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Funds offer for aspiring directors

TALENTED and aspiring documentary film makers seeking funds and new career opportunities can apply to the "MIDA" (Magnolia International Documentary Awards) project of Shanghai's Documentary Channel.

Until April 25, interested film makers should submit outlines and treatments for this year's theme: "Asia in the Next Second" and depict their dreams for the continent.

Pitch documents will be judged by a panel of veteran film makers, media critics and documentary producers. During the 16th Shanghai Television Festival (June 7-10), 15 winning proposals will enter the final pitching session and master classes.

Five proposals will be chosen and funded by the MIDA Fund. They will be aired as a series on the Documentary Channel and at major documentary exhibitions of the country.

The annual program whose original name is "DocuChina" began in 2006. It has provided a platform for many young directors to showcase their talent and increase awareness of China's documentary industry.

According to organizers, it used to be themed on China's fast and tremendous changes in recent years, as well as the ordinary but extraordinary people resisting the trend of globalization.

But this year's program calls for a wider vision from the angle of Asia.

There will be two new award categories - female director and university student director.

For many first-time directors, the project has offered them a rare opportunity to learn from top documentary film makers, and chances to win top documentary awards as their works will also be recommended to China's major TV festivals.

For more details, log on to Online registration is now available.


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