Documentary contest to focus on water issues

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Organizers of the 2012 Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award (SEADocs) are calling for entries from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The second edition of the competition invites students aged 18 28 in the six countries to submit a portfolio of their work and a motivational essay (pitch) on making a film under the theme "H2O: Sink or Swim" by Aug 3.

According to a press release from Goethe Institute in Vietnam, one of the annual contest's organizers, water is the most abundant compound on Earth. And yet water, as one of the most important natural resources, presents one of the most pressing ecological and social challenges of the 21st century with growing constraints on the availability, quality, and use of freshwater resources.

"Increasingly, in recent years, countries in Southeast Asia have been required to cope with the challenges of water amidst sharply changing relationships between societies and the environment, whether through excessive flooding or fresh water scarcity," says the release.

"The factors causing these conflicts are sometimes natural, sometimes human-made, but in all cases they need to be met with creative and sustainable responses by individuals and communities. The time to confront these issues is not in the future, but today it is indeed time to act, to "˜sink or swim' as the expression states."

The competition asks students in Southeast Asia to view the diverse and complex relationships with water in this region through their filmmaking lenses. The competition invites aspiring documentary directors to look beyond the obvious and to seek captivating stories under the motto of "H2O: Sink or Swim".

Announcement of Regional Winner will be made on December 10 this year.

SEADocs is a competition held to encourage the art of documentary filmmaking in the region as a platform to engage with pressing social and environmental issues. The first edition of the contest was held last year.

For more information about the competition, including submission Guidelines and prizes, please visit

Submissions in Vietnam are being received by the Goethe-Institute Hanoi, SEADocs Competition, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

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