You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

State Dept. seeks democracy videos

Government teams with media orgs on contest

The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA.

The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the phrase “Democracy is…” in hopes of receiving a prize package that includes set visits, tickets to the Universal Studios L.A. theme park, and meetings with everyone from U.S. government officials to “new-media experts.”

Rather than attempting to monetize the content, sponsoring orgs will contribute various prizes and incentives, including PSAs promoting the competish on NBC (NBC News correspondent Richard Engel also presided over the afternoon’s launch party).

James Glassman, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, said the initiative was aimed to “convene people for a conversation.” Glassman is a Bush appointee, but stressed that the initiative was thoroughly bipartisan and includes nonmedia sponsors like the Intl. Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.

The State Dept.’s Jonathan Margolis said he hoped that the contest would start “a dialogue on democracy” — the prizes will go to regional winners from six different parts of the world, as well as one anonymous winner. Videos will be broadcast on YouTube. Entry deadline is Jan. 31.

More Film

  • Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s Unstoppable

    Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s Unstoppable Backs £250,000 Short Film Fund (EXCLUSIVE)

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

  • 'Canal Street' Sold to Smith Global

    'Canal Street' Sold to Smith Global for January Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

  • TIFFANY HADDISH stars in "Night School,"

    Film Review: Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in 'Night School'

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

  • Starline Boards Igor Voloshin’s Thriller ‘The

    Starline Boards Igor Voloshin’s Thriller ‘The Cellar’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

  • Alliance Entreprendre Takes Stake in About

    Alliance Entreprendre Becomes Shareholder in About Premium Content

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

  • Global Screen Close to Selling Out

    Global Screen Close to Selling Out on Spy Cat Movie 'Marnie’s World' (EXCLUSIVE)

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

  • Oscars Oscar Academy Awards Placeholder

    'Signal Rock' Set as The Philippines Oscar Contender

    The U.S. State Dept. has revealed its latest diplomatic tool: user-generated content. At the U.N. on Monday, representatives revealed the Democracy Video Challenge, a government initiative co-sponsored with half a dozen high-profile media orgs including NBC Universal, the DGA and the MPAA. The challenge in question will be to create a three-minute video completing the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content