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EVENTS: Panos London challenges film students to amplify voices

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

International development charity, Panos London is proud to be sponsoring the first London based international festival dedicated to student film. The Student Film Festival London (SFFL) 2012 runs 3-5th February and will be held at the London College of Communication. The three day event will offer students the opportunity to showcase their work and meet industry professionals.
As part of the festival events, Panos London is launching a 72-hour challenge for five student filmmakers to create a 3 minute short film around marginalised voices. The challenge will launch as part of the SFFL Opening Ceremony 2nd February 2012.

FUNDING: Salto Youth - Eastern Europe & Caucasus RC

Important changes in the YiA Programme Guide 2012

Opening of the Eastern Partnership Youth Window, new projects application deadlines and budget changes.
The new “Eastern Partnership Youth Window" is created!
For years 2012-2013 European Commission allocated additional funds for cooperation within Youth in Action Programme with the countries of the Eastern Partnership  countries creating “Eastern Partnership Youth Window”.

This window will provide additional funding  in order to support a higher number of projects and participants from the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. The additional funds will be managed both at centralised and decentralised level.

EVENTS: Interfax-Ukraine to host press conference 'Children's Media in Ukraine for Friendship or Aggression? Freedom of Speech and Responsibility

On Friday, February 3, at 13.30, the press centre of the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency will host a press conference entitled "Children's Media in Ukraine for Friendship or Aggression? Freedom of Speech and Responsibility" on the results of the Open Policy Foundation projects implemented with the assistance of the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine.

Participating will be Counsellor of the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine Ivanna Wagner, author of the children animation video "Freedom of speech!" Vasylyna Haran, people'sdeputy of Ukraine Olha Herasumiuk, journalist and TVi Channel Director General Mykola Kniazhytsky, director, children media-studio "Birds" Leader, Open Policy Foundation Olena Zelenska, G.S. Kostiuk Institute of Psychology, Doctor Lesia Vovchyk-Blakytna, and Head on Social Programs, NGO Open Policy Foundation, Doctor Iryna Zhdanova (8/5-А Reitarska Street).

Accreditation by phone: (044) 2532139.


EVENTS / OPPORTUNTIES / CALL FOR ENTRIES: 5th Roma Life –Central European Documentary Festival

Monday, 30 January 2012

5th Roma Life –Central European Documentary Festival
Budapest 24 March, 2012
Goals of the festival:

Facilitating a recognition and a better understanding of the Roma culture, providing a realistic image of the situation of the minority and its relation to the majority culture. It documents the complex reality of the Roma culture and its system of traditions, its set of values, its everyday life, and reveals the inevitable effects that emerge from these. With the help of the short films we are looking for answers to such questions as how historical tradition and the course of contemporary life affects Roma families and their coexistence with the majority nation, and what are the possibilities and limitations of integration from the point of view of members of the minority.
Amateur and professional filmmakers, workshops, students submit your documentary!

Nicaragua celebrates ICDB

Nicaragua doesn’t just celebrate the ICDB with a token show with youth presenters.  UNICEF Nicaragua has transformed the ICDB into a multi-event initiative that integrates culture and social issues for youth and adolescents.  

Community Officer Guiselle Alemán Ayala explains that over the past 9 years in Nicaragua, the ICDB “has become a day of social mobilization to put on the public agenda topics of interest of children and adolescents throughout the country.”

full article

EVENTS: Young filmmakers screen short films in competition (PAKISTAN)

ISLAMABAD: Young filmmakers screened their filming skills on Friday at ‘Screen My Shorts - a short film screening competition’ at Kuch Khaas Centre for Arts, Culture and Dialogue.

The event was planned to help young talent promote their work and gave appreciation and critique to budding filmmakers with useful tips and tricks. Youth participated in the competition with short films, videos, animations and documentaries for introducing their innovative ideas to the audience of twin cities.

