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Unchosen short Film Competition 2013

Welcome to the Unchosen Modern Day Slavery Short Film Competition 2014:
Forced Labour!


Modern Day Slavery: Supply & Demand

UNCHOSEN are pleased to be launching the second year of this competition.  We are looking forward to another year of collaboration between the creative arts and human rights sectors. To see the powerful films produced from last year’s competition click here.

What is the competition?

  • Make a short film, maximum 10 minutes, based on one of the forced labour case studies listed here
  • Working closely with leading support charities, academics and government agencies, Unchosen has collated a series of genuine case studies that demonstrate the complex reality of forced labour.  We have included cases where the forced labour takes place in the UK & Ireland as well as international cases where individuals are exploited in the supply chain of products and services that end up on UK and Irish High streets.
  • The case studies look at the multiple and varied reasons why an individual might find themselves in a position of forced labour and also look at what the different exit routes from these exploitative situations might be.
  • All case studies are based on genuine accounts however some details have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Why forced labour?

  • Forced labour is modern day slavery and this atrocity is happening throughout the world every day.  Recent research indicates there are thousands of forced labour workers in the UK. However, as this type of modern day slavery is still largely misunderstood, many victims remain unidentified and without access to the necessary support.
  • Forced labour is something all of us come into contact with every day as consumers.  The case studies we have included show how forced labour might have been involved in the production of the clothes you wear, the chicken you eat or the new paving slabs on your driveway.  We want to show how we as consumers have both a responsibility and the power to eradicate slavery in the supply chain.
  • Visit our FORCED LABOUR page for more information.

What impact will the films have?

  • The winning films will be used to:
    • Raise awareness about forced labour in the UK & Ireland, and also internationally so that victims are more easily identified and given access to appropriate support. 
    • Raise awareness about how our consumer choices here in the UK have a direct impact on people all around the world.
    • Engage a wide variety of audiences from politicians and policy makers, the media, schools and universities as well as the general public. 

Why enter?

  • Prizes: a cash prize of £300 will be awarded by our partners Marsh Christian Trust to the winners of each subject category, plus an award for best Young Filmmaker. The overall winner will receive an additional £300.
  • Maximum Exposure: an expert panel will select the winning films which will be screened at a high profile awards ceremony in London.  All winning films will embark on a road show tour of the UK & Ireland taking in film festivals and multiple other venues nationwide starting in October 2014.
  • Human Rights/Social change: your film will be used as a key tool in combatting modern-day slavery that takes place today in UK and Ireland.

Competition categories

The judges will select one winning film for each of the categories below.  The Judges will then choose an overall competition winner who will be awarded the prizes mentioned above:

  • Forced labour: International
  • Forced labour: UK Production
  • Forced labour: Consumer- UK & Ireland
    • Marsh Young filmmakers award: An additional award will be given to filmmakers aged 19 years and younger (to enter this category, please enter under one of the above categories but tick the box in Reelport that confirms you will be under 20 years old on 01/09/2014).

Judging criteria

  • The films will be judged both on their cinematic integrity AND their ability to convey the message/experience of forced labour.  Please note however, we are looking to engage audiences around these films; films that rely on shock tactics are likely to have the opposite effect.  Unchosen are happy to provide advice and support on this to ensure you understand the key messages.
  • The competition is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets. 
  • We don’t expect you to cover all of the details of the case study- how and what you present of the case study is up to you- however you must indicate which case study you have based your film upon and this should be apparent when watching the film.

Eligibility: how do I enter?

  • The competition is open to any film maker of any age, from any country.
  • Complete the ‘Register interest’ form and return by May 23rd 2014.
  • Make a short film, maximum 10 minutes, including opening and closing credits, based on one of the case studies listed here
  • Submit your film using Reelport: the online film submission service.  Please follow the guidance provided by Reelport here and also refer to our ‘Terms and Conditions’ .
  • All forms and guidance for submission can be found on the ‘Forms’ page.
  • Please note- submission to Reelport is password encrypted.  You will need to contact Unchosen for the password.
  • Direct any and all enquiries to Unchosen.  No contact should be made with the participating case study partners without consent from Unchosen.

Key dates

  • 26th February 2014: Competition launch.
  • 23rd May 2014: All applicants complete the ‘Registration of Interest’ form (if you miss this deadline- don’t panic!- still send the form when you can).
  • 13th August 2014, 2pm: Submission deadline for all films & application forms.
  • 10th September 2014: All filmmakers notified of shortlist selection.
  • October 2014: Awards ceremony in London: all shortlisted filmmakers to attend.
  • Oct ’14- Jun ’15: Roadshow of UK & Ireland.

Guide to making a film for young filmmakers

  • FILMCLUB and First Light have joined forces to become Into Film. Amongst many other activities, the charity provides 5-19 year olds with filmmaking guides and resources.

Unchosen, our consultant and our case study partners

  • Unchosen has been raising awareness about human trafficking through film since 2008.  For more information about Unchosen, please visit our About page.
  • We are fortunate to have had the support of Gary Craig Professor of Social Justice, Durham University and WISE working as a ‘Forced Labour’ consultant on this 2014 Film Competition and also Jatanil Banerjee as our Music Rights Consultant.
  • Partners who have submitted case studies to the competition are as follows:

   Gangmasters Licensing Authority
   Economic Social Research Council
   Joseph Rowntree Foundation
   Labour Behind the Label
   Manchester Metropolitan University
   Migrant Rights Centre, Ireland
   Northern Ireland Law Centre
   Precarious lives project (University of Leeds)
   Wai Yin Chinese Women’s Society

NB: all enquiries relating to the competition must be directed to Unchosen.

Gangmasters Licencing Authority Joseph Rowntree Foundation Labour Behind the Label Manchester Metropolitan University
Migrant Rights Centre (Ireland)   Northern Ireland Law Centre Wai Yin Chinese Women's Society





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