What is PLURAL+?
In a world often characterized by intolerance and cultural divisions, the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival recognizes youth as powerful agents of social change and empowers them to share their creative vision with the world and foster respect for diversity.
Launched in 2009, PLURAL+ is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with a network of more than 50 partner organizations around the globe.
Every year, PLURAL+ gives young people around the world the opportunity to express their vision and their creativity through multimedia production. PLURAL+ invites young people of up to 25 years old to submit original and creative short films focusing on the themes of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.
PLURAL+ video entries are five minutes maximum and can be of any genre (animation, documentary, music video, comedy, etc.) as long as they convey a message that can contribute to making the audience think in constructive ways about the pressing social issues of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia. In addition, videos can be in any language as long as English subtitles are provided.
New Award Categories
For the 2020 edition of PLURAL+, IOM and UNAOC announced the creation of two new award categories for the festival, providing even more opportunities for young filmmakers around the world to be recognized for their creative visions.”
Entitled “The Future We Want,” the first new award category invites young filmmakers to submit videos focusing on the future of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia. It was created in the context of the 75th anniversary of the UN and the organization’s efforts to foster a global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.
The second new category, the #forSafeWorship Award, invites youth to express their views and perspectives on ways to foster peaceful co-existence between religions and faiths. This category was created in the context of the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, developed by UNAOC and launched in September 2019.
PLURAL+ video entries are organized in three age categories: 1) up to 12 years old; 2) 13-17 years old; and 3) 18-25 years old.
An International Jury then selects three PLURAL+ Award Winners in each age category. In addition, UNAOC and IOM select three videos to receive the Special Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia, The Future We Want Award, and the Award #forSafeWorship.
PLURAL+ partner organizations also award prizes and professional opportunities to more than 20 videos every year.
Winning videos are chosen on the basis of their potential to have an impact on the audience, as well as on their artistic, innovative, and creative content.
In 2020, PLURAL+ award winners will be invited to Morocco, all expenses paid, to participate in the annual PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony, which will take place in the margins of the ninth Global Forum of UNAOC.
The primary goal of PLURAL+ is to support the creative vision of young people and the global distribution of youth-produced media on themes related to migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia in order to foster respect for cultural diversity.
PLURAL+ in Numbers
Since 2009, PLURAL+ winning videos have been selected among thousands of video entries from more than 100 countries. They have been screened and broadcast in dozens of festivals, movie theaters and television networks around the world, as well as in schools and global conferences, and they have received more than one million views on various online platforms, including YouTube and Vimeo. With increasing interest and participation each year, PLURAL+ has become a premier global platform for youth media distribution.