Deadline: 20 October 2020

Once again, the Mobile Film Festival supports a cause at the heart of the United Nations, that of women. All you need is a mobile phone, creativity and commitment to participate in this festival on the theme of women’s rights.

After two editions devoted to climate change in 2015 and 2019, and on human rights in 2018, the Mobile Film Festival has chosen to support the United Nations mandate, and in particular UN Women’s Generation Equality Campaign.

By focusing on this theme, the Mobile Film Festival wishes to address issues of gender equality in a positive constructive and creative way.

The principle of the festival remains the same: 1 mobile, 1 minute, 1 film.

The focus may be specific to the filmmakers’ country, to their culture or religion, and concern the family, professional or personal relations. Films may present current inequalities and propose concrete actions to ameliorate the situation. They may be global or local, but should highlight the fight for gender equality.

The last edition of the Festival, supported by UNRIC and UNFCCC, received more than 800 films from 91 countries around the world on the theme “Act now for climate”. The entire selection is available online. The previous year, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Mobile Film Festival addressed themes related to women, with films denouncing violence, forced marriage or street harassment. These films can be found here.

The objective of the Mobile Film Festival is to reveal and support the future talented film makers by helping them to develop professionally. By giving a voice to filmmakers from all geographical and cultural backgrounds, the festival shows strong, committed and plural films.

This year, the festival supports UN Women, and the Generation Equality Forum co-chaired by France and Mexico. Scheduled for 2020, the Forum has been postponed to the first quarter of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the Forum is to take stock of the progress made 25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and to develop a program of concrete measures to achieve equality between women and men by 2030.

Equality between men and women is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in 2015.

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