An online film contest with judges including Mariane Pearl is calling for entries that tell of the American Muslim experience.
The "One Nation, Many Voices" competition started taking submissions of films lasting five minutes or less on Tuesday.
The goal is to bring attention to experiences that show what all Americans have in common, and to challenge stereotypes, said the event's promoters.
"For all of us living in the U.S., there's certainly more that unites us than separates us," said Kim Spencer, president of news and culture channel Link TV, which announced the competition along with One Nation, a collaborative that seeks to use the media to challenge stereotypes of Muslims.
Categories include drama, comedy, documentary and animation/music. There are also separate categories for films of one minute or less and videos produced by youth. Entries must be submitted by Nov. 25.
Viewers will be able to vote online until Nov. 30 to select finalists, which will then be evaluated by a panel of judges.
The winner will be awarded a $20,000 cash prize as well as a debut on Link TV.
Pearl is the widow of journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered by Islamic extremists while reporting for The Wall Street Journal in Pakistan in 2002. "A Mighty Heart," the film about her ordeal after the kidnapping, opened in June.
On the Net: http://www.onenationfilmcontest.org