U.S. Department of State Announces Winners of Global Online Video Contest: 'Change Your Climate, Change Our World'

By U.s. Department Of State, PRNE
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 - The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
(ECA) is pleased to announce the four winners of its online video contest,
"Change Your Climate, Change Our World." Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
launched the contest on November 17, 2009 with a video message
d/winners ) on ECA's ExchangesConnect (connect.state.gov/ ) social
networking site, inviting people around the world, ages 14 and older, to
submit their original 2-minute videos.

To encourage cross-cultural community building and mutual understanding,
the contest defined "climate" in the broadest sense to encompass the people,
places, and relationships that affect our daily lives. Contestants were
challenged to relate their own actions or actions of others to make a
positive difference in a local community and thus contribute to a better
world. The contest attracted nearly 9,000 new members to the ExchangesConnect
online community; membership grew to over 23,250, from 14,330 prior to the

ExchangesConnect community members representing 50 countries submitted
168 eligible videos. That community voted on the video entries and an expert
panel of judges ranked the "top 40" videos, based on Originality, Creativity,
Effectiveness, and Production Quality.

ECA selected two international and two American winners (one in each of
the two age categories: 14-17; 18 and older) to receive one each of four
Grand Prizes: an all-expense-paid two-week exchange program. International
winners will travel to the United States and American winners will travel
abroad. The School of Cinema and Performing Arts (SOCAPA)
(www.socapa.org/ ), one of the premier visual and performing arts
programs for young people, has generously supported the contest by providing
a two-week summer camp experience for the young international winner. Flip
Video(TM) (www.theflip.com/en-us/buy/Educators.aspx ) provided Flip
Video(TM) Camcorders as additional prizes during the contest to spur
community engagement.

The contest Grand Prize winners are:

1. Bruna Monteiro do Nascimento, age 17, of Recife, Brazil, for New Eyes
d/entries/new-eyes );

2. Gints Amolins, age 25, of Riga, Latvia, for [?] CYCLE
/entries/cycle );

3. Rebekah Austin, age 17, of Mill Valley, California, for Souls of Sol
d/entries/souls-of-sol ), and;

4. Lan Li, age 21, of Los Angeles, California, for Living Beyond
Landscapes (connectcontest.state.gov/contests/change-your-climate-chan
ge-our-world/entries/living-beyond-landscapes ).

The winning videos and more information are available at ExchangesConnect

The contest judges, all ECA exchange program alumni, were Jay Craven,
Independent Filmmaker; Vassilios Karamitsanis, President, Platforma
International Film Festival and Urban Cultural Company; Rodolfo Molina,
Coordinator, El Salvador's Biennials of Visual Arts events; and, Hind
Shoufani, Writer and Filmmaker.

Catherine Stearns, +1-202-632-6437, StearnsCL at state.gov

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