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Now it's your turn to make radio
LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN to this year's ShortDocs submissions over at our Radio Potluck!
The Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge is closed. Thanks to the dozens and dozens of you all over the world who sent us your appetite stories. We'll be working hard to get them posted at our radio potluck, for all to hear, and we'll be in touch with you soon.
Keep an eye on this page for more information about the People's ShortDoc Award, coming this summer.
Here's your chance to take part in an international audio mega-project, whether you can produce radio in your sleep, or have always hungered to utter the words "Testing, 1, 2, 3. Testing" into a microphone. ShortDocs are for everyone.
Read on to learn more about how to participate. Or head over to our Radio Potluck, to hear the ever-growing pool of submissions!
introducing all the Cooks in the Kitchen
As always, the ShortDocs Challenge comes with a set of rules inspired by a partner. For 2013 that's the James Beard Foundation – a great organization that celebrates, nurtures, and preserves diverse culinary heritages through awards, education, and outreach.
Additionally, four Chicago-based "ShortDocs Chefs" will concoct original dishes (!) inspired by the winning ShortDocs stories. Starring: Rick Bayless (Frontera), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe), Paula Haney (Hoosier Mama Pie Company) and Iliana Regan (Elizabeth Restaurant).
The 2013 ShortDocs Challenge invites anyone and everyone to produce audio stories that are:
- inspired by the idea of “appetite”
- two to three minutes in length
- presented in three “courses” (think: chapters)
- include one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet, umami. (Kudos to you umami-goers.)
The deadline for submitting your ShortDoc is 11:59pm CT on Monday, May 6.
MORE ON APPETITE
Inspired by the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Conference theme, we encourage you to interpret "appetite" broadly, from the literal to the figurative. Consider stories of hunger and obesity, craving and satiety, profit and desire. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us angry, make us think – so long as your story explores appetite in some way, and follows the other ShortDocs rules.
FIRST EVER PEOPLE’S SHORTDOC!
We're excited to let YOU have your say in this year's Challenge. Eight finalist submissions will be posted online in July and voted upon for the first ever People’s ShortDoc Award.
INCENTIVES (we know, they help.)
- Four winning submissions will each inspire an original dish from a ShortDocs Chef (listed above).
- Winners and ShortDocs Chefs’ will take the stage to present their creations publicly at the Third Coast Filmless Festival (TCFF), October 19-20, in Chicago.
- Eight finalists (including winners) will receive a free pass to the TCFF.
- All submissions are archived permanently on this site, and all producers are added to the Third Coast Producer Index.
- All participants receive a free one-year SoundCloud Pro account.
- All eight finalists will receive a free two-year SoundCloud Pro Unlimited account.
- Top submissions will be featured on Third Coast’s Re:sound (WBEZ, Chicago) and podcast, and presented on PRX's Public Radio Remix, and at Third Coast listening events in Chicago and beyond.
March 12 - through May 6 - Submissions accepted
July 1 - Eight finalists announced online
Mid-July - Voting open for People’s ShortDoc Award
Early August - Winners informed
October 19 - Winning producers and ShortDocs Chefs take the stage at the TCFF
December - Top 12 - 15 submissions featured on Re:sound
- Producers retain non-exclusive rights to their submissions.
- TCF retains the right to showcase all ShortDocs in service of Festival happenings – including at Listening Rooms, on Re:sound, on PRX’s Public Radio Re:mix. (Note – producers may also license ShortDocs themselves, through PRX.org)
- Four winners will be selected by Third Coast staff, with help from the James Beard Foundation and ShortDocs chefs.
- The People’s ShortDoc Award will be presented in addition to these four winners.
Our apologies for all the food metaphors and puns, but we've found them near-impossible to avoid in, um, cooking up this year's Challenge.
Hundreds of appetite stories await your ears over at our Radio Potluck!
your 2-3 minute
- be inspired by the idea of "appetite"
- be presented in three "courses"
- include bitter, salty, sour, sweet, or umami in the title
Follow ShortDocs you-know-where: #shortdocs
Check out past ShortDocs Challenges.
THANKS TO OUR PARTNER
And to supporters
for providing free Pro accounts to all participants.