Pinoys Win Worldwide Democracy Video Challenge

The U.S. Department of State and its partners announced  June 16  that Melissa "Aissa" Peñafiel and Miguel Ocampo were among the six winners of the Democracy Video Challenge, a worldwide online competition that engages people around the world in a global dialogue on democracy. Over  900 people from 95 countries joined the contest.  Peñafiel and  Ocampo were named the winners for East Asia for their  three-minute video entitled 'Long Live the Fearless Man'  featuring local actor Alastaire "Alas" Tabilos,  reports the  US Embassy in Manila website. The five other winning videos are from Zambia, Poland, Nepal, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney remarked, "This is a wonderful achievement for Aissa Peñafiel and Miguel Ocampo.   Their [work] shows the real power of Filipinos increasingly in the film and creative arts industry."

The Challenge asked young video makers to complete the phrase, "Democracy is…" through three-minute videos posted on the competition's YouTube site. An independent jury co-chaired by Hernando de Soto (President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy) and Michael Apted (President of the Directors Guild of America) selected the 18 finalists, and the online voting public chose the six winners, one from each region of the world.  

The winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York, Washington, and Los Angeles in September, where they will meet with democracy groups, film and television companies, the media, and government organizations. Screenings of their films are planned in all three cities.

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