Youth Short Film Contest in Armenia


Youth from all over Armenia are invited to participate in a Youth Short Film Contest on Human Rights in Digital Age.

The Contest is being organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Population Fund, UN Development Programme, OSCE Office in Yerevan and the Council of Europe with the support of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1. Theme and Objectives

1.1. Theme
Youth are encouraged to produce a short film related to topic HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  Films can be produced in groups and in co-operation with educational institutions.

1.2. Eligibility
Eligible are any young Armenian citizen (17 to 25-years old).

1.3. Objectives
The aim of the competition is to promote Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to raise awareness among young people on human rights in the digital age, opportunities which are offered to the human rights defenders by internet and social media, to give youth the opportunity to tackle this topic from a creative point of view, promote human rights defenders successes.  The best films will be screened on Human Rights Day Celebration in December 2012 in Yerevan.

The same event will simultaneously take place in other UN Member States. The award ceremony in Armenia will be live broadcast, connecting youth of different countries, who will be able to talk to each other via internet, promoting international dialogue, building tolerance and sharing their experiences in promotion of human rights.

All entries will be posted on UN Armenia YouTube Channel ( and the general public will be invited to vote to select the best film.


2. General Guidelines

2.1. Submission and deadline
Please send films to the UNDPI in Armenia by Monday, November 26, 2012, via email or bring the copy of film on DVD to the UN House (address: 14, Petros Adamyan, Yerevan).   Please enclose the copy of your passport first and second pages and the summary what the film is about (in English and Armenian languages).   

The envelope should be titled: UN Department of Public Information, Human Rights Film Contest.

2.2. Technical guidelines

The length of the submitted films must not exceed three minutes. They should be digital and can be fictional/feature, documentary or animation, or any other category, as long as they cover the topic of Human Rights in the Digital Age. The films can be in English, or Armenian, or Russian languages or even silent.

They can be produced with any digital equipment available; all types of video cameras of all categories, also mobile phone cameras are eligible for use. Only these formats will be acceptable: avi, mp4, mov.

All films should respect Armenian copyright legislation.

Only films, which are produced exclusively for this contest, will be considered by the jury, since films which were produced for other festivals or contests should not be submitted to this one.

Entries which will not comply with the above mentioned requirements will not be considered.

2.3. Rights
The contest organizers have the right to use/publish the competition entries for non-commercial purposes; the participants of the contest also have the right of using/publication of their own product.
3. Awards

There will be two award categories:

i.    Jury (consisting of MFA, UN DPI, UNDP, UNFPA, OHCHR, OSCE Office in Yerevan and CoE experts) Award.
ii.    General Public Award (through YouTube voting). All entries will be posted on UN Armenia YouTube Channel ( and the general public will be voting to select the best film.

4. Support

Information and educational materials on human rights are available at:

4.1. Questions
For further questions please contact:

UN Department of Public Information in Armenia
United Nations House
14 Petros Adamyan Street
Yerevan 375010, Armenia
Tel: (374 10) 56 60 73 ext. 206, (374 10) 56 02 12


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