International Documentary Challenge LogoNow in its 5th year, The International Documentary Challenge returns to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. This year’s challenge takes place March 4 – 8, 2010 with registration now open.

The Doc Challenge is a fun and innovative competition that will push your documentary skills to the limit. If you’re new to the idea, it’s very simple: Filmmakers from around the world are assigned a genre (character study, music, 1st person, etc.) and a theme (such as “Change”.) Participants then have five days to develop, produce and edit a 4 to 7 minute non-fiction film. The result is an exhilarating five days for the filmmakers and fun for the audiences at Hot Docs, and beyond.

Important Dates
Registration opens: January 7, 2010
Early Registration ($99) Deadline: February 1, 2010
Final Registration ($125) Deadline: March 3, 2010
Doc Challenge: March 4 – 8, 2010
Hot Docs: April 29 – May 9, 2010

Space is limited — only the first 300 teams to register will be accepted.

Once again, three major awards (with cash prizes) will be presented: the POV Award (check out last year’s winner), the DER Award and the Best Film Award. After the premiere, there are additional theatrical screenings in major cities, possible television exposure and a DVD release of the best films.The 2010 Presenting Partners include Hot Docs, American Documentary/POV, Documentary Educational Resources and Typecast Releasing. Supporting partners include the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Organization of Canada, DocuMentors, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Dokufest, Docs In Progress and the 48 Hour Film Project.

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