Cambodian Teen Nominated for International Video Award
Cambodian, Chhun Sopheaktra (13), is one of 15 finalists for an international video award
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 23 November 2013 – Thirteen year old Chhun Sopheaktra, a lower secondary school Grade 8 student from Prey Veng, travels to Amsterdam this week as a nominee for an international video award. UNICEF and the OneMinutesJr Foundation announced that Sopheaktra was selected as one of fifteen finalists from over 315 entries eligible for competition to identify the best one minute video made by a young filmmaker (under the age of 20) in the past year. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in Amsterdam on 30 November.
Sopheaktra’s film, ‘Liquid Changes Life’ is entered in the category: One Minute of Freedom. Other nominees for the award in this category are from Vietnam, Libya, Ukraine and Armenia. The winner will receive an HD Flip Camera.
Sopheaktra’s nomination comes following his participation in November 2012 in a five-day workshop in Prey Veng province for underprivileged Cambodians aged between 12 and 17. The workshop, hosted by UNICEF and Save the Children, and conducted by the OneMinutesJr Foundation taught the teens how to develop a story, and direct, shoot and edit a 60-second video about their lives, interests and opinions. Videos produced are entered into the global OneMinutesJr competition.
Asked about his award nomination Sopheaktra, who will travel overseas for the first time, said, “I am very excited…My mother is helping me to pack my luggage and prepare my clothes and shoes because it will be very cold there. And I am ready to go. My classmates are proud of me.”
While in the Netherlands, Sopheaktra will present the video he produced in Cambodia to other nominees from around the world and participate in a OneMinutesJr video master class, which is being held in association with the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
“I was worried [about the presentation] because I am not an outspoken person”, said Sopheaktra. “However, I am more comfortable when it comes to talking [when] people ask me questions and I provide answers. So I hope the audience will ask me lots of questions”, he added, smiling. “I will share my experience in Netherlands with my friends when I return especially during the [Peam Ro commune] Children’s Club meeting. Whether I am selected as the finalist or not, my friends remain very supportive.”
Chhun Sopheaktra (centre) learns how to use a video camera during the OneMinutesJr workshop held in Prey Veng in November 2012
Sopheaktra’s father Chhun Hay, who will accompany him to the awards said, “I am proud of my son because he was selected…I am very happy because he is not only representing children in Prey Veng, but also all Cambodian children.”
Sopheaktra’s participation in the awards event has been organized by UNICEF and Save the Children. His airline ticket to Amsterdam was kindly donated by the travel agency, Amary Company Limited. Mr. Meth Lorn of Save the Children will also travel with Sopheaktra and his father to provide support as chaperone and translator.
The OneMinutesJr is an international arts-based initiative started in 2002 by UNICEF, the One Minutes Foundation and The European Cultural Foundation to give young people the opportunity to work in a team and share their ideas and viewpoints. The OneMinutesJr process aims to equip young filmmakers with the fundamental skill of self-expression that is needed to participate fully in society.
All nominated videos can be watched online at www.theoneminutesjr.org.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Cambodia visit: www.unicef.org.kh
About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. http://cambodia.savethechildren.net
About the One Minutes Foundation
The one minutes foundation is a worldwide video network based in the Sandberg Institute, a postgraduate course in fine arts, design and applied arts. Worldwide, The One Minutes promotes and distributes videos of 60 seconds. The One Minutes acts as the technical coordinator, providing artistic guidance and technical support for the oneminutesjr network and organising the annual oneminutes festival.
For further information, please contact:
Denise Shepherd-Johnson, UNICEF Cambodia, Chief of Communication
Cellphone: + 855 (0) 092 555 294
Yarida Nong, Save the Children, Acting child rights governance programme Coordinator
Cellphone: +855 (0) 12 29 29 57