National Council for Children’s Television

THE National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT), an attached agency of the Department of Education, created under RA 8370 or the Children’s Television Act of 1997, is primarily mandated to promote media education and to produce quality television programs that develop the knowledge, skills, values, and strong sense of national identity of the Filipino child.

Pursuant to its mandate of promoting media education and developing the knowledge, skills, values, and strong sense of national identity of the Filipino child, NCCT spearheaded a project in 2015 called “Cine Pambata” a film festival by and for children. While the festival was successful in receiving quality entries and screening these to various audiences around the country, the medium of film was not the best fit for the mandate of the agency.

This year, in an effort to carry on with the goals of the festival with a more suitable medium, NCCT will launch its second edition of the documentary video festival called “DokyuBata” with this year’s theme, “Mental Health Matters: Promoting Awareness and Supportive Environments for the Well-being of Children.”

DokyuBata 2018 Video Documentary Contest is open to Filipino citizen ages 12 to 17 for Children Division and ages 18 to 23 for Young Adult Division. The production team must be composed of a maximum of 10 members who may or may not belong to the same school, barangay, or organization.

Participants are welcome to join the competition individually.

All entries must be in a documentary genre, fact-based. Entries must be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes for Children Division and 6 to 10 minutes for the Young Adult Division.

See the mechanics for more guidelines. The competition will accept submissions starting July 20, 2018. Deadline of submission is on September 24, 2018. There is no entry fee for submission.

The NCCT remains a strong partnership with Bata Ako Ph in pursuing the advocacy in promoting media education. Last year, the screening and awarding of the first Dokyubata was at St. Scholastica’s and was graced by the finalists from all over the Philippines, including teachers, students, and other guests.

In order to bring and present the winners and to promote the program to a wider audience, the NCCT also conducted screenings in Davao City, Calapan City, and Iloilo City with Bata Ako Ph.

John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University – Arevalo bagged 2nd Best Documentary with their “Bangis nga Binaligya” short film. Moreover, they also won Best Direction and Best Story. DokyuBata shall be an annual celebration of local talents, which continues to promote and encourage the production of quality child-friendly television programs.

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