new insights and perspectives. Furthermore, non-linear editing technology has grown more stable and versatile, so that raw material gathered by the video makers themselves may be manipulated in more spontaneous, playful and experimental ways. This results in video productions that influence and help to advance television journalism.

We seek video documentaries – authentically rendered stories that win their audiences through their particular intensity, contemporary treatment and a unique approach by the maker. They should be able to measure up to time-honored quality criteria of form and content, yet at the same time, further develop limits of conventional television. Recognition will go to videos that experiment with the new production methods and excel through a journalistic and cinematic narrative form all their own. The video makers' experimental drive will figure prominently.

.: International video journalism awards :.

- TV production – broadcast reports (1500 €) A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, and which has already been broadcast.

- Independent Film - independent video (1500 €) A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, but which has not necessarily been broadcast.

.: Deutscher video journalism award :.

- TV production - broadcast reports (1500 €) A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters and which has been aired by a German-language television channel (please indicate the station and broadcast date). All genres.

- Independent Film | independent video (1500 €) A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, but which has not necessarily been broadcast.

- Reportage (2500 €) A feature report in the German language with a minimum duration of 15 minutes and a maximum duration of 29 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, but which has not necessarily been broadcast.

- Newcomer video journalism award (1000 €) A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters. The applicants must be under 28 years of age or currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. Those productions will be considered for awards whose appeal lies in a unique style of content or cinematography and indicate a great potential for the applicant.

- Special prize of the Jury (500 €) The jury will award a special prize for an extraordinarily innovative video production.

- Online and audience prize (500 €) Video journalism is one aspect of a global movement. In view of this fact, all entered videos that fulfill the eligibility requirements and are released by their makers are to be put online under www.videomission.com and made available for viewing by all those interested in video production. A specially developed open online voting system will allow the users to cast votes for their favorite entries.

We are looking for videos that experiment with the new production methods and excel through an original journalistic and cinematic narrative form and content. The video makers' experimental drive will figure prominently in this appraisal. The videos entered must not exceed a total running time of 15 minutes. Exception is the award for the feature report in the German language. These must also have been produced by one or more video journalists/reporters.

The 3rd international video journalism award is to be held in Berlin from the 27th to the 29th of October, 2006. In public screenings and discussions, video reporters and journalists, documentary filmmakers, programme managers, print journalists and television executives from Europe and the U.S.A. examine the current state of development of video journalism and sound out the specific programming opportunities offered to video reporters and journalists. The award presentation will take place on the 28th of October, 2006.

The festival is presented by: Deutsche Welle | DW-TV, Hessischer Rundfunk (hr), videomission, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Schweizer Fernsehen (SF), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (mdr), Radio Bremen (RB), ZFP (Hanover), Thüringer Staatskanzlei, Panasonic and Ambient Recording.

Curator of the festival is Sabine Streich.

Greetings,
Albert Beckmann, organisation"