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Monday, 12 December 2016

The 2nd ASEAN Youth Video Contest Highlights Peer Learning and the“be ASEAN” Feeling

Singapore (8/12)-Following the success of the inaugural 2015 contest, the 2nd ASEAN Youth Video Contest opened its call for application in mid-August 2016 receiving 100 video entries submitted by young people aged between 18-30 years from all 10 ASEAN Member States. The initiative is a collaborative project implemented by the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS and ASEAN Foundation supported by the ASEAN Secretariat. The contest aims to encourage the youth to be more enthusiastic towards ASEAN as well as to enhance youth leadership and civic engagement through new media particularly videos. The 2nd ASEAN Youth Video Contest encourages the youth to voice their perspectives on volunteerism in the ASEAN Community.

The committee which comprised representatives from the ASEAN-US PROGRESS, the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Foundation, and US Mission to ASEAN selected ten finalists to join a four-day-training in Singapore to hone their video skills for their two-minute video. From December 5-8, 2016, ten selected candidates participated in the video production workshop that was organised with the support from the National Youth Council of Singapore. Under the guidance of a video production specialist from Internews, Horea Salajan, participants learned about story development, script writing and filming, post-production, and social media strategies in order to effectively tell their stories to the public through a two-minute-video.

Not only gaining knowledge and skills of video production, the contestants also had the opportunity to learn more about ASEAN and how youth could play a significant role in supporting the ASEAN Community building process. This year’s contest theme of “Volunteerism in the ASEAN Community” articulates the 1983 Declaration of Principles to Strengthening ASEAN Collaboration on Youth.

“ASEAN recognises the important role of social video as a platform in bringing a particular issue, such as volunteerism, to the attention of a wider public, especially to youth. One of ASEAN’s goals over the next five years is to strengthen youth involvement and participation in building the ASEAN Community through volunteerism opportunities and leadership programmes, as stipulated in the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020,” says Revina Indra Putri from the Education, Youth and Sports Division of the ASEAN Secretariat

Leonard Anthony S.Vallido IV, a 21 year old student from the Philippines, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time in his life to participate in the training event: “It was a great experience that my first trip abroad was to represent my country. During the training I learned about ASEAN and understand that the role of youth is essential to achieving the goals of the ASEAN Community.”

Meanwhile, Addin Azan, the finalist from Malaysia cherished the new friendship he made with the youth representatives from other ASEAN countries. Through his video “As a Family,” Addin shared his experience in doing social service in a village in Sihanoukville, Cambodia when he finally discovered meaningful gifts; his new friends and families. He believed that volunteerism could build a stronger sense of one community and enhance social inclusion as the emotional attachment was developed between the volunteers and community.

“For the last four days, I learned a lot about videography. Mr Horea, the adviser, taught us how to make plot stories and the technicalities of video making. I have also met a lot of new friends from other ASEAN countries and have created bonds with them,” says Addin.

After the training, the participants will return to their country to continue producing their short videos prior to the final submission. By the end of December 2016, the 10 finalists will submit their videos to be published at the ASEAN’s Youtube Channel The top three winners will be announced at the end of January 2017 and will receive cash prizes, in addition to having their videos showcased at events related to ASEAN during its 50th Anniversary in 2017.

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