“SINEBATA” video, photo contest open to youth aged 9-23

The nationwide staging of SINEBATA: Kabataang Pinoy Festival was jointly announced by the triumvirate of child advocates Boy Abunda, Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski, and Cheryl Cosim.

Mag Cruz Hatol, director of the National Council for Children’s Television, said that SINEBATA is a follow through of the successful Visayan edition that was staged jointly in Tacloban City, Leyte last year by Anak TV, Plan Philippines, and other partners which drew in a bumper harvest of over 100 video entries and 190 photographs.

Hatol said that the contest is open to amateur Filipino youth aged 9 to 23 who use digicams, handy phones, regular cameras, and other non-professional equipment.

Entries must be received by 30 April 2012 at any of the following reception centers: Sinebata, AnakTV, 8A Matatag Street, Pinyahan Quezon City; Sinebata, Plan International, 2F Uytingkok Bldg, Veteranos Avenida, Tacloban City; Sinebata, Baguio Museum; Sinebata, Office of the VP for Research, West Visayas State University, Iloilo City ; Sinebata, Office of External Affairs, Aquinas University, Legazpi City, or to Sinebata, NCCT, 4/F, Bonifacio Bldg, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

Filipino youth may enter as many video materials per category as producer/director in all four categories namely, short video clips (running from 30 seconds to 10 minutes); public service announcements or social messages (from 30 seconds to two minutes only); Creatively packaged music videos (up to seven minutes only); using originally composed or commercially available music and mini documentaries and social commentaries (from 10 minutes to an hour).

There are no restrictions in themes but the contest is seeking works that define the Filipino youth’s view on issues that affect him, his family, his school, and his community in general. They can be about his hopes and wishes for the future, family concerns, education, environment, substance abuse, teenage life and problems, career plans and ambitions, community issues and others.

Every CD/DVD entry should be accompanied by a page containing the producer/director’s name, complete mailing address and contact phones (mobile, land phones, fax and email address where applicable), birth date and school, organizational or town affiliation. The participant is also expected to write a short description of his/her entry and where possible, brief production notes. If he/she completed the material with other youth, their names and roles in production should be listed.

Moreover, photographs may also be entered. Each photographer may field up to 10 photos. There are no categories in the photography section. The entries may be in color or black and white. The minimum image size is five megapixels (equivalent to A4 size if printed). Even cell phones may be used.

Entries must be emailed to anaktv_seal@yahoo.com, each one properly titled in any language of his/her choice. (If entrant uses a dialect or local language, he must provide an English translation.)

The entries should be accompanied by a page containing the photographer’s name, complete mailing address and contact phones (mobile, land phones, fax and email address where applicable), birth date and school, organizational or town affiliation. The type of camera used should also be indicated (digital cam, mobile phone with camera, etc.).

Entries received early will enjoy screening/viewing opportunities in a national roadshow that will cover Baguio, Legaspi, Manila, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Davao.

All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation. There will be a winner in each of the categories and in two levels: 9 to 17 and 18 to 23. A trophy and cash award will be given to each top winner. Special awards with cash incentives have been earmarked by organizing and cooperating partners.

The top choices to be declared on May 29 and 30 in Tacloban City will be sent to international video and media derbies to represent the Philippines.

Sinebata is a joint undertaking of the National Council for Children’s Television, Department of Education, DSWD, PIA, PDEA, University of the Philippines, Baguio Museum, West Visayas State University, Aquinas University of Legazpi, Goethe Institut, Robinson’s Malls, Leyte Normal University, PNP, East Visayas State University, Kairosolutions, Columbia’s, AnakTV and Plan International. (Sinebata/PIA 8)

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