Seeking a Personal “Synopsis” for the BBC 2-Minute Film Contest, My World

Posted on February 14, 2010 by Stephen Kastner | No Comments

As part of the BBC’s SuperPower season, take part in the MyWorld competition – make a two-minute video about how you see the world and you could be broadcast by the BBC around the world.

Stephen Kastner

Stephen Kastner


The BBC says, “No-one sees the world the way you do. The BBC wants to see things from your perspective – and create a unique picture of our lives today across the planet.”

We are asking you to use any camera you can find – a mobile phone, a point-and-click, or a friend’s camcorder – and shoot a two-minute documentary with the theme MyWorld.

We are looking for original films that you think the world should know about and will shortlist films that are emotionally touching, important or visually impactful.

The best will then be selected by a panel of the world’s top documentary makers and assembled into sequences showing the stories of each continent.

About the competition

Aboriginal coupleWe are looking for entries from across the planet

You can interpret the MyWorld theme any way you choose. Your film could be a compelling personal story, tell of a place that is changing, or document the joy or difficulty of your work life.

Each film must be relevant to one of the five major continents – Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania – and must be tagged as such. You can shoot a single shot documentary, if appropriate to your story, or edit your film with any editing software available to you.

A selection of all work received may be shown on TV and online and an ultimate winner will be selected based on the judging criteria.

After submissions close, five prestigious MyWorld curators will each be assigned films from a particular continent. From each, they will choose and assemble a sequence of up to ten of the best films creating a fascinating portrait of the world today (Editor’s note: 10 films x 5 continents = 50 films).

Finally each of the five curated sequences will be available to view online and on BBC World News. An overall winner will then be chosen and receive a prize of a semi-professional HD mini DV camcorder.

You can enter the competition by clicking here.
(Closing date 1600 GMT March 5, 2010)

Five continents, any camera, any editing, plain and simple or complex and highly-crafted, no rules, no limits… where do I start? By taking the first step! I clicked there… and found:

MyWorld competition

Send us your videos for the MyWorld competition.

BBC World Service wants you to tell us the story of your world in a two-minute video. Full details of the competition are here.

To enter, we need you to do two things:

Fill in the form below. Don’t forget to include your name, email address and some background information about your video – and don’t forget to attach the video itself!

Email us at with the additional Information requested below. This is very important – if you do not do this we cannot accept your video for competition.

Additional Information we need (to be sent to

You can also send us your videos by email:

  • Your Name
  • Your age (if under 18) – If you are under 18, please indicate that you have your parent or guardian’s permission to enter and provide their name and contact information.
  • Film Title
  • Country of Entry
  • Country of Filming
  • Synopsis
  • Original Language
  • Please write an English translation of all speech
  • Duration in seconds including any titles and credits:
  • Your Email address
  • Your contact phone number
  • Please name all contributors featured
  • Please list all contributor contact phone number(s) and email contacts
  • Please confirm you have read the terms and conditions
  • *If any contributors are under 18 then please provide their age and the name and contact details of their parent/guardian.
  • Please confirm that consent has been given by all contributors to both appear in the film and for their personal details to be supplied to the BBC.
  • If featuring music please confirm that this is your original composition and performance.

Remember that when filming please do not endanger yourself or others, take unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our – and your – rights.

If you experience any difficulties please e-mail

* indicates compulsory fields.

So the key word here is SYNOPSIS!

The second step will be to spend one day – this day – the last day in the year of the rat, thinking about the synopsis of my world. Profound or simple. What is My World? It seems like a very appropriate way to end this year and enter into the New Year… of course, following the Lunar New Year, which seems more appropriate for me than the typical western habit of the Gregorian calendar. If nature rules my life then those are the cycles I honor – certainly not one dictated by Papal decree!

But My World is a hybrid, a mix of the natural and the technological. I work with computers and digital technology all day (and into the night) and heat my home with wood. I shovel my snowy driveway by hand with a shovel and often ride a bicycle, yet I have an old pickup truck. My World is a weird mix of ancient and modern.

Recently a Nexus One Android entered my life. I think it will very soon become my digital soul. I am wired now, everywhere I go, always LlinkedIn… seeking my synopsis.

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