Short video competition to battle caste discrimination

Posted November 26, 2021

@UNDPNepal

Film Director Guild of Nepal and Enhancing Access to Justice through Institutional Reform (A2J), a joint undertaking of the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA) and UNDP, are pleased to announce this short video competition on the theme of eliminating caste discrimination. The videos are expected to help raise awareness and understanding around the issue of caste discrimination and also improve the implementation of relevant laws in Nepal.

Caste-based discrimination is the discriminatory behavior perpetuated on so-called lower caste groups on the basis of so-called caste hierarchy, which leads to untouchability, oppression, prohibition, exclusion, and exploitation. Section 4 of the caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act 2011 has prohibited caste-based discrimination and provides for the punishment for committing prohibited activities. (The Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act 2011)

In the context of Nepal, where multiple forms of discrimination are still a day-to-day reality, the call for videos is expected to encourage the general public to delve deeper into the issue, build greater awareness and understanding and also quiz a wide array of people from across the country on how the social ill could be better tackled.

Guidelines

  • The competition is open to all.
  • The video should be of three minutes or less and must be in MP4 1080 HD quality. The video can be shot by mobile.
  • The video should either be in Nepali, with English sub-titles; or, English, with Nepali sub-titles; or in local languages, with either Nepali or English sub-titles.
  • The video can take any form: it can be an acted-out film, animation, or silent/montage video with a relevant message/voiceover; it does not need to have a plot.
  • The video content should not promote communal enmity, blaming and shaming of certain group or community. 
  • The video must be sent to webmasternp16@gmail.com by December 10, 2021. We encourage you to share only a download link to your videos after uploading them in your YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox/Google Drive as a “unlisted video”.
  • After initial screening, only shortlisted videos will be uploaded in UNDP social media, each one with unique identification number. The video creators then start promoting their videos for likes, comments and shares in the social media.

Evaluation of videos and awards

The videos will be judged based on audience reactions and evaluation by an independent jury:

  • 50% of the score will be based on the number of interactions on social media platforms. This includes, number of likes and shares on Facebook; number of positive comments, and number of likes and retweets, with positive quote tweets, on Twitter.
  • 50% of the score will be based on evaluation by an independent panel of judges who will judge on the basis of content, quality and message of the video.
  • There will be a total of three winners in this competition – first place, second place and third place with a cash prize of Rs. 200,000, Rs. 150,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively.

The winning videos will be featured on social media of UNDP and Film Director Guild of Nepal. Should you have any coments/questions, please contact in this email: webmasternp16@gmail.com, infofdgn1@gmail.com.

[Note: The contest organizers reserve the right to reject any/all video entries without mentioning any reasons whatsoever.]