Short Film Competition "Human Rights"

70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Open, single-stage project competition held by the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria in cooperation with ORF Steiermark for an artistic short film



The commemorative year 2018 also recalls the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Its thirty articles are seen as non-binding recommendations of the United Nations. As such the Declaration is not a source of law and thus not enforceable.

Based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights from 1776 and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen from 1897, it constitutes an attempt to formulate universal basic rules for human society. According to information of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, it has been translated into 460 languages and is thus one of the most translated documents.

Closely linked to the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others adopted in 1949, whose International Day for the Abolition of Slavery takes place on 2 December 2018, the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2018.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, the City of Graz decided to name a Platz der Menschenrechte (Square of Human Rights) in 1973, and in 2011 the city declared itself the first European City of Human Rights. This is not a honorary title but a mission in which the city undertakes voluntarily to adhere to certain criteria.

Agreed in the wake of the atrocities of two world wars, the Declaration has lost nothing of its relevance given contempt for humanity, annihilation of human life, and megalomania. War, forced displacement, torture and terror, but equally ignorance about other people, lack of understanding, and the resulting failure to observe or the resulting disregard for human rights are realities that constantly need to be tackled.


In this context, the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria in cooperation with ORF Steiermark is holding a short film competition.

The film entries are intended to refer to the nature, purpose, history and current relevance of the Declaration of Human Rights and to convince the TV audience.

Although aware of widespread ignorance of the Declaration, the aim of the competition is not simply to recite familiar articles, but instead to draw attention to the subject and examine general phenomena of failing to observe and disregarding human rights despite the great human capacity for empathy.


An expert panel will select a total of 1–3 winning films.

Prize-money:   1st prize: €5000.-

                    2nd prize: €3000.-

                    3rd prize: €2000.-



  • Reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Current relevance
  • Artistic quality
  • The content should convince the TV audience

REQUIREMENTS (short version):

  • Duration: max. 30 seconds
  • Format suitable for broadcasting (16:9, HD)
  • MP-4 movie



The competition is intended for artists and students or graduates of an art, graphic design or film course aged 18 or older.



The selected short films will be broadcast a total of fifteen times around International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2018 immediately before the Steiermark heute programme (beginning at 7pm on ORF 2).


The prizes will be presented at a separate event in the regional ORF studio for Styria. All media will be invited, with ORF Steiermark promoting and covering the event.



Competition entries can be uploaded to the following website until 31 August 2018 (CET 24:00):


To avoid any loss, please request confirmation of receipt of your entry.



Looking forward to your ideas,

Elisabeth Fiedler



Institut für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Steiermark (Department for Art in Public Space Styria)
Marienplatz 1/1, 8020 Graz, Austria
T +43-316/8017-9265







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