Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB)
Why the Festival?
Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) is going to organize a Film Festival on theoneminutesJr. Film Fest-2011 on 20-21 January 2012 in BangladeshAgriculture Research Council (BARC) Auditorium. The film fest will introduce theoneminutesJr campaign which introduce the way of making of a film with one minute’s duration to express children’s rights/thoughts. In this fest, 100 films will be shown which are made by the children in theoneminutesJr workshop held in various districts, supported by UNICEF the theme of this fest will be “ we think out of the box”. Two seminars with open discussion and a workshop will be held in this fest. The organizer hopes that the participants will be encouraged with the oneminutes idea. Through this festival the organizer endeavors to aware the children about the convention on the rights of the child (CRC) of the United Nations which promotes that children should have their voices in electronic media.
The oneminutes Jr. video network gives young people especially those who are underprivileged or marginalized an opportunity to have their voices heard by a broader audience. It will also create opportunity to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties and viewpoints. A oneminutes workshop is a short (5 days) intensive, dynamic working process during which all participants make their one minutes video. It is an introduction into video art and it offers possibilities for experimentation and it is a great learning experience for everyone involved.
The oneminutes Jr. video has already been introduced inBangladeshby The One Minutes, UNICEF and the European Cultural Foundation. Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) and Children Film Society (CFS) worked in coordination to organize the first ever workshop from 31 May to 4 June 2009 for 17 children. There was also a two day Training for Trainers on 6 and 7 June 2009 where 10 trainers were trained to offer further training to the Bangladeshi children.
As follow-up of the TOT on One Minutes Video, CTFB utilized the already gained skills by organizing two more workshops in November 2009 and in May 2010. CTFB is proposing 6 more workshops in Dhaka, Rajshahi,Khulna, Sylhet,ChittagongandBarisal.
A call for application will be circulated in different institutions/cultural organizations inDhakaand in 5 other selected districts for selection of children. After both written and verbal test, 20 children will be selected for training in each district. In the selection marginalized children within the age limit (12 – 16 years) will be given priority . A five day long training for 20 children in each group will be organized. Six workshops will be conducted inDhakaand in 5 other selected districts.
A team of 10 trainers from Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB), Children Film Society (CFS) and Drik who have already been trained by the foreign trainers of the One Minutes Foundation in June 2009 will act as technical resources to support the workshops. CTFB will be responsible for the overall organization and facilitation of the workshops. Children who were trained in the previous three oneminutes Jr. video workshops inDhakaand Cox’sbazar will also become mentors for the newly recruited children and will support in its organizational representation.
CTFB will act as an institutional platform for producing oneminutes videos. The children will also be briefed about CRC so that their videos reflect the essence of child rights issues. Necessary meeting and agreement with the electronic channels will be established so that the produced junior videos are telecast.
The target beneficiaries of the One Minutes Junior Video is children of whom 50% will be underprivileged. Equal participation of both boys and girls will be ensured.
In general, media act as the eyes, ears and voices of the public, and through their work they can encourage governments and people to bring changes that will improve the quality of people’s lives. For this, the role of media, both the print and the electronic is crucial to establish the rights of the child. By exposing information on child rights issue, media also can make authorities both the government officials and the public representatives more responsive to the mass people.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out what each state and individual should do to promote and protect the indivisible human rights of all children. Ratifying the Convention commits governments to ensuring the rights of the child and they also acknowledge in Article 13 that “Children have the right to obtain and make known information and to express their views, unless this would violate the rights of others”.
Media have been important actors in development and particularly in improving child rights in most of the countries, nowhere is the importance as great as inBangladesh. However, media of the country provide very little space to cover the child rights issues except there is something sensational in the news item.
Besides, the participation of children in media is very low inBangladesh, although there should have been some opportunities for children for being an active provider of news, views and entertainment. It is, however, commonly observed that, children at both national and local level do not get opportunities to express their voices from their own point of view.
The oneminutesjr. is an international, arts-based initiative that gives 12-20 year-old youth, especially those who are underprivileged or marginalised, the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties and viewpoints on the world. The oneminutesjr. process equips the young filmmakers with the fundamental skill of self-expression that is needed to participate fully in society.
The oneminutesjr. brings together 12-20 year-olds for 5-day workshops where the youth are taught basic camera and directing skills, story-telling, teamwork and how to think creatively about issues and representation. Each participant develops his/her own story based on the workshop theme produces a sixty-second video that is screened at the conclusion of the workshop.
The intimate nature of the videos allows the viewer close geographical and cultural borders. The oneminutesjr. is truly an international initiative: more than 2000 youngsters from 93 countries have taken part in the programme since its inception. Though it began in 2002, the project has been rapidly developing over the last few years.
