July 24, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES: Film Competition for Refugees Stories

Prix Italia, one of the most prestigious and oldest international competitions for Radio, TV and Web programmes in cooperation with COPEAM launches a film contest regarding the phenomenon of immigration from MENA Region.

In the occasion of its 66th edition, Prix Italia organises the event "Refugees Stories: Glances from the South” and opens its doors to all the audiovisual operators coming from the Southern countries (Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East etc.), in order to collect short films or clips of documentaries/reportages on this delicate topic. The aim is to go beyond the usual information provided by the media, offering a more human perspective of the phenomenon of the refugees.

A selection of the submitted products will compose a showcase that will be screened during the event. The projection will be followed by a pertinent debate on the subject of the refugees, with experts and representatives of organizations and institutions working in this field.

COPEAM will confer an honorary prize to the best film for both the message conveyed and the video quality. Along with the prize, COPEAM will invite the winner to the event (covering all the costs) which will talke place in Turin on 20th of September, 2014 while it will also ensure the visibility of the film. Deadline for submittiing the audiovisual material is 15th of July.

Please find here the application form as well as the application conditions and more information about the event.


OPPORTUNITIES / PROJECTS: Europe and New Zealand: Exchange of Inclusive Journalism Students

Inclusive Journalism Initiative:Reporting Europe and the Asia Pacific is a mobility project between four journalism schools in Europe and New Zealand. Developing inclusive journalism curriculum was one of the recommendations of a study conducted by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in partnership with Article 19 and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on how to report ethnicity and religion.

“When it comes to incorporating the idea of inclusive society into the curriculum, universities fall short of offering models that future journalists can use when reporting on diversity issues. This is about to change, thanks to Inclusive Journalist Initiative”, says Associate Professor Verica Rupar, head of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) journalism programme who is also an academic consultant for MDI.

The project between AUT (Auckland, New Zealand), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), the Danish School of Media and Journalism (Aarhuus, Denmark) and the Swedish School of Social Science(Helsinki, Finland) involves development of journalism curriculum, exchange of students and staff and joint research. This project is supported by MDI, Maori TV and Radio New Zealand.

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RESOURCES: Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media (#SMGuide4CSO)

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media (#SMGuide4CSO) offers a high level overview of best practices used in social media for advocacy. Realizing the ever-changing landscape of social media, we have tried to avoid focusing on details associated with individual social platforms, as there are many and keeping track of them is almost impossible. Instead, we offer NGOs a solution on how to approach social media as a whole, no matter the platform, and how to reach their intended programmatic goals using the medium.


  • The guide offers an overview of the major global platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus; with tips on how NGOs can best use these platforms to reach their advocacy goals. (Pages 14-18)
  • Realizing its global scope, the guide has a section highlighting social platforms that are popular regionally where USAID has missions. (Pages 19-20)
  • The guide offers an introduction on how to use analytics to measure the impact of social media in programming, plus an overview of what key performance indicators to analyze. (Pages 43-51)
  • We have dedicated an entire chapter to potential security and privacy risks that may come up as NGOs adopt social media. (Pages 53-55)
  • The guide has close to 90 terms, and in the Flipbook version of the guide, users can link back and forth from the term to the page it’s referenced on. (Pages 57-61)
  • The guide has a comprehensive list of online tools and resources which can help NGOs effectively use social media and stay engaged with the social good community around the world. (Pages 62-66)
  • Six case studies at the back of the guide highlight different tools used by NGOs to achieve a particular goal. The case studies are also referenced throughout the guide, when applicable. (Pages 70-81)
  • Finally, you will notice throughout this guide highlighted sections and links which feature helpful tips and tools for users seeking even more information about a certain topic.

To download the resource, go to http://www.usaid.gov/SMGuide4CSO


The initiative Talents Beirut was launched by the Metropolis Association (Beirut) and the Goethe Institute in Beirut, in collaboration with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille. Its purpose is to support a new generation of Arab filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa.

In September 2014, fifteen participants will attend a four-day programme of master classes and workshops. This first event focuses primarily on the areas of camera, cut, audio and soundtrack – aspects of film production for which there are not enough opportunities for education currently on offer in the Arab world, according to the organizers. 

The non-profit Metropolis Art Cinema Association was founded in 2006 in order to develop Lebanon’s cinema culture. Since 2008, it has planned the programme for the Metropolis Empire Sofil Cinema in Beirut and run its own distribution service for auteur films. The cinema shows current film art, holds retrospectives and is the host of the European Film Festival, the Docudays, and the Lebanese Film Festival.

