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18 June – 30 November 2012

3rd e-MOTE Digital Storytelling Competition

What is the Digital Storytelling Competition?

This competition is organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) as a platform to tell stories through a fusion of art and technology to promote media literacy. Using time-honoured storytelling techniques and blending them with rich media and digital tools, you’ll bring your stories off the page and onto the web, where they’ll be seen by millions of people around the world!

How do I get started?

themeSimply join our Creative Workshops between May and September, designed to kickstart your digital storytelling journey! Conducted by experienced lecturers from the School of Film & Media Studies in Ngee Ann Polytechnic, participants will experience the art of storytelling through editing and visual effects workshops.

How do I sign up for the workshops?

Each school is entitled to send a group of 15 students and a teacher for the workshop. The cost for each participant is SGD 15, inclusive of training materials. Interested participants need to sign up by sending an email to [email protected] or call NBDCS at 6848 8295, stating their name, school and IC number.

Contestants are not required to attend the workshops in order to participate in the competition. However, these workshops are value added activities to enhance the digital storytelling experience.

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Is there a theme for the competition?

All digital stories must include a narrative that relates to the theme of:

“When I Get To Know You”.

themeThis theme will require students to think about what they find when they get to know someone better and not just rely on their first impressions of someone, especially those who are different from us. The students could also reflect further on this theme and what it means to go beyond the usual “hi-bye” of everyday interactions to gain a deeper understanding of the people around them.

The digital story must be multi-media in composition and personal in orientation. The stories must be outward creative expressions of what the digital storytellers feel and think regarding a specific topic.

What format must my story be produced in?

The story we are looking for must be in a digital format. What this means is that the submissions can be in the form of a video, a slideshow, podcast or any other digital media format that can tell a story with visuals and sound, suitable for digital broadcast on the Internet.

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How long does my story have to be?

Your stories should be between 1 minute and 3 minutes in length.

What are the Rules and Regulations for the competition?

You can view the rules and regulations here.

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When do I submit?

themeAfter the creative workshops, you have till 30 November 2012 to finish your digital story. During this time should you encounter any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we will be glad to help you with your submission.

How do I apply? Where do I upload the video?

Contestants can fill in an online application form and submit their video/digital stories via a Web-based secure digital file delivery website (e.g. or and email the link to [email protected]. e-MOTE Storytelling Competition committee will be in charge of uploading on the e-MOTE YouTube channel.

How will I know that I’m a finalist?

Selected finalists will receive an invitation to attend the Awards Ceremony. The e-MOTE committee will upload your stories into the “e-MOTE Digital Storytelling Competition” YouTube channel. The copyright clearances of all clips are the responsibility of the entrant. You do not need to upload the videos on your own.

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What do I stand to win?

themeTop 3 entries will receive an array of fantastic prizes including Apple iPods, Adobe Creative Suite software, Beyerdynamic headsets, camera accessories and many more exciting prizes! On top of that, entrants can double their chances of winning with special award categories for Content and Visual Effects and even a Viewer’s Choice Award!

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. All participating schools will be notified of the results of the qualifying rounds via email by end-December 2012. The Awards Ceremony will be held at Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road, 5/L and 6/L, on 10th January 2013.

The Timeline

Workshops May – Sep 2012
Deadline for Submission 30 Nov 2012
Notification of Results End Dec 2012
Awards Ceremony 10 Jan 2013


For more information, please contact:
National Book Development Council of Singapore
Faith Huang

+65 6848 8295
[email protected]

For workshop sign-ups & submissions, please email [email protected]

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