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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Video-Making Contest








Organized by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture – Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC).

“Biotech Shorties” seeks to express the perspectives of film makers on the benefits of modern biotechnology in agriculture through three-minute videos or “shorties.” Contestants may focus on any of the two themes: ”Biotech in Everyday Life” and “Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant.”

“Biotech in Everyday Life” will delve into documented benefits and applications of modern biotechnology. These may include actual and/or potential benefits, products, and impact of applying crop biotechnology in agriculture.

“Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant” will focus on the potential advantages of the insect-resistant Bt eggplant for farmers and consumers.


The contest is open to all Filipino Nationals except the staff of ISAAA and SEARCA and their immediate relatives. Joining the contest is free of charge.

The contest will have two categories: Professional and Amateur. The Professional category covers practicing film makers. The Amateur category is limited to ENROLLED undergraduate and high school students. The contestant/s must indicate in his/her entry the chosen theme and category.


An entry should be a narrative in video format with a minimum playing time of two (2) minutes and a maximum playing time of three (3) minutes. Entries may be in English or Filipino. They may be live-action, animation or a combination of both. The messages of the videos must be based on proven facts. Contestants may use original, royalty-free, or copyrighted music for the videos. However, contestants who will use copyrighted music must submit a permit to use. A contestant may join in both themes, but may only submit one entry per theme.

The file must be in any of the following formats: mpeg, mp4, or avi. The file name of each entry should follow this format: category_lastname_firstname (Example: amateur_delacruz_juan.avi).

Each entry must be submitted in a sealed envelope containing the following:
(1) Two (2) soft copies of the entry saved in separate CDs or flash disks.
(2) Sheet of paper with the following details, where appropriate:

– Name
– Age
– Signature
– School/Organization
– Position (if applicable)
– Contact numbers
– E-mail address
– Mailing address
– Topic – “Biotech in Everyday Life” or “Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant”
– Category – Professional or Amateur

(3) Permit to use if copyrighted music was used in the entry.

The contestant must indicate his or her category on the upper left corner of the envelope.


All video entries in both categories will be judged based the following criteria:

Original Concept: 40%
Creative Production: 40%
* Directing
* Cinematography
* Musical Scoring
Relevance to the Theme: 20%


Entries must be submitted on or before November 10, 2014 to either of the following addresses:

SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center
College, Los Baños, Laguna 4031
Tel. No.: 049-536-2290 local 135, 407 or 169 or Fax. No.: 049-536-4105

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
Khush Hall, IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna
Tel No.: 049-536-7933 or Fax No. 049-536-7216

For queries or additional information about the contest, please contact the addresses mentioned above or check out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page:


The winning entries will be shown during the 10th National Biotechnology Week celebration on November 24-28, 2014. (Venue to be announced.) The winners will be notified of their participation to the event prior to the opening of the National Biotechnology Week.

The winners will receive the following cash prizes:

1st place – Php 70,000
2nd place – Php 30,000

1st place – Php 50,000
2nd place – Php 20,000

1st place – Php 70,000
2nd place – Php 30,000

1st place – Php 50,000
2nd place – Php 20,000

The organizers may require winners to apply minor changes in the videos to best fit their objectives.


ISAAA and SEARCA BIC will have copyright and exclusive use to publish online, reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of all the entries for knowledge sharing initiatives and science popularization activities without further compensation to the artists.


























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