Beijing Olympic committee starts to collect children's smiles for Games
The Organizing Committee for the Beijing Olympic Games (BOCOG) on Wednesday began the process of collecting smiles of children across the world that will be displayed at the opening and closing ceremonies during the 2008 Games.
An applicant may submit up to five photos of one child and is allowed to offer photos of different children before April 30 next year, said a BOCOG official in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies.
The photos must be color with a resolution of no less than 5 million pixels. Children under the age of 10 are preferred.
The official said that BOCOG might make changes to the photos without "damaging the integrity of smiling faces", and would decide whether and how to use the photos in the opening and closing ceremonies, broadcasting and Olympic Games' publications.
However, the official said BOCOG would not disclose how the photos will be used in the ceremonies to ensure the "novelty" of the idea would be retained.
Applicants should fill in a form, which can be downloaded from the official website for the Beijing Olympic Games (www.beijing2008.cn), before sending CDs containing the photos to BOCOG'S "Smiling Faces Collection Office".
Last month, Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who is masterminding the 2008 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, said he planned to collect 10,000 children's smiles for the opening ceremony.
"We will collect the smiles of children of different regions, colors and races all over the world," Zhang told Xinhua.
"We will display these smiles at the opening ceremony, after our artistic processing, to complement the theme of the Games: One World, One Dream," he said.
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