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Docademia’s 3rd Short Documentary Contest


Filmmakers will have a chance to compete for $700, $300, $150 prizes, as well as the opportunity to license their film through Docademia. Runners up will also be given distribution deals and have opportunities to collect royalties when their film is purchased by teachers and institutions of higher learning.



• Submissions must have English subtitles.
• Make sure to read our submission criteria before you submit your film.
• Refer to our Terms and Conditions for the details about our contract.

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Docademia welcomes any short documentary under 20 minutes that addresses the topic of the contest.

Submissions must have English subtitles,
or the narrative should be in English.

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Docademia’s 2nd Award Ceremony: Challenges for Women in Public Spaces

August 9th, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Auditorium @ 1871
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Join us for an evening of film screenings, discussion, and dialogue with directors, filmmakers, and educators from around the world.

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This year's award ceremony will present the best movies of the 2017 contest on Challenges for Women in Public Spaces from 112 countries, and will include the announcement of the winners. Don't miss a live Q&A session with the filmmakers right after the ceremony.

This event is organized with the support of 1871 Chicago, Purdue Foundry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, CMEC at Purdue University Northwest and Chicago Media Project

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Docademia’s First Award Ceremony

On March Seventeen,
Two Thousand and Seventeen

Docademia will hold its First award ceremony

We have selected our Early Childhood film competition winners and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you!

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As this was our first contest, we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but with 529 submissions from 88 countries, we couldn’t have hoped for a better turn out. With numbers like these, we knew we needed some extra help reviewing the films.

We found a team of highly-qualified interns from Bowling Green State University’s MACIE program to form our team of power reviewers! Our interns spent months reviewing all of the films to get us down to our top 6 Early Childhood films. Narrowing a giant list of great films into such a short list was a difficult task and we are so grateful to our interns for all of their hard work.

Once we had our top picks, it was time to send them to our jury committee. We asked the members of the jury to review each film through 4 categories: film aesthetics, content, topic, and bias. The top three winning films should not only be visually engaging, but should also tell a complete story about Early Childhood without prejudice. Our jurors are experts in their fields and after much deliberation they were able to declare a winner.


our jury:

Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

Dr. Zeynep I. Ercan

Dr. Meléndez

Dr. Spreen

And we hope that you’ll join us on March 17th from 6:30-8pm (CST) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago or online to find out who are the winners!