October 19, 2014

NEWS / EVENTS: Sharjah Children's Film Festival kicks off with rich selection of movies

SHARJAH (UAE) - His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, will open the second edition of the Sharjah International Children Film Festival on Sunday 19 October at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre.

Running until 24 October, the festival represents a great opportunity to unlock, nurture and promote young talent and creativity, grow their awareness and develop their abilities. It also enables professionals in the film industry to gain a deeper insight into children’s cinematic vision, with support from FUNN organization, which is dedicated to promoting media arts for children and young people in Sharjah and the UAE in general.

This year's edition will showcase many films by local and regional filmmakers, as well by internationally acclaimed filmmakers, in addition to films from Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Far East.

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October 17, 2014

NEWS: European exchange on Film & Media Literacy for preschool children starts 26 October

European exchange on Film & Media Literacy for preschool children starts 26 October

The aim of the event is to exchange experiences and come up with ideas for the future creation of high quality moving image and new media for young audiences with screenings, panel sessions and presentations. The exchange will be held during the 8th edition of the international children film festival Filem’on in Brussels. The presentations and discussions will take place in English and Dutch. See the program of the exchange here.

October 13, 2014

NEWS: Associations Honoured for Youth Engagement Excellence

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 12 October 2014
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Associations Honoured for Youth Engagement Excellence

Twelve newspaper and news publishing associations have been designated as “Centers of Youth Engagement Excellence” by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), in a ceremony Sunday honouring their long-term commitment to engaging young people with news and helping teachers to use news in the classroom.

The “Center of Youth Engagement Excellence” designation honors newspaper associations that have a deep, long-term commitment and that continue to devote resources to news literacy and youth engagement.

 "One of our core values is assuring that new generations understand the importance of free, credible and independent news, and are able to identify it, and seek it out, among the vast amount of information that bombards them each day," said Larry Kilman, Secretary General of WAN-IFRA.

 “The associations we honor have helped generations of young people and their teachers work together in support of these values. They are utterly committed to both quality education and to a free press as a foundation of democratic society," he said.

Receiving the designation were the national newspaper associations of the United States (Newspaper Association of America), Denmark (Danske Medier), Finland (Finnish Newspapers Association), Norway (Mediebedriftenes Landsforening), The Netherlands (NDP Nieuwsmedia), France,(SPQR, SPQN ARPEJ), Brazil (Associac√£o Nacional de Jornais), Germany (Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger), Japan (Nihon Shinbun Kyokai), Colombia (Andiarios), Belgium (Les Journaux Francophone Belges), and Korea (Korean Association of Newspapers). 

All have conducted youth engagement and newspapers in education programmes for at least two decades, and some of them much longer. Details of their work can be found at www.wan-ifra.org/node/44087

The induction ceremony took place during the Board meeting of WAN-IFRA in Amsterdam on the eve of the World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry. Details about the Expo can be found athttp://www.worldpublishingexpo.com

More on WAN-IFRA’s programmes for youth engagement and news literacy can be found at http://www.wan-ifra.org/newsliteracy

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

Inquiries to: Dr. Aralynn McMane, Executive Director for youth engagement and news literacy, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 42 78 92 33. E-mail: aralynn.mcmane@wan-ifra.org

October 8, 2014

EVENTS / FILM FESTIVALS: OSCE supports Eighth International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, 8 October 2014 – The OSCE Centre in Bishkek is supporting local human rights organization Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan in hosting the four-day Eighth International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights, which launched on Tuesday in Bishkek.

This year's festival is taking place under the slogan, “The right to development” and aims at raising public awareness on human rights in Kyrgyzstan’s society, especially among young people. It is the only international documentary film festival on human rights organized in Central Asia.

“This festival is a testament to the necessity and importance of raising awareness of human rights issues, stimulating public debate, adopting respective decisions and advocating for democracy, human and fundamental rights,” said Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek. “I am confident that everyone - whether a participant or a guest - will be a winner and enjoy the festival. The OSCE Centre in Bishkek is ready to continue to support Kyrgyzstan’s commitment to implement its international human right obligations.”

