Before I set up polls in October to vote on 2020 Challenge options, this thread will be open until October 2 for you to put any suggestions forward.
NEW: - This year, I would like participants to limit themselves to three new challenge suggestions. While I don't like to place a cap on creativity, we were very much swarmed by the extensive number of suggestions that participants last year put forward. By capping it at three, it is my hope that participants will carefully choose ideas with lots of potential and which are likely to receive solid support.
NOTE: This thread is not a poll, but rather a discussion thread about poll options.
Change things around so that there are 12 Country/Region and 24 Anything Else Challenges
This would solve the whole genre/theme blur issue and would allow more themes into the schedule, which would seem to be a good thing since there are always so many theme suggestions to navigate through each year.
Change the polling system so that we vote for everything in a single poll, rather than separating Repeat and 'New in 2020' options
Pro: We don't have to repeat a certain number of 2019 challenges if we don't want to.
Con: We might end up voting for most of the same options as in 2019, which would mean less variety.
This is the current schedule that I am working on prior to the 2020 Challenge Series beginning:
September 7 - open a discussion thread for 2020 Challenge ideas
September 7 - open a discussion thread to determine regions of the world for the Country/Region Challenges prior to voting (see thread)
October 2 - open preliminary polls to see which Challenge ideas will make it to the final polls
October 9 - open
November 9 - open a thread to discuss scheduling for successful Challenge ideas
December 1 - open a thread to discuss Challenge rules and feedback
NEW: - We have currently agree to merge the Genre/Decade and Theme categories together and place them into a single poll in which we will vote on 20 options for 2020 in addition to the four permanent challenges. The single poll will be initiated on October 9.
In order to avoid overcrowding the single poll, we will have three or four preliminary polls (run from October 2 to October 9) in which we will vote on which options will make into the October 9 poll.
The following Challenges are currently permanent and will placed in the 2020 schedule without being voted on:
<400 Checks (permanent)
All non-permanent 2019 Theme/Genre/Decade Challenge options will be automatically be placed in the October 9 poll. These are:
Directed by Women
Low IMDb Rating
They Shoot Pictures + TSP 21st Century
Academy Award nominees
Jonathan Rosenbaum Essentials
Conquering the World
Doubling the Canon nominees
Banned Films/Video Nasty
In Competition at Cannes
I have auto-nominated all Challenge options that received 14+ votes last year (but didn't make the cut). These will be placed in the October 2 preliminary polls:
Coming of Age
Space & Time Travel
Doubling the Canon
One film from each year
Criterion/Masters of Cinema
UNESCO Memory List
1967-79 New Hollywood
Degrees of Separation
One film from each iCM List
The following options have been suggested by forum users on this thread. These will also be placed in the October 2 preliminary polls:
Prison (suggested by blocho)
Transit (suggested by blocho)
Zombie (suggested by Lonewolf)
Giallo/Slasher (suggested by Lonewolf)
Christmas/New Year's Movies (suggested by sol)
Re-watch (suggested by sol)
Counterculture films (suggested by peeptoad)
Forum Lists (suggested by 72allinncallme)
1000<400 (suggested by 72allinncallme)
Minority Narratives (suggested by albajos)
Shorts (suggested by albajos)
Martial Arts (suggested by Lonewolf)
Immigrant Experience (suggested by maxwell)
Parodies/Remakes (suggested by maxwell)
Labor movement/workers' rights (suggested by blocho)
1990s (suggested by jeroeno)
2020 Movies (suggested by Coryn)
Stand-Up/Live Performance (suggested by flavo)
Indigenous Narratives (suggested by maxwell)
Spirituality/Religion (suggested by Roger)
Independent Cinema (suggested by Roger)
Run the Director (suggested by flavo)
Single Critic Official Lists (suggested by albajos)
Sport Movies (suggested by jeroeno)
Disabilities (suggested by 3eyes)
Royalty (suggested by Kublai Khan)
Starring children (suggested by Kublai Khan)
Based on a novel (suggested by Kublai Khan)
String of movie titles (suggested by 72allinncallme)
Historical Non-Fiction (suggested by Coryn)
French Language Cinema (freebie)
What other ideas would you like to see voted on next year?