Around 10-15 short films were selected and screened, based on the quality of direction, concept, script, cinematography and editing. A jury of distinguished filmmakers selected the best films, which will then be promoted through different programmes of Kuch Khaas.

full article - Kuch Khaas website

ARTICLES / RESEARCH: Parents want children to watch ‘quality’ TV: study (TAIWAN)

A study from the National Communications Commission (NCC) shows that while most parents in Taiwan would like their children to watch more news and educational TV programs, school-age children prefer watching television dramas featuring popular teen idols.
The nation's media regulator last year commissioned a research institute to examine the influence of TV programs and commercials on the behavior of children aged four to 12. The results, which were released earlier this month, showed that more than 60 percent of children aged 10 to 12 said TV influenced them more than anything else.

EVENTS / FESTIVALS: Media That Matters

Friday, 27 January 2012

Got a short film with a big message?

Arts Engine’s annual Media That Matters Film Festival is now accepting all entries for 
this year’s event!  Now in it’s TWELFTH season, Media That Matters™ offers you the
 opportunity to empower communities working towards social change. Media That Matters™ – the premier showcase for short films with big messages –
connects you with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, including
 educators, activists, and nonprofits. Through a multi-platform campaign combining
 online streaming with personalized screenings, your film can be a tool that opens hearts 
and minds about the collective struggle for a more socially conscious world. Join us by
 submitting your film now!

 Short Films: Films must be twelve minutes MAXIMUM; the ideal length is around eight minutes.

All Styles: We accept documentaries, narratives, animations, music videos, public
 service announcements, dramas, comedies, hybrids, or a style of your own creation!
 Creativity is always encouraged. The only guideline is that your project must focus on a 
social issue.

All Issues: Any and all issues will be considered.

All Ages: All ages will be considered.

Deadline:                Early Deadline- February 23, 2012
                                  Regular Deadline: April 20, 2012
                                  Late Deadline: May 1, 2012
*the festival will take place in the Fall of 2012

Please Note: Your film MUST be cleared for NONEXCLUSIVE home video, educational, online, broadcast and theatrical distribution.

For more details and to submit your film online, visit www.mediathatmattersfest.org/submit

Questions? Send an email to  festival@artsengine.net

Media That Matters™ is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters™ engages diverse audiences year-round and inspires them to take action.

Arts Engine, Inc. supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public.

ARTICLES: Children's influence growing in digital age

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Digital media such as social networks and mobile devices are giving children more influence than in previous generations, a new book argues.
Distinguished Professor John Hartley, of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at QUT, said the prevalence of 'new media' had given children's actions and choices more significance.
In his book Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies, Professor Hartley said that as children engaged with one another and wider society online, they exerted a largely unseen, but growing influence.
"For example, children's online actions are already being closely tracked by business to determine their preferences in order to satisfy their demands for various products - and thus influence the course of industry," Professor Hartley said.

WEBSITES / PROJECTS: 60second Recap®

This video library contains videos that summarise books, elaborate on the context of the story, and is aimed at teenagers to help them engage with books, and the book recap can act as a 'book trailer'.
Students are also invited to make their own book recap (helping them to prioritise their thoughts) and post them to the ClubRecap subsection. Another subsection is 'RecapResource', which features tips on reading, writing, and how students can make their own recap: dictionary of terms, how to write a paper and 'Lights Camera Recap'.

OPPORTUNITIES: Grants workshop in Kosovo

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

ECF and the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) Regional Advice Hub in Ljubljana are organising an information session in Pristina on the BIFC grant scheme, which includes a practical workshop on how to apply for the grant.

This is a great opportunity for organizations working in the Balkans to improve their skills and knowledge on writing grant applications, and to find out what makes a successful BIFC grantee.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, 26 January 2012 at the ODA Theatre, Pallati i Rinisë dhe i Sporteve nr. 111, Pristina, Kosovo.

There are a limited number of spaces available for the workshop, so please register your interest by emailing your name and the name of your organisation to: info@bifc-hub.eu.


