Among 15 films from around the globe, which were chosenn the One Minute International Festival of children’s film, which will take place in Amsterdam, from 28 to 30 November 2013. four films that were made by children from Bosnia and Herzegovina made their way to the finals.
From a total of 315 nominated films, films by Dzejlan Sefic from Velika Kladusa, Matej Tokic from Kupres, Ivana Susnjar from Posusje and Jovana Sikanic from Prnjavor, will compete for awards in different categories.
All of them, organized by UNICEF, are traveling to Amsterdam, where they will attend a professional film workshop. Besides theirs, in the finals will be the films by children from Vietnam, Ukraine, Libya, Cambodia, Armenia, Georgia, Pakistan and Mexico.
Chosen films will compete in three categories: “A minute of freedom” – which gives authors the ability to say whatever they want, “Upside down” – a category of films in which the authors indicate the facts that are not set up properly in the society, and “Self-Portrait” – in which authors talk about themselves, their own attitudes and outlooks on life. In the Festival the winners will receive the Tommy Award, and HDFlip camera in all three categories.
UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the help of a partner, the non-governmental organization Project Genesis, used the one-minute films methodology as a new model for the active involvement of children in addressing issues that concern them.
Within the framework of the “Strengthening the Social Protection and Inclusion System for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina” program, the children were trained to recognize the specific problem in their community and present it to the public through a one-minute film.
Under this program, which has been implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2008 thanks to the financial support of the European Union, there are over 100 films that were entirely created by children.