Sunday, July 13, 2008

CNN Launches iReport Film Festival: Campaign 2008

CNN Pressroom - Winners of Online Competition Announced on Anderson Cooper 360° Thursday, Nov. 13

CNN today announced the launch of the iReport Film Festival, CNN’s first user-generated short film competition, providing a platform for voters to document this year’s presidential campaign from their personal vantage point, whether they are volunteering for a campaign or have compelling stories about this election they want to document creatively. Winning submissions, judged by both users and a panel of judges from the film and television industry, will be announced during Anderson Cooper 360° on Thursday, November 13.

“CNN was the first network to launch user-generated news coverage, with iReport, and then pioneered its integration into political coverage beginning with last year’s groundbreaking CNN/YouTube presidential debates,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “We remain committed to empowering Americans with the ability to engage directly with other viewers and voters, and we look forward to showcasing the raw, firsthand accounts from the campaign trail captured by the community.”

Through, CNN Worldwide’s uncensored, unfiltered, unedited, user-generated community news Web site, the iReport Film Festival will enable viewers to share their experiences of this memorable presidential campaign. To submit videos, filmmakers can go to, where all of the entries also are available for viewing by the community. Festival entrants must be 14 years of age or older. Their films must be no longer than eight minutes and must be uploaded to the site by midnight on Sunday, October 12.

Each Tuesday leading up to the announcement of the festival winners, one of the videos will be featured on Anderson Cooper 360°. Additionally, Headline News will showcase submissions Wednesday mornings on Morning Express with Robin Meade, Friday evenings on Showbiz Tonight, and over the weekend on News to Me.

“Since the launch of, we have observed the formation of a community invested in voicing and documenting news as they see it with no boundaries,” said Sue Bunda, executive vice president of content development and strategy for CNN Worldwide. “The iReport Film Festival is an exciting opportunity to feature the iReport community’s viewpoints specific to this historic election year.”

Of the entries uploaded to, 20 finalists will be selected by a committee composed of CNN producers, iReporters and students from film schools and high schools across the country. Those 20 films will be posted to, where the site’s users will vote to determine the winner of the CNN Audience Award. The finalists also will be judged by a panel of professionals from the television and film industry for the Festival’s Grand Jury Award. Winners of the CNN Audience Award and the Grand Jury Award will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C., during the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, to shoot another film for CNN’s consideration.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to take a poll on how many americans would like to see all those ceo hired without their bonus. This should not be optional the tax payers did not have the option on a bail out. We the people now more than ever need to stand together. We can help due to the fact we have to budge our money. Michelle Olsen Hudson New Hampshire

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call your senator and demand it.

1:34 PM  

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