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The World Catholic Association for Communication
SIGNIS ASIA
SIGNIS ASIA MEDIA AWARDS (SAMA) 2017
Call for Entries.
Theme: Promoting Stories of Hope
(Every SIGNIS ASIA Member Country should send an entry)
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 5th June 2017
An Introduction to the Theme:
In the Words of Our Pope Francis!
In a world where so much bad news can anesthetize people or lead them to despair, the
media cannot and should not ignore 'good news' stories, stories which we see as a
reflection of the greater news that God is a loving father.
'Fear not, for I am with you', are the words believers hear whispered in the midst of the
world's tumult. Professionals, opinion leaders and means of communication are based
in affluent areas, distant from the places of poverty and need. The physical location too
often translates into ignorance of the complexities of the lives of most women and men
today.
The anesthetization of conscience of letting despair get the better of us are two possible
'diseases' that our current communication system can cause.
It often appears that communications media are used as part of a 'genuine strategy' for
creating fear, but we have good news to tell because we contemplate trustfully the
prospect of the Kingdom.
It is an invitation to tell the story of the world and stories of men and women in
accordance with the logic of the 'good news' that reminds us that God never ceases to
be a father to all people and in all situations. Let us learn to communicate trust and hope
for history.
Some Reflections on the Theme: Seeds of Hope!
We can’t but help dealing with human dignity, peace, and love. These elements are also
included in the stories of hope. .
We try to seek for seeds of hope in despair. Take for instance, adults and children among
multi-regional and religious societies. Though adults strictly oppose each other, their
children can mingle with each other. We can find the seeds of hope among children
See the real hope in the depth of despair
We can look for positive approaches.
For example, though many youth are addicted to smart phones, they can find meaningful
ways of using them. Smart phone is a gift from God. How to use the gift is left to
individuals.
We come across thought provoking phrases. For example: We can see real hope in the
depth of despair. Crises present opportunities. The best opportunities can be found in
times of crisis. Opportunities are found in times of crisis.
‘If winter comes, can spring be far behind?’ is a famous phrase from Shelley’s Ode to the
West Wind. Daylight comes after night!
Whenever we are in the depth of despair, we console ourselves by saying,
‘Nothing could be as bad as all that’. Or, ‘Just improvement is left before us’. Or ‘This too
shall pass’.
Story
Has the ‘Story era’ come to an end?
A story is a very useful device to attract the attention of people. Story marketing is very
common today.
The story is an inevitable element for producing a radio program.
The legendary radio producer, Orson Wells, emphasizes that the ‘radio is an ideal
medium to deliver the story’. Story and music are two pillars for radio. A story is a
powerful tool for communication.
SAMA 2017 - CATEGORIES
VIDEO:
One Minute: First Prize: US $ 500 + Trophy + Certificate
Five Minute: First Prize: US $ 750 + Trophy + Certificate
POSTER:
First Prize: US $ 300 + Trophy + Certificate
PHOTOGRAPHY: First Prize: US $ 300 + Trophy + Certificate
RADIO: (Synopsis in English is a Must)
One Minute: First Prize: US $ 300 + Trophy + Certificate
Five Minute: First Prize: US $ 500 + Trophy + Certificate
Guidelines:
 One country can send any number of entries. One contestant can send
any number of entries.
 Either the Country President or if a country has many regions, the
Regional President should acknowledge that the production is from a
contestant belonging to Signis contacts. This is important since our
announcement will be out in the social media and general public may
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like to participate whereas this contest is for people from Signis
contacts.
Material should have been produced from July 2016 to March 2017
Radio Programmes should have synopsis in English
Photos and Poster should be sent online with not less than 300 dpi in
JPEG format.
Jury’s decision is final.
IMPORTANT: Every SIGNIS ASIA Member Country should send an
entry at least in one category. Every year Signis Asia Screening
Committee has been recommending the production of Video and
Radio programmes on values. The entries for SAMA do not match
with the number of productions we undertake every year. Kindly
motivate the young minds to reflect on the theme and send more
entries!
Kindly send your Entries through online, email, google drive and youtube to:
Mr. Ly Sovanna ([email protected]) and
Dr. Magimai Pragasam ([email protected])
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 MAY 2017
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