About Competition

Inspired by the James Beard Foundation’s 2013 Conference theme, we encourage you to interpret appetite broadly, from the literal to the figurative. Consider stories of hunger and obesity, craving and satiety, profit and desire. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us angry, make us think – so long as your story explores appetite in some way.


  • Four winning submissions will each inspire an original dish from a ShortDocs Chef
  • Winners and ShortDocs Chefs’ dishes will be revealed at TCFF
  • Eight finalists (including winners) will receive a free pass to Third Coast Filmless Festival (TCFF) in Chicago, October 19/20.
  • All submissions will be archived permanently at thirdcoastfestival.org; all producers will be added to the Third Coast Producer Index.
  • All participants will receive a free one-year Pro SoundCloud account.
  • All finalists will receive a two-year SoundCloud Pro Unlimited account
  • Top submissions will be featured on Third Coast’s Re:sound (WBEZ, Chicago) and podcast, and presented on Public Radio Remix, Third Coast listening events in Chicago and beyond.

Third Coast

The Third Coast International Audio Festival curates, honors, and shares the best audio stories produced around the world for radio and the Internet.

The James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and preserves diverse culinary heritages.

ShortDocs Chefs: Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), Jason Hammel (Lula Café), Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat) and Iliana Regan (Elizabeth Restaurant) will concoct original dishes inspired by four winning submissions.

FIRST EVER PEOPLE’S SHORTDOC! Eight finalist submissions will be posted online in July and voted upon for the first ever People’s ShortDoc Award.

TIMELINE: March 12 – April 30 / Submissions accepted July 1 / Eight finalists announced online July 1 – 15 / Voting open for People’ ShortDoc Award Early August / Winners informed October 19 – 20 / Winners presented publicly, along with dishes inspired by them at TCFF. December / Top submissions featured in Re:sound ShortDocs episode

Get inspired and hear submissions from past ShortDocs Challenges, and read more information/the fine Print for this year’s Challenge. (link forthcoming to 2013 ShortDocs page)