Editorial Policy

by spanna — August 07, 2012

EngageMedia welcomes contributions from a variety of styles and genres, whether it's documentary, fiction, experimental or as yet un-categorisable.

Our key focus is to present video that promotes social change. We want to promote work that challenges corporate dominance and government arrogance, that exposes the people and mechanisms behind environmental destruction or human rights abuses. We want to build media that questions how the world works.

We are looking to create a more thoughtful space for works that have significant impact on viewers but we also want the space to be diverse and open to people with many different approaches.

Submission Guidelines


We accept work that is:

  • well researched
  • well produced and edited
  • focusses on the South East Asia and Pacific regions
  • aids in the development of social movements
  • is innovative, engaging or entertaining
  • constructive, critical of the status quo or highlights key issues


We don't accept:
  • work that promotes sexism, racism or homophobia or discrimates against dis-empowered members of the community.
  • advertising or advertorial

Open Content

EngageMedia operates on the principles of open content. We want visitors to this site to be able to freely copy and redistribute the works here as long as it is for non-profit purposes. Work should preferably be share-alike which means "I share if you share". Apart from the ethics of such a policy, we believe it is practically impossible to stop people reproducing your work once it is in digital form. This is also a positive, however, as people will help you distribute your work around the globe if they enjoy it.

This site cannot directly generate revenue for producers, although we would like to implement a donations based micro-payment system a bit further down the line, so other Members may contribute financially, on a voluntary basis, to future work by the Producers whose videos they enjoy or want to see more of. Indirectly EngageMedia and Internet distribution in general may expose filmmakers to other revenue streams such as festivals, compilations and broadcast.

EngageMedia uses the Creative Commons licenses as they are currently the most developed. When you publish your work you will be asked to specify a creative commons licence.


What happens to your work once you have submitted it?

Once you upload your work to the site you'll be sent an email telling you the server has received it. The site moderators will then view the video and publish or reject it. You'll receive an email about this too. If you continue publishing solid content we'll invite you to become a site moderators and help review and approve other peoples content too.