UDHR Young Directors Project: Promoting Human Rights Through Film

Led by the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival (Hong Kong)

Calling on young filmmakers around the world to create a short narrative film relating to the following theme: “Human Rights Violations as Experienced by Women and/or Girls.”

The top 10 films will gain international attention on social media platforms and be screened on Human Rights Day and at next year’s edition of the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival in Hong Kong.

Entry form available here 

Project mission:

• To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Dec. 10, 2018) by encouraging young filmmakers to develop their skills and highlight human rights violations to a global audience.

• To help build connections between young human rights filmmakers around the world.

The film must be:

• A narrative film

• No more than 5 minutes in length

• On a subject matter related to the following theme: “Human Rights Violations as Experienced by Women and/or Girls.” This theme allows you to tell the stories of abuses of women’s and girls’ rights specifically, and also how women and girls are affected by other human rights abuses and violations.

For example, these can include (but are not limited to) violations relating to:

Discrimination

Poverty

Minorities

Refugees

Indigenous peoples

People with disabilities

Freedom of expression

Freedom of religion

Pollution

Climate change

Privacy.

For more issues, visit the UN’s list of human rights issues here: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/ListOfIssues.aspx

 

In addition:

• The film should include subtitles if it contains dialogue in a language other than English.

• Any music, video or still images in the film must be formally cleared for use by the copyright holder or be copyright free.

 

Who is eligible:

Young people aged 30 and under. Those who are aged 17 and under must submit a form signed by a parent or guardian consenting to their taking part.

Participants may be enrolled in or graduated from a filmmaking program, or simply be interested in filmmaking as a hobby. Participants are encouraged to receive advice and support from mentors or teachers, although the end product must be their own work.

Film schools, academies and universities are encouraged to recommend the participation of outstanding students.

Films may be produced on equipment ranging from professional cameras to smartphones. Entries filmed in 360 are also acceptable.

 

Closing date:

November 10, 2018

 

Selection process:

A jury of directors and human rights professionals will choose the 10 best short films based on originality, quality, subject matter and impact.

 

Winning films:

• Will be uploaded onto YouTube, the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival’s website and partner websites in December to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These films will raise the profile of human rights abuses, encouraging audiences around the world to reflect on what they can do to stop them.

• Will be screened at the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival in May 2019 in Asia-Pacific.

• A selection of the winners will have their travel costs paid to attend the screening of their short films at the awards ceremony on Dec. 10 in Hong Kong. They will have the chance to share their experiences with audiences.

 

To enter: 

Email the following to 1905hrff@gmail.com

• A completed entry form (also available by emailing 1905hrff@gmail.com)

• A URL link to download the short film (e.g. via WeTransfer).

Applicants should receive an email confirming receipt of their application form and film within 72 hours.

There is no cost to enter.

 

For forms in other languages, please contact 1905hrff@gmail.com

For all questions, please contact 1905hrff@gmail.com

 

ABOUT US:

The 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival (1905HRFF), established in Hong Kong in 2016, aims to further social dialogue through the medium of film and build a platform for human rights education in the Asia-Pacific region. 

2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this year and in line with 1905 HRFF’s mission, we wish to help to raise awareness of human rights violations in 2018 to coincide with the UN Human Rights’ yearlong campaign, #Standup4humanrights.