Winners were announced in five categories at the 6th One-Minute Movie Festival held in Banja Luka. The best are: “Fight the hunger” by Stanislava Ilic from Prijedor and “Doors wide shut” by Andrej Markovinovic from Zivinice in the category of “Dreams and Reality”, while in the category “The world around us,” the best are “My trip… to school … ” by Marijana Petrusic from Bocinja near Maglaj and “Corruption ” by Nedim Salcin from Blagaj.
Movies “Patience patients” by Sandra Bojanovic from Derventa and “A Fish Called Cinderella” by Milos Gajic from Bijeljina were annonced the best in the category of” We want a better future!”, while the “Gender Equality” by Ahmed Alibasic from Dubrave and “Virtual reality is not reality” by Anastasija Gavran from Foca were the best in the category “Together against violence and prejudice.”
“Integration, not segregation” by Dijana Dervisevic from Gradiska and “Speak universal language” by Irma Redzic were announced the best in the category “Let us take the path of love.”
The festival was held in the City Theatre Jazavac Banja Luka and attended by about 200 pupils from the Banja Luka municipality. The audience was addressed at the beginning of the festival by Geeta Narayan, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose support and speech was greeted with loud applause.
Great atmosphere of the festival, which was present from the start and until the end was complemented by the dancers of the dance club “Jazz City” from Banja Luka, and all the finalists received a thank-you note and a gift at the end of the event. The One-Minute Movie Festival for young people, called “Do you have a minute?”, presented 30 movies that were entirely designed and made by children from primary schools in Bijeljina, Bosanski Petrovac, Derventa, Foca, Gradiska, Maglaj (Bocinja), Mostar (Blagaj), Prijedor and Živinice (Dubrava).
Within the festival, the children had the opportunity to socialize and to participate in a workshop on “The sustainable development goals by 2030”, which provided them with the opportunity to contribute to the UN process of planning activities for the realization of these objectives. The festival was organized by NGO Genesis Project from Banja Luka in partnership with UNICEF. Over the past year, the children designed and recorded a total of 100 films with the help of coaches from the Foundation for Creative Development, and out of them 30 movies were selected for the finals. These young talents were given the opportunity to express their views on matters that concern them within a minute, such as “The world around us”, “Together against violence and prejudice,” “We want a better future!” etc. The winners were chosen by the jury.
The methodology of one-minute movies by UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the help of partners, is used as a new model of active involvement of the children in dealing with the issues that concern them. The one-minute movies are recorded around the world under the auspices of the UNICEF. The International Festival of one-minute movies is held every year, at which in 2013 the children from Bosnia and Herzegovina also competed and a schoolgirl from Herzegovina, Ivana Susnjar has been awarded by one of the main prizes for her movie “My Way”. The workshops, which resulted in the one-minute movies, are a part of the UNICEF’s project component in implementing the “Support to durable solutions of Revised Annex VII of Dayton Peace Agreement Implementation Strategy,” funded by the European Union in the amount of 7 million, while the funds in the amount of 1.1 million EUR was provided by the UNHCR, which is also the leading agency in the implementation of the project. The implementation of the project comprises seven partners, including UNICEF.
Project activities, including the one-minute movies’ workshops, have been implemented in 10 priority locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Brcko District, Bijeljina, Bosanski Petrovac, Derventa, Foca, Gradiska, Maglaj, Mostar, Prijedor and Zivinice, with the objective to assist at least 2,400 vulnerable displaced persons and returnees in BiH in finding solutions for social challenges they face every day. A primary objective of the project component, also known under the slogan “My place under the Sun”, which is implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with partners, is to, through various activities, ensure the social inclusion of vulnerable children from internally displaced and returning families and children from other vulnerable groups such as children with disabilities and the children living in difficult socio-economic conditions. In addition, the purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacity and engagement of government at the local level in order to have a social inclusion as a part of the municipal development plans.