Call for Submission: Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival

The fifth annual PNG Human Rights Film Festival is calling all filmmakers to apply to be included in the country’s largest human rights-based arts event.    

“The PNG Human Rights Film Festival encourages Papua New Guineans to know, demand and defend human rights in PNG through the screening of international and local films on human rights issues affecting Papua New Guineans.  For any filmmaker seeking wide exposure of their work, this is an opportunity not to be missed,” said Festival Director Alithia Barampataz.

Films about Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Islands are strongly encouraged, as are films addressing the following human rights themes:

  • Human rights and sports/events
  • Rights of persons with disability
  • Access to health
  • Child rights
  • Environment / Business & human rights
  • Human rights defenders / heroes
  • Rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Post-crisis referendum

The festival will launch in Port Moresby on 25 September, and travel to Goroka, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, concluding on 19 October.

“Based on feedback from previous years, we hope the call for submissions will attract more films by Papua New Guinean filmmakers, telling their stories about human rights in PNG,” Ms. Barampataz said.

There is no entry cost for submitting a film, and no restrictions on production date.  Filmmakers should contact the PNG Human Rights Film Festival committee at for application forms.  The deadline for film submissions is Friday 15 August.

The PNG Human Rights Film Festival 2014 is organized by a committee of organizations committed to human rights in Papua New Guinea, including: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, the Embassy of the United States of America, the International Organization for Migration, PNG Eye Care, UNAIDS, the United Nations’ Resident Coordinator’s Office, UN Women, and the World Health Organisation.