July 13, 2021 – To exhibit the prowess of the young Filipino documentarist in creating television materials, the Department of Education (DepEd) urged learners to participate in the upcoming 5th DokyuBata Video Documentary Contest starting in July this year.

“We want our learners to become more discerning in studying and interpreting media materials in television and social media, especially now that they are more exposed to these platforms. With this initiative, we can instill values, knowledge, and creativity to our learners so they can be better media advocates,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

The National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT), an attached agency of DepEd, created  DokyuBata in 2017 to provide an avenue for aspiring young television documentarists to showcase their skills and expose them to quality and child-friendly documentaries.

This year’s DokyuBata will be done virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will introduce five significant activities to develop the prior talents of the participants.

DokyuBata Masterclass will train aspiring filmmakers in crafting documentaries. It will be open to learners and teachers interested in the program.

Meanwhile, DokyuBata Rewind will feature selected documentaries from the year 2017-2020 to make the participants aware of the impact of the competition, from the production team to the subject of the program and the community.

Additionally, DokyuBata Classroom will be conducted for the Top 10 finalists of the competition. It will serve as a workshop and talkback session to guide them in revising their documentary and promoting it.

On the other hand, a DokyuBata Virtual Screening will be a 3-day online screening of the enhanced documentaries by the finalists, followed by the DokyuBata Awarding Ceremony announcing the winners of the competition. Both activities will be held virtually in NCCT’s online channels and pages.

To cater to more participants, the competition will be divided into three categories: Children Division for ages 12 to 17 years old; Young Adult Division for ages 18 to 23 years old; and the Adult Division will be open to individuals 24 years old and above.

NCCT reminded aspiring participants to submit their entries from August 2, 2021 until October 4, 2021, through their email (ncctdokyubata@gmail.com). DokyuBata 2021 is free and will not require fees from its participants.