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One Minutes Jr. workshop empowers Maldivian youth through filmmaking

5 March 2007 – UNICEF is searching for 20 youth aged 12-24 to participate in a filmmaking workshop taking place in Male’ from 11-15 March, 2007.

The One Minutes Jr. filmmaking workshop will train 20 artistically-inclined youth in filmmaking basics and develop their ability to visually express their ideas and explore issues that are important to them. Participants will each create a “one minute” film to be aired on various websites, and will also have the chance to compete in UNICEF’s international one-minute film competition. All participants will be fully sponsored by UNICEF.

In 2006, Maldivian youth also underwent the training and produced 20 inspiring one-minute films on topics ranging from drug addiction to child abuse and traffic problems. The films can be viewed, along with others made by youth all over the world, at www.theoneminutesjr.org.

“The films produced in the Maldives were very powerful and very sophisticated,” says Jasmine Pittenger, Head of Communication for UNICEF Maldives. “This shows the high level of creativity and media potential among youth here.”

In 2007, UNICEF aims to reach an even wider pool of talent by conducting a total of three workshops: the upcoming workshop in Male’ will be followed by two more workshops in the Northern and Southern atolls later in the year.

Youth wishing to participate are asked to send a one-page response to the question: “If you could make a film on any topic – what would it be?” to UNICEF by 7 March 2007. Written responses should be addressed to: UNICEF, UN Building, Buruzu Magu, Male'. For more information, call 334-3336.

 

 

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