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PLURAL+ 2011 Youth Video Festival: Call for Participation

Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ is aimed at involving youth in addressing the key challenges in their communities related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness.

This yearly video competition, which is organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation, aims to ensure youth engagement in these important issues both at local and global levels by mainstreaming their voices through a variety of media platforms and distribution networks (broadcast, video festivals, conferences, events, Internet, DVD) around the world.

This year again, young people between the ages of 9 and 25 are invited to submit short videos of one to five minutes in length. The videos should express participants’ thoughts, experiences, questions and suggestions on migration, diversity, integration and identity, highlighting their realities as well as ideas on developing a peaceful coexistence in diverse cultural and religious contexts. 

A prestigious international jury will select three winners in three age categories (9-12, 13-17, 18-25). Each winner will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present  their work at PLURAL + 2011 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media on 10 November 2011.

PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other exciting prizes and professional opportunities. Including co-productions and a chance for awardees to gain international exposure by presenting their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

PLURAL + 2011 deadline for video submission is 1 July, 2011. Early submission are encouraged. Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at: www.unaoc.org/pluralplus

PLURAL+ is a joint project of the UNAOC and the IOM with the support of many international partners, including: AlJadeed TV, Anna Lindh Foundation, BaKaFORUM, Chinh India, CineSalud Spain, CMS NewYork, COPEAM, FFUC, MEC Serbia, NEXOS, Respect Magazine France, Roots&Routes Germany, RFC Jordan, WBFF Italy, SIGNIS, FPW Armenia, UNTV, UNESCO AV Platform, TCC New York, UNICEF, and WNV New York.

For more information, please contact:  

Matthew Wade, IOM  New York at  plural@unaoc.org