Human rights on film: Festival celebrates mobile-made movies, for a cause

4 December 2018

For the 14th year in a row, the Mobile Film Festival rounded up videos from around the world to promote emerging talent, and give a creative opportunity to all geographic cultures and backgrounds.

This year, the United Nations joined in, along with YouTube, the European Union and other partners, adding the theme #StandUp4HumanRights, in a contest that gives filmmakers the opportunity to share issues of interest regarding human rights, using one mobile phone, and keeping the video to one minute.

Founder of the festival, Bruno Smadja, said asking contestants to use smartphones removes economic constraints and allows for more inclusivity.

He told Cristina Silveiro of UN News why making the competition accessible had been so important, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marked December 10th.

Duration: 5’31”

Audio Credit:
Cristina Silveiro, UN News
Audio Duration:
6'21"