2nd International Video Reporting Award - Call for entries


The 2nd International Video Reporting Award is an international competition specifically geared towards innovative documentary shorts and non-fiction digital films helmed by a single autonomous author.

Video Reporting is the merge of cinematography, editing, sound and directing in one single persons hand. Film and television technicians adopt these digital documentary techniques and regard the resultant new autonomous ways of production as a challenge.

Not only will the jury and the preselection committee judge the idea and conception of the film but they will also place great emphasis on the way the filmmaker creatively dealt with the new digital authoring principle.

Smaller cameras offer more freedom of movement and consequently often lead to new perspectives and prospects differing from what you see on television. Additionally, commercial video editing software has achieved a level of sophistication allowing for quick and playful experimentation with the footage. The end results are journalistic films which inspire new boundaries in the field of TV journalism.

We seek outstanding films that experiment with this new mode of production and whose journalistic-cinematic narrative catches our attention in form and content.

Furthermore the films should withstand traditional quality criteria and simultaneously broaden the boundaries of mainstream television.

We are looking for documentary films and authentically narrated stories captivating us with their particular intensity, an innovative creativity and a very distinctive personal authoring style.

We also place a great deal of emphasis on the filmmakers fondness for experimentation, however, keeping in mind the presented films should not exceed 15 minutes and they should have been produced by one or more Video Reporters/ Video Journalists.

The 2nd International Video Reporting Award is being born by the Bauhaus University Weimar as well as those television broadcast stations that are already working together with Video Journalists large scale – Hessischer Rundfunk, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Deutsche Welle TV .

The 2nd International Video Reporting Award is going to take place on the 5. and 6. November in Weimar. It is being organised by the professorship Medienereignisse of the media faculty of the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Videoreporters, Video journalists, documentary filmmakers, program managers, journalists and TV directors from all across Europe and the USA will discuss the potential of video reporting/ video journalism in contrast with mainstream television in public screenings, panels and discussions.

The awards ceremony will take place on the 6. November 2005 in the "Mon Ami" cinema and cultural centre in Weimar.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:


Criteria: Documentary film of 15 minutes length at most, which has been produced by one or more Video Journalists/ Video Reporters.
Open category. Those films will be awarded that experiment with this new mode of production and outstand by a journalistic – cinematic narrative in form and content. The filmmaker&8217;s fondness of experimentation is very important to us.


Criteria: Television documentary of 15 minutes length at most, which has been produced by one or more Video Journalists/ Videoreporters and broadcasted by a German television broadcast station (please explicitly state broadcast station and date of broadcasting). Those journalistically as well as technically outstanding works will be awarded that also meet the claims of mainstream television and show an innovative and self-contained personal style.


Criteria: Film of 15 minutes length at most, which has been produced by one or more Videoreporters/ Video Journalists. The applicants must be under the age of thirty or enrolled in a University for admission. We will award those films that convince us of an individual personal style in content or cinematography and that show us the applicants&8217; outstanding potential.

The festival is directed by Sabine Streich and curated by Albert Beckmann.

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