NEWS: UNICEF Ends Global ICDB but Encourages Broadcasters to Keep the Spirit Alive

In 2011, UNICEF marked the 20th Anniversary of its International Children’s Day of Broadcasting initiative.  The initiative, which began as a way to get broadcasters to devote airtime to children’s issues, has grown over the years to become a celebration of young people’s participation in the media.  Along the way, it has inspired the development of quality children’s programming, regularly-programmed youth-led television and radio shows and a multitude of special events.  We have seen it embraced by both high-level private stations to public broadcasters in the smallest of countries.

Today we celebrate what the initiative has been able to accomplish and announce the end of this wonderful ICDB initiative.  From the feedback we’ve received, it is clear that the ICDB has accomplished its goals of getting better quality programming and a dedication from broadcasters to devote more attention to young people.  At this stage, with the shift in the media landscape and the excellent developments that the ICDB has produced, it makes sense to declare the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting a success.

EVENTS: Annual Houston Children’s Summit focuses on new media in a new age next Wednesday (USA)

Monday, 23 January 2012

The 6th Annual Houston Children's Summit will discuss "New Media/New Messaging for a New Generation" on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the United Way Houston.
Public officials, community leaders, and local and national experts will provide Harris County community members with an update on the status of our children.
Summit attendees will delve into how creative tools and new messaging can change the way we think about advocacy and transform our ability to reach our constituents, legislators and ultimately, contribute to our children's continued success. A broad range of issues will be addressed including effective parenting, education reform, new American children and much, much more.

Fwd: The International Children's Peace Prize 2012

Invitation to nominate a child for the International Children's Peace Prize 2012.

The deadline for sending in nominations is 1st March 2012.

The nominations can be send to
info@childrenspeaceprize.org. The nomination form is attached.

The International Children's Peace Prize is an initiative of KidsRights and is presented annually to a child for his or her devotion to children's rights, anywhere in the world. The goal of the Prize is twofold: it is a sign of recognition for the winners, and it also offers the winner a platform to promote his or her ideals and causes. In this way, the messages that these young heroes convey can reach a broader public, thereby making a greater impact in the promotion of children's rights.
The Children's Peace Prize is accompanied by an award of €100,000 to be invested in projects closely connected to the winner's area of devotion. Nominees for the Children's Peace Prize can come from any person, in any country, with knowledge of an exceptional child dedicated to promoting children's rights. An independent Expert Committee assesses the applications and selects the final nominees. 

This year the International Children's Peace Prize will be celebrated around the Day of the Rights of the Child: the 20th of November 2012. We would like to invite you to inform us about the children you meet and work with and whom you feel might be a good candidate for this Prize. Any boy or girl between 12 and 18 years old who has a clear history of standing up and fighting for the rights of him/herself and other children can be nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. It is important that the child has an active approach in accomplishing his or her goal.

KidsRights calls out to everyone worldwide to nominate a child who would deserve the International Children's Peace Prize. The deadline for sending in nomination forms is 1st March 2012. The nominations can be send to info@childrenspeaceprize.org

More information on the International Children's Peace Prize is attached. Also visit our website www.childrenspeaceprize.org for more information on previous winners.

ARTICLES / CHILDREN'S TV: Revisiting African Content In Children Television Programming

It is easy to recall one’s childhood: Those days of running around the neighbourhood bare feet, with the sun beating down one’s back? Back then when there were no television or radio sets, children would run around playing and laughing loudly without a care in the world. And when their mothers would call out to them, arms akimbo with a befitting scowl in place, the children would run back home fervently hoping that they would not get a lashing for not completing their house chores before running out to play. (The fear of mama was the beginning of wisdom).
Today, the scenario is completely different; children are not as care free as they used to be. Children are now aware of things that are beyond their age. This is largely because they spend most of their time in front of the television set. The resulting effect is that these kids are psychologically swamped with western ideas that these TV programs feed them. Programs like Tom and Jerry, Ben 10 and Mickey mouse which are all western in content, are a constant favourite to many Nigerian children.

