Youth at the CIAK JUNIOR Film Festival 2012. Social inclusion through creativity
UNESCO promotes and encourages youth to voice their concerns and opinions. What better way to express, communicate and share ideas for fostering peace and sustainable development through films! The UNESCO Venice Office is proud to collaborate with Gruppo Alcuni in the realization of the 23rd edition of the CIAK JUNIOR Film Festival 2012 being held in Treviso, Italy, up to 26 May 2012.
CIAK JUNIOR – The Cinema made by children is an international TV project to initiate children, aged 10 to 15, to the language of audiovisuals. It encompasses both the making and broadcasting of short films (10 minutes each) written by children and produced by the TV networks of participating countries. Stories written by children are collected within each country, and 1 to 6 maximum are chosen for production purposes. The films are then produced by the participating TV network, and produced in each country are made available by each TV network for broadcasting in all the other participating countries.
In addition to its support of the CIAK JUNIOR Film Festival over the years, the UNESCO Venice Office is continuing with Gruppo Alcuni its successful collaboration by encouraging youth around the world to create and share their own stories on how to better safeguard and protect the precious natural resource of water within the second cartoon series of the H2Ooooh! Initiative.
This learning and cultural experience once again is based on enhancing youth involvement in terms of their creativeness and communicating their ideas and possible solutions to global issues.
UNESCO acknowledges youth as key actors and partners in its mission to ‘contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue’.
Considered as a priority group for UNESCO, youth issues are included within all of the Organization’s Programme Sectors (Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information). Their energies, fresh ideas and creativeness are instrumental in designing effective responses to the development of their societies and addressing global concerns. By echoing their challenges they can identify concrete priorities for action.
Changing attitudes is a significant objective towards bringing about social change. Creativity and expression leads to social inclusion and a better understanding of cultural diversity.