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OneMinutesJr: Young people tell their own stories through film

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At a OneMinutesJrworkshop, young people get a chance to write their own scripts, direct and edit their own films

NEW YORK, 26 November 2004 – The OneMinutesJr are films made exclusively by young people aged 12-20. Participants write the scripts, and also direct, film and edit their own movies. The topics cover a whole range of issues that concern children and adolescents, such as social inclusion, family, dreams, violence, and HIV and AIDS. Any relevant topic is acceptable, as long as it is one minute long.

OneMinutesJr is a project supported by UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute to promote youth participation, youth expression and cultural exchange among young people from Europe and Central Asia. In 2003 and 2004, more than 200 young people participated in filmmaking workshops in Budapest, Casablanca, and Berlin, among many other cities.

What makes the OneMinutesJr so unique is the fact that everybody has a different story to tell, and young people have enormous fun in working with cameras. Many of the films have been broadcast by regional and national TV stations, including the BBC and SVT in Sweden.

Every year, OneMinutesJr holds a film festival. This year OneMinutesJr received more than 300 entries. The winner of the ‘Inside Out’ category is 19-year-old Tatiana Panait. Tatiana grew up in an orphanage in Romania, and her film Sleeping at the Orphanage speaks out against child abuse. The winner of the ‘Best of World’ category is 13-year-old Narineh Daneghyan from Armenia. Her film Chalk-painting looks at children’s right to play.



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Winners at this year's OneMinutesJr Film Festival:

19-year-old Tatiana Panait of Romania. Her film Sleeping at the Orphanage speaks out against child abuse.

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13-year-old Narineh Daneghyan of Armenia. Her film Chalk-painting looks at children’s rights to play.

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