2012 Documentary Film Shorts Competition

Posted on September 26, 2012

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Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at NC Campus Compact institutions are invited to submit a 5 to 20 minute documentary short depicting how a program or person of their campus demonstrates the campus is producing civically-engaged graduates and strengthening communities. Higher education institutions throughout North Carolina are preparing and empowering students to engage in action that impacts real needs of communities while building trust and mutual respect – locally, regionally, and internationally. Students are gaining the knowledge and skills to be civically-engaged for life. NC Campus Compact’s 2012-13 theme, Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community, underscores the value of campus-community engagement work in developing lifelong, active citizens while strengthening communities.

Competition Overview
While any undergraduate or graduate student at a NC Campus Compact institution can submit an entry, filmmaking students in campus’ film programs can see this as an opportunity to connect their craft to fostering community engagement. Community engagement is collaboration between citizens and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. YOUR film can tell the powerful stories of how students, programs and initiatives on your campus are making a difference – in students’ lives as well as in the community. In addition to highlighting the incredible civic engagement work being carried out in higher education, the films should inspire others to get involved.

The top films will become a primary component of NC Campus Compact’s 2012 Student Conference in Wilmington, NC. Home of EUE/Screen Gems – the largest studio outside of California, and one of the competition’s sponsors – Wilmington is the ideal location to premiere the films created!

Possible topics
– Service trips
– Long-term community outreach programs or projects
– A student or team of students deeply engaged in developing an answer to a local, regional, national or international challenge
– Faculty and/or student research addressing local, regional or international issues
– Local or international volunteering/projects
– Social Entrepreneurship
– Philanthropy
– Advocacy/awareness campaigns
– Other ways in which campus-community engagement initiatives are contributing to developing active citizens or building communities of trust and mutual respect

For campus-specific ideas, visit your community engagement or service-learning office. Visit our website for the contact from your campus — http://www.elon.edu/e-web/org/nccc/about-membershipCurrent.xhtml .

Awards Categories
– Graduate student production
– Undergraduate student production

2012 Documentary Film Shorts Competition Official Rules

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