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Cameras to zoom in on documentary talent

TALENTED young film makers who are seeking funding, technical support and a wide broadcasting platform are being encouraged to apply for this year's "DocuChina" project.

This annual program which was launched by the local Documentary Channel in 2006, is aimed at finding promising young directors in China and helping boost domestic documentary making.

Interested film makers should apply and submit outlines and treatments by May 10 to for this year's theme "Survive or Be Eliminated."

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, who formulated the theory of "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest." The documentary theme pays tribute to Darwin's philosophy and coincides with the global financial crisis.

Documentary film makers can focus on celebrities and ordinary people facing dramatic changes.

The treatments will be assessed by a panel of veteran documentary directors and media critics. The final selection process will be held from June 8 to 11, along with master classes by famous Chinese directors Zhou Bing, Peng Xiaolian and the Australian filmmaker, Geoffrey Smith.

Five scripts will be chosen. Winners will receive at least 60,000 yuan (US$8,824) each for filming and the documentaries will be aired on the channel.

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And the second season of "My Style," a Chinese counterpart to the United States TV hit "Project Runway" will screen on Dragon TV every Sunday evening from April 26.

Fashion designers from home and abroad are invited to apply by April 18 to take part in the reality TV show through

Tasks for the elimination rounds include designing and presenting distinctive stage costumes and evening wear for the 2009 Shanghai Fashion Week and the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21).

The new judging panel will not only include noted designers but also celebrities and stars with a good fashion sense.

When the show screens for its three-month season, fans will also find a themed online game offering light-hearted and interactive design and dress challenges.


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