Call for Entries: UNAOC/IOM PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2018 (Fully-funded to New York)

Call for Entries: UNAOC/IOM PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2018 (Fully-funded to New York)

Deadline: June 3, 2018

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2018 Call for Applications is now Open! PLURAL+ is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that invites the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion.

PLURAL + is a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. By supporting the distribution of youth-produced media, PLURAL+ recognizes youth as powerful agents of positive social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions.

Each year since 2009, a prestigious international jury selects three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category (up to 12, 13-17, 18-25). The International Jury Award winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2018 Awards Ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in November 2018. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities to over 20 of the best videos submitted. All award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

Prizes

  • The PLURAL+ JURY AWARD prizes will be awarded in three (3) age-based categories:
    • up to 12 years old
    • 13 to 17 years old
    • 18 to 25 years old
  • The PLURAL+ Jury Awards will be awarded to one entrant per category and will be selected by an independent international jury.
  • One representative of each PLURAL+ International Jury Award winner will be invited to New York, with airfare and hotel accommodation paid, to present their work at the PLURAL+ 2018 Awards Ceremony in New York in November 2018. Only a youth entrant with one chaperone for each winning video will be flown to New York.
  • PLURAL+ 2018 will also select a video for the PLURAL+ Special Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia. The winner of this award will also be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid.
  • Additional awards may be given by PLURAL+ partners and may include equipment, travel or professional opportunities.
  • Winning videos will receive broad recognition and exposure through wide multi-platform distribution of their work, including broadcast, satellite, internet, film festivals and possibly DVD.
  • Winning entrants will be notified no later than 15 August 2018.
  • A prestigious international jury will announce the winners during the PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony in November 2018 in New York.

Eligibility

  • Entrants to PLURAL+ must be of maximum 25 years of age at the time of the production of the video submitted to PLURAL+.
  • People appearing in the video do not have to be youth. However the videos must reflect the youth’s opinions or reflections about migration, diversity and social inclusion.
  • Multiple youth may work together to make one video, as long as all members of the group are maximum 25 years of age at the time of the production of the video submitted to PLURAL+.
  • Only minimal roles of any adults (over the age of 25) involved in the making of the video (e.g. educators, teachers, instructors, etc.) is acceptable (group coordination, technical support, renting equipment, etc.). It is understood that particularly for the age group of up to 12 years, educators could have a more substantial role in the production of the video.
  • If multiple youth work together on one video then the video will be judged in the age category of the entrant who has a primary role in the creation of the video.
  • Immediate family members (siblings, children and grandchildren) of IOM, UNAOC and the jurors for the PLURAL+ Video Festival are not eligible to enter.

Format

  • All videos should be submitted as a file (preferably as “.mov”) via a file hosting website like dropbox.com, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc. The entrant may also choose to mail a DVD of the video entry to PLURAL+ mailing address.
  • Videos that are not in English must have English subtitles.
  • All videos must be five (5) minutes maximum of running time, including title and end credits.

Application

Submit your videos here

For more information, visit PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

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