International Documentary Challenge Registration Open

Registration for this year’s International Documentary Challenge is now open.  The Doc Challenge, which I first learned about last year, is a timed documentary competition, in which filmmakers are given five days to complete a short documentary about an assigned topic (such as freedom) within a specified genre (such as biography, first-person, or music).  The limited time frame, of course, increases the incentive for filmmakers to work quickly, but as the Doc Challenge website points out, the contest attracts a number of talented filmmakers.  Last year’s winner, Eric Daniel Metzgar, for his short, Beholder, has also produced two very successful feature-length docs, including Life.Support.Music, which I caught at last year’s Full Frame, and Reporter, which focuses on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

The top twelve films premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.  I’ve been invited to join the panel of judges who’ll be evaluating the films, so I’m very much looking forward to that.

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