Vietnam's documentary contest for youth goes regional

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"Tree of Life: Seeds of Change" - the first Southeast Asian Student Documentary Awards (SEADocs) has adopted an ecological theme.

Applications from students aged 18-28 in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam will be received until Sept 2.

Participants are required to submit a portfolio of their work and a motivational essay on making a film under the 2011 competition's theme.

The submissions must feature forests and their profound, multifaceted connections with man and other living creatures on the earth, covering cultural, medicinal, economic, and ecological relationships.

In addition, the films must reflect the diverse and complex relationships between individuals and communities and the forest habitats in Southeast Asian countries.

The competition, a joint-project of the Goethe institutes in Southeast Asia, and an upgrade from last year's successful completion of the Vietdocs, aims to offer a platform for short films made by young people who are, or hope to become, documentary filmmakers.

A jury of film, television and forestry experts in each country will make a selection of three students based on their submitted works. The national shortlisted students will then receive expert guidance during the eight week production period of their competition film.

During the production period, the film ideas of the students will be explored and developed under guidance of a consultant and the students will receive a budget grant of US$300 to produce a short documentary film (maximum 10 min. in length) in relation to the theme, which must be submitted by November 11, 2011.

The three regional winners are selected by an international jury and will receive a cash prize of US$ 500 each. The first prize winner will receive a grant of up to US$5,000 to produce a feature length documentary.

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