The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI), is calling all Filipino high school students with passion for film making to send their video entries for the Asian International Children's Film Festival 2012 .
The aim of the contest is to encourage students from high schools all over ASIA to interpret and capture in video the theme “Life for Me is…”. Students can choose from a wide range of topics as the focus of their video - from family, friendships, hobbies, to bigger issues such as disasters, war, and other global issues. The winning entries will be the videos which successfully reflect the hearts as well as the minds of the students behind the camera lenses.
For the past six years, the Asian International Children Film Festival has been bringing together students with passion for film making. Students from Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Myanmar are invited to take part in the competition and visit Japan, strengthening international relations among the youth in these Asian countries.
This year the Philippines, through the joint selection efforts of JICC and UPFI , will be sending the top three finalists to Japan to compete in the international contest. The finalists are also scheduled to visit key sites in Japan, including the Tohoku Region to personally witness the reconstruction efforts of the city in the wake of the March 11 disaster last year. All expenses will be borne by the Government of Japan through the recently launched “ Youth-Exchange Project with Asia-Oceania and North America” , or the KIZUNA Project.
The Kizuna Project, the word kizuna meaning “bonds”, will invite approximately 9,000 youths from the Asian/Oceanian regions to have an opportunity to participate in specially designed programs. For the ASEAN 10 countries, 2,550 youths from ASEAN Member States (AMS) will be invited to Japan, and 255 Japanese youths will in turn visit the AMS. The project was approved by the Japanese Diet as a part of the third supplementary budget in November 1, and will be implemented by the end of March 2013.
Deadline for the submission of video entries is on August 31, 2012 (Friday).
For detailed information and guidelines, you may download the Application Forms & Guidelines from the Embassy website ( http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/ ) or call the JICC at (02) 551-5710 local 4210, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Forms & Guidelines (word) (pdf)