About the Film Festival
The Generation Equality Film Festival will take place during the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, with the partnership of civil society. Kicking off in Mexico City on 29–31 March 2021, and culminating in Paris in June 2021, the Forum will secure a set of transformative commitments for gender equality.
- Be to-the-point: Films must not exceed 3 minutes of running time, including credits.
- Be original: Only original works that have not been presented to other festivals.
- Be under 30: Professional and non-professional filmmakers and storytellers of all genders ages 18-30 years old are invited to submit works.
- Be action-oriented: Films should capture stories about taking action to change realities, hearts and minds, for a gender-equal generation.
- Be creative and diverse: any film type is accepted, fiction, nonfiction or documentary, experimental videos, animation, and more. They encourage a creative spirit that reflects youth activism – diverse, inclusive, original.
Awards & Prizes
- Filmmakers must choose only one category: Feminist movements and Leadership; Economic Justice and Rights; or Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.
- The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of 1,000 USD.
Type of Videos and Categories for Submission
- Stories can be narrated in all genres: fiction, nonfiction or documentary, experimental videos, and animation.
- Films must demonstrate how change is being made or can possibly be made, showcasing the stories of those who are taking action to change realities, hearts and minds, for a more equal world.
- The competition categories mirror the themes of the Action Coalitions, which are the outcomes of the Generation Equality Forum. For the first part of the Film Festival, which will take place in Mexico, they are welcoming works on the following categories:
- Category 1 – Feminist movements and leadership: Feminist Movements and Leadership promotes the resourcing, investing, strengthening, and enabling of feminist leadership, women’s rights, and feminist movements in their diversity, to scale and sustain collective action for gender equality, social justice, and human rights. It accelerates transformative feminist leadership that is inclusive in all aspects of decision-making, creates spaces for new, emerging feminist movements, and enables young feminists as drivers of inclusive change.
- Category 2- Economic Justice and Rights: Economic justice and rights refers to how economic and political systems are designed, how their benefits or costs are distributed, and how institutions are held accountable for the economic outcomes they generate. This theme encompasses the full spectrum of paid and unpaid labor, including informal labor, and encompasses sub-themes such as time poverty, social protection, financial inclusion, and wage inequity.
- Category 3- Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action: Women’s participation is vital for effective efforts towards prevention, crisis response, recovery, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Commitments on protecting women’s rights and making women’s participation in peace, security and humanitarian action meaningful and sustained remain unfulfilled. As the world continues to be mired in conflict and humanitarian needs caused by violence, climate change, natural disasters and pandemics, among others, there is urgency for transformative action to ensure full implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and humanitarian action commitments.
How to Apply?
Interested applicants can apply for the festival through this link.
- March 12, 2021: Regular Deadline
- March 26, 2021: Notification Date
- March 30, 2021: Event Date
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