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Universities Movie Festival Awards Ceremony

The winning students of the Universities Movie Festival 2011 © UNICEF/ 2011

Cairo, September 12th, 2011- The first edition of the Universities’ Movie Festival for Youth and Children was celebrated tonight at the Egyptian Opera House.  More than 350 media students presented movies expressing their aspirations for the future and challenges facing youth and children in the Egyptian society.

The festival is organized by the National Council For Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), Egypt’s National Child Rights Observatory and The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Italian Cooperation.

“The festival is a positive and successful start as it integrates young people in building cornerstones and developing the principles of media work. The festival also utilizes the youths’ abilities and energies to create innovative and modern messages, which would raise awareness,” said H.E Dr. Amr Helmy Minister of Health and Population during the award ceremony.

Ten Egyptian Universities participated in the festival including: Cairo University, Assuit University, Modern Science and Arts University, Misr University for Sciences and Technology, The American University in Cairo, Ain Shams University, Helwan University, October University, University of Alexandria and Faros University. 

“In the past few months we have witnessed numerous illustrations of the vitality and engagement of young people and their desire to play a more active role in shaping the future of Egypt.  The youth who participated in this festival presented, not only, their own thoughts and aspirations for the future but they also reflected on challenges children and youth are currently facing and the related issues of rights and responsibilities,” said Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.

The students presented 63 films addressing various issues such as, the role of the youth in the Egyptian Revolution, political participation and education, challenges facing persons with special needs, child's rights and the role of the media.

“ Today’s event represents a right step forward to continue promoting, in Egypt, a culture on and for children rights.  Events like this give adolescents and young people the opportunity of speaking out, expressing their point of view on issues related to their present and future,” said H.E. Claudio Pacifico, during the event.

The names of the awarded movies were presented at the ceremony which was attended by H.E Dr. Amr Helmy Minister of Health and Population, Mr. Claudio Pacifico the Italian Ambassador to Egypt, Ms. Malin Karre, the Swedish Ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Lamiaa Mohsen, Secretary General of the (NCCM) and Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.

“ When we talk about children and youth we talk about tomorrow; the dream and hope. This is reflected in the title of the competition “What do you see for tomorrow,” said Dr. Lamiaa Mohsen NCCM Secretary General.  Dr.  Mohsen added, “despite this critical moment, under which Egypt is going, our country still considers the priority of children and youth rights issues.  No one can be more capable to express children and youth rights and views more than the children and youth themselves.”

Prizes went to the best three films in the categories of:  documentaries, short films and Public Service announcements as follows:

- Documentary movies Category
1. First Prize: Cairo University for the film entitled "The King"
2. Second Prize: Assiut University for the film entitled "My Eye sight"
3. Third Prize: The American University in Cairo entitled "Arab Revolution Image"

- The Short  movies Category
1. First Prize:  Modern Sciences and Arts University for  " A Tale of Revolution"
2. Second Prize:6th of  October University for " Policemen and Thieves"
3. Third Prize: Ain Shams University for "Compulsory Direction"

-  Public Service Announcements Category
1. First prize: The American University in Cairo for "The Drive to safeguard the spirit of the Square”
2. Second Prize: The American University in Cairo for " Think for yourself"
3. Third Prize: Misr University for Science and Technology "Be Positive"

The award’s  jury was composed of Egyptian actress Isaad Yuonis, Mahmoud Kabil, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa Region, actor Khaled Abul Naga, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Egypt, Dr. Mona Al- Hadidi, media professor, Hala Abu-Khatwa, Head of Communication at UNICEF Egypt,  Raja Shehata, General Coordinator of the National Child Rights Observatory  and two youth representatives Ms. Reham Sabry and Mr. Ahmad Fathy.



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