International Documentary Challenge

International Documentary Challenge

Write, shoot and edit a short non-fiction film in just 5 days. You must use an all-volunteer crew, none of whom will be getting much sleep in order to submit the film before the judges’ deadline.

Started in 2006, The International Documentary Challenge is a timed competition in which filmmakers are given just five days to create and complete a short non-fiction film. The participants all work during the same time period and are required to ship their finished films by a strict deadline. The filmmakers must choose between two documentary genres and are assigned a specific theme each year that helps dictate the content and direction of
their film.

This DVD collection features a variety of short non-fiction works from around the globe – from China to New York City; from Seattle to Amsterdam; from Montana to Japan – representing the very best from filmmakers who participated in the first three years of the International Documentary Challenge. If you’re interested in participating in the next International Documentary Challenge, you can find details at

Sponsored by: KDHX, Hotdocs, POV, Big Sky Film Festival, Typecast Films, Documentary Educational Resource, Film Action Oregon, IDA, DOC, Dokufest, 48 hour film project

IDC collection

(2009, 151 minutes)

DVD Special Features

  • Every Second Counts: A Discussion With Doc Challenge Filmmakers (24 mins) — Followup interviews and thoughts from participants on being part of the doc challenge.
  • International Doc Challenge Trailer (4 mins) – A brief look at the IDC.
  • Typecast Films trailers
  • DVD Rom: Doc Challenge Classroom Guide (PDF)

Click WooshPortraits of HopeLao Shan Lao YinUnfettering the Falcons

Release Information: SRP $24.99, UPC 64351912191

Release Date: March 17, 2009

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Download the International Documentary Challenge Classroom Guide.The Classroom Screening Guide is intended for use by educators in Middle School, High School and College.