Eligibility

  • Entrants to PLURAL+ must be of maximum 25 years of age at the time of the production of the video submitted to PLURAL+.
  • People appearing in the video do not have to be youth. However the videos must reflect the youth’s opinions or reflections about migration, diversity and social inclusion.
  • Multiple youth may work together to make one video, as long as all members of the group are maximum 25 years of age at the time of the production of the video submitted to PLURAL+.
  • Only minimal roles of any adults (over the age of 25) involved in the making of the video (e.g. educators, teachers, instructors, etc.) is acceptable (group coordination, technical support, renting equipment, etc.). It is understood that particularly for the age group of up to 12 years, educators could have a more substantial role in the production of the video.
  • If multiple youth work together on one video then the video will be judged in the age category of the entrant who has a primary role in the creation of the video.
  • Immediate family members (siblings, children and grandchildren) of IOM, UNAOC and the jurors for the PLURAL+ Video Festival are not eligible to enter.

Format

  • All videos should be submitted as a file (preferably as “.mov”) via a file hosting website like dropbox.com, WeTransfer, Google Drive, etc. The entrant may also choose to mail a DVD of the video entry to PLURAL+ mailing address.
  • Videos that are not in English must have English subtitles.
  • All videos must be five (5) minutes maximum of running time, including title and end credits.

Consent and Copyright

  • All videos must be accompanied by a signed entry form.
  • If the entrant is a minor in his/her country of residence then the entry form must be co-signed by the entrant’s parent or legal guardian.
  • PLURAL+ will seek written consent of the parents or legal guardians of the makers of the winning videos.
  • Entrants must obtain the consent of everyone appearing in their videos if their faces are recognizable.
  • Entrants must obtain the consent of everyone whose copyrighted, patented or trademarked material, including music, appears or is included in their videos.
  • Videos do not have to have been made specifically for the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, but videos must have been completed after January 2014.

Subject

  • No video may contain vulgarity, violence, defamatory language or any other subject deemed by the PLURAL+ Video Festival organizers to be inappropriate for the tone of the competition.
  • Videos must pertain to the topics of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and related topics.
  • Reflecting on these topics, videos should show the youth’s thoughts, experiences, opinions, questions and suggestions.
  • Videos may be of whatever type, style or genre that the entrant wishes – animated, documentary, drama, music video, comedy etc.
  • Videos should reflect the aims of the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, which are:
    • To recognize youth as agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions.
    • To involve youth in addressing questions on migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social inclusion wherever they be in the world.
    • To encourage the practical contributions of young people in not just identifying constraints, but also in promoting a climate of respect and appreciation for each other.

Use of the Video

  • The makers of the video will continue to own the rights of their videos, but when they submit the video to the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival they agree that PLURAL+ and its partners have unlimited use of the video in all formats and platforms.
  • PLURAL+ and its associated partners reserve the right to show any submitted videos a limitless, noncommercial, number of times in whatever format they deem fit in order to further the educational aims of PLURAL+.
  • PLURAL+ and its associated partners reserve the right to use the video and the video makers’ names or likenesses in any PLURAL+ related promotional or advertising venture without compensation to the entrant.
  • The makers of the video agree to the possibility of wide multi-platform non-commercial distribution of their work, including broadcast, satellite, internet, film festivals and DVD.

Submissions

  • All entries must include a fully completed and signed entry form, including co-signature by a parent, guardian, teacher or responsible adult if the entrant is a minor in his/her country of residence.
  • If submitting a DVD, each package must contain:.
    1. The fully completed entry form
    2. The DVD of the video
    3. All DVDs must have the name of the entrant and the English title of the video printed on top of the DVD in permanent marker.
    4. Videos must be sent to:
      PLURAL+
      United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
      730 Third Ave, 20th Floor
      New York, NY 10017 USA
      Phone: +1 929-274-6216
  • If submitting through a file hosting website, participants should send an email to plural@unaoc.org. In the subject line write PLURAL+ 2015 VIDEO ENTRY, and the text mail should include:
    • Title of the videos
    • Name of the authors
    • Address/link for download of the video
    • Contact email
  • a. Participants must follow these instructions or risk their entry not being accepted.
  • b. The Entry Form must also be included as an attachment to the email. Videos will not be accepted without the Entry Form completed and signed.
  • PLURAL+ is not responsible for the cost of sending videos.
  • PLURAL+ will not be able to return the DVDs so please keep master copy of your video in a safe place.
  • PLURAL+ is not responsible for lost, late, misrouted, misappropriated, or damaged entries.
    Entrants must inform the PLURAL+ Video Festival organizers if their contact information changes at any time between submitting their video and the announcement of the competition winner.
  • The official language of the PLURAL+ Video Festival is English.

Deadline

  • Packages containing DVD entries must be posted by Sunday, 29 May 2016.
  • File hosting website must be received by the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival before Midnight (New York City Time GMC -5hours) on Sunday, 29 May 2016.
  • Entries received after this time will not be considered for PLURAL+ 2016 . Please make sure that you leave ample time for your video to arrive in New York.

Prizes and Awards

  • The PLURAL+ JURY AWARD prizes will be awarded in three (3) age-based categories:
    • up to 12 years old
    • 13 to 17 years old
    • 18 to 25 years old
  • The PLURAL+ Jury Awards will be awarded to one entrant per category and will be selected by an independent international jury.
    The 3 winners of the PLURAL+ JURY AWARD will each receive US$1,000 after the PLURAL+ 2016 Awards Ceremony
  • One representative of each PLURAL+ International Jury Award winner will be invited to New York, with airfare and hotel accommodation paid, to present their work at the PLURAL+ 2016 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media in the fall of 2016. Only a youth entrant with one chaperone for each winning video will be flown to New York.
  • Additional awards may be given by PLURAL+ partners and may include equipment, travel or professional opportunities. IOM and UNAOC or PLURAL+ bear no responsibility regarding partner awards. See past partner awards here.
  • Winning videos will receive broad recognition and exposure through wide multi-platform distribution of their work, including broadcast, satellite, internet, film festivals and possibly DVD.
  • Winning entrants will be notified no later than 15 August 2016.
  • A prestigious international jury will announce the winners in New York during an event hosted at the Paley Center for Media in the Fall of 2016 in New York.