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Birmingham Issues Digital Challenge

Birmingham Issues Digital Challenge

Wannabe filmmakers and photographers in Birmingham have been challenged to showcase their creative skills in a special competition to illustrate visions for the city and its future. Whether armed with a simple mobile phone, or the latest in camera technology, entrants of all ages are being encouraged to make a short two minute film, or eight image photo project, as part of Birmingham City Council's Big City Plan project.

As well as seeing their finished projects published on YouTube and the Council's website, the best entrants will also be in the running to win state-of-the-art Flip cameras. Experience of film making, or access to high tech equipment, is not necessary as all entries will be judged on their creativity and content rather than their technical ability or visual standard.

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "A key aim as part of our development of the Big City Plan is to get as many people as possible thinking about their city and coming forward with their own ideas on its future development.

"Rather than simply running traditional consultation exercises we have been keen throughout the Plan development to explore as many new and innovative methods for gathering what people think as possible."

In addition to launching the Digital Challenge, the council has also promoted the Big City Plan via a wide range of social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter. Communications staff are now looking at ongoing ways to embrace web 2.0 developments in consultation with new media experts across the city. The competition, which will run until April 20 was officially launched earlier this month at a meeting of Birmingham’s Creative Republic, a regular forum of leading figures from within the West Midlands' creative and cultural industries.

Although a formal statutory consultation period closed in early February, the development of the Big City Plan is a long-term project with the council keen to continue gathering views and amending its plans as it goes forward over the next 20 years. For full competition rules and how to enter go to: www.bigcityplan.org.uk 

  • Category: Regeneration
  • Reference number: 11305
  • Contact: TEST Geoff Coleman
  • Issue date: 27 February 2009