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Make a short movie that conveys your message using one of the themes listed below. Create a story with visual and aural effects using popular video editing software such as After Effects, Sony Vegas, Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, iMovie, and others.

The film must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length. English subtitles are required for submissions in languages other than English. Films should be made available for online viewing on public sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.

Initially, a trailer may be sufficient for the first stage of the competition to qualify for the final round as long as it contains all the elements that our judges will need to see to determine the quality of your entire film. All genres are welcome with the exception of music videos and animations.

If you are not authorised to utilise stock footage(s) entirely, you can use them in select parts of your film. The use of slideshows is not permitted. Once you have submitted your film, you can continue to work on it and make changes until the final submission date.

Themes / topics that you can use in your short film:

Environment – for example, global warming; climate change; sustainable energy / greener living; chemicals and toxics; environmental pollution and its impact on the ecosystem and organisms

Human rights – for example, disabled people’s rights; freedom of opinion and expression; the right to education and work; freedom from torture and degrading treatment; better rights for refugees and asylum seekers.

Metaverse / Online virtual world – What is the metaverse?

The concept of the metaverse isn’t something new. It was initially detailed in the American writer Neal Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash, published in 1992. Several companies launched online communities based on the concept afterwards, the most famous of which being Second Life, which was introduced in 2003.

Avatars are used in the metaverse to represent individuals, connect with one another, and virtually establish a community. Digital currency is used in the metaverse to purchase clothing, weapons, and shields in video games, among other things. Users may also use a virtual reality headset and controllers to journey through the metaverse for leisure with no specific objective in mind.

What makes the metaverse different from the Internet?

The internet is a vast network of computers, servers, and other electronic devices that connects billions of people across the world. Users can chat with one another, view and engage with websites, and purchase and trade products and services once they are online.

The metaverse complements rather than competes with the internet. Users in the metaverse employ virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and digital money to navigate a virtual environment that replicates parts of the physical world. Whereas the Internet is a place where people go to “browse”, individuals can, nevertheless, “live” in the metaverse to some extent.