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    19 November 2013

    This is how we see Human Rights

    Youth capture their views on short films

    VIENNA, 19 November 2013 (UN Information Service) - Human rights explained in not more than three minutes. This seemingly impossible task was solved by pupils between the ages of 10 and 20 from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. They all have sent their short films for the competition launched for the fifth time by the Film Festival on Human Rights "this human world" under the auspices of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture and Education.

    The five best short films were awarded on Tuesday during a ceremony, hosted by UNIS Vienna. As UNIS Director János Tisovszky said in his opening speech: "This year's theme: children's rights and children seeking refuge, has sadly turned out to be a very current one with millions - including many children - fleeing their homes in Syria and with the typhoon-hit Philippines, which affected the lives of around 4 million children."

    Annabel Müller of " this human world" film festival said on the work of the jury: "We have received around 70 short films and as there were so many approaches, the jury decided to award three first prizes this time in three categories: animation, documentary and feature film."

    According to Ruth Schöffl of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria, "The films are a valuable contribution to understand the plight of refugees, their challenges and their strengths to re-build their lives, made by young people for young people."

    The winners received their prizes from the Permanent Representatives of their respective countries to the United Nations in Vienna, Balázs Csuday of Hungary, Ol'ga Algayerová of Slovakia, Blanka Jamnisek of Slovenia and Wolfgang Thill, Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria.

    The short film award ceremony was followed by the opening of the exhibition "Our rights" at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), presented by the Permanent Mission of Slovenia. The exhibition is based on teaching material and a project (translated into 20 languages) on children's rights for 10-12 year olds and can be visited at the VIC until 28 November 2013.


    List of the winners of the Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2013

    1. Prize Animation
    "Eine Geschichte"
    By Eszter Jánka of Hungary

    1. Prize Feature Film
    By Martin Jancík, Jakub Belobrad, Filip Dian, Dušan Javorek and Michal Kvocera of Slovakia

    1. Prize Documentary
    "We all make the world beautiful"
    By Art Millaku, Lis Millaku, Viktor Oman, Belmin Mržljak, Lina Chen, Medina Begić, Natalija Alitović, Chenyun Lin, Sevim Salifoska, Vanesa Zidi and Amina Begić of Slovenia

    2. Prize
    By Leonie Funke, Magdalena Feisthauer, Veronika Brotrager, Leonie Schauer of Austria

    3. Prize
    "Bring Me Home"
    By Laura Lukács and Luca Lukács of Hungary

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    For further information please contact:

    Irene Höglinger-Neiva
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4448
    Email: irene.hoeglinger-neiva[at]