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The Economist magazine and PBS NewsHour have teamed to create The Economist Film Project, an initiative that will “showcase independent documentary films from around the world,” according to its website.

Segments from selected films will air regularly on PBS NewsHour in a national primetime feature through 2011-2012.

Thompson on Hollywood spoke to The Economit‘s deputy editor, Gideon Lichfield, who says the project “will bring viewers new perspectives and insights in the form of films they might not otherwise see on the kinds of issues that The Economist itself covers.”

The Economist Film Project is currently seeking submissions of completed documentary films on a rolling basis beginning January 10, 2011 and continuing monthly through January 2012. Both documentary shorts and feature-length films may be submitted. One six- to eight-minute film or film segment will be selected and aired on PBS NewsHour, with at least three films featured each month.

Learn more on how to submit your film.

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