RESEARCH / SOCIAL MEDIA: Youth sickened by social media (INDIA)

New Delhi, Jan 22: Youngsters in urban India have started experiencing social-media fatigue as excess use of these sites has started telling on their mental and physical health and even their professional, academic and personal lives.

The youngsters said they tend to log onto social networks like – Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Orkut, Linkedin, Myspace, Friendster, Hi5, BigAdda and others less frequently than earlier when they had initially signed up, according to a recently concluded survey carried out by apex industry body ASSOCHAM.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) conducted a survey under the aegis of ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF) to examine current usage trends vis-à-vis social networks among youngsters and time spent on these websites.

Majority of all the respondents said that compulsive social networking has led to insomnia, depression, poor inter-personal relationships, lack of concentration, high level of anxiety, ignorance and rudeness in their general behavior as they tend to replace real-life social interactions with online social media.

full article

NEWS: Dubai Press Club looks for rising media stars

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dubai: A first-of-its-kind youth initiative to discover and invest in rising stars in the media was announced by Dubai Press Club yesterday.
Called ‘Youth Take the Stage', the competition allows students to participate in shaping the 11th annual Arab Media Forum, to be held in May under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The competition is open to media and communications students studying in UAE universities, giving them the opportunity to develop content and themes for a workshop during the forum.

EVENTS: KIDS Regio B2C workshop of marketing & distribution strategies for live action children films during BUFF:ff Financing Forum

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

KIDS Regio B2C workshop of marketing and distribution strategies for live action children films during BUFF:ff Financing Forum
March 14th 2012 – Malmö, Sweden / Application deadline is February 01st, 2012.

For 2012 the fruitful cooperation between BUFF:ff Financing Forum and KIDS Regio continues with the 2012 meeting point and workshop.

KIDS Regio is a highly profiled B2C (business to consumer) workshop during the well-known
BUFF:ff Financing Forum in Malmö. Designed for audiovisual professionals, the conference
covers cross- and transmedia marketing & distribution trends, strategies and consumer
research for childrens films.

Fee for participation is 80 Euro – Lunch is included in the fee. Application requirements can be downloaded on our website kids-regio.org

KIDS Regio is an initiative of Cine Regio, the European Network of Regional Film Funding institutions, in order to initiate a platform, which shall help to improve the basis for valuable and promising European co-productions of films for children and youth.

BUFF Financing Forum provides a platform for film, TV and cross media co- production. BUFF:ff brings producers and investors together with a clear incentive of providing a breeding ground for new, exquisite and challenging films, TV- and cross media productions for a young audience. More info at www.financingforum.eu

SOCIAL MEDIA & CHILDREN: ICT Feature - Social media sites for your children

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

When we hear the term ‘social media sites’ we automatically think of Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. With some of the recent negativity surrounding social networking sites it’s no wonder that parents fear the worst when their children visit such sites. Yes, they can be useful for socialising, enhancing creativity and developing technical skills but according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, social media can expose children to inappropriate content and cyberbullying. So what is a parent to do?
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents websites from covertly collecting personal information about children under the age of thirteen. Fortunately for mums and dads of tweens eager to update their status online, there are many children-friendly social networks available which offer far better options rather than banning your child from the Web. Parents can now adopt a different approach with their children; they can make the experience safer by directing their children to a number of child-safe networking sites. These are ten sites which aim to give children a voice but still allow parents to maintain control and peace-of-mind.

ARTICLES / PROJECTS: TV, radio shows aim to focus youth on civic participation (CAMBODIA)

Cambodia TV channel CTN looked to the nation’s youth yesterday with the launch of the Loy9 show. Produced by BBC Media Action, the show is aimed at raising the awareness of 15-to-24-year olds for participating in civic life. 

