The RTS has joined forces with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to launch the first Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) film competition.
The PSVI film competition, which welcomes people from any country and of any age, is open for entries.
The film submissions can be about any theme associated with ending sexual violence in conflict and can be fictional or based on real experiences. Possible subjects might include, strengthening justice for survivors of sexual violence, the stigma faced by survivors and their children, and the root causes of sexual violence.
Lord Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, said: "Today, rape and other forms of sexual violence continue to be used as weapons of war in conflicts around the world. These crimes range from opportunistic acts of brutality, to deliberate torture and systematic campaigns of ethnic cleansing.
"This film competition is an opportunity for filmmakers to contribute in the fight to end sexual violence in conflict by raising awareness, addressing injustice, and empowering survivors," he added. "Film is a powerful tool to shine a spotlight on sexual violence in conflict and help bring about real change."
"This is why we held the first PSVI Film Festival, Fighting Stigma Through Film, in 2018, and this is why we are excited to showcase the work of talented filmmakers to a global audience."
The winning entrants will be invited to attend the PSVI international conference, Time For Justice: Putting Survivors First, in London on 18-20 November, where their films will be screened and promoted across the UK’s global network of embassies.
The deadline for entries is 6th September 2019.
Film is a powerful medium and advocacy tool to raise public consciousness of the most important issues facing the international community. Sexual violence in conflict is one of those issues. This competition presents an opportunity for filmmakers to build their profile and showcase their talent to a global audience. More information about the PSVI can be found here.
1. PSVI 60-Second Film Challenge - Films of a maximum duration of 60 seconds.
2. PSVI Shorts - Films of a duration of 1- 45 minutes.
3. PSVI Features - Films of 45 minutes and over.
For each category up to two awards may be presented:
1. Category Winner
2. Highly Commendable
There will also be a special award, PSVI Young Filmmaker 2019, chosen from all eligible entries submitted in all categories. Entrants must be under the age of 35 at the time of entry.
Click here to see the conditions of entry.
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