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Four finalists from BiH at the international children's one-minute film festival

Sarajevo, 27 November 2013: As many as four films produced by children from Bosnia and Herzegovina are part of the shortlist of 15 films from all over the world that were selected to compete at the International One-Minute Children’s Film Festival to take place in Amsterdam on 28-30 November 2013.

Selected out of 315 eligible films in total, the films by Džejlan Sefiæ from Velika Kladuša, Matej Tokiæ from Kupres, Ivana Šušnjar from Posušje and Jovana Šikanic from Prnjavor will compete for awards in various categories. UNICEF is making it possible for all four authors to travel to Amsterdam and attend the professional filmmaking workshop. Other films in the final program were made by children from Viet Nam, Ukraine, Libya, Cambodia, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan and Mexico.

The selected films will compete in three categories: “One Minute of Freedom”, allowing authors to say whatever they chose, “Inside-Out”, a category of films in which authors point to wrong order of things in their societies, and “(Self)-Portrait” a category in which authors talk about themselves, their opinions and views about life. Winners in the three festival categories will receive the Tommy Award and HDFlip camera.

“We are very pleased to see that the methodology of active participation proved to be very successful with over 100 films being entirely produced by children of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of them are extremely touching. Several films already inspired representatives of local communities to take action to address the issues raised by these adolescents and we believe that many children who participated in this initiative will continue to demand for their rights and to take an active role in improving their environment”, said UNICEF Representative in BiH, Florence Bauer.

UNICEF has been applying the One-minute Junior methodology in Bosnia and Herzegovina in partrnership with the non governmental organization “Genesis Projekat” as a new model of active inclusion of children in the resolution of issues affecting their lives. Within the program “Enhancing the Social Protection and Inclusion System for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, children have been trained to identify a specific issue in their community and present it to the public in a one-minute film. Over 100 films have been produced as part of this Program which has been implemented in BiH since 2008 with the support of the European Union. The best of the films were shown at the first children’s one minute film festival “Do you have a minute?” in Banjaluka in March 2013, with support from the m:tel company, a long-term partner of UNICEF BiH.

Films by BiH finalists are available at the following links:
• Matej Tokić, ”Farewell”, Kupres 
• Džejlan Sefić, “Our Home” Velika Kladusa 
• Ivana Šušnjar, ”My Way” Posusje 
• Jovana Šikanić, ”Hesitant”, Prnjavor 






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