Calling on young filmmakers around the world to create a short narrative film relating to the following theme: “Human Rights Violations as Experienced by Women and/or Girls.”

The top 10 films will gain international attention on social media platforms and be screened on Human Rights Day and at next year’s edition of the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival in Hong Kong.

Project mission:

• To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Dec. 10, 2018) by encouraging young filmmakers to develop their skills and highlight human rights violations to a global audience.

• To enable young and budding filmmakers to creatively tell stories related to human rights abuses that will inspire others to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

• To help build connections between young human rights filmmakers around the world.

Winning films:

• Will be uploaded onto YouTube, the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival’s website and partner websites in December to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These films will raise the profile of human rights abuses, encouraging audiences around the world to reflect on what they can do to stop them.

• Will be screened at the 1905 International Human Rights Film Festival in May 2019 in Asia-Pacific.

• A selection of the winners will have their travel costs paid to attend the screening of their short films at an awards ceremony on Dec. 10 in Hong Kong. They will have the chance to share their experiences with audiences.

The film must be:

• A narrative film

• No more than 5 minutes in length

• On a subject matter related to the following theme: “Human Rights Violations as Experienced by Women and/or Girls.” This theme allows you to tell the stories of abuses of women’s and girls’ rights specifically, and also how women and girls are affected by other human rights abuses and violations.

For example, these can include (but are not limited to) violations relating to:

Indigenous peoples
People with disabilities
Freedom of expression
Freedom of religion
Climate change

For more issues, visit the UN’s list of human rights issues here:

In addition:

• The film should include subtitles if it contains dialogue in a language other than English.

• Any music, video or still images in the film must be formally cleared for use by the copyright holder or be copyright free.

Who is eligible:

Young people aged 30 and under. Those who are aged 17 and under must submit a form signed by a parent/guardian or teacher consenting to their taking part.

Participants may be enrolled in or graduated from a filmmaking program, or simply be interested in filmmaking as a hobby. Participants are encouraged to receive advice and support from mentors or teachers, although the end product must be their own work.

Film schools, academies and universities are encouraged to recommend the participation of outstanding students.

Films may be produced on equipment ranging from professional cameras to smartphones. Entries filmed in 360 are also acceptable.

Closing date:

November 10, 2018

Selection process:

A jury of directors and human rights professionals will choose the 10 best short films based on originality, quality, subject matter and impact.

Overall Rating
  • Mazin Sherabayani

    Great festival, thanks very much for selecting our film. communication was good. Thank you

    December 2018