Who can participate?
The PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival (hereinafter referred to as “PLURAL+”) is open to young people of all nationalities with a keen interest in the pressing social issues of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.
Entrants to PLURAL+ must be at most 25 years old at the time of the production of their videos.
PLURAL+ is organized into three age categories:
- up to 12 years old
- 13 to 17 years old and
- 18 to 25 years old.
While the people appearing in the video do not have to be young, it is imperative that the video reflects the thoughts and opinions of the young filmmaker about migration, diversity, social inclusion, and xenophobia. The person submitting the video (“the entrant”) must be actively involved in its making; e.g. either as a director, writer, camera person, editor, actor, coordinator, etc.
Immediate family members of staff members of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and members of the PLURAL+ International Jury are not eligible to enter the competition.
Can we submit a video as a group?
Yes! Multiple young people can work together on one video, as long as each of them is at most 25 years old at the time of the production of the video. When submitting a video as a group, the video will fall into the age category of the entrant.
Can we ask our teachers, friends or family for help?
While people over the age of 25 (parents, teachers, etc.) can provide support and assistance in the making of the video, their role should remain minimal. However, it is understood that for the age group of up to 12 years old, adults may play a more substantial role.
What types of videos do you consider? What’s the required format?
PLURAL+ video entries must be:
- Between one and five minutes in length, including title(s) and opening/closing credits (the PLURAL+ team will automatically disqualify any submission falling outside of this time restraint)
- In English or include English subtitles
- Produced after 31 December 2017.
In addition, PLURAL+ video entries can be of any genre (animation, documentary, music video, comedy, etc.) as long as they have the potential to make the audience think in constructive ways about the PLURAL+ themes – migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.
If selected, entrants must be prepared to submit a digital copy of their video in either of the following formats: MOV (preferred), MP4, AVI, QT, MKV, or FLV. HD is preferred (1920×1080), but not required.
What should my video be about?
PLURAL+ recognizes young people as powerful agents of social change and video entries should therefore serve as an instrument for them to express their thoughts and opinions on one or several of the main themes of PLURAL+: migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.
PLURAL+ video entries can be of any genre (animation, documentary, music video, comedy, etc.) as long as they have the potential to make the audience think in constructive ways about those pressing social issues in constructive ways. To get a better idea, interested candidates should browse past PLURAL+ winning videos here.
PLURAL+ video entries should not contain profanities or material that some audiences may find inappropriate or offensive.
If I want to enter PLURAL+ but do not have access to cameras or production equipment, what can I do?
The PLURAL+ team is currently compiling a database of organizations around the world that may be able to provide support. Please visit this page for more information https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/resources/media-organizations/
How do I submit my video?
To submit a video for consideration, you must first complete our online form here.
Please provide all of the required information. Incomplete submissions will lead to disqualification. You will need to specify your method of sending the video on the submission form.
The form will then ask you to submit your videos in one of four ways:
- Through a video-streaming website (e.g. YouTube or Vimeo). If submitting through this option, the entrant will be asked to include the URL of the video in the online form.
- Through a file-hosting website (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) where the entrant’s video is saved. If submitting through this option, you will be asked to include the URL of the video in the online form.
- By email (through regular email or via WeTransfer). The email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “PLURAL+ 2019 VIDEO ENTRY.” The body of the email should include the name(s) of the filmmaker(s), and your completed PLURAL+ Entry Form as an attachment. The latter will be automatically sent to you once you submit the form.
- By postage mail. The entrant can save their video on a DVD and write their name(s) and the English title of the video on it with a permanent marker. They should then mail it to the postal address below, and make sure to include the printed version of the PLURAL+ Entry Form in the package.
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival
730 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Note that the costs associated with the mailing of the PLURAL+ video entry are the sole responsibility of the entrant(s). In addition, after submission, the DVDs will not be returned to the entrant, and the PLURAL+ team is not responsible for lost, delayed, misrouted, misappropriated, or damaged entries.
What’s the deadline to submit my video?
- Online: submissions must be completed by Sunday, 16 June 2019 at midnight EST
- By Mail: submissions must be mailed by Sunday, 16 June 2019 (package should be postmarked by the deadline)
The PLURAL+ team will automatically disqualify any video entries received after the deadline.
How do you choose the PLURAL+ winners?
UNAOC and IOM work closely with an International Jury of six to eight members who are selected every year for their experience and achievements in the fields of filmmaking and media, as well as migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia. The names of the 2019 International Jury members will be announced later this year. In the meantime, learn about members of the PLURAL+ International Jury from past years here and follow PLURAL+ on social media for frequent updates.
How many winners are selected each year?
There are a variety of prizes awarded through PLURAL+ each year.
The PLURAL+ International Jury Award is given to one video per age category (three prizes in total) and one video receives the PLURAL+ Special Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia.
Besides, PLURAL+ Partners award additional prizes. See a list of the PLURAL+ Partners here.
When are PLURAL+ winners announced?
All entrants to PLURAL+ will be notified about the results of the competition by mid-August 2019, and the winners will be publicly announced at an Awards Ceremony in New York in early November 2019. Arrangements will be made in late summer 2019 for the travel and accommodation of PLURAL+ winners.
What do PLURAL+ winners get?
PLURAL+ winners get a chance to come to New York all expenses paid and to present their work during the annual PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony in early November 2019, which is attended every year by a diverse, global audience (United Nations employees, media professionals, representatives of civil society organizations, academics, etc.). In addition, PLURAL+ winning videos gain international exposure and PLURAL+ winners get the opportunity to meet and network with a multitude of professionals, peers, and organizations and to explore opportunities for further distribution and dissemination of their work.
Do I maintain the rights to my video?
Yes! However, it is understood and agreed upon that PLURAL+ and its partners will have unlimited access and use of the winning videos in all formats and platforms to further the educational objectives of PLURAL+, without compensation to the entrant.