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

Theme: "WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS MEAN TO ME"



Human Rights as the Road to the Sustainable Development Goals


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 Information Centre (UNIC) is organizing a nationwide video competition on the theme, “What Human Rights Mean To Me.”

This contest is being organized in partnership with the Roads2SDGs Project of the United Nations Development Programme, SM Marketing, and Ad Rem Projects.

UNIC Manila and its partners aim to engage Filipino youth, 13-18 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 Theme


UNIC Manila will encourage contestants to reflect on the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and then to portray through video what these rights mean to them, their families, and/or their communities.

Contestants are likewise enjoined to show the important link between the achievement of human rights and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, each of the 17 SDGs corresponds to human rights and freedoms. Thus, the video could make the case that the fulfillment of human rights would pave the way to achieving the right to food, the right to health, the right to gender equality, among the other SDGs.


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.

Contestants are enjoined not to focus on political commentary.

Contest Mechanics


1. This contest is a team competition. Each team will be composed of three persons, all of whom should be bona fide Filipino citizens between the ages of 13 and 18 years at the time of the competition. Entrants will be required to submit a scan of their birth certificate. Actors appearing in the video are not counted as a team member.

2. Teams composed of fewer or more than three persons are not eligible to join the competition.

3. Entries must be submitted on or before 25 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 Entrant to this contest page.
  • Entrants must “Like” UNIC Manila’s Facebook Page before they can join the contest.
  • Users must download and accomplish the Registration Form, scan it, and email it to unic.manila@unic.org. By signing the Registration Form, the Entrants agree to abide by the rules of the competition and the film guidelines and by the decision of the panel of judges.
  • Entrants 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.
  • 4. 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.

    5. Entries will be scored according to the following criteria:

  • 40%: 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;

  • The shortlisted Entrants will be notified via email and phone using the contact details that they indicated in the registration form.

    6. A Selection Committee will score the Top 10 Entries to determine the Top Three Teams.

    7. The criteria for selecting the Top Three Teams will be as follows:

  • 40%: 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;
  • 8. The Top Three Teams will be selected on 29 November 2018. The top three teams will be notified via email and phone using the contact details that they provided in the registration form.

    9. The Awards Ceremony will be held on 5 December 2018, 6:00 PM, at Cinema 7 of SM Mall of Asia.

    CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES


    1. The contest is a team competition. Each team will be composed of three persons, all of whom should be bona fide Filipino citizens between the ages of 13 and 18 years at the time of the competition. Entrants will be required to submit a scan of their birth certificate.

    2. Teams composed of fewer or more than three persons are not eligible to join the competition.

    3. 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.

    4. UN Staff and their relatives, and UN interns are disqualified from the competition.

    5. The submission period is from 1 October 2018 to 25 November 2018. The deadline for submission of entries is on 25 November 2018, 11:59 PM. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

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

    7. All entries must be submitted in digital format.

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

    9. The best video format for YouTube is MP4 with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec, as it allows to get high-quality video while file size remains small. Use one of the standard aspect ratios: 4:3 or 16:9

    For more information, you can refer to the link below:
    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171?hl=en

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

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

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

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

    15. 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.

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

    17. Entrants may not—prior to the awards ceremony on 5 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 and other online or digital platforms). Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the disqualification of the entry.

    18. 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.
  • By submitting to this contest, the Entrant acknowledges that her/his work may become subject to public voting on the contest site.
  • 19. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, Entrants must submit a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in their video. The accomplished Actor Release Form should be scanned and emailed to: unic.manila@unic.org, or sent by post to: United Nations Information Centre Manila, 15/F Rockwell Business Center Sheridan, corner of United and Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong City, 1554 Metro Manila, Philippines.

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

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