Short Film Contest

Unveiling our Stories: Victims of Corruption

The UNCAC Coalition’s Working Group on Victims of Corruption is launching the short film contest: ‘Unveiling our Stories: Victims of Corruption’ and invites film makers – no matter if students, amateurs or professionals – to submit relevant works.

The competition seeks to put the spotlight on the harmful effects of corruption and give visibility to its victims in concrete situations, highlighting the connection between corruption and human rights violations and creating an emotional connection between them.

How to apply: Candidates should submit their application through this form, sending the additional following documents via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required:

  • a short biography of the creator/s of the film
  • a Copyright Disclaimer and Permission Form signed by the creator/s of the film
  • the link to access the short film via WeTransfer or any similar platform.

Only applicants who have filled out the application form and sent the email with the required documents and link to the short film on time will be considered.

The application form, video and required documents must be submitted on time.

The deadline for submission is 10 November 2021 and the contest winners will be notified by 1 December 2021.

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  • Two winners will each be awarded a cash prize of €1.500.
  • Screening of the film in-person or online (streamed) events (non-profit) hosted or co-hosted by the UNCAC Coalition.


The short film should focus closely on people as subjects of corruption. The video should convey the issue in an accessible manner to a non-expert audience, with the purpose of raising public awareness about victims of corruption. You may draw on the following situations for inspiration:

  • The stories of people who have suffered the consequences of illicit embezzlement
  • Cases where corruption was successfully prosecuted and those responsible were found, and yet the consequences of corruption were not addressed and its victims not granted compensation for their suffering
  • Corruption – possibly in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic – and abuses of power through the enactment of ‘emergency measures’ in various countries:
    • The enrichment of the powerful at the cost of others
    • Drastic economic consequences: loss of jobs and opportunities in both the formal and informal economy, leading to a steep rise in poverty
    • Urgently needed supplies being sold at inflated prices by politically well-connected persons, and preferential treatment given to select vendors for the procurement of medical supplies
  • Examples and consequences of grand corruption involving powerful political leaders who often enjoy impunity despite being involved in large-scale corruption, and the resulting effects of this behavior on society.
  • Damages caused by corruption that could have been avoided if resources would not have been diverted for the benefit of a few (compare economic losses against hospitals, medical supplies, food, jobs, access to technology and internet)
  • Consequences of corrupt practices:
    • Examples of scandals in countries and their impact on citizens in any form: material or immaterial,
    • How they have impacted the lives of people and vulnerable populations, how they have deprived them of resources, rights and opportunities,
    • Human Rights violations caused by corruption: obstructions of the right to life, to health, to education, to live in accordance with human dignity, to a fair trial, to freedom of speech and assembly, etc.

Terms & conditions

Applicants interested in taking part in the contest are required to carefully read the Terms and Conditions and make sure to act in compliance with them as set forth below.

Formal Criteria

  • All kinds of short films are accepted – by amateurs, young people, students, as well as by experienced film-makers,
  • The short film may be animated or live action, it can use conventional or innovative approaches,
  • It must be no longer than 10 minutes (but can be shorter), 
  • If the original language of the film is not English, English subtitles should be added, 
  • The short film must not infringe any third party rights (logos, music, other intellectual property, etc.)