URL Talents Beirut: http://www.talents-beirut.com
Metropolis Art Cinema Association: http://www.metropoliscinema.net/

Source: shortfilm-Newsletter No. 65

July 22, 2014

CALL FOR ENTRIES: OneMinutesJr - CRC@25 video challenge

What do Child Rights mean to you? Tell us in a video!   

As the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child approaches in November 2014, we want to hear from you. From declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, more children are realizing their basic rights. But this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that there’s still a long road ahead. Too many children still don’t enjoy their full rights!            

The OneMinutesJr video challenge is open to young people up to the age of 20. We’re asking you to get creative and produce a 60-second film (with title and credits) on a theme related to child rights.    

YouTube will be the only channel for submissions. Upload your video on YouTube and send the link to tomjr@unicef.org, with your full name, your age and the country where you live. You can record your video with or without sound and it can be in any language, as long as the video is subtitled in English.  

Launch of the competition: Mid-July 2014 
Deadline for video submission: 15 September 2014

If your entry is among the top videos selected, you will be asked to submit a blog post on our Voices of Youth platform where you’ll explain your work in detail and share what inspired you to produce the video.     

Learn more about the OneMinutesJr project and check out what others have already done!           

July 15, 2014

NEWS: Welcome KUOW's Summer 2014 RadioActive Youth Producers

Inspiring work! We're all ears!

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KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to once again offer our summer radio journalism workshop!

Eight students, ages 16-18, are spending six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist and gaining the skills they need to create radio stories.

These youth producers do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing toproduce feature stories and podcasts for KUOW. Look for their stories starting July 22!

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July 11, 2014

NEWS: NHK to air 10 children’s docos on 10th anniversary of ABU project

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has announced its schedule for airing young people's drama from 10 Asia-Pacific countries to celebrate the 10thanniversary of the ABU Children's Drama Co-production Series.

NHK says it has scheduled the short dramas on NHK Educational TV over five days from 28 July to 1 August 2014 to demonstrate its support for young drama producers across the region.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Riga City Festival 2014

Screencity Lab (http://screencitylab.net) in collaboration with Interactionfield is preparing an urban screening event in the context of the Waterpieces Festival (http://www.noass.lv/udensgabali) and the Riga City Festival 2014 (http://www.rigassvetki.lv), part of the European Capital of Culture program.

* The screening will be around 15-17 August 2014
* Submission deadline: 21 July 2014
* http://screencitylab.net/projects/191-call-for-works.html

We are looking for videos to be selected according to following sections:

City as context
A collection of shorts (video art, animation, live action) made for the medium of urban screen to be played in a the city context of the centre of Riga. Set into the everyday life, the videos should work without sound and catch the attention of a heterogeneous audience passing by.

- the video will be screened for 2 days without sound in a loop
- maximum length: 5 minutes

City as a character
A collection of narrative shorts (video art, animation, live action) in which the city acts not just as a background but as a character in the story. We want to show how the urban environment that surrounds us plays an important role in our way of life and shapes our thinking and perception.

- the video will be screened with sound as a single screening event
- maximum length: 10 minutes

General submission requirements
- video format: H.264/MPEG-4
- one hi-res still image
- submitted works must be accompanied by the entry form
- all entries must be received by July 21st, 2014
- for the selection process please send a link to your video or send the file to the attention of Lorenzo Gerbi preferably via WeTransfer - loregerbi@gmail.com

JOBS: European Youth Press looking for a Secretary General

The European Youth Press (EYP) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced person to fill the position of Secretary General.

The selected candidate will be requested to work full-time for EYP at our secretariat in Brussels and is, under the guidance of the executive board, responsible for:

  • The co-management, organisation and implementation of EYP projects, workshops, seminar, campaigns and other EYP-related activities;
  • External representation at different events, organisations and political institutions in the Brussels area;
  • External communication and support for Member Organisations of the EYP;
  • The administration of the organisation, including basic financial management together with the book-keeper and treasurer;
  • Identifying and writing grant and project proposals;
  • Daily office work, including the supervision of EYP interns

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in project management and administration;
  • Experience in non-governmental organisations, preferably on a European level;
  • Basic knowledge of finances and book-keeping;
  • Experience in writing grant applications, ideally for EU grants;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English knowledge of other languages, in particular French, is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and be familiar with online communication
  • A strong interest in the media, prior experience in media making is desirable;
  • At least a Bachelor degree

More info here

Applications should be sent to applications@youthpress.org (Subject: Application Secretary General) until 22 July 2014, 23:59 CET.

July 8, 2014


YOUKI, Austria's biggest up-and-coming media festival, is looking for your films again.

Follow these links to view the 
competitive conditions of YOUKI 16 and to find our film submission form.

For any further questions concerning International Film Competition, please contact