Frequently Asked Questions about the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.
1. ENTERING THE PLURAL+ VIDEO FESTIVAL
What is the goal of the PLURAL + Video Festival?
The PLURAL+ Video Festival is an empowering tool for young people to speak out about what they think of migration, diversity and social inclusion, using their own views and voices. The PLURAL+ Video Festival gives youth a platform to say what they think and to make themselves heard by people from all over the world.
Who is an entrant?
The entrant is the person responsible for submitting the video to the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. The entrant should be a person actively involved in the making of the video.
Who can enter the Video Festival?
The PLURAL+ Video Festival is for youth. Anyone can enter the Video Festival as long as they are between the ages of 9-25.
What is the entry deadline?
All entries must be received by Midnight (New York City Time, GMT -5hours) on June 15th, 2015. Any videos received after this time will not be considered for the PLURAL+ 2015 Youth Video Festival.
What should my video be about?
Your video should be about migration, diversity and social inclusion – three things that are very important in our globalizing world. The PLURAL+ Video Festival wants you to tell us what you think about things like migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social unity.
Is there a specific way that my video should look?
No! PLURAL+ encourages creativity in submissions for the Video Festival. Your video can be done in any style or genre – animation, documentary, drama, music video, comedy etc. – whatever you decide best represents what you think about migration, diversity and social inclusion.
How long should the video be?
Videos must be between 1 and 5 minutes long, including title and end credits. Any submissions falling outside of this time restraint will not be considered.
What should the video’s format be?
Preferably all videos should be submitted on DVDs, or through a file hosting website of choice (see Rules and Regulations)
What language should my video be in?
Your video can be in whatever language you want, however if the language of your video is not English then you must have English subtitles.
If I want to enter the PLURAL+ Video Festival but do not have access to cameras or production equipment, what can I do?
PLURAL+ is currently compiling a database of organizations from around the world that may be able to help you. Please check the Media Organizations page here.
2. SUBMITTING A VIDEO TO THE PLURAL+ VIDEO FESTIVAL
What languages can I use to correspond with PLURAL +?
The official language of the PLURAL+ Video Festival is English. While the Rules and Regulations and the FAQs are available in Arabic, English, French, Chinese and Spanish, the language of correspondence for the PLURAL+ Video Festival is limited to English. The entry from must be completed in English.
What should I include in my entrance package?
You must include the following:
a) A complete and signed entry form (see Rules and Regulations)
b) Your DVD / or email video file
What should I include in my email if I send the video through a file hosting website?
You must include the following:
a) Format text email including: title of the video, name of the authors, link, email (see Rules and Regulations)
b) A complete and signed entry form (see Rules and Regulations)
Where do I send my video?
Send your entry form and your video on DVD to:
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
PLURAL+ Video Festival
730 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: +1 929-274-6216
Where do I send my email?
Participants should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If I send in a video to the festival, is the video still mine?
Yes! When you send PLURAL+ your video you are agreeing to let PLURAL+ show and distribute the video for the purpose of amplifying youth voices in the media around the subjects of migration, diversity and social inclusion, but the video is still yours. This means that even if you submit your video to the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, you can still submit it to other video festivals, competitions etc.
3. THE SELECTION PROCESS OF THE PLURAL+ VIDEO FESTIVAL
How are the videos judged for the PLURAL+ Video Festival?
Judging for the PLURAL+ Jury Award will be performed by an international jury, whose names and biographies are available on the website.
There will be 3 age-based categories for judging: 9-12, 13-17, and 18-25.
Will there be just one winner or will there be runners-up too?
There are a variety of prizes awarded through the PLURAL+ Video Festival. The PLURAL+ JURY AWARD prize will be awarded to one video per age category (3 prizes in all). In addition, other collaborative partner agencies and organizations of PLURAL+ will be awarding additional prizes. See a list of 2014 partner awards here.
What are the prizes?
The main goal of the PLURAL+ Video Festival is to give exposure and recognition to winning young filmmakers. If you win an award at PLURAL+, your work will be seen at an international level as the PLURAL+ Video Festival shows your video on the internet, broadcasts, and provides screening opportunities around the world. This way, your message goes global!
Each of the 3 winners of the PLURAL+ JURY AWARD will receive a USA $1,000 cash award; in addition, one representative of the winning video will be invited (all travel expenses paid) to participate at the PLURAL+ 2015 Awards Ceremony early December 2015 in New York.. Other awards and prizes might include equipment and professional opportunities.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners of the PLURAL+ Video Festival will be notified by October 18, 2015 at the very latest. The winners will be publicly announced in early December 2014 at a ceremony in New York.
Will I hear from PLURAL+ if I am not successful?
Yes, we will contact all entrants via email to let them know about the decision of the Jury. Additionally, all entrants who comply with the PLURAL+ Rules and Regulations will receive Certificates of Participation in the PLURAL+ Video Festival.
I am related to one of the jurors, can I still enter the PLURAL+ Video Festival?
No, immediate family members of jurors are not eligible to enter the PLURAL+ Video Festival. For the purposes of the PLURAL+ Video Festival, immediate family members are siblings, children, and grandchildren of the jury members.
What is the video going to be used for?
PLURAL+ believes that the views and opinions of youth about the topic of migration, diversity and social inclusion must be noticed by the global community. PLURAL+ aims to make this happen through the possibility of wide multi-platform distribution of the videos, including broadcast, satellite, internet, film festivals and DVD. PLURAL+ gives youth a global voice to communicate through the media with policy-makers and society as a whole about the important topics of migration and diversity.
4. SUPPORTING THE PLURAL+ VIDEO FESTIVAL
I work for an organization that is interested in collaborating or supporting PLURAL+, is there some way for my organization to be involved?
Yes! PLURAL+ is involved with a diverse group of organizations from around the world and we welcome the collaboration and support of new organizations. Please contact us at email@example.com if your organization would like to be involved in this exciting event.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact PLURAL+ at firstname.lastname@example.org.