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UNIS/VIC/204
27 November 2014

 

'This is how we see Integration'

Winners of this year's Student Short Film Competition on Human Rights receive awards

VIENNA, 27 November 2014 (UN Information Service) - Students from Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia are the winners of this year's Student Short Film Competition on Human Rights, in which young people between the ages of 10 and 20 portrayed what integration means to them. The prizes were awarded during a ceremony and film screening on Thursday at Topkino.

This is the sixth time the competition was held by the Film Festival on Human Rights " this human world" under the auspices of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs. A panel composed of the organizers and film experts selected the best three short films nominated for the Competition by students from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The films could be no longer than three minutes.

"These films vividly illustrate the theme of integration and just as vividly show us how much emphasis young people place on human rights. This should motivate all of us to work together even harder to ensure the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is indeed universal. Each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights," UNIS Director Martin Nesirky said in his opening speech.

Lisa Wegenstein of " this human world" film festival said on the work of the jury: "We have received a lot of very interesting short films in several categories. The jury decided to award three prizes this year which are going to young people of three different countries: Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia."

According to Ruth Schöffl of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria, "Integration is a topic which concerns everyone. The winning films impressively show the importance for each person to belong somewhere and to be accepted as an individual."

The winners received their prizes from Blanka Jamnisek, Permanent Represenative of Slovenia, András Pamuk, Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Albin Otruba, Deputy Permanent Representative of Slovakia.

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List of the winners of the Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2014

1. Prize
"Class C"
By Laura Lukács of Hungary

2. Prize
"Integration"
By Mia Drazilova, Sarah Fathiova of Slovakia

3. Prize
"Praised but Violated"
By the "Gymnasium Ptuj" in Slovenia

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For further information please contact:

Irene Hoeglinger-Neiva
Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4448
Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-4448
Email: irene.hoeglinger-neiva[at]unvienna.org

or

Lisa Wegenstein
THW SCHOOL PROJECT
Mobile: (+43) 676-84947066
Email: schulfilmprojekt[at]thishumanworld.com