UNESCO Television Production Grants

Within the framework of UNESCO’s CCT Project “Harnessing ICTs for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries”, UNESCO is launching a call on television and film professionals to submit their production proposals for a series of production grants.

International Project

ICT-enhanced public service broadcasting: Contributing to the development of human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination

Terms of Reference for Television Production Grants

National broadcasters in developing countries and new democracies are often confronted with daily survival routines that prevent them from fulfilling their public service mandates. This project aims at putting ICTs to the use of programme development on major societal and development issues such as human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination by providing PS broadcasters in developing countries with training, production and distribution opportunities in these areas.

Within the framework of UNESCO’s CCT Project “Harnessing ICTs for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries” (VI.2.5.2), UNESCO is launching a call on television and film professionals to submit their production proposals for a series of production grants.

Objective: UNESCO wishes to produce and distribute a series of audio-visual productions targeted to all publics, but particularly attractive for young adults (20-35), aimed at increasing understanding of the development and societal issues identified as priority fields by UNESCO, namely:

1. Human Rights;
2. Peace;
3. Tolerance;
4. Fight against discrimination;
5. Millennium Development Goals, particularly poverty-alleviation and gender equality and women empowerment;
6. Freedom of Expression;
7. Intercultural communication.

UNESCO is NOT interested in approaching these issues from an institutional point of view, but rather through a critical analysis of sub-regional/regional situations that can provide audiences with a fresh perspective on development issues as well as with a reflection on alternatives, at individual and community levels, to current state of affairs.

Development topics have traditionally been approached through conventional forms of audiovisual language. UNESCO does NOT wish to reproduce conventional approaches on these sometimes over-exposed issues but rather provide talented filmmakers with an opportunity to explore new, challenging and creative ways of encouraging reflection and debate on development issues through new uses of audio-visual language.

Criteria for selection

  • Genre: Documentary, short-film, children’s programme, animation, magazine;
  • Production proposals that are challenging, innovative and creative in their form and/or content;
  • Production proposals that are public service oriented;
  • Programmes in languages other than English, French or Spanish should be subtitled in one of these three languages (with no additional funding provided for this purpose).

    Target: All publics, but particularly young adults (20-35). UNESCO is interested in local approaches to global issues and will favour proposals that are addressed/accessible to a wide range of peoples and cultures in the world (universality through locality).

    Format: Film or digital video. Any length.

    Regions: proposals from developing countries are strongly encouraged.

    Submission mechanism:

    Interested producers/directors/filmmakers should submit:

    1. A complete script;
    2. A production project, including background, vision, production team members and their CVs, time framework, budget breakdown.
    3. Examples of past work on VHS;

    Amount of grants:

    Grants will not exceed US$15,000. If travel is required for the development of the project (e.g. preparatory workshop with selected producers), this will be covered separately.

    UNESCO will issue a contract with each selected producer.

    Time framework:

    The deadline for submission is 15 September 2004.
  • UNESCO will study all proposals and notify those selected early October 2004.
  • Pre-production work: October-November 2004
  • Shooting: December-January 2004
  • Pre-editing (rough cut): February 2004
  • Submission of pre-edited version (rough cut) to UNESCO by end of February 2005.
  • Evaluation of rough cuts by UNESCO and corresponding adjustments: March 2005
  • Post-production work: April-May 2005
  • Final delivery (Final cut on master Beta-SP and Digital Beta) is expected by end of May 2005.

    Copyright

    UNESCO will request the unlimited non-exclusive rights of the productions and will disseminate them to media and schools worldwide. It is the responsibility of the selected producers to clear all neighbouring rights related to the productions.

    Production proposals shall be sent to:
    UNESCO
    Communication Development Division
    (Attn. Ms Rosa M. Gonzalez)
    1, rue Miollis
    75015 Paris, France

    UNESCO Programme for Creative Contents

    01.07.04
    Source: Communication and Information


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