Applications are now open for the 2013 Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, Ireland’s only human-rights themed short film competition.
Now entering its fifth year, the aim of the Human Rights Film Awards is to provide filmmakers and those working in human rights with an opportunity to contribute to human rights discourse in Ireland, grappling with issues which affect some of the most vulnerable members of Irish society through the medium of film.
Over the past four years, the competition has produced shortlisted films of outstanding quality which cast light on a range of human rights issues in new and creative ways. The competition deadline is 15th April 2013, and full details of how to apply are available in the application pack, available to download HERE.
The 2013 competition will also continue to widen its reach to younger people in second-level education through theHuman Rights in Under a Minute Challenge, which will launch in January 2013.
Dollhouse and Disco Pigs director Kirsten Sheridan has been a supporter and Jury member for the competition since its inception in 2008. Speaking on the 2013 competition’s launch she said:
“It has been a pleasure to see the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards go from strength to strength since I first got involved in it in 2008. Its aim has been to link up creative people with human rights activists, and to encourage the application of the filmmaker’s craft to the cause of human rights. As it enters its fifth year, the competition has achieved this aim admirably, producing shortlists that are varied, colourful, inspiring, and demonstrate the power of film in treating complex issues in a compelling and accessible way. I look forward to seeing what entries in 2013 bring to the competition”.