One Chicago, One Nation – Short Film Contest

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I received this email from Souheila Al-Jadda, a producer at Link TV, and promised to help get the word out about the “One Chicago, One Nation” short film contest (under 5 minutes). It is a worthy interfaith project, and I am from Chicago, although the contest is not limited to Chicago residents but open to anyone in the US. The film just has to be about Chicago.

There is No Entry Fee. Here are the details:

One Nation is holding a short film contest to share stories in or about Chicago that demonstrates the social benefit of diverse individuals and communities working together. It really is aimed at bringing communities, particularly interfaith ones, together. We have had two successful film contests in the past two years and hope to make this more localized one equally as successful, with the goal of replicating them in various metropolitan cities throughout the country.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $20,000.

Category winners receive $5,000 each.

The first 25 accepted entries also have a chance to win an iPod Nano!

The categories include: Comedy; Drama; Documentary; Under 60 seconds; Music video/spoken word/animation; Mobile digital media (phones, mp3s/iPods, Flip cameras).

Deadline for submissions is April 23. For more information please visit:

Winners are publicly announced at a ceremony in Chicago’s Millennium Park on Thursday, June 17, 2010. To inspire community dialogue to strengthen communities, winning films will be televised on Link TV (except Mobile Digital Media), online at, and will be used in community conversations to create intercultural connections.

One Nation, in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, Link TV, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), and Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), is creating a national model for engaging communities in building relationships between American Muslims and their neighbors. For general information about One Chicago, One Nation visit the initiative’s website at

Please help to spread the word to friends, filmmakers, and interested groups, especially High Schools and Universities, that may want to participate.

Ya Haqq!


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