UN Video Festival Invites Youth Worldwide to Submit Short Films

2022 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. Photo: UN
2022 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. Photo: UN

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) have announced the 2022 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival call for video submissions, encouraging youth worldwide to submit short films that will allow for their voices to be heard on the pressing social issues.

Every year, PLURAL+ invites young people from all over the world up to 25 years old to submit original and creative short videos conveying constructive messages related to the themes of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia. 

The winners will be invited all expenses paid to participate in the PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony which will take place in late 2022.

With the help of an international jury, UNAOC and IOM will jointly select one short film in each of three age categories (up to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 to 25 years old). 

This year, they will also award three special prizes: the first one, the Special Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia, will recognize a film that best illustrates the issue of xenophobia and fosters respect for all. 

The second one, the Special Award #forSafeWorship, will recognize the film that best explores the theme of religious diversity and coexistence between religions and faiths in our modern world. 

Finally, and for the first time, PLURAL+ has announced a new award category this year: the Special Award for Peace and Solidarity.

This new special award will recognize a film that embodies the universal values of peace and solidarity, advocating for a culture of peace and understanding. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award a multitude of prizes and professional opportunities to several young filmmakers.

The deadline to apply for PLURAL+ this year is Friday, 17 June 2022, at 5 PM EST.

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