Have you been wondering why two of the most well-known online video clips come from greater China (Asian Backstreet Boys may be THE most well known around the world; and while Bus Uncle isn’t, it’s gotten an amazing amount of play for something that’s subtitled)? Chinese youth are armed with video cellphones, digital video cameras, and broadband…and they’re churning out clips by the millions. What’s more, their digital dreams are being encouraged and disseminated by China’s top research academics and (of course) burgeoning vlogging sites. Communication University, Beijing Film Academy, the Central Academy of Drama, vvlogger.com, PodLook.com, and UUSee.com are in the midst of accepting submissions for China’s First Annual Original Videolog Contest. Prizes of 3000 RMB (about 450 USD) will be given for Best Director, Most Original, and Most Popular. Submissions accepted until July 10, online voting until July 25, and prizes announced August 10.
If you want to see them a PC will be best–I have trouble on my Mac. Go to the list of submissions and click on something that looks good. You should be able to watch 1 or 2 clips before you’ll be asked to register. Registering is simple if you don’t mind entering a screenname and email address to a Chinese site. If the registration window pops open, enter your name in the first box, then a password, then redo the password in the 3rd box, an email address in the 4th, a screenname in the 5th, type in the secret code thing that keeps out the bots, check the little red box, and click on the button that says 下. To return to the videos, press the button that says 登. Good luck!
link to one of the most popular so far — the hilarious 16 minute send-up of the Bun Murders Sequel, “当大师遇到馒头” (The Day the Master Meets the Bun), blogged by Jason earlier here.