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Social Issues DocFest 2012

The Fifth Annual Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest) will hold screenings and award ceremony at the Camera 12 Cinemas in downtown San Jose on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 from 2 to 6 pm.

The SI DocFest is not a traditional film festival, but rather a contest narrowly focused on high school students, the documentary genre, social issues, and the greater Bay Area community. Participants are asked to create a short documentary (8-12 minutes) profiling individuals or organizations that are making or have made a difference in the community through their work and dedication to social issues. At last year’s event, the organizers awarded more than $25,000.

Schools from all over the Bay Area continued to show a significant amount of interest in the SI DocFest in its fourth year. The teams that submitted completed films were judged by the organizing committee, which selected a group of ten Semifinalists. These films were evaluated by a team of independent judges, which selected and ranked six Finalists.

The top three films will be announced at the awards ceremony, with first place receiving $10,000, second place $6,000 and third place $4,000. Each award will be equally divided between non-profit organizations or individuals profiled or designated in the winning documentaries, the schools represented by the winning filmmakers and the filmmakers themselves in the form of cash scholarships. Cash awards for the non-profits associated with the other Finalists and Semifinalists will also be presented. This year, the festival has added an additional “flex” category, which means films submitted into this group do not have to exclusively relate to the Bay Area or follow the traditional format.

The SI DocFest has been conceptualized and organized as a volunteer-based endeavor by Do Good Docs Corporation, a non-profit organization co-founded by San Jose residents Monica and Loreli Alba. Monica, 24, is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and is currently studying Documentary Journalism at Columbia University in New York, while Loreli, 21, is a senior at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

For more information, go to Social Issues DocFest


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