• Jul 01 08:00
    Jan 01 00:00

    Containing COVID-19: Mobile Documentaries

    Institute for Mobile Studies, School of International Communications, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

International Mobile Storytelling Competition Series 2020


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in early January 2020, global efforts in containing the virus have been widely documented by mobile users around the world. To document and enhance global joint efforts in containing the virus, we organize an online international mobile documentary competition. 



The competition has, but not limited to, the following three suggested themes: (a) connections (with a special focus on connecting people, expertise and resources although physically distanced during the virus outbreak), (b) collaborations (with a special focus on collaboration processes on different fronts in containing the virus), and (c) contributions (with a special focus on achievements and progress in containing the virus locally, nationally or globally). Other suggested themes could include nurses stories, doctor stories, patients stories, patients’ family stories, or city stories in containing COVID-19.   



The competition has two categories: (a) original documentaries or (b) edited documentaries using video clips collected with permission from original sources.

Outstanding Mobile Documentary Awards (5)

  • 1st Place: entry into one episode of the Short Film Show
  • 2nd Place: entry into one episode of the Short Film Show
  • 3rd Place: entry into one episode of the Short Film Show
  • 4th Place: entry into one episode of the Short Film Show 
  • 5th Place: entry into one episode of the Short Film Show
(subject to quality review from the organizers)



Excellent Mobile Documentary Awards (20)


Rules & Terms:

Your mobile documentary must be kept within 10 minutes. It should be original, shot and edited with a smartphone, with English subtitles, with a compelling theme, and strong interwoven storytelling elements. Your video file “must be at least HD 720p and preferably with stereo or 5.1 audio. The best files for us are .MP4 or .MOV H.264 or ProRes 422”. The file sizes should be UNDER 10GB. It should be presented in landscape NOT portrait. If any story elements used from other sources, permission for re-use should be obtained from the original creators. Finally, make sure everything is truthful and cleared by you before you submit it to us for the competition. For more details, please refer to the terms and conditions by the Short Film Show.

The winners will be announced by 1 July 2020.         

Submission deadline: 12:00 noon 1 June 2020.

Click here to submit FilmFreeway or use our submission form here

For enquiry, please click here or write to ims@nottingham.edu.cn