Radio Canada International’s special projects team has launched The Roots Challenge, a national competition of short films and multimedia productions. This competition targets citizen participation and aims to show the contribution of all cultures to the Canadian mosaic.

The Roots Challenge is open to all Canadians and permanent residents, 18 years and older, who wish to submit a video or multimedia production, 3 to 8 minutes in length. Radio Canada International is looking for original productions, in all styles, that present a story about your roots or lack of.

RCI’s jury will select 8 winners, 4 in French and 4 in English and web surfers will also have a chance to vote for their favorite production in the “short film” and multimedia categories, at

Entries can come in any form and genre (fiction, report, documentary, animation, etc.). The winners will share nearly $13,000 in prizes and their names will be disclosed online in the spring of 2010.

The deadline for entries is March 7, 2010. The competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike.

For the submission form, the contest rules as well as the evaluation criteria go to :

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