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UNICEF and Sarajevo Talent Campus support young filmmakers to focus on excluded children

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5 September 2008. – “Unite for Children, Unite for Social Inclusion” is the key message of a joint initiative launched by UNICEF and the Sarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking programme of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

To increase understanding among decision-makers and the wider public about the nature and the scope of child poverty and social exclusion of children, UNICEF is inviting young filmmakers to submit their short films addressing these issues. The initiative is part of a UNICEF’s project on social protection and inclusion in collaboration with the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID).

“The purpose of this competition is to encourage young filmmakers to focus more on children’s issues, and to tap their creative talents to communicate the different dimensions and realities of children living in exclusion and poverty," said UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, June Kunugi. "The best short films will be used in programme activities to promote dialogue on the challenges and further action in advancing social inclusion and child rights.”

The Call for Entries will remain open for submissions until April 2009. The Selection Committee will be composed of UNICEF staff from BiH and abroad, a film director from the region and representatives of the Sarajevo Talent Campus, as well as a member of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Eligible for selection are filmmakers from the region, including the following countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Kosovo. These short films have a maximum duration of 15 minutes and should address the topic of "Social Inclusion of Children".

The best two films selected by the committee will receive grants in the amount of €3,000 and €2,000 Euro respectively, to be invested in the production of the author´s subsequent film project addressing social issues.

The winners will also be invited to participate in the 3rd Sarajevo Talent Campus, to be held in 2009. The results of the selection will be announced in July 2009.

About Sarajevo Talent Campus
Sarajevo Talent Campus is a new educational programme of the Sarajevo Film Festival launched in 2007 in co-operation with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus, taking place in 2008, from August 17 to 23, in the framework of the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival and will be open to 80 young filmmakers and film students from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and UNMI Kosovo.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Social Inclusion

Social exclusion is defined by the European Union as the inability of people to fully participate or contribute to society because of a “denial of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.”   Social exclusion has often been equated with the multidimensional approach to poverty, but in fact, it is different:  social exclusion focuses on the interaction between an individual and a society that results in processes of exclusion or inclusion. 

UNICEF defines “Social protection” as the sub-set of public actions – carried out by the state or privately – that address risk, vulnerability and chronic poverty.  UNICEF sees social inclusion is a process that ensures that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in economic, social and cultural life and enjoy a standard of well-being that is considered normal in the society in which they live.  The human rights principle of non-discrimination sharpens our focus on excluded groups and ensuring that the rights of the most disadvantaged children are protected and fulfilled.

UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with its partners from the government and civil society  to strengthen the current system of social protection and inclusion (SPIS) of children and families and make it accessible for each child. In this manner, Bosnia and Herzegovina will meet its obligations in the Stabilization and Association Process, and implement the goals of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.  The specific goal of this initiative is to help institutions of the government to develop and implement a sustainable strategy for an enhanced system of social protection for all children and families in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For further information, please contact:
Nela Kacmarcik, UNICEF BIH, Sarajevo, Kolodvorska 6
Phone: +387 33 723 300, Mob: +387 61 192 084



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