Theoneminutesjr was initiated in 2002 by The European Cultural Foundation, The One Minutes Foundation (linked to the Sandberg Institute,Amsterdam) and UNICEF in order to develop new tools for youth empowerment and social change.
Each year, a series of workshops are coordinated in various countries. The workshops are organised with limited means and a high level of improvisation. Participants work with 2-3 experienced video artists for the 5-day duration. All video cameras and editing equipment are supplied by The One Minutes. The workshops not only teach film and production skills but also focus on creativity, teamwork and critical thinking, all while engendering respect and empowerment in the young participants. The workshop closes with the premier of the produced films at a public screening and reception.
The results, in terms of creative production, have been very high. In addition, the workshops are also a meeting place for youngsters. Having to work closely and intensively together creates special relationships which prove to be long lasting, looking at the correspondence between the participants on the forum of the oneminutesjr. website.
The website is the heart of the network, where all the videos produced can be viewed. Besides a growing archive collection of one-minute videos, the website offers information on workshops, festivals, virtual peer consultation and expert advice for young moviemakers. The website and the monthly newsletter with the latest news and developments keep everyone in the network up to date. The website is also the virtual meeting point for young people wanting to communicate and exchange with others. Every month over 20,000 videos are watched by the site’s visitors.
One culmination of the project is the annual One Minutes Awards competition. All workshop videos as well as individual entries enter the annual competition, with the Awards Ceremony as the highlight. The competition is open to entries done by any youth, as long as the video is sixtyseconds.
Over 300 entries are received each year from around the world. There are three award categories: one minute of freedom (an open category), inside-out (about social inclusion and exclusion) and (self)-portrait. In each category six videos are chosen. From those nominees, there are three winners who win a JVC digital camera, so they can continue creating one minute videos. All finalists are invited to attend the festival weekend.
Young people want and need to show and exhibit their new skills and their creative work as one form of recognition of what they have accomplished. It is also important for the audience to see the work of these youngsters and realise that young people are highly capable to address important matters whether social or political in a very personal way. Therefore, we aim to promote and distribute the oneminutesjr. on a local, national and international level through broadcasting partnerships.
Currently, they have close partnerships with the BBC, SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), RTE (Ireland), RTP (Portugal), RAI3 (Italy) and TV3 (Catalonia), where the videos are regularly aired. The videos have also aired on national broadcasters in countries such asBangladesh,Vietnam,Colombia,Mongolia,ArgentinaandSenegal. The oneminutesjr. is looking to expand its broadcasting network into other regions of the world.
Where the oneminutesjr. have been:
2003 : Hungary,Georgia,N-Ireland,Morocco,Germany.
2004 : Kyrgystan,United Kingdom,Romania,Iceland andMacedonia
2005 : TheNetherlands,Moldova,Ireland,Turkey,Serbia, TheMaldives, Barbados
2006 : Germany,Bulgaria,Finland,Ireland,Lebanon,Albania,Austria, Serbia,Latvia, TheMaldives, TheNetherlands
2007 : Turkey, Norway, Jordan, Serbia, South Africa, Togo, Turkmenistan, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo Uzbekistan, Spain, UAE, Russia, Slovenia, India, Israel, Slovakia
2008 : The Netherlands, Armenia, Germany, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, USA, Burundi, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Romania, Ireland, Turkmenistan, Nigeria, Poland
2009 : Germany, Malaysia, Egypt, Senegal, South Africa, Kyrgyztan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Niger, Ukraine, Barbados, Moldova, Mongolia, Vietnam, Montenegro, Papua New Guinea
2010 : Fiji,Sudan,Uganda,Kosovo,Tajikistan,Ukraine,Rwanda,Azerbaijan,
2011 : Madagascar,Ghana,Mozambique,Germany,USA,Haiti,Vanuatu,
The first oneminutesjr. workshop inBangladeshwas held inDhakain May 31-June 4 with much success. 17 teenagers from diverse backgrounds gathered at the Ambrosia Guest House to express themselves through the one minute form. The young people were selected through the Children’s Film Society (CFS), the Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). Some had attended video workshops before, while others were new to the form. But despite their previous experiences, all the kids were creative and eager to learn.
The theme of the workshop was the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and each participant was asked to use one of the articles of the convention to inspire a one minute film. This year is the 20th anniversary of the convention and UNICEF is conducting a series of oneminutesjr. workshops on the CRC. Video artists Anja Masling and Vivian Wenli Lin facilitated the workshop and helped the kids realize their ideas in video.
The workshop was followed by a very successful oneminutesjr. training for trainers, also led by Vivian and Anja. Ten artists attended from the CFS, CTFB and Drik Photo Agency. UNICEF Bangladesh hopes to continue the oneminutesjr. workshops in the future, with local artists as facilitators.
