07 April, 2022 10:50 AM

ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2022: Applications Are Now Open!

We invite young ASEAN filmmakers to submit a 60-second video on the theme “Youth Addressing Challenges Together – Stay Dynamic in the Time of Pandemic: ACT now!”.

Background and Introduction 

In this era of digitalisation, video and social media are powerful tools to promote ASEAN awareness as well as to the collective challenges the region faces in raising awareness on the need for inclusive education for equal participation and rights, a more open community to talk, discuss and resolve issues related to mental health and technological innovation for the region's development as part of achieving the goals of the ASEAN Community 2025, being a committed, inclusive, sustainable, resilient, dynamic and harmonious community.  

Also, with the drawing of the social media has continued to improve its bandwidth, youth are enabled to share opinions and ideas across borders in real-time, impacting the views of their peers and expressing their creativity. Production of short videos using handphones has become one of the most widespread and powerful means of communication for youth.

Therefore, this year, the partnership between the ASEAN Foundation and ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT, with the support of SOMY, to organise the 6th ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2022, emphasises youths to take action and raise awareness through a video production competition. 

This year’s competition is inspired by the ASEAN Chairmanship theme for 2022: “ASEAN A.C.T.: Addressing Challenges Together”[1] and the designation of 2022 as the Year of ASEAN Youth[2]. As one of this year’s biggest challenges for the region remains the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will focus on how youth are addressing those challenges together. The 6th ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2022 theme is:

"Youths Addressing Challenges Together – Stay Dynamic in the Time of Pandemic: ACT now!"

The 6th AYVC 2022 will select ten best amateur videographers throughout the region to participate in a four-day expert-led workshop, where participants will receive training on video production to improve their submitted videos. The top three videos would then be awarded as winners of this initiative. 

We invite young ASEAN filmmakers to submit a 60-second video on the theme “Youth Addressing Challenges Together – Stay Dynamic in the Time of Pandemic: ACT now!”. Ultimately, we see these videos helping to address the challenges around inclusive education, mental health, and technological innovation in ASEAN.

Be creative! The top ten entries will be given the opportunity to participate in an expert-led filmmaking workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, hosted by the Senior Official Meeting on Youth (SOMY) Cambodia.

Please submit your video here by 8 May 2022.

This contest is supported by the U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S Mission to ASEAN, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Cambodia and the ASEAN Foundation, in coordination with ASEAN Member States through the ASEAN Secretariat.

Eligibility, Rules and Copyright


  • The competition is open to amateur filmmakers (not currently employed in the video production profession), who are citizens of ASEAN Member States (AMS): Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Contestants must currently reside in their home country.
  • The contest targets young and aspiring filmmakers. In the past, small teams have contributed to the design, development, and staging of video entries. This is acceptable. However, if a team collaborates to produce a video, only one member of the team will be eligible to participate in the expert training event.
  • Candidates must be aged 18 to 30 years old at the time of the training workshop.
  • Finalists from previous years’ contests are not eligible to .

Entry and Selection Rules:

  • Each short video entry must clearly and creatively address the theme “Youths Addressing Challenges Together – Stay Dynamic in the Time of Pandemic: ACT now! in 60 seconds or less.
  • Preference will be given to video entries that can address in relation to youth challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • How inclusive education practices increase access for children with disabilities? How can these practices increase the ASEAN region’s talented pool of youths as future leaders?
    • How can technological innovation pave the way forward for youths to be equipped with tools to contribute to the ASEAN region or its Member States development during and post-COVID-19 pandemic?
    • How can youths support each other and their community that faces mental health challenges as a result of the pandemic? How do you portray the role and participation of youths in the promotion of care for mental health as a step to achieving a better ASEAN community?

The video should be in English. If using local languages, the video should include English subtitles.

  • Entries depicting violence, sexism, racism, or other inappropriate content such as smoking, drinking, or other vices, including messaging deemed to advocate curtailment of the rights of others, will be disqualified.
  • Entries will be judged based on creativity, clarity of message and videography techniques.
  • Entries are limited to one video per individual or team.
  • Each individual or team is strongly encouraged to have a Facebook account for ease of communication with the trainer and other participants.
  • A video production workshop for 10 selected finalists will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, tentatively in August 2022[3]. Only one participant from each of the selected top 10 videos will be invited to participate in the workshop.
  • Selected finalists attending the video production workshop must have a valid passport and a COVID-19 Vaccination Card/Certificate allowing them to travel to Cambodia. Additionally, they must have strong proficiency in English (training will be conducted in English).


  • By entering the contest, participants acknowledge and guarantee that the submitted video is an original work created solely by the entrant, and that it does not infringe on copyrights, trademarks, and the rights of privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity. Kindly refer to the fair use guidelines for your attention.
  • By submitting an entry to the video contest, participants agree to grant ASEAN, USAID, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and the ASEAN Foundation the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in any media at any time.



Timeframe 2022

Launch of ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2022

8 April

60-second video submitted here by the deadline

8 May

Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) reviews video submissions

1 June – 24

Shortlisted videos are verified

27 – 28 June

Top 10 finalist videos announced

1 July

Participant from each of the 10 selected finalist videos participates in four-day video production training workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to formulate and begin working on their final two-minute video submissions

1 August – 4 August*

10 finalists further refine their two-minute videos and submit their final videos

5 August – 5 September

TEC reviews video to determine the top three videos

6 September – 9 September

Final 10 videos shared for public viewing on the ASEAN Secretariat YouTube channel

12 September

People’s choice award campaign (1 week)

12 September – 18 September

Top three winners and People’s Choice Award announced


Top three winners and the winner of People’s Choice Award to attend the Awards Ceremony

19 September



13 October (28th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council Meeting)*


  • Exciting prizes await the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners!

Contact Information:

Should you have questions regarding the 6th Annual ASEAN Youth Video Contest 2020, please contact this email: [email protected], or post your questions at https://www.facebook.com/AseanYouthVideoContest

[1] For more information on Cambodia’s chosen theme for ASEAN chairmanship, please visit ASEAN Chairmanship 2022 – Cambodia - ASEAN.

[2] For more information on the Year o ASEAN Youth 2022, please visit: https://asean.org/aseanyouth2022-asean-declares-2022-as-the-year-of-asean-youth/ 

[3] In-person workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is subject to the regional COVID-19 situation.













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