The July 1 deadline for Plural+ video entries is just weeks away, so get behind the camera and share your vision!
I got involved in youth media after witnessing the positive change that young people can bring about by sharing their experiences, thoughts and visions with the broader community.
In recent times, amidst the waves of change sweeping across the Arab world, youth have employed creative media technologies to establish a new platform for debate. But despite this success, voices of youth have been notably absent from mass media across the region, and indeed, throughout the world. This is a loss for the global community, because now more than ever, we need the creative vision of youth.
Young Ladies (5:00 min., Slovenia, by Martina Hudorovic)
In most of the world youth not only represent the future but also the majority, yet there are few opportunities for young people to reach a mainstream audience and have their voices heard. I got involved with the PLURAL+ youth video festival because it offers a platform for youth to address the key challenges of their communities and share their creative vision with a global audience. It embodies the belief of its founding members, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, that young people are powerful and creative agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance and division.
Nine Months (4:55, Austria, by Sebastian Kraner)
With a network of over 50 partner organizations, PLURAL+ supports the creative efforts of young people and distributes their videos worldwide. Since 2009, over 250 entries from 63 countries have been received, with winning videos shown in dozens of festivals, cinemas and broadcast on television networks throughout the world, not to mention thousands of viewings on the PLURAL+ website. We hope to make this year even bigger.
Building on the successes of the first two years, the PLURAL+ 2011 Youth Video Festival is again open for entries, and the July 1, 2011 deadline is fast approaching! Young people between the ages of 9 and 25 are invited to submit short videos of one to five minutes in length. The videos should express participants’ experiences and thoughts on migration, diversity, social inclusion and identity; highlighting realities as well as ideas for peaceful relations among diverse cultures and religions.
A prestigious international jury will select three winners in the three age categories (9-12, 13-17, 18-25). Each winner will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at PLURAL + 2011 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media on 10 November 2011. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other exciting prizes and professional opportunities, including co-productions and a chance to gain international exposure by presenting the award winners’ work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.
Expressions (5:00 min., 2008, Ecuador, by Maria Jose Vargas,
The entry form, as well as information on awards, guidelines and video production resources can be found at http://www.unaoc.org/pluralplus/
The videos above are some of the award winning videos from 2010.
Matthew, 27, is completing an internship with the International Organization for Migration in New York, and is currently collaborating with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on the PLURAL+ Youth Video festival. Matthew is originally from Tasmania, Australia and has a Bachelor of Sociology and International Relations, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Following university, Matthew has worked on refugee rights and social inclusion programs in Tasmania, youth justice services in Queensland, and launching a media program for Indigenous youth in remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.