UNRWA film competition for young Palestinian refugees

18 May 2012

18 May 2012

UPDATE: The deadline for the film competition has been extended to 24 May 2012.

Are you a young Palestinian refugee? Do you have an idea for a short film? We are now accepting submissions for our 3rd annual film competition. This year’s theme is: My Spring is Coming.

One year on, where has the “Arab Spring” left Palestine refugees?


  • 2 - 5 minute film
  • Film must reflect on this year’s theme in an original and creative way
  • Filmmaker must be younger than 25 years
  • Closing date for submissions is 24 May 2012


  • 1st prize: USD 1,200
  • 2nd prize: USD 800
  • 3rd prize: USD 400
  • 4th prize: USD 150

All prize-winning films will be screened at an event to mark World Refugee Day, along with the honourable mentions.

Submission of entries

  1. Complete the online entry form.
  2. Send a CD of your film in an avi or mpeg format to the closest UNRWA public information office.
  3. Include a playable DVD region 2 (not video file) of your film with your submission.

Submissions to UNRWA field offices should be placed in an envelope marked "Public Information Office: Film Competition".

All films must reach UNRWA by Thursday, 24 May 2012. All materials submitted must be original and produced for the purpose of this competition and not screened elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

لمزيد من المعلومات عن مسابقة أفلام الاونروا باللغة العربية، يرجى زيارة هذا الموقع

Online entry form

All fields are mandatory.

Personal details

Film details

Production entity


Contact details


Our partners


Institut Francais

European Union
This film competition is made possible through a generous contribution from the European Union.




Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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