Recently I discovered a new film contest online, hosted by Link TV.
They describe themselves as "...broadcast[ing] programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media."
The contest they are currently hosting that I found rather interesting is called "One Nation, Many Voices: Muslims in America, Stories Not Stereotypes."
An overview declares, "We all have stories! And we could all use a little understanding. We're offering $50,000 in cash prizes for short videos exploring any aspect of life relating to the American-Muslim experience. Everyone in the U.S. is invited to compete, regardless of race or religion, so grab a camera, read our online tips, and get filming."
Judges include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Glover, Mariane Pearl and Azhar Usman.
Video entries so far include Baba Ali from Ummah Films, MAS Media Foundation, and more.
It'll be interesting to see where this goes. Everyone is allowed to vote, so I encourage you to watch the films and vote! It's entertaining and it's always important to make sure our community represents itself accurately and positively.