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About the Contest

 

We’re accepting submissions from January 14, 2010 to April 30, 2010 (see Rules and Regulations for more details on submissions and voting). You can begin voting and commenting as soon as the first entry is accepted. The voting and commenting period is from January 14, 2010 to May 9, 2010. 

 

We’re looking for videos that tell the stories of people in Chicago from different backgrounds working together for the common good; we want these video stories to inspire others to work towards helping to build One Chicago, One Nation.

 

No entry may exceed 5-minutes (not counting the mandatory One Chicago, One Nation end slate and entries in the Under 60-Second category) and must be based in Chicago or about people working or living in greater Chicago. After the contest, these video entries will be used in community building dialogues in Chicago. More details can be found at the official One Chicago, One Nation website at www.onechicago-onenation.org.

 


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CATEGORIES

Five finalists will be selected for each Category, based on community voting. All of these finalists will also be eligible to win the Grand Prize.

 

Comedy

Submissions should not exceed 5-minutes in length (excluding the mandatory end slate) and should be produced in a comedic vein that shows how people of different backgrounds work together for the common good in Chicago. Storylines do not necessarily have to be based on real people or events, but must be based in Chicagoland and should be inspirational so that viewers will be motivated to join in community service projects that embrace the value of diversity.


Documentary

Submissions should not exceed 5-minutes in length (excluding the mandatory end slate) and should document the efforts of real people of different backgrounds working together in real-life situations for the common good in Chicago.  Ideas may include: profiles of people or groups who volunteer in creating urban gardens; people who provide services or health care to multi-ethnic underserved people, community leaders who work on conflict resolution or deterring youth from gang membership, etc. Documentaries should inspire viewers to join or start efforts to provide community service in Chicagoland with people who embrace the value of diversity.


Drama

Submissions should not exceed 5-minutes in length (excluding the mandatory end slate) and should portray the positive aspects of people of different backgrounds working together for the common good in Chicago. Storylines do not necessarily have to be based on real people or events, but must be based in Chicagoland. Submissions should motivate viewers to start or join projects where people of different backgrounds work together on community service in Chicago.


Under 60 Seconds

Submissions should not exceed 60-seconds (excluding the mandatory end slate) and should portray the positive aspects of people of different background working together for the common good in Chicago. Submissions may be of a comedic, dramatic, or documentary nature but the storylines and characters must all be based in Chicagoland. Entries should motivate viewers to start or join projects where people of different backgrounds work together on community service in Chicago.


Music Video/Spoken Word/Animation

This category is a sort of “miscellaneous” category to encourage filmmakers to explore less conventional ways to tell the stories of people of different backgrounds working together for the common good of Chicago.  Submissions should not exceed 5-minutes in length (excluding the mandatory end slate) and can be dramatic or comedic or be based on real people and events. Entries may or may not necessarily be based on real people and events, but all storylines must be based in Chicago.  Submissions should motivate viewers to start or join projects where people of different backgrounds work together for the common good in Chicago.


Mobile Digital Media

This category was created to encourage filmmaking using devices not primarily intended as video cameras (except for the Flip cameras).  Entrants may use cell phone video cameras and other media to create a film in any of the genre listed above.  Submissions must not exceed 5-minutes in length (excluding the mandatory end slate) and winning films in this category only may not necessarily be televised on Link TV as some mobile digital devices do not produce broadcast quality video. Entries may or may not necessarily be based on real people and events, but all storylines must be based in Chicago.  Submissions should motivate viewers to start or join projects where people of different backgrounds work together for the common good in Chicago.

 

 


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PRIZES

Online voters will determine which top five submissions in each category advance to the final stage of the Film Contest  according to which entries have the highest rankings. Online voting begins as soon as the first submission is uploaded and accepted and ends May 9, 2010.  So, tell all your friends and family to view and vote!!

 

Contest prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • $50,000 in total prizes
  • $20,000 for Grand Prize (aka Best Overall Video)
  • $ 5,000 for winner of each category mentioned above

 

The first 25 accepted entries are eligible to win an iPod Nano.

 

Yes, the Grand Prize winner can be awarded $20,000 plus an additional $5,000 for best in category. Finalists in every category except the Mobile Digital Media category will be aired on Link TV.

Please read our Rules and Regulations for more information.

 


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JUDGES

Our judging panel currently includes: entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte, TV journalist Bill Kurtis, author and NPR host Krista Tippett, and comedian Azhar Usman. See our Judges page for more details.