UNICEF Launches ‘Innocenti’ Film Competition 

Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF
Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF

The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has launched a call for  entries from filmmakers and producers of any age for the Innocenti Film Festival, which is aimed at showcasing the best global film, video and multimedia on childhood.

The event, billed to take place from September 25 to 27 in Florence, Italy, has two categories: the General Entry which allows filmmakers and producers of any age to submit entries of between 20 and 120 minutes duration.

The second category is for Under 20 which is open to filmmakers and producers who have not passed their 21st birthday to submit entries of any duration.

Films to be included in the festival will promote deep reflection on narratives of childhood and the experiences that shape them – as individuals, in the family, the community, in institutions and societies – reflecting realities in the Global South and North.

The Competition will place emphasis on films and media that authentically represent the thoughts, voices and experiences of children themselves. While the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival has no age limits for entry, in keeping with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, special priority will be given to films and media that have been written, directed or developed by and/or with children, young people and young adult artists.

Films to be included in the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival must be explicitly centred on child or adolescent characters.

UNICEF Innocenti will work with young people, the global network of UNICEF offices in 190 countries, Fondazione Sistemi Toscana and other partners to select and curate the festival programme according to the above criteria.

Entries must be in English or have English subtitles.

Applications close on July 31, 2019

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.unicef-irc.org/article/1909-unicef-innocenti-film-festival.html.