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Youth filmmakers win 2012 OneMinutesJr. Awards

By Karen Cirillo

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, 3 December 2012 - Nine young filmmakers from Armenia, Kiribati, Montenegro, Romania and the United States of America traveled to Amsterdam to participate in the annual OneMinutesJr. Awards and Masterclass. They represented nine of the fifteen one-minute videos nominated for the 2012 awards.

(Artur Boksoyan, 15, Armenia, 2012). Sometimes doing bad things can be a burden. Winner of the 2012 OneMinutesJr. Award for Inside-Out category. Created at the 2012 OneMinutesJr. workshop in Armenia on Juvenile Justice.


The OneMinutesJr. is an arts-based youth video initiative, produced by UNICEF and the One Minutes Foundation, that hosts video workshops for youth around the world and maintains a network of almost 3,000 youth-made films and filmmakers. Each year, the OneMinutesJr. hosts an awards competition for videos from workshops and individual youth filmmakers, offering awards in each of three categories: (Self)Portrait, Inside-Out and One Minute of Freedom.

The fifteen nominated films (five in each category) screened to a full audience at the Tuschinsky movie theatre, as part of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The official awards ceremony was held the following evening at youth culture centre Nowhere.

And the winners are…

The Inside-Out award went to ‘Ballast’ by Arthur Boksyan (15, Armenia). “Of course I’m very happy,” Arthur said after receiving his award. “It means a lot to me.” ‘Ballast’ shows the burden of the bad things he does and how he can hope to change behaviours. “It is based on a true story, and I wanted to say that true friends should always help their friends that are doing something wrong. That is the most important thing.”

(Bary Felix Heriniaina, 13, Madagascar, 2012) Winner of the 2012 OneMinutesJr. Award for One Minute of Freedom category.


The (Self)Portrait award went to ‘Change’ by Priya Dubey (19, India). The film expresses Priya’s wish for boys and girls to be equal in India, both in the work they have to do at home and in their educational opportunities.

The One Minute of Freedom award went to ‘Kilalao/Games’ by Bary Felix Heriniaina (13, Madagscar). His film shows children in Madagascar playing games and the risks they sometimes face.

“I’m always interested at the choices for the nominees and winners because different films mean different things to different people,” said OneMinutesJr. coordinator for UNICEF Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Chris Schuepp. “It’s not easy to choose a winner.”

Judges for the awards were founder and director of The Patching Zone Anne Nigten, head of the Education Department team at the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision Leontien Lems and Bobbie Fay Brandsen, from the DOCU youth programme at IDFA.

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2012 OneMinutesJr. Awards winner Arthur Boksyan (far left) and awards nominees at the awards ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Youth Jury Award was a tie between ‘The Wall’ (Kushboo Rawat, 18, India) and ‘Family Issues’ (Muslim Cavaldi, 12, Azerbaijan). The Youth Jury was made up of former OneMinutesJr. workshop participants Laila Noor Chaity (16, Bangladesh), Jorge Manuel Lagunas (19, Mexico), Nazarov Aziz (19, Tajikistan), Üwen Ergün (16, Germany) and Lucas Heilmann (16, Netherlands).

An experience to remember

All winners receive a statue award and an HD Flipcam. Priya, Bary, Kushboo and Muslim were not in attendance but will each be sent their camera and statue.

The nine youth in attendance were joined by five youth filmmakers from the Netherlands for a masterclass, held in conjunction with IDFA. Three video artists led the workshop, tasking the youth filmmakers with making a one-minute video on the theme ‘FAQ.’ Participants were asked to write down a frequently asked question, which they then exchanged and used as inspiration for their videos. The masterclass videos were screened at the final awards ceremony.

The invited youth had a wonderful time filming and exploring Amsterdam. Many of them were out of their countries for the first time. “It was an experience,” said Dawnell Davis, a nominee from the United States of America. “It was cool to meet people from different countries.”



2012 OneMinutesJr. winners

Watch all the award-winning films:

(Self)Portrait: Change

Inside-Out: Ballast

One Minute of Freedom: Games

Youth Jury Award: The Wall


Family Issues

Profile of Montenegro nominee

Watch a profile of nominee Maida Kurtagic (17) from Montenegro.

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