Radio Cinema

Manual Cinema is working with the Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) on their 2016 ShortDocs Challenge! TCIAF curates audio stories from around the world and shares them on the radio, in podcasts, on the Internet, and at public listening events. Every year they create a ShortDocs Challenge open to the public to encourage the production of new work from radio insiders and outsiders alike. Each challenge is created with an artistic partner and this year we teamed up to create the Radio Cinema Challenge. We made four mini-movies inspired by different cinematic genres and original music compositions to inspire contestants. Manual Cinema will also adapt one winning audio story into a live performance to premiere at the ShortDocs Celebration in Chicago on November 10th, 2016.


The 2016 ShortDocs Challenge invites anyone and everyone to produce audio stories that are two-to-three minutes in length and:

– are inspired by one of four original Manual Cinema mini-movies.

– “shot” on two or more locations

– incorporate one Manual Cinema original musical compositions.

The deadline for submitting your ShortDoc is 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.


Here at Third Coast we’ve been saying “Radio is the most visual of mediums” for a looong time. Now, we’re putting our money where our mouth is, launching a Challenge that asks you to create a short work to delight the mind’s eye.

We encourage you to think of your microphone as a camera – use it for close-ups and wide angle shots, zoom in and out, consider perspective and point-of-view and shadow and light. As you edit, keep in mind cinematic conventions as well – jump cuts and long fades, flashbacks and chase scenes and meet-cutes, montages and double exposures.

The possibilities are endless… just as long as your ShortDoc follows the rules. Ready to make your movie-for-the-ears? All the ShortDoc deets, here.

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