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75 Years of Human Rights

What do they mean for you and your/our future?

Students Short Film Competition 2023
this human world – International Human Rights Film Festival 2023
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Project description

Students Short Film Competition this human world 2023

The International Film Festival on Human Rights this human world (thw) will hold the Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2023 under the auspices of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria and the Chief Executive Office of the City of Vienna for European and International Affairs in cooperation with schools in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Türkiye.

In 2023, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be 75 years old

Many rights seem taken for granted by us today, yet at the same time we are confronted with new challenges, inequalities and war. The multitude of conflicts in recent years have shown that cooperation which exceeds borders, sectors, and generations is needed in order to face them. The link to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found HERE.

Students from 10 to 20 years old are invited, as a class or individually, to develop short films inspired by the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The anniversary theme of this year's competition is:

75 Years of Human Rights
What do they mean for you and your/our future?

  • How do you stand up for human rights?
  • How can we support people who had to flee and have suffered human rights violations?
  • Which article of the Declaration has impacted your life?
  • Why is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so important?
  • Which article can you tell a story/make a short film about?

The aim of this competition is to bring human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with its 30 articles closer to young people, giving students an opportunity for critical reflection on these issues and offering a platform for young, committed filmmakers to present their work.

The film submissions will be reviewed by an international jury. The short film, which is awarded the Jury prize, will be shown in the framework of a movie night within the international film festival this human world, which will take place from 30th November until 10th December 2023 in Vienna.

After numerous and qualitatively outstanding submissions in the last 13 years, we are looking forward to inspiring and exciting contributions from individual students or group works from school classes again in 2023. The competition will be internationally advertised by the UN partner organizations and announced among local educational institutions in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Türkiye.

Framework conditions for the competition:

The competition is open to children and teenagers aged 10 to 20. The film entries can be submitted by students individually or as school class. The maximum length of the short films should be 3 minutes. The film entries can be produced and edited using any means provided by the schools and/or available to the students. From professional video camera to phone camera everything is welcome, and every genre is allowed.

Registration for the competition is open until 12th September 2023 via email to

Registration should include:

  • Name and address of the school
  • Name and contact details of the person of contact in the school (teacher)
  • Age and number of the participating students
  • The students and legal guardians of minors, by the submission of film entries by their daughter/son, agree that photo and video material of the award ceremony (photos of the winners/interviews with participants) can be published in media and on websites of the issuing institutions (UNIS, UNHCR, City of Vienna, THIS HUMAN WORLD), as well as in social networks.
  • Replies in English or German please

The deadline to submit the film entries for the competition is 10th November 2023.

Submission via email to:

For additional information contact

Lisa Wegenstein / Carla Lehner
Tel.: +43/1/5855888/24 or
Verein this human world ZVR 883089244


PDF version of the call for submission HERE