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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

This year's film competition has now closed.

To see the powerful films produced from last year’s competition click here.

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. 

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).

Key dates

  • 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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