SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Third Annual Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest) will hold its screenings and award ceremony at the Camera 12 Cinemas in downtown San Jose on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 2 to 6 pm.
The SI DocFest is not a traditional film festival, but rather a contest narrowly focused on high school students, the documentary genre, social issues, and the greater Bay Area community. Participants are asked to create a short documentary (8-12 minutes) profiling individuals or organizations that are making or have made a difference in the community through their dedication to social issues. At last year's event, the organizers awarded more than $25,000.
Submitted films are judged by the organizing committee, which selects a group of ten semifinalists. These films are then evaluated by a team of independent judges, which will select and rank six finalists.
The top three films will be announced at the awards ceremony, with first place receiving $10,000, second place $6,000 and third place $4,000. Each award will be equally divided between non-profit organizations or individuals profiled or designated in the winning documentaries, the schools represented by the winning filmmakers and the filmmakers themselves in the form of cash scholarships. Cash awards for the non-profits associated with the other finalists and semifinalists will also be presented.
The ten semifinalists will be posted on the SI DocFest website (www.sidocfest.com) on January 25 and will be screened at the February 6th event. A reception at the theater complex will cap the evening. Tickets will be available to the public at the Camera 12 box office or online at www.cameracinemas.com starting next week.
The SI DocFest has been conceptualized and organized as a volunteer-based endeavor by Do Good Docs Corporation, a non-profit organization co-founded by San Jose residents Monica and Loreli Alba. Monica, 22, is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, while Loreli, 19, is a sophomore at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Camera Cinemas, the leading independent movie theater company in the South Bay, has been an official sponsor of the SI DocFest since its inception in 2007.
For more information please visit www.sidocfest.com, which includes a tab with press materials.
Do Good Docs is a non-profit organization located in San Jose, California. Its first project has been the sponsoring and organizing of the Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest), while two more initiatives focused on socially responsible filmmaking are in their early stages.
For nearly 35 years, Camera Cinemas has been presenting a wide variety of well-made, intelligent films, from re-released classics to independents, international to mainstream. With four distinct locations - Camera 7 Cinemas, the state-of-the-art multiplex in Campbell's Pruneyard Shopping Center; the Art Deco neighborhood theater, Los Gatos Cinemas in downtown Los Gatos; the three-level Camera 12 Cinemas, and the newly re-opened Camera 3 Entertainment in downtown San Jose - Camera Cinemas has become an important institution in the local film community, making vital contributions to the cultural life of the San Jose area and representing the best of what the South Bay has to offer.
SOURCE Do Good Docs Corporation