VIDEO COMPETITION TO MARK THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Theme:

“WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS MEAN TO ME”


INTRODUCTION

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

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To commemorate this anniversary (UDHR70), the United Nations in the Philippines (UN Philippines) is organizing a nationwide video competition on the theme, “What Human Rights Mean To Me.” The UN Philippines wishes to engage Filipino youth, 19-24 years of age. This age group, which belongs to Generation 2030, stands to benefit immensely from human rights education that encourages individual action to contribute towards attaining not just human rights goals but also the Agenda 2030 for Development. A youth-friendly and illustrated edition of the UDHR produced by the UN may be found at: www.un.org/en/udhrbook/

Contest Mechanics


The UN Philippines will encourage contestants to reflect on the abovementioned rights and freedoms and then to portray through video what these rights mean to them, their family, and/or their community. The video could also depict the importance with which they regard these fundamental rights and their commitment to these. Contestants could likewise represent through their video, their aspirations for a future in which they themselves, their families and/or their communities have full enjoyment of human rights.

1. The contest is open to teams of three persons, between the ages of 13 and 18 years at the time of the competition.

2. Entries must be submitted on or before 7 November 2018, 11:59 PM. Instructions for submission are as follows:

  • Click on “What Human Rights Mean To Me Short Film Competition” on UNIC Manila’s Facebook Page. This will route the user to the contest page where s/he will find the contest mechanics and rules and regulations.
  • Users must “Like” UNIC Manila’s Facebook Page before s/he can join the contest.
  • Users must download the Online Registration Form, accomplish it, and submit it by email to unic.manila@unic.org. By signing the Registration Form, the contestants agree to abide by the rules of the competition and the film guidelines and by the decision of the panel of judges.
  • Users can submit one (1) entry during the submission period.
  • All submitted entries will be stored on UNIC Manila’s Youtube channel but will not be visible to the public.
  • 3. Once all entries have been gathered, a Selection Team will screen all of the valid/verified entries in order to choose the Top 10 finalists. The entries will be scored according to the following criteria:

  • 60%: Content – Overall story and integration of the entry to the set theme; and
  • 40%: Production Value - Cinematography, music, direction, editing, etc.
  • The shortlisted contestants will be notified via email and phone using the contact details that they indicated in the registration form.

    4. The Top 10 entries will then be uploaded on UNIC Manila’s Facebook Page for public viewing and for online voting. It must be noted however that the selection of the top three entries will not be based on popularity on Facebook. The Facebook scores will form only 5% of the entries’ final scores.

    5. The Selection Committee will score the Top 10 Entries to determine the top three winners. The Selection Committee will be composed of _________________________.

    6. The criteria for selecting the Top three winners will be as follows:

  • 35%: Theme Integration – this will be based on the degree to which the entry faithfully captured and depicted the theme of the contest;
  • 25%: Creativity and originality – this will be based on the novelty and imagination of the entry’s approach to story-telling;
  • 25%: Production Value – this will be based on the entry’s production value, in terms of direction, cinematography, music and sound, editing, etc.;
  • 10%: Impact – this will be based on the compelling effect of the entry on its viewers, due both to its content and production value;
  • 5%: Facebook Votes
  • 7. The top three contestants will be will be notified via email and phone using the contact details that they provided in the registration form.

    8. The Awards Ceremony will be held on 7 December 2018 at ________________.

    CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES


    1. Entrants are three-person teams, composed of bona fide Filipino citizens between 13 and 18 years old, at the time of the competition. A scanned copy of the entrants’ birth certificate will be submitted to show proof of the entrants’ age.

    2. Entrants must not be professional filmmakers. They must not have previously won any award in any Short Film competition, in the Philippines or in other countries.

    3. Relatives of UNIC Manila staff members are disqualified from the competition.

    4. The submission period is from 1 September 2018 to 10 November 2018. The deadline for submission of entries is on 10 November 2018, 11:59 PM. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

    5. Entrants may submit only one (1) entry each.

    6. All entries must be submitted in digital format.

    7. The length of the video should not exceed 3 minutes, not including the opening and closing credits.

    8. The specifications for video submissions may be found at this link: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171?hl=en

    9. Entrants may use any genre (i.e. Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Musical, etc.), but must fully and clearly depict the concept “Human Rights As My Personal Responsibility” (as explained above) in its main story, dialogue, interactions, or visual elements.

    10. Films may be shot and edited using any device such as, but not limited to, professional filming devices like digital cameras, mobile devices (i.e. smart phones, tablets), desktop or laptop computers, and the like. The film’s final resolution should be acceptable enough for cinematic and television screening, at least 480p.

    11. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless the entrant owns the copyright or has a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.

    12. All footage must be shot. Existing footage, including but not limited to TV commercial and music videos, may not be used in any scene.

    13. Entries may use any language. However, subtitling in English is required.

    14. Content must comply with all local and national laws of the Philippines. Content must not (1) promote illegal behavior; (2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; (3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; (4) violate rights established by law or agreement; (5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Manila in its sole and conclusive determination.

    15. Entries must be strictly independent films and not produced by commercial producers.

    16. Entries must not have previously won an award in any Short Film competition, in the Philippines or in other countries.

    17. All entries must have their premiere screening at the Short Film Awards Ceremony on 7 December 2018.

    18. All entries must not be viewed publicly before the end of the competition—10 November 2018.

    19. The ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the entry remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions:

  • Entrants grant UNIC Manila the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for non-commercial promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.
  • Entrants grant UNIC Manila the right to use, reproduce, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.
  • UNIC Manila maintains the right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the video for non-commercial promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues.
  • Entrants may not—prior to the awards ceremony on 7 December 2018--publicly share or publish their entry in any manner and may not post or upload their entry to any website or video hosting site (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Youtube or Vimeo). Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disqualification of the entry.
  • 20. By submitting to this contest, the entrant acknowledges that her/his work may become subject to public voting on the contest site.

    21. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST entrants must submit a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in their video. Forms can be scanned/emailed to: unic.manila@unic.org, or mailed to: United Nations Information Centre Manila, 15/F Rockwell Business Center Sheridan, corner of United and Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong City, 1554 Metro Manila, Philippines.

    22. The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. Population Connection will pay filmmakers no additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.

    23. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.

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