NOISE 4docs Challenge

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A 4-minute documentary challenge

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As part of our packed programme of special projects for the 2006 festival, NOISE teams up with 4docs, creators of some of the most ground breaking documentaries screened on C4 over the last 30 years.

The challenge is to make a documentary about a street act, busker, amateur performer or band in your local area in just 4 minutes. The film is to be a genuine observational documentary, exploring a subject by questioning television conventions such as location shooting, interview technique, public opinion or the use of commentary, music soundtrack and captions.

After a great response, the best submission selected by 4docs founder Patrick Uden and NOISE comes from Jacob Swan-Hyam, aka Vabe with his short film ‘Toy Dating’ (below). Vabe is a filmmaker and photographer from York who made his first music video at just 15 years old and had his first documentary broadcast on BBC2 only two years later. Vabe was also selected by Penny Martin, NOISE Curator for Photography and Editor in Chief of, for his series of kooky photos submitted to NOISE Festival 2006.

'NOISE has given me the opportunity to expose my work to potential clients and employers. Not an easy task in such a competitive industry'

Vabe, Winner 4docs Challenge

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