Loy9, or 9 Cool Things, includes drama and discussion segments, radio call-in programs, public service announcements alongside online and mobile phone messaging.

full article

ARTICLES: Four Haitian filmmakers explore conditions for children two years after the quake

Monday, 16 January 2012

By Mariana Palavra
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 12 January 2012 – UNICEF challenged young Haitian filmmakers to reveal how they view their country – and its conditions for children – two years after the January 2010 earthquake.
“This film project is all about listening to the Haitian voice and understanding children's lives,” said Thomas Nybo, coordinator of the project. “We issued a call for short-film proposals, either fiction or documentaries, and we chose four filmmakers, three of whom are from Cine Institute” – Haiti’s only film school, located in the Southern city of Jacmel.
The short films feature some of the biggest challenges facing Haiti’s children: losing parents to the earthquake; the plight of a girl working as a restavek, a domestic servant; and the challenges, especially economic, confronting families when they send their children to school.

Young photographers from Niger and Mali document the problems facing the...

Thursday, 12 January 2012

ARTICLES: Children 'switching from TV to mobile internet' (UK)

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Television is being pushed aside by mobile internet gadgets, a UK survey of young people's technology suggests.
The number of children with televisions in their bedroom is falling - almost matched now by those with their own personal internet access, says the annual Childwise monitoring survey.
Among seven to 16 year olds, 61% have a mobile phone with internet access.
Children use their mobiles for an average of 1.6 hours a day, the survey of 2,770 five to 16 year olds says.
The biggest trend in children's use of gadgets, according to the report from the market research company, is the growth in internet use through mobile phones.
The survey was based on interviews carried out in autumn 2011.

OPPORTUNITIES / COMPETITIONS: OECD video competition "Education and Skills - what are the big issues today?"

About the 2012 Competition

Education and Skills - what are the big issues today?
  • Learning the right skills to get a job,
  • Bridging the 'digital divide',
  • Tackling inequality in access to education and training,
  • Inspiring creativity and innovation,
  • ... or something else?
Visit the OECD Education topic, the Education Today Blog and Education publications on the OECD iLibrary.

The Challenge
Make a short video (no more than 3 minutes) on the theme of Education and Skills.

The Prize
An all expenses-paid trip to Paris, France to attend the OECD Forum on 22-24 May 2012. The Prize will be awarded to three winning videos selectEd by our Jury. If a winning video is a group effort, then a nominated representative will be invited to Paris.

To Enter
To be eligible for prizes, you must be aged between 18 and 25 years during the period of this competition (14 December 2011 to 31 March 2012). That means you must have been born on or between 15 December 1985 and 1 April 1994. Proof of identity will be required from all finalists.

ARTICLES: Child safety measures to protect against internet threats

Monday, 9 January 2012

If you are reading this on Christmas Day, there is a good chance you are excitedly trying out a brand new computer, or maybe a fancy smartphone.
You will not be surprised to learn you are not alone - internet-enabled devices have been selling in their millions in the run up to Christmas. Many have been bought by parents eager to please their technology-hungry children.
For younger kids, today could be the first time they get their hands on their own computer or mobile.
It is a situation that can understandably leave parents feeling worried.

EVENTS: Young journalists from Dagestan are invited to take part in the festival of youth media “Volga meeting” (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)

Makhachkala, December 24, 2011. From January 5 to January 9 the city of Cheboksary will host the preliminary stage of the festival of youth media "Volga meeting", the deputy editor of children's newspaper "Eaglet, Dagestan" Maazat Charinova said. According to her, the main goal of the festival is the promotion of youth media and to involve children and young people into social activism. It is expected that "Volga meeting -23" will gather more than 200 kids who have chosen journalism and film making as their future profession and way of expression.
"The Festival "Volga Meetings" is a show-contest of groups of children and youth editions, TV channels, films and media of the Russian Federation, CIS and Baltic countries, held since 1989. This unique event supports and educates for beginners and young journalists citizenship, leadership and creative activity, significantly affecting the growth of youth media and development of media education"- M. Charinova pointed out.

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