The Personal Camera is an exploration of an elusive but more and more compelling field: essayistic cinema.
The essay film, together with its cognate formsthe diary, the travelogue, the notebook and the self-portraitis cinema in the first person.
You studied, worked, or volunteered abroad and now you want to include part of this in your personal statement.
Maybe you want to show that you’ve experienced a different culture or that you’ve managed to go outside of your comfort zone.
We are interested in work that directs its gaze outward, that curiously engages with the world, and that is, as former CDS director Tom Rankin describes, “derived from an in-depth understanding of place, history, and the current situation, in concert with a personal relationship to the proposed work.
Ultimately, the commitment is to use documentary expression to motivate the thinking and reﬂection of others.” The judging will be based only on the work as presented, with focus on the strength and nuance of the essay submitted as a narrative; the subject matter can be weighty or light-hearted.
The ,000 award will be reported to the winner on a 1099-Miscellaneous tax form.
It is the responsibility of the winners to file their tax liability.
There are no restrictions on the age and nationality of the applicants.
Individuals currently associated with the Center for Documentary Studies are not eligible for the prize.