Background: Gender has been a cross cutting issue for the European Union in all of its development cooperation interventions globally and in Nepal. While there has been some uneven progress in addressing girls’ and women's rights, not a single country, around the world, is on track to empower girls and achieve gender equality by 2030. To make matters worse the COVID situation around the world has been affecting the girls and women the most. This is because a large number of them work in the informal sector. Gender violence is reportedly on the rise after the onslaught of the COVID pandemic in Nepal and there is a glaring need to raise awareness against gender violence and at the same time show solidarity with the ongoing movement to advocate and establish gender rights at all levels of the Nepali society.
To address this, the EU's new Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025 (GAP III) aims to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and safeguard gains made on gender equality during the 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action. The EU along with the Nepal Government and UNFPA have been implementing a project to fight gender-based violence in the Karnali Province of Nepal. In keeping with the above EU policies and EU engagement in Nepal, the organization of a short film competition on ‘Gender Equality’ would complement the ongoing efforts by EU Delegation to Nepal to raise awareness on gender issues and sensitize people to understand the importance of gender equality for a balanced development of the country.
Theme of the Competition: The short film competition is being organized as a side event of the tenth edition of the Nepal-EU Virtual Film Festival (17 Sept to 25 Sept). The films should be in one way or the other linked to issues related to gender for instance: the impacts of gender discrimination; advantages of promoting gender equality, situation of gender equality in Nepal; how gender mainstreaming helps to spur development etc. The scope mentioned here, however, is not necessarily limited to the three or four criteria mentioned for the theme; the scope encompassed by the short films could be wide enough to include other issues of genders as well
Requirements for the films:
Process of submitting the films: The films have to be submitted in MP4 formats to email@example.com by 31st August, 2021, midnight. Alternatively, the films can also be submitted through password protected Vimeo links. The link should be mailed to the same email address.
Format for the films:
15,000 kbps or higher
1280 x 720 is good. 1920 x 1080 is better.
H.264 and AAC are the preferred video and audio codecs.
Deadline for Submission: The deadline for submission of the film is 31st August, 2021 midnight.
Evaluation of films: The films will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the EU Delegation to Nepal. There will be a single winner for the competition and the winner will be announced in the beginning of the Nepal EU Film Festival.
Prize for the winning film: A cash prize of Euro 500 will be given to the maker of the winning film.
The winning film will also be screened during the Nepal EU Virtual Film Festival 2021.