2014 CIAK Junior Youth International Film Festival
The 25th Edition of the CIAK JUNIOR international Film Festival will take place in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, from 29-31 May 2014. Since 1989, the event offers young people a unique platform of expression and communication. This year’s edition is organized by Gruppo Alcuni with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Veneto region and the city of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
On 30 May, UNESCO joined the International Jury reviewing the films in competition at this year’s Festival and assigned a special recognition to the short film which best expresses the mission and mandate of the Organization.
UNESCO recognizes the fundamental role that young people play in the implementation of the Organization’s mission, particularly in promoting sustainable development within education, intercultural dialogue, the management of natural resources (especially water) and communication. In a rapidly changing world, this entails the need to learn and to carefully evaluate the state of the planet and, most importantly, to accept and adapt behaviour and lifestyles. With their energy, sensitivity and creativity, youth often demonstrate that they are willing to accept these challenges and to come up with concrete solutions for sustainable development.
Once a year, CIAK Junior calls upon youth from Europe and around the world to create an audio-visual product from start to finish. Young participants present films which clearly set out their concerns, the daily challenges they face, their hopes and their willingness to suggest changes which they think need to be addressed to bring about a more equitable, peaceful, stable world - in other words, a more liveable world.
Photo credit : © Gruppo Alcuni - CIAK Junior International Film Festival 2014