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Dubai introduces one minute film workshops for youth in partnership with UNICEF

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced the conclusion of its successful ‘OneMinutesJr’ video production workshop for youth in Mumbai, with plans for future sessions in Dubai and Cairo, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Participants at the 5-day workshops received guidance in camera skills, shot and sound choices, story development and basic editing.

The result is a collection of 60-second videos by artists of ages 12-20, showing the needs, dreams, wishes or problems of teenagers from their own perspective, which will be screened at DIFF 2007.

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Nurturing developing filmmakers is one of our most important goals, and this initiative provides young people with a unique opportunity to learn camera, story development, media, cooperation and creative thinking skills that will serve them for a lifetime of artistic output.

The locations for the workshops were chosen because they are already locations of strong filmmaking communities, and because Dubai is a place that unites the East and West, and the people of the subcontinent and the Arab world. DIFF itself is a melting pot of cinema, with important works from across the globe all under one umbrella.”

Karen Cirillo, Executive Producer, Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives, UNICEF, commented on the OneMinutesJr. initiative: “We are eager to expand this important initiative throughout the world, and are excited to have partnered with a high-profile event that aims to expand the filmmaking community throughout the region. Film is the ideal instrument for young people to express themselves and to learn about each other, since the visual language needs no translator.

In the 5 years since UNICEF and the One Minutes Foundation developed the OneMinutesJr. project, young people all over the world have weighed in on themes such as self-image, children’s rights, and ‘inside out.’ We are looking forward to seeing the work from the DIFF projects in December 2007.”

UNICEF has conducted a pan-African workshop in South Africa and two workshops in the DR Congo. They have also organized one minute workshops Delhi, Manila and Amman on the subject of child rights in honor of the 18th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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About Dubai

In 2004, the Dubai International Film Festival launched with its theme of ‘Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

‘Going into its fourth year, DIFF is held under the Honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organized by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

Reflecting Dubai’s cosmopolitan and multicultural character, the festival showcases a wide selection of features, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

DIFF aims at establishing itself as a major international festival, while continuing to act as a platform for showcasing excellence in Arab Cinema and simultaneously contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry and talent.

As one of the world’s fastest growing business and tourist destinations, Dubai provides an ideal meeting point for industry friends and colleagues from around the globe. DIFF creates an exciting atmosphere for exchanging ideas among a group of progressive film industry professionals. Moreover, the networking initiatives hosted by DIFF provide participants and guests a favourable setting for conducting business

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