The International Documentary Challenge is now in its 9th year. Filmmakers from all over the world world have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film. The top 12 films, determined by a panel of judges, will premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto, the largest doc film festival in North America.

This competition allows film students, emerging filmmakers and seasoned pros the opportunity to make a great documentary in just 5 days and to compete to win cash prizes, free services, and the chance to screen at festivals! The final registration deadline for the 2014 Challenge is February 15, 2014.

Presenting Partners include Hot Docs, POV, Documentary Educational Resources, Video Blocks, Documentors and The Audience Awards.

Watch select winning films from previous years that have been featured on the POV website, including the 2009 Emmy-nominated Ars Magna:

Sound of Vision (2012)

The Archive (2010)

A Healing Art (2010)

Ars Magna (2008)

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.