The Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival was created to bridge films and human rights issues. By using the influence of film, the main mission of the festival is to advocate for the awareness of human rights.
The Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival is held in Yangon, Burma each year. Yangon, which was formerly known as Rangoon, used to be the capital city of Burma, which is also more commonly known as Myanmar. The film festival is dedicated to the human rights advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. Each year the awards ceremony is held on her birthday, June 19th, to honor her contribution to this excellent cause.
The founder of the festival, Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, is an award winning documentary filmmaker. He is also the former organizer of the Art of Freedom Film Festival, so his popularity has helped to bring the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival into the spotlight. More than 200 films are submitted to the film festival each year with three awards presented each year. Awards for the best short film, the best animation film, and the best documentary film are given in the Competition Section of the film festival.
Interested filmmakers who would like to submit a film into the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival can do so without having to pay any additional fees, as there are no entry fees accessed for the submission of films. The films must, however, either be in English or have English subtitles. There are no restrictions on the length of the films that can be submitted. It is important to know that films that are submitted into the film festival must be sure that the background music and any songs that are played in the film must have the appropriate permission granted or royalties. Because of this, it is highly recommended that original music be included in the film festival submitted movies.
The film festival will take place from June 15, 2015 until June 19, 2015. Visitors interested in attending the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival can attend the festival in June in Burma or can attend one of the many travelling film festivals that is put on by the organizers of this festival. Films that win awards at this film festival will be shown in several cities to help advocate for human rights through the use of film.