UNICEF Child Rights Film Festival 2020

On Saturday November 21 the final of the second edition of the UNICEF Children's Rights Film Festival Caribbean 2020 was held. This time Bonaire was the guest island, but due to the arrival of the corona virus, it unfortunately had to be decided to do a live TV show hosted from the Netherlands by Lisette Wellens.

Participants from Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten were virtually present. Each island had provided a festive location where all films from the islands were screened in a live broadcast. Saba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba and St. Eustatius revealed there films based on movie scripts and, especially for this edition, St. Maarten and St. Eustatius told the story of their children's rights drawings. As time passed by, the tension grew. Who would be chosen as the winner by the jury?

In the end, Commissioner Nina den Heyer brought the answer everybody was waiting for. The winner of the best children's rights film turned out to be the film of the Emmanuel School Curaçao. The film is about the importance of family for children and especially the importance of children to maintain contact with both parents. The children were supported in the production of their film by their film coach Ralph Durgaram.

In addition to the best film, prizes for the submitted children's rights films were awarded in the following categories:

  • The best acting performance also went to the Emmanuel School in Curaçao.
  • The best children's rights story went to the Makuarima School in Aruba.

How does the Children Rights Festival work exactly?

Attention to children's rights remains important. Not all children on the island know their rights. Only when children know these rights can they stand up for this. The organization of the UNICEF Children's Rights Film Festival provides a creative platform to give attention to children's rights.

Together with a film coach, the children write a script and play a role in their own Children's Rights Film. By doing this, children can express their own opinion. And they also work on important things such as self-confidence and team effort.

The premieres of the short films are often a big celebration! During these premieres, teachers, children, parents, grand parents and friends can view the films on a big screen. A local jury selects the school with the best film. 

“I really enjoyed the project, because I got the chance to have a part in the film. I also learned more about the Rights of the Child”

Theoni Wigley (12)