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CIR Open Source Film Awards

To showcase the power and impact of Open Source Investigations (OSINV) in journalism, CIR is proud to announce the first edition of the CIR Open Source Film Awards, to be held at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia (17-21 April 2024).


The Awards are now open for entries and submissions will close on Friday 23 February 2024.

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Open Source Investigative (OSINV) techniques have rapidly become a key part of modern-day investigative journalism with many media organisations making significant investments in OSINV capabilities and dedicated teams. The CIR Open Source Film Awards set out to celebrate the use of OSINV techniques in investigative journalism, to encourage innovation in visual OSINV storytelling and to support a creative community among OSINV-focused journalists. 

The Awards will be open to three categories for short, mid-, and long-form video content. 

Open Source Investigative findings need to sit at the heart of each video, however this does not necessarily need to be the main visual focus of the investigation. CIR does not aim to provide an exhaustive list of what defines OSINV techniques and does not want to limit any expression of innovative storytelling. Upon taking part, participants are asked to provide a supporting statement reviewing the use of OSINV techniques in their film by clarifying the significance of which OSINV techniques were used in their investigation, the importance of OSINV to their team or by explaining how OSINV techniques allowed them to pursue the journalistic aim of their video.

The Awards are open to any subject matter, but we do encourage the submission of films that have added to the deeper understanding of specific conflicts, expose human rights abuses, films that uncover key elements of accountability or that challenge an established narrative of events. Finding creative ways to tell OSINV stories in an emotionally engaging way is a plus.

Three submissions will be selected for the shortlist for each category. Participants shortlisted will be notified after 15 March 2024. By Friday 29 March (2 weeks after notification) finalist must provide a 1 (minimum) to 3 (maximum) minute high-resolution video trailer or excerpt of the selected film, to be used for promotional purposes online and during the Award ceremony.

For each finalist entry CIR will provide hotel accommodation for two participants per submission for 2 nights. All other expenses, including food and travel, are paid for by the finalists.


All the details on criteria and how to submit can be found in this submission document.

Published on 12/1/2024

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