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Call for Entries: Tinig ng Kabataan Film Festival

As the Good Neighbors International Philippines’ (GNIP) celebration of National Children’s Month, we gladly announce the opening for entries and submissions for the Tinig ng Kabataan Film Festival. As such, we invite all interested parties to join the Tinig ng Kabataan Film Festival where you can have the chance to win coveted prizes while using this platform to make your voices heard.

Rationale of Activity
As a child-focus organization, we have been deeply engaged in child rights protection and advocacy. We plan and implement projects that respect the human rights of the children premised on our unchanged
belief that they are imbued with inherent worth and dignity, and this is aligned in fulfillment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
GNIP has been operating in eleven (11) Community Development Project (CDP) areas across the country.

In its more than ten (10) years of serving the Filipino children, GNIP has been successful in pushing forward its agenda on child rights advocacy in close collaboration with its partners like schools, local
government units, and other like-minded NGOs. In the schools and communities where we work, Child Rights Club (CRC) has been organized and they have evolved as advocates and rights defenders of the
children. These CRCs have institutionalized regular activities in their respective schools and communities with support from the Good Neighbors. On an annual basis, our CRC has been leading the celebration of
the Children’s Month every November.

For this year, GNIP has planned to upscale its advocacy at a national level by creatively involving the children, youth, and professionals in promoting the rights of the children using Film Festival as a platform in hearing the voices of the children. The focus area of the Film Festival is on the 4
types/categories of children’s rights based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
(UN CRC) which are:

1. Survival rights: include the child’s right to life and the needs that are most basic to existence such as nutrition, shelter, an adequate living standard, and access to medical services.

2. Development rights: include the right to education, play, leisure, cultural activities, access to information, and freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

3. Protection rights: ensure children are safeguarded against all forms of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including special care for refugee children; safeguards for children in the criminal justice system; protection for children in employment; protection and rehabilitation for children who have suffered exploitation or abuse of any kind.

4. Participation rights: encompass children’s freedom to express opinions, to have a say in matters affecting their own lives, to join associations and to assemble peacefully. As their capacities develop, children should have increasing opportunities to participate in the activities of the society, in preparation for adulthood.

Goal and Objectives
The Film Festival, as mentioned earlier, is an up-scaled and national activity of Good Neighbors in observance of the Children’s Month in November 2019. The overarching goal of the activity is to widen the reach of Good Neighbors’ advocacy on the rights of the children through the production of short films. This means that the film festival is open to all and not only limited to our project areas. This will provide
opportunities even to those living from hard to reach areas to participate and allow our organization to hear their voices and vicariously learn from their experiences and perspectives.
The objectives of the activity are the following:
1. Awareness and participation of the Filipinos in promoting the rights of the children are increased.
2. Networks in advocating for the rights of the children are widened.

The theme of this year’s activity is dubbed Tinig ng Kabataan. It conveys the message that we are giving high value and priority on the concerns of the Kabataan (operationally translated in English as children/youth) who will be the voice of the nation in the future. Their voice relevant to our activity means the recognition, promotion, and protection of the children’s rights.

To join, please complete the Google form through https://forms.gle/s3XdTDbYEPSEhDpW8 or email us at submissions@goodneighbors.ph to request for a printable copy of the concept and entry form for email submission.

Join the celebration, create, submit, and we’ll see you at the FREE Film Screening of Finalists on November 17.

Be one of us and support the Filipino children!

1) Junior
• Participant filmmakers should be from 10-18 years old and currently enrolled as students from 5th to 12th grade.
• Entries must be 5 minutes.

2) Amateur
• Participant filmmakers should be at least 18 years old and are not currently associated or employed in any professional film-making company or organization.
• Entries must be 10 minutes.

3) Professional
• Submissions under this category should be from individuals, organizations or groups of professionals.
• Entries must be 15 minutes.
• Concept note of the film should be submitted together with the film.

* Note: Tagalog films should have English subtitles.

• Only film submissions from those who submitted entry forms will be accepted from screening and selection.
• All submissions must have been recently conceptualized and developed.
• Content or topic of entries must revolve around or conform to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).
• Film submissions should adhere to the Good Neighbors Child Code of Conduct in dealing with children.
• The film concept should incorporate or must be aligned with the vision, mission and core values of Good Neighbors International Philippines.
• Films must be created by Filipino Citizens as embodied in the mission of Good Neighbors International Philippines.
• Film submissions may be any type of film such as animations, documentaries, short films, musicals for as long as they follow the other criteria identified above.

• Adherence to the theme and organization’s advocacy – 40%
• Idea and originality of the content – 20%
• Impact and call to action – 15%
• Video quality or cinematography – 10%
• Sound quality – 10%
• Structure and Pacing – 5%

There will be two levels of screenings the entries before the final decision and the announcement of winners.
• Submission of Entries
All entries for the film festival must be submitted in MP4 or other formats by 25 October 2019 at 5:00 pm.
• Screening and short-listing
A screening committee from Good Neighbors will be in-charged of screening and shortlisting all entries received through the GNIP website and/or email. The shortlisted films will be announced through the GNIP Facebook Page and Website. It is advised that all those who will submit their entries should “Like” and follow our Facebook Page and Website by clicking the “like” button.
Shortlisted entries will be further screened by the final panel. 
• Selection of Winners
There will be two winners per category:
(1) champion, and (2) 1st runner-up 


If you prefer to fill out the printable form found in the link above, you may scan and send a soft copy to submissions@goodneighbors.ph.

Awarding of winners will be held on November 17, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. and onwards at ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, Luna Drive, Vertis North, Quezon City, Metro Manila.