Democracy Video Challenge winners revealed

Six chosen from more than 900 submissions

The Democracy Video Challenge, a global online video competition launched by the U.S. State Department in conjunction with entertainment comapanies and youth groups, announced on Tuesday the six winners of its inaugural competition, which attracted more than 900 submissions.

The winners are Rodin Hamidi, an Iranian national from United Arab Emirates; Chansa Tembo from Zambia; Aissa Penafiel from the Philippines; Lukasz Szozda from Poland; Tsering Choden from Nepal; and Anna Israel from Brazil.

Participants were asked to create film shorts completing the phrase, "Democracy is..." Director Michael Apted and Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto chaired the selection process, which chose 18 finalists on May 18. Their work aired on YouTube, where viewers voted for their favorites.

"The State Department and our partners created the Democracy Video Challenge as an experiment to generate a global conversation. In doing so, we learned from and heard a global array of impassioned and personalized voices and saw differing visions about the meaning of democracy," said Judith McHale, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Challenge partners included the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the International Youth Foundation, the DGA, the MPAA, NBC Universal, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, TakingITGlobal, USC's School of Cinematic Arts, the U.S. Department of State, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and YouTube.