National Adoption Day Video Competition

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Deadline is today to submit a short video to the "This is My Family" competition. In celebration of National Adoption Day, and National Adoption Awareness Month, PBS's POV channel (the documentary station) is collecting video stories that expand the definition of '??family.'??

POV is encouraging PBS stations, adoption awareness organizations, foster care organizations, LGBTQ organizations, schools, community groups and viewers to produce short videos about what '??family'?? means to them and to submit their videos to POV by November 15, 2010.

The classic family photo with matching sweaters and look-alike smiles doesn'??t quite capture the '??modern family.'? POV wants to hear real stories about your family from you. Send in your videos, and you might receive an iPad or an iPod Touch. Who is your '??family'?? Maybe your family is your group of friends, or your extended family. You could be an adoptee, an adoptive parent, or part of a single-parent family, an LGBTQ family or a foster family. Help to expand the definition of '??family'? by submitting a video - no longer than 5 minutes - to '??This Is My Family.'?? Deadline: November 15, 2010--today (sorry for the late notice but I just got this email)

The winning video(s) will be selected based upon the following criteria:

* Honest storytelling
* Execution of the video in a concise, visually appealing way
* Overall originality and creativity of video

The judges will choose their favorite video, and a slate of finalist videos that POV website visitors will vote on, starting November 22, 2010. The judges' choice will win an iPad and the audience award winner will receive an iPod Touch. The voting period ends on November 30, 2010. Winners will be announced in December.

The POV website ( offers viewers many opportunities to promote and participate in the Adoption Stories campaign:

* Make a video or submit an existing video to This is My Family
* Blog/Tweet/Facebook about This is My Family
* Use the Lesson Plan in classrooms to create This is My Family pieces
* Host a screening and discussion of the Adoption Stories films

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* Register your event with National Adoption Day
* Vote on your favorite video from This is My Family between November 22 and November 30

For complete contest rules, please visit the POV website:

For more information about National Adoption Day go to

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