“Early Marriage of Girls” - Theme for Award for Film Makers
New schedule and format announced for PRASAR BHARTI-UNICEF AWARD – 2007 for "FILMS AS CHANGE AGENTS" Commemorating GIRL CHILD DAY - 24th September in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad – July 2nd, 2007
Building on the enthusiasm and zeal shown by the film fraternity of Andhra Pradesh in the last two years, UNICEF and Prasar Bharati launched the new schedule for the 2007 edition of the event here in Hyderabad.
To culminate as an event on the Girl Child day on 24th September, Prasar Bharati as the public broadcaster and UNICEF as the organization committed to children’s issues have once again extended the award for amateur and professional film makers in AP. But this time there is a difference in the format.
Instead of the full fledged final film product, producers are being asked to submit their scripts first. On the basis of the chosen scripts a workshop with the selected producers and directors will be conducted and a fixed stipend will be given to all those who are selected. This is being done so as to improve the final screenplay and production quality of the films.
Instead of multiple subjects this year the focus will also be only on one issue of ……….. “EARLY MARRIAGE OF GIRLS”.
The entries should be in the following formats:-
Speaking on the occasion social activist Mrs. Amala Akkineni said “Early Marriage is not just one time event for a girl and a family, its ramifications spread across many generations which are difficult to fathom for the community”. Having been associated with the issue of girl child and the event for the last couple of years she hoped that the new format will encourage the new crop of film makers to participate with enthusiasm.
Also present on the occasion was Mr. Michel Saint- Lot, UNICEF Representative for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. He said, “In our worldwide experience of dealing with issues concerning girl child we have seen that delay in marriage of girls can play a decisive role in improving many social development indicators like IMR, MMR and child malnutrition in one stroke”. UNICEF in partnership with the state government and civil society is involved in many districts to ensure that the girl’s rights are met and the community is empowered to take the right decisions. The current initiative is in fulfillment of the stated objectives.
With the advancement of Video technology, it’s now easier both financially and technically to make short films if one has the idea and the zeal. Like last year organizers expect lots of amateurs and students also to participate actively in the competition.
Award winning Film Makers will be given cash awards and chosen through a special jury screenings and a rigorous selection process.