November 12, 2002

One-Minute Junior Award goes to 14-year old Armenian

Children must live without war

Gor Baghdazarian, a 14-year old boy from Yerevan in Armenia, won the first-ever One-Minute Video Jr. Award organized by the Sandberg Institute, the European Cultural Foundation and UNICEF’s Young People’s Media Network.

His film "Children must live without war" was selected by Karim Traidia, maker of the Oscar-nominated film "The Polish bride", as the best one-minute film in the Junior category.

"Gor's film has a very straightforward message, a great script, an interesting style of filming and just captures the eye from beginning to end," said Traidia during the awards ceremony in Amsterdam on November 10th, 2002.

Gor, who works in Yerevan with the Manana Youth Educational-Cultural Center, had been invited to the event. The first time out of his home country Armenia, the 14-year old enjoyed being in one of the cultural centers of Europe and being able to participate in the Awards ceremony that drew 700 people to the Paradiso, a famous event hall in the center of Amsterdam. "I had not expected to win the award, but I am very happy that I did and that I can be a part of this event," said the smiling winner.

The Junior category of the One-Minute Video Festival was awarded for the first time this year. More than 50 entries from young filmmakers were in the selection. Among the nominees were also films from youth in Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia and the Netherlands.

The winner, Gor Baghdazarian, won a 250 Euro cash prize and a SONY product so he will keep producing high-quality one-minutes, highlighting the needs and demands of children and youth in his immediate environment as well as abroad.

The One-Minute Jr. competition will be staged by the Sandberg Institute, the European Cultural Foundation and UNICEF again in 2003. It will be officially announced on December 8th, this year's International Children's Day of Broadcasting.


Further information:

For more information on the Young People’s Media Network (YPMN), please contact Chris Schuepp, YPMN Coordinator, at cschuepp@unicef.org.

For more on the One-Minute Awards, go to www.sandberg.nl/1minute.

For more on the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, go to www.unicef.org/icdb.

For more on the European Cultural Foundation, go to www.eurocult.org and www.artforsocialchange.org.

For general information on children and media, go to www.unicef.org/magic.


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