The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony on 11 October with winning documentaries recognized as Best International Film, Best National Film and Best Youth Film.

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October 7, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES: German companies offer internships for journalists from the Balkans Deadline: 01 November 2014

The Internship Program of German Business is offering graduates and students a three- to six-month-long internship at leading German companies. Young journalists with good knowledge of English or German from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia can apply.

The interns will receive an allowance financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Participating German companies cover the cost of accommodation and health insurance.

Students or graduates with initial work experience from the following fields can apply: media/ journalism, agriculture, energy, electronics, financial services, insurance, banking, trade, business consulting/auditing, industrial services, engineering, transport and logistics, environmental technology/ biotechnology, chemical industry, steel and metal processing, and IT/ telecommunications.

Applicants must send a letter of motivation (one to two pages maximum), a CV, a portrait photo and a scanned transcript of records.

The deadline is 31 October.

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October 2, 2014

NEWS: Introducing Educational TV to Uzbekistan

By James Brindley 

TASHKENT, 30 September 2014 - The ‘Kuch Birlikda’ (Power in Unity) edutainment TV series recently launched in Uzbekistan, and the related public information campaign to be conducted into 2015, are two means through which UNICEF is working to establish and promote quality children’s television in the Central Asian nation.

UNICEF Representative Robert Fuderich and the creative team at the official launch of the TV series in July 2014 - UNICEF Uzbekistan / 2014

Developed together with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the show and its associated website, public screenings, and planned DVDs and accompanying TV programmes, aim not only to provide young people with information about what their rights are, but also to empower them to make sure their rights are promoted and recognised. This outcome is particularly important in 2014, which is both the 20th Anniversary of UNICEF in Uzbekistan, and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Are you a documentary filmmaker aged 16 to 25?
Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the eighth Future Film Festival, in February 2015?
We’re inviting IdeasTap documentary filmmakers to submit their work to the Future Film Festival, the British Film Institute's annual film festival for young people, held at BFI Southbank in London. IdeasTap will host a special screening at the festival for the five winning documentary shorts, alongside a masterclass Q&A with an industry expert and judge.
Selected shorts may also be given additional screenings at the BFI Southbank during the festival – and you could even be nominated for a Future Film Award.
If successful, you and a guest will be invited to attend the Future Film Awards at BFI Southbank, and you’ll be allocated a limited number of tickets for screenings of your film for contributors, family and friends.
Your documentary must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years, and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter.
Good luck!
Supported by The Chapman Charitable Trust.

September 29, 2014

EVENTS: New York Int'l Children's Film Festival

New York Int'l Children's Film Festival

February 27 - March 22, 2015

Final Deadline for Shorts Oct 6, 2014 - Final Deadline for Feature Films Nov 10, 2014
New York Int'l Children's Film Festival is North America's film festival for children and teens. Each year the Festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, audience voting, and an annual Awards Ceremony.
We are looking for creative, original, non-formulaic short and feature films that support our mission to create a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. We often program films that were not created with a young audience in mind, but are received passionately and enthusiastically by attendees ages 3-18 nonetheless. We are not shy about showing films with mature themes, subject matter, language or sensibilities.
Members of the Festival jury include Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Bill Plympton, Christine Vachon, James Schamus, Henry Selick and Gus van Sant, among others. The Festival is an Academy®-qualifying festival.


Website www.gkids.com  

Source: Newsletter Filmfestivals.com

September 24, 2014

NEWS: Norway local press group takes top World Young Reader Prize

Paris, France and Frankfurt, Germany, 22 September 2014 - For immediate release
Norway local press group takes top World Young Reader Prize

The Norwegian local media group Amedia has been named World Young Reader News Publisher of the Year for putting young people in the heart of its overall readership strategy.
The top distinction in the World Young Readers Prizes, the annual awards from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), recognized the local press group’s commitment to youth as a long-term, must-do priority.

