DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 3 JUNE 2018
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite youth from around the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, diversity and social inclusion.
In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.
“PLURAL+ provides youth around the world with the opportunity to submit real stories told by real people, which when widely disseminated help to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding as well as respect for diversity and tolerance,” says Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.
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.
In addition to the three International Jury award winners, PLURAL+ will also select a video for the “PLURAL+ Special Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia”, the winner will also be invited to New York (all travel expenses paid) to participate and present his/her video at the PLURAL+ 2018 Festival and Awards Ceremony.
“We recognize youth as powerful agents with great potential to address the current toxic narrative around migration in which migrants are seen often in a negative light.” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. “With these vibrant, thoughtful, inspiring videos which leave us with an unmistakable feeling of hope for our world and a brighter future in which inclusion is the norm and plurality is celebrated.”
PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to raise their voices on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that the powerful expression of youth creativity is a force to be reckoned with.
Further information, including guidelines, rules and regulations and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at: pluralplus.unaoc.org.