WELCOME TO THE UNCHOSEN 2013 HUMAN TRAFFICKING SHORT FILM COMPETITION!
UNCHOSEN are pleased to be launching the first year of this competition, which is promised to be a high profile and exciting collaboration between the creative arts and human rights sectors.
What is the competition?
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- Make a short film, maximum 10 minutes, based on one of the human trafficking case studies listed here. The competition is open to filmmakers of any age, from any country.
- Working closely with leading victim support charities, Unchosen has collated a series of case studies that demonstrate the complex reality of human trafficking in the UK and Ireland. The case studies not only look at the causes of trafficking, but also the difficulties faced by victims after they have escaped. All case studies are based on genuine accounts of victim’s experiences; however some details have been changed to protect confidentiality.
What impact will the films have?
- Human trafficking is 21st century slavery and this hidden atrocity is happening throughout the UK and Ireland today.
- Whilst awareness of trafficking is growing in the public consciousness, the general understanding of what trafficking is often remains confined to sexual exploitation alone. This means victims remain unidentified and without access to the necessary support. For more information about trafficking please visit our trafficking page.
- The winning films will be used to raise awareness about trafficking in the UK & Ireland so that victims are more easily identified and given access to appropriate support.
- The films will be used to engage a wide variety of audiences from politicians and policy makers, the media, schools and universities as well as the general public.
- 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 roadshow tour of the UK & Ireland taking in film festivals and multiple other venues nationwide throughout 2014.
- Prizes: The overall winner will be given a cash prize and half a day's audio mix time in one of ENVY’s studios. ENVY are the winners of the ‘Broadcast Award’ of ‘Best Post Production House 2013’.
- Human Rights/Social change: your film will be used as a key tool in combatting human trafficking that takes place today in UK and Ireland.
The judges will select one winning film for each of the three categories below. The Judges will then choose an overall competition winner who will be awarded the prizes mentioned above:
- Domestic servitude
- Forced labour/forced criminality
- Sexual exploitation
- An additional award will be given to a filmmaker 25 years and younger (to enter this category, please enter under one of the above categories but tick the box on the application form that confirms you will be under 26 on 01/09/2013).
Eligibility: how do I enter?
- The films will be judged both on their cinematic integrity AND their ability to convey the message/experience of the victim. 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.
- 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.
- The first round of the competition is now closed.
- The second round of the competition will open in February 2014.
Unchosen and our case study partners
- 19th February 2013 Competition launch.
- 23rd May 2013: all applicants complete the ‘Registration of Interest’ form.
- 13th August 2013: Submission deadline for all films & application forms.
- 10th September 2013: All Filmmakers notified of their selection.
- October 2013: All Long List filmmakers to attend high profile awards ceremony in London.
- October 2013 - June 2014 road show of UK & Ireland.
- Unchosen has been raising awareness about human trafficking through film since 2008. For more information about Unchosen, please visit our about page.
- Partners who have submitted case studies to the competition are as follows (please note, all enquiries relating to the competition must be directed to Unchosen):
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- ECPAT UK: campaigns against child sexual exploitation and trafficking in the UK
- Kalayaan: provides support services and campaigning with migrant domestic workers in the UK
- FPWP Hibiscus: provides advocacy, practical and emotional support to foreign national and BMER women in prison
- Turn off the Red Light Campaign: campaigns to end sex trafficking in IRELAND
- TARA: provides support to women trafficked for sexual exploitation in SCOTLAND
- First Light is a UK wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people aged up to 25. They provide an online suite of filmmaking resources which can be found on YouTube and associated written resources on their website.
- Unchosen would like to thank Music Revolution for offering filmmakers the use of royalty-free production music tracks. www.musicrevolution.com.
With special thanks to all our partners:
Anti-Slavery International, Bright Button Productions, Counter Human Trafficking Bureau, Eaves,
ECPAT UK, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, ENVY, Filmclub, First Light, FPWP Hibiscus, Human Trafficking Foundation, Kalayaan, Labour Behind the Label, OSCE, Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA),Turn off the Red Light Campaign, UK Human Trafficking Centre,
Wales Anti HumanTrafficking Co-ordinator.
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