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One Minute Video Contest: Send Your Message to the World!

One Minute Video Contest: Send Your Message to the World!

Modern society, a place of numerous information mediums including TV, personal computers, email, the Internet, mobile and smart phones, etc. Now, it's no longer simply a case of individuals drowning in the information they receive, rather there's a demand to have the ability to proactively leverage information and communicate ones' own ideas. Against this backcloth, since 2010, the Japan Committee for UNICEF, a public interest incorporated foundation, has been involved with "One Minute Video", a movement which conveys video messages that set out to cultivate children's cooperative spirit, their creativity, and their expressiveness, etc.

One Minute Video is a movement whereby, using a video production lasting one minute, children around the world can participate irrespective of nationality; communicating their interests, their opinions, their dreams, and their hopes in messages sent to a global audience. This project that started in 2002 now has in excess of 1,000 children participating from more than 70 different countries and regions, with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) also offering support through workshops conducted in various locations.

The Japan Committee for UNICEF held its first One Minute Video Contest in 2012, receiving some 365 entries from children and students stretched across different age groups. The theme of the contest was "Become a Global Citizen', Reflect on Yourself, Reflect on the World." The projects submitted featured messages about "global citizenship" from a wide variety of perspectives including war, natural disasters, the environment, food issues, children's rights, international exchanges, and communications, etc. Winning entries have been published on a special "One Minute Video" page within the Japan Committee for UNICEF website. Be sure to check them out!

Following on, entries are now being accepted for the second One Minute Video Contest this year! How would you visualize a "global citizen ", what sort of person does this term describe? Moreover, what about the myriad of issues that confront the world, what steps are necessary to resolve them? What about organizing your ideas as a video, and communicating them to everybody? The application period for entries runs from April 1st until July 1st, 2013. Entries may be submitted by sending them on a DVD, or by submission via YouTube. Individuals can obviously enter the contest, as can groups comprised of friends, or members of social circles. We would like you to answer the challenge presented by the creative problem of communicating a message whose duration is limited to one minute.

One Minute Video, Send Your Message to the World! (in Japanese)