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PangeaDay: an event lived worldwide

May 13, 2008

Juliana Rincon is video editor of Global Voices, which monitors citizen media in the developing world. Thomson Reuters is not responsible for the content of this post — the views are the author’s alone.

PangeaDay LogoPangea Day took place Saturday, and people from different parts of the world got together to watch movies and to be a part of a worldwide event in which movies, speakers and music showed us a bit of life on the other side of the globe, uniting people from all walks of life. It also included a mobile video contest with an international lineup of winners.

From Kigali in Rwanda, one of the 5 main screening locations, a slide-show of photographs from the event uploaded on OVI, the video and image platform used to promote PangeaDay content:

From Haifa in Israel, another slide-show of the gathering that watched the event near the Caesarea Port:

During the event, the friends of Pangea website had live streaming feeds from different places in the world including US, Colombia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand. Other sites, like the Colombian Medellín PangeaDay [es]  had their own website where liveblogging, streaming video and photographs were posted during the event. Nokia, a PangeaDay partner, hosted the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards Contest and the five finalists were flown into one of the five different screening locations.

You can view the winning videos at this pangeaday OVI site. The finalists were: Rounds all around us by kayoom in India, smile by goofylopez in Indonesia, amazing rainbows! Shot and Edited with my Nokia 93 by ruperthowe in the United Kingdom, The Game -South African Children having fun in a Video Games Room by ecachucho and Clouds Running by pierba in Italy.

The Grand Prize winner on the Pangea/Nokia OVI website is ecachucho. For his video on South African children playing arcade games he won a trip to the Rwandan Gorilla Reserve, together with a full crew to help record his trip.

David Howell from David Howell Studios presented the winner of the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Award with a Nokia N82 and accessories. 

The winner, Amazing Rainbows by Rupert, was chosen because it portrayed best the spirit of the mobile video: recording those once in a lifetime moments that  never repeat themselves.
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