“Will We Meet?” young filmmakers’ competition to mark World Refugee Day

30 March 2010

To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is holding a short-film competition.

If you are an ambitious young film maker (under 26), or just have an idea for a clip, this is your chance to share, with an international audience, what you want to say about your world and the people in it, your hopes and aspirations.

Your film must reflect the theme “Will We Meet?” in an original and creative way and be between 1 and 5 minutes long. It should also be relevant to UNRWA‘s work in the region.

Entries will be judged by a panel of UNRWA and Palestinian film makers. Entrants will compete in two age categories: under 18 and 18-26.

Prizes

First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each age category and will receive a cash prize.

First prize: US$1,500
Second prize: US$1,000
Third prize: US$500

All prize-winning films will be screened at an event to mark World Refugee Day.

Submissions of entries

Submit your film by sending it on DVD region 1 in avi or mpeg format to your nearest field office. Please mark the envelope ‘Public information - film competition’

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Please ensure that with the DVD you include your name, age, address, email and phone number.

All films must reach UNRWA by Sunday 30 May 2010.

All materials submitted must be original and produced for the purposes of this competition and not screened elsewhere.

UNRWA reserves the rights to later use of the submitted films.

The competition is primarily aimed at young people living in UNRWA‘s five fields of operation, however, others from outside the region are welcome to enter as long as their entry is relevant to UNRWA‘s work and Palestine refugees.

If you have any questions please email y.azgad@unrwa.org

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

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