ü A group of children will beskilled and engaged to produce junior videos. They will help other children as mentors in workshops in future.
ü Children will able to produce videos of 60 seconds that are positive and powerful examples of the way visual arts work and Child rights issues will be addressed through these videos
ü One Minutes videos will be produced and broadcast by Television Channels
ü Through capacity building of children the production of more junior videos and participation in the international arena will be ensured.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S TELEVISION FOUNDATION OF BANGLADESH (CTFB)
Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh is an outcome of the united effort of a group of TV personalities who started their career at adolescent age in different TV channels of the country. Their experience and real feeling about the importance of children’s voice in media made them committed to support children to “let them speak in media”. Therefore it demands a common TV platform that can help to create such opportunity to build their capacity and speak out of their issues and interests.
CTFB emerged as an organization, which has been evolving to turn as an institution to support disadvantaged children to get them organized under this platform, build their capacity and confidence, and present their voice to the nation through electronic media.
Vision of CTFB
Envisages an environment that constantly provides child friendly information to young audience to enable them contribute meaningfully to the benefit of themselves, their families, their communities, the nation and the world.
Mission of CTFB
The mission of this organization is to establish a media platform with capacity forenabling children to raise their voice on their rights and interests. It will empower Bangladeshi children to gain enduring living skills and knowledge through value-based entertainment and developmental television programming.
Goal of CTFB
The goal of this organization is to empower children to have access in media for knowledge and participate in media communication.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF CTFB
- Became the pioneer inBangladeshas only the children and media organization.
- Won 4 awards (First, Second, Third and Fifth) out of 5 from International Children Film Festival 2010 inDhaka.
- “theoneminutesJr. was awarded by European Cultural Foundation in 2009.
- The Winner was awarded the best documentary film inSouth-East Asia region by United Nations in 2008.
- Built partnership with national and international organizations.
Event : theoneminutesJr Film Fest-2011
Venue :Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council Auditorium
Date : 20-21 January, 2012
Time : 9 am to 8 pm
Organized by : Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB)
Sponsored by : Organization’s name
Schedule of the Festival
1st Session start : 09:00 am
Inaugurated by : Chief Guest : Nayok Raj Razzak
Special Guest : Faridur Reza Sagor
Registration : 09:00 am; CTFB Booth for the all
Tea Break : 09:30 am
Seminar : 10:00 am
Seminar Subject : “TV Program for Children : Vision of the generation”
Panelist : Nowajes Ali Khan, Advisor (program), ATN Bangla
Shykh Seraj, Head of News, Channel i
Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, CEO, Boishakhi Television
Shamsul Alam Bakul, Save the children International
Arifa Sharmin, Manager, Communication and Information Section,
Rahim Uddin Sagor, Child Film Maker
Jasia Binte Shamim, Child Journalist
Moderator : Shabnam Azim
Mass Communication and Journalism Department
Open Discussion : 11:30 am
Closing Session : 12:30 pm
Lunch + Prayer : 12:30 pm to 14:30 pm
2nd Session Start : 15:00 pm
Training Subject : How to write script, How to write story board, How to
communicate with artists, How to select location and How to
arrange a shooting, Props, Makeup etc
Trainer : Faridur Rahman, DDG (program), Bangladesh Television
Closing this session : 17:00 pm
Tea Break : 17:00 pm to 17:30 pm
3rd Session Start : 17:30 pm
Film Show Starts : Making of films and Sharing of Experience by the children
: 60 Nos. (Cox’s Bazar, Jessore andChittagong)
End of the session : 20:00 pm
Seminar : 10:00 am
Seminar Subject : “Support or Sponsorship for the children program in Electronic Media”
Panelist : Head of Marketing, Grameenphone Ltd,
Head of Marketing, Pran Group
Head of marketing, NestleBangladesh
Meem, Child tv actress
Mamun Bokaul Masum, Child Journalist
Moderator : Shamsul Alam Bakul
Open Discussion : 11:30 am
Closing Session : 12:30 pm
Lunch + Prayer : 12:30 pm to 14:00 pm
2nd Session Start : 14:00 pm
Training Subject : What is Camera, What is Light, What is sound, How to operate
camera with light, How to use camera with light, How to use
sound with camera..
Trainer : Kayes Chowdhury and Mr. Masud Bhuiyan, NIMC
Closing this session : 16:00 pm
Tea Break : 16.00 to 16:15 pm
3rd Session Duration : 16:20 pm to 17.30 pm
Film Show Starts : Making of films and Sharing of Experience by the children
: 40 Nos. (BarisalandDhaka)
Closing Ceremony : 17:35 pm to 20:00 pm
Award Giving : Judges Choice
Children Judges Choice
Chief Guest :
Special Guest : Syeda Shima Islam (proposed)
Chief, Communication and Information Section