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    20 November 2015


    Student Art and Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2015:
    Media are invited to award ceremony and film screening

    Students present their 'heroes of today'

    VIENNA, 20 November (UN Information Service) - The organizers of this year's Student Art and Short Film Competition on Human Rights asked students to capture their thoughts on "heroes of today" on film, or produce artworks exploring this topic. The winners of the competition will be announced at an award ceremony on Thursday, 26 November at Topkino in Vienna, where the winning films will be screened and the artwork will be on display.

    This is the seventh year of the competition in which students from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia between the ages of 10 and 20 are invited to produce short films. This year, students also had the opportunity to submit other art forms such as photographs, collages, drawings and paintings.

    The organizers identify a theme every year for the competition, and this year students were invited to send their short films, which should not be longer than three minutes, and their artwork on heroes of today .

    The first price will be awarded by the Human Rights Coordinator of the City of Vienna, Shams Asadi, and the artwork will be on display in the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna from 1 to 10 December 2015.

    The competition was launched by the Film Festival on Human Rights "this human world" under the auspices of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria, with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs and the City of Vienna.


    Lisa Wegenstein, Project Coordinator, This Human World Film Festival (THW)


    Martin Nesirky, Director, UN Information Service (UNIS) Vienna


    Ruth Schoeffl, UNHCR office in Austria


    Regina Wiala-Zimm, City of Vienna


    Thursday, 26 November 2015, from 19:00


    Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna

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    For further information or interview requests please contact:

    Lisa Wegenstein

    Mobile: (+43) 676-84947066
    Email: schulfilmprojekt[at]


    Irene Hoeglinger-Neiva
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4448
    Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-4448
    Email: irene.hoeglinger-neiva[at]