Video Contest: All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal In Dignity And Rights

Human Rights Day

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […]

Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.

On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2017, the UN Human Rights Office launches its “#standup4humanrights” campaign.  We want to encourage and recognize what you do in your daily life, along with millions of other people around the world, to stand up for human rights – at school, on the sports field, in the street, wherever you are.

We all need AND can do something to defend human rights. Join us. Together we can change the course. We can make a difference!

If you would like to stand up with us but are not sure about what to do, here are just a few ideas.

1) Inform yourself and others about why human rights matter
2) Speak out/up when another’s rights are at risk or under attack
3) Stand with others’ human rights
4) Call on leaders to uphold human rights
5) In everyday life action

In celebration of the Human Rights Day the U.S. Embassy will launch a video competition on “All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights” on December 11, 2017.

Romanian high school students, in teams of no more than four people, are invited to create a video clip of no more than 2 minutes, on the above theme and to submit it via WeTransfer to no later than January 26, 2018.  The video submission will be in .mp4 format and will be accompanied by 2 files, in .srt format, containing the subtitles in English and in Romanian.

Participants should include their full name, e-mail address, phone number, high school, and the name of their English teacher in their submission.  Children or any other family members of the U.S. Embassy employees are not permitted to participate in the competition.

A jury composed of American diplomats and Fulbright grantees will select the top three videos.  Videos will be judged on effectiveness in raising awareness about protecting human rights; originality/creativity; and video quality.

The U.S. Embassy will award the top prize, a GoPro video camera, during a special ceremony in March 2018.  Winners of the 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded a tablet and a digital camera, respectively.  The three winners’ videos will be highlighted on the U.S. Embassy website and on other online platformsAll participants – students and teachers alike – will receive certificates from the U.S. Embassy to recognize their efforts.


Creating videos on “All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights”

The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest invites you to participate in a video contest to honor International Human Rights Day 2017!  You could win a GoPro video camera, and have your video featured on the Embassy’s online platforms.  The theme of the contest is “All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights”. Express your thoughts on this topic in a short video, which will be judged by a group of American diplomats and Americans affiliated with the Embassy.  We are looking for creative, catchy videos that best express this year’s theme. The winners will be selected based on the video’s effectiveness in raising awareness about protecting and respecting human rights.

Rules and Contest Details

I. Contest Theme:

“All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights” – In honor of Human Rights Day 2017

II. How to Enter:

Produce an original video no longer than two minutes in length that reflects the theme of the contest, “All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights”. Videos need to be the original work of the contestants, and to be filmed in Romania. This contest is open to Romanian high school students residing in Romania. Once a video is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified or edited, or replaced. Participation in this contest is automatically deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules. A video submission must be an original video produced by the submitter.

III. Video Submission:

Videos, in .mp4 format, must be uploaded on WeTransfer and the links to the videos must be sent to on or before midnight January 26, 2018. Participants will submit their name, e-mail address, phone number, grade and high school, name of their English teacher, when uploading their videos on WeTransfer. Videos will be accompanied by 2 files, in .srt format, containing the subtitles in English and in Romanian.

IV. Content Requirements

Entries cannot:

  • be sexually explicit or suggestive, or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group or the disabled, be pornographic, or contain nudity;
  • promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message;
  • defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contain any prominent use of trademarks, logos or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others as determined by the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contain prominent copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) as determined by the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest;
  • contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead without permission;
  • communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest wishes to associate;
  • depict and cannot itself be in violation of any law or otherwise; and
  • depict or otherwise identify a minor without a parent or legal guardian consent.

V. Eligibility:

  1. Contestants must be high school students.
  2. The contest commences on December 11, 2017, and closes at 23:59 on January 26, 2018. The person submitting the video will be considered the contestant and will be the only person eligible to compete for the prize.
  3. Children of the U.S. Embassy employees will not be eligible to participate in this competition.

VI. Selection of Winners:

Judging Criteria

All videos will be screened by a panel of American diplomats from the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest and other Americans affiliated with the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest.

The criteria for judging in order of importance are:

  1. Effectiveness in raising awareness about protecting human rights;
  2. Originality/Creativity;
  3. Video quality.

VII. Terms & Rights:

By entering you represent and warrant and agree that:

You have produced and submitted the Entry. You have received permission from any person(s) depicted in the Video (“Third Party Participant”) (if applicable) and that all elements of your Entry submitted by you are original with you and are not copied from any other work and do not infringe upon the rights of any third party and to the extent any elements were created by a third party (“Third Party Participant”), you own all right, title and interest to said elements which is part of your Entry to enable you to grant the rights granted herein. If a Third Party Participant is a minor you are that minor’s parent or legal guardian. You retain ownership of the Entry you submit, however, by entering you, on behalf of yourself and any Third Party Participants, grant the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest the perpetual, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use and perform throughout the world the video and Entry in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Contest Entities and Contest all without further consent from or payment to you, including those Entry(ies) which were not selected. By submitting your Entry, you agree that the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest has no obligation to post or publish your Entry, that all such postings or publication, if any, will be in the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest’s sole discretion and that the posting or publication of an Entry does not guarantee the Entry will be selected as a winner.

By submitting an Entry, each entrant understands and grants to the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest permission for his/her Entry to be posted on the Embassy’s online platforms (e.g. Facebook, YouTube), and web pages in perpetuity throughout the world for viewing by visitors to the Websites. The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest is not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Entry. Entries will not be acknowledged and will not be received or held “in confidence” and a submission does not create a confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy between you and the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest or any of its affiliates.

Each Entry must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest in the manner set forth in these Official Rules. The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to them from any entrant at any time. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she consents to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest, and to its posting on the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest or other USG web pages.

The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion. The U.S. Embassy, Bucharest is under no obligation to disclose why an Entry has been disqualified other than the Entry was ineligible under these Official Rules. Furthermore, the U.S. Embassy, Bucharest reserves the right to not award any prize if, in its sole and absolute discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries in the entry period.