Here are a couple of items in my inbox that I thought filmmakers might want to note:

National Film Challenge logoThere is only about a week left until the launch of the 2009 National Film Challenge, the sister competition of the 48 Hour Film Project. There is still time to organize your team and register before the kickoff on Friday, October 23. Registration will be accepted through Thursday, October 22. On the following day, hundreds of filmmakers from around the world will start writing, shooting and editing their films. So whether you are a 48HFP virgin, or a seasoned 48HFP pro, stop talking and start filming!

Mark your calendars: The Emmy-nominated International Documentary Challenge will be taking place March 4-8, 2010. This is the 5th Anniversary of the Doc Challenge and we will be back at Hot Docs with the finalists! In addition to the Hot Docs premiere, the POV and DER Awards will return, as well as screenings at international festivals including Big Sky and Dokufest in Kosovo. Take part in what is being called a rite-of-passage for all documentary filmmakers!

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