Democracy Video Challenge 2010

Embassy Warsaw is announcing the Democracy Video Challenge 2010! Your mission is to create a short video (no longer than three minutes) that completes the phrase “Democracy is…”

The prize?  An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., New York and Hollywood with gala screenings of the winning videos!  Exposure to filmmakers and the U.S. film and television industry.  Meetings with democracy advocates from government, media and civil society.

One of the grand prize winner’s last year came from Poland, Lukasz Szozda!  You can view his winning video here:

The deadline for video submissions is January 31st, 2010.  We are planning a number of exciting events to celebrate democracy and we will be posting as the details become available. 

Until then, here are a few rules to get you started:

You must be 18 or older to enter.  Videos can be any style: fiction or documentary, animated or live action.  Videos must be no longer than three minutes, and must be in English or have English subtitles.

Contestants may enter anonymously, but anonymous winners cannot collect the grandprize.  See the contest site for a complete list of rules at

Six teams of high school students met at the American Corner in Wroclaw to compete in the second annual U.S. Challenge contest.   The students  answered questions in seven categories: famous people, geography, history, film, literature, music and American landmarks.   The contest prepared by American Corner in cooperation with Information Resource Center in Krakow revealed students’ impressive knowledge of the United States.  

Please take a look at a short video material from the contest.   As the U.S. Challenge  is an annual event, we hope to see you there next year.