The winner of the SuperPower film competition "My World" has been announced. Here the Executive Producer of the competition, SImon Pitts explains why it was held now and what made the winner stand out.
"Great! I needed a camera" said the winning film-maker Frederico Teixeira de Sampayo. He was on his mobile phone in Madrid, Spain. He said his (very) old camera has broken and so this came in time.
Frederico's film "Wash Rinse and Spin" is beautifully simple. You watch as a finger switches on a washing machine and dirty laundry starts to rinse. Then you notice Frederico's reflection in the shiny door of the machine. He sits and watches the hypnotic rhythm. The rest of the story is told in on-screen text as Frederico ponders what one can do to get a job in recession. It's visually neat, smart and relevant.
We launched MyWorld in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The idea was to ask all our TV and radio audiences to make a mini documentary about their world - to share a story they think the world should see. It caught on. As an enthusiastic blogger on the BBC's Global Minds audience panel put it: "I really like it.... You're creating a mosaic of humanity". Somehow that description nails it beautifully. Through all these stories that we received and the ones that are shortlisted by our curators, we get access to places we could never see and stories we would never know about.
It's interesting how often the same themes come up in people's films. With over 500 films from everywhere, people clearly share similar concerns. Or at least the ones with cameras do. We had films detailing local environmental issues - about a diseased fish in Canada, about environmental damage in the beautiful Galapagos. There were plenty of stories about children's suffering in poorer economies, about dreams of freedom in Iran and plenty of stories of recession from the USA.
We're currently in the edit suite putting some of the best films together to be shown on BBC World News this weekend. And we'll get them up online at the MyWorld web pages next week.
Even a year ago a worldwide competition such as this would not have been possible.
Advances in camera technology on mobile phones, and improvements in editing software mean that access to storytelling is pretty much open to all.
MyWorld has turned this small corner of the BBC into an editor and curator of your ideas and stories. I'm sure that there will be more.
Simon Pitts, Executive Producer, MyWorld