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Festival-competition of “Youth initiatives” social short films
05 april, 2013 16:44

With the occasion of the 20th anniversary of cooperation between the government of Azerbaijan and the representatives of UNICEF in Azerbaijan the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan has organized social short films Festival-competition called “Youth initiatives” among young people.

The purpose behind this festival-competition is to draw attention of the society to the social problems of young people and children by using the creative potential of the youth.

Young people aged 14-29 and youth initiative groups can take part in the festival-competition.

The social short films to be prepared by the participants within the festival-competition should cover one or several of the directions mentioned below:

  • Participation of the young people in making decisions that affect their lives;
  • The social integration of young people from vulnerable and marginalized groups;
  • Promotion of healthy lifestyle and prevention of bad habits (smoking, drugs, risky behaviors concerning AIDS);
  • Protection of children’s rights and enlightenment of children and youth about this topic;
  • Negative effects of early marriages on the education and health of young women;
  • Fighting against all kinds of violence;
  • The role of youth in protection of the environment.

Black and white or color films with the duration of 10-20 minutes in DVD format can be presented to the festival-competition. The social short films can be feature films, animations or documentaries.

The evaluation criteria of the short films to be presented to the festival-competitions will be as follows:

  • Artistic value and quality of the films;
  • How it meets the requirements of the competition and covers one or several of directions;
  • The originality of the idea;
  • Competent compositional solution;
  • Creative approach of the author(s);
  • The impressive power of the film and easy understanding of the topic;
  • Short films should not be demonstrated at any other places before.

For the first place the author will be rewarded 2,500 AZN, for the second place – 1,500 AZN and for the third place – 1,000 AZN and diplomas in the festival-competition. Besides this the Azerbaijan representative of UNICEF will grant a special prize to the author of the first place. The 3 (three) winner short films will be published in the website of UNICEF and promoted using internet resources and social networks.

Those who want to take part in the festival-competition must present their short films and the filled in application form to the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan by April 20, 2013. Address: Olympiad Street, 4, Baku, AZ 1072, Telephone (+994 12) 465 62 73, e-mail:

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