 “This is one of the best long-term young readers programmes ever: led by extensive research, thought out and strategic, guided by a 'need to have' philosophy about young readers,” the jury said in making the award.

The World Young Reader Prizes are part of WAN-IFRA’s efforts to recognise, encourage and disseminate innovative ideas and thinking to help build stronger and vital news media. World Young Reader Prize winning strategies are celebrated and shared as they benefit not only the media companies and their young audiences but also society as a whole.

The awards will be presented at the WAN-IFRA World Young Reader Summit and Ideathon from 24 to 26 November in Bali, Indonesia, a free event with admission open to all news publishers, with priority to WAN-IFRA members and past prize winners.  More about the summit can be found at http://www.wan-ifra.org/node/113678

In all, news publishing companies from 13 countries were honoured with World Young Reader Prizes, including these top winners:


Amedia group (Norway) - Amedia’s multifaceted actions include an ongoing study of the same 3,500 young people since 2008, a daily youth enhancement tip for all the group’s editors, along with a bi-annual compilation of global best, workshops and resources for using the news in education, and an annual Young Reader Conference for the group’s newspapers. And they share some of this with their competitors.


Mindener Tageblatt (Germany) for Azubify - a multiplatform set of tools to help companies and youth connect for apprenticeships. This award special category was supported by Chevron and honors a win-win partnership with a financial supporter that helps sustain excellence in news publisher engagement and service of youth.


Volksblad (South Africa) for SkoolBLUES, interactive comic strip for teenagers.


VietnamPlus for “Rapping the News”. This special category award is supported by CCI and honors the news publisher that most creatively engages the young through mobile telephones, tablets and other digital devices.


The Star (Malaysia) for the R.AGE news and social media youth initiative that reinvented itself with an array of face-to-face initiatives.

Singapore Press Holdings (Singapore) for The Straits Times Schools Programme – a decade-old multifaceted youth engagement approach that continues to innovate.

Gazeta do Povo (Brazil) for the "Read and Think" news in education programme that continues to offer methods and solid, useful research


The Mathrubhurni Daily (India) for a "Free The Tree" campaign by youth to stop advertisements being attached to trees. This special category was supported by GreenTEC Campus of Germany and honours projects that give the young guidance and hope for improving the environment.


Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag (Germany) for a Tablet Class program that offers equipment and training to raise awareness among students of news on tablet devices.


Jakarta Post (Indonesia) for “Youth Speak Fun Day”, a language festival of competitions, news simulations, games and entertainment to help strengthen the English skills of 15- to 17-year-olds. It is supported by Capital of Children of Denmark and honors initiatives with inventive activities that teach about the news by getting them involved in the news process


The Guardian (UK) for a highly interactive children's book website where children read, write and publish reviews, connect with other young readers and have face-to-face interview authors.

Details about the other winners can be found at http:/www.wan-ifra.org/node/116566

Learn more about WAN-IFRA’s news literacy and youth engagement work at www.wan-ifra.org/newsliteracy

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

Inquiries to: Dr. Aralynn McMane, executive director for youth engagement and news literacy, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 42 78 92 33. E-mail: worldyoungreaderprize@wan-ifra

September 23, 2014

OneMinutesJr workshop in Armenia

DILIJAN, Armenia, 22 September 2014 - Twenty-two young people from Dilijan have come to the tumo center for creative technologies in the Armenian spa town Dilijan this week to participate in a OneMinutesJr workshop.

The 12 boys and 10 girls who will develop, films and edit their first movies this week are a truly inclusive crowd. We have participants with cerebral palsy, Duchenne syndrome, autism, clubfoot, mild intellectual disabilities and psychological development delays alongside other children from Dilijan without disabilites. From the very beginning it is clear to everybody that all children here have the same rights and that nobody will be left out in the process.

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