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Big Cities

18 – 19 JUNE 2015

This year, ABU Documentary Exchange (16 – 17, June) and Big Cities 1
st Producers’ Meeting (18 – 19, June) was consecutively.
Participants are encouraged to participate in both the ABU Documentary Exchange & Big Cities Meeting in view of the different objectives which we believe will be most beneficial to all participants.


BIG CITIES is a world-wide TV and crossmedia collection of stories about innovative ways to improve living conditions in the growing number of megapolis around the world.The quality of life in big cities has been falling over the years in contrast to the urban population that has been growing at ever-greater speed. Overcoming the challenges of urban development and planning depends on new and bold solutions. In order to provoke change and make things better, broadcasters from all around the world cooperate in the BIG CITIES project. Together, they will produce and share a package of films that come in two different lengths,  13’ and  52’ minutes, creating thus a collection of inspiring character-driven documentaries for tv broadcast as well as online exposure. Each participating station will produce at least one film (long or short) in order to receive the whole collection. Broadcast and online all over the globe, the films will provide citizens and policy makers with innovative knowledge and motivating success stories, including such topics as mobility, housing and slum upgrading, safety, climate change, planning and design, economy, reconstruction, governance human rights, water and sanitation, land, energy, social and intercultural issues. BIG CITIES has been developed by TAL (Televisão América Latina) in Sao Paolo, Brasil, and is a follow project to the successful global collection COLOURS OF FOOTBALL (

Tentative Schedule as below :



Big Cities Orientation @ Xiamen, China

18 March 2015

Call for participation

Early April 2015

Application Deadline

Early May 2015

Signature of the contract and fee payment

Until May 2015


June 2015

Graphic identity content

September 2015

First cut

October 2015

Analysis of the first cut

November 2015

Delivery – Upload of completed episodes

April 2016

Download links for completed episodes (depending on delivery date of PARTNERS)

From April 2016

Download of others episodes

From August 2016


October 2016

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact :
Ms Hanizah Hamzah 
Tel                  :         (60 3) 2282 2480 / 3592
Fax                 :         (60 3) 2282 5292
E-mail             :