-_-_- THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE -_-_-


Winners of the The 2008 International Documentary Challenge!

On March 6th, 122 filmmakers from 16 countries set out to make a documentary in 5 days. They were assigned a documentary genre (character study, music, political, etc.) and the theme "Change". On April 26, 2008 the 14 finalists premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.

Twelve of the fourteen finalists made it to the festival and had a great time in Toronto! All of the films were well-received by the audience and the following films emerged as the top award winners:

BEST FILM
$1,000 Cash Award
"Click Whoosh"
Team: Real Grrls
Seattle, Washington, USA
Genre: Historical
Team Leader: Reid Kuennen

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY | P.O.V. SHORT FILM AWARD
$1,000 Cash Award
"Ars Magna"
Team Juicebox
Seattle, Washington, USA
Genre: Biography/Character Study
Team Leader: Sean Roach

ORIGINAL VISION AWARD
"Beholder"
Team: Boss and Coder 34
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genre: First Person
Team Leader: Eric Daniel Metzgar

Check out the full list of award winners here.

What is the Doc Challenge?

The International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmaking teams from around the world have just 5 days to make a short documentary film. The 3rd annual took place March 6-10, 2008 with and the finalists premiered at Hot Docs in April 2008! The next Doc Challenge will be held March 5-9, 2009. More details about the event here.

More Screenings!

A screening of the 2008 Doc Challenge films produced in the Portland area will take place on May 7, 2008 at The Hollywood Theatre. On July 10, 2008 a screening of the Seattle-area films will screen at the Northwest Film Forum. Please contact Doug Whyte with questions about booking more Doc Challenge screenings.

Don't think a good film can be made in 5 days?

View the films from the 2006 International Documentary Challenge in our screening room.

You can view photos of the 2006 competition on flickr.

Read what some of the filmmakers had to say about their experience from the 2007 event!

Films from the Doc Challenge's sister competition, the National Film Challenge, are available for viewing HERE.

The International Documentary Challenge was developed by KDHX Community Media and is sponsored by Hot Docs, American Documentary | P.O.V., the International Documentary Association (IDA), SILVERDOCS, The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Film Action Oregon and the creators of the 48 Hour Film Project and the National Film Challenge. It is produced by Doug Whyte.