So you say that last Tarantino film sucked. Think you can do better?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 October, 2008, 12:00am

Despite our age of hi-tech multimedia and digital movies, the online portal wants today's teens to go old, old, old school to the days of pre-talkies. Started in Hong Kong, the web magazine for young people is hosting a silent-film contest for those between the ages of 13 and 21.

With the thought that 'pictures speak louder than words', the idea is to encourage them to explore their raw talent through a non-academic but creative outlet. In particular, they want to encourage teens who volunteer or work with a particular non-governmental organisation to make projects that promote their host agency.

In fact, if the short is submitted through a charity or NGO, the submission fee of US$10 is waived.

As to the criteria of a silent short film: it doesn't have to be completely silent. A soundtrack is fine, but no dialogue is allowed. The video must also be one minute or less. Three winners will be chosen and each will receive a US$1,000 prize and have their work aired on Channel V.

The deadline for registration is December 1 and the deadline for the film to be submitted is December 31. The winners will be announced in March. Contestants can enter as individuals or as a team (but all its members must be between 13 and 21).

The registration form can be downloaded from Further inquiries can be made on 2550 0879. If you need inspiration, kids, perhaps you might google a guy named Charlie Chaplin.