Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) is organizing the "Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018" in association with United Nations, Bangladesh and The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Film is an extremely powerful medium to address the struggle for human rights and dignity. Films on human rights can promote understanding, raise a voice and create awareness about national, regional and local human rights issues that need to addressed. They can inspire and engage audiences, especially young people, to be human rights defenders. Films can also kick off dialogue on regional and local human rights issues among creative young people and encourage understanding that promoting human rights is not only the job of human rights activists, but that human rights are for everyone. Distribution and screening, notably in the districts of Bangladesh that are underserved, can contribute to a culture of human rights protection and promotion. Organizing a film festival can serve this purpose.
Theme of the film festival: Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later.
Declaration can be found here: www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights
Winner of the festival will get a token award money from DUFS along with certificate and crest undersigned by United nation and DUFS.
Honorable mentions for 5 specific categories (Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Screenplay writer, Best Animator) will be awarded with certificates and crests undersigned by United nation and DUFS.
Top 20 short films will be awarded with certificates and crests undersigned by United Nations and DUFS.
Please read the points outlined below carefully:
1. Theme of the film festival: Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later.
The theme is very broad. We strongly encourage you to read the Declaration and take inspiration from it to write your screenplay and produce your film.
2. Type of films and length: Short films (fiction and documentary), maximum 10 minutes.
3. Age: Open for all. Anyone can submit their short film.
4. Subtitle: All films must be subtitled/dubbed in English. Subtitle should be included or embedded in the video file". Subtitle can NOT be a separate .srt file.)
5. Equipment: Films can be produced on mobile phones; no requirement to use professional film equipment. If anyone want to use professional film equipment, they are most welcome.
6. Production Quality: Minimum quality (720p) of projecting the film on a 16:9 big hall screen is appreciated. Film file should be a (.mp4) file format.
1. What can I film with?
You can film with a mobile phone or a tablet. You can use accessories such as a microphone, stabilizer, filters, removable lenses, etc.
10 minutes maximum, including credits.
For this special edition, organized as part of celebrating 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, your film should be based on the theme Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later. The theme is very broad. We strongly encourage you to read the Declaration and take inspiration from it to write your screenplay and produce your film.
4. Film genre
All audio-visual forms are accepted: fiction, documentary and all genres, including stop-motion, time lapse, etc.
5. Can I enter an animated film?
Yes. Films using motion-capture techniques and/or special effects added during editing are more than welcome.
6. Can I add special effects during editing?
7. Can I show a brand on-screen?
8. Can several people be involved in making the film?
9. Can I use external sound recording accessories?
10. Can I use pre-existing music?
Yes and no. If you want to use any music in your film, you must hold the appropriate rights or have been authorized to use it by the author or its rights holders. You may be required to prove this, if requested by our team. There is, however, lots of royalty-free music available for you to use. Please take a look at the YouTube audio library.
11. Can I enter more than one video into the competition?
Yes, you can enter as many films as you like, free of charge. When registering more than one film, please use the same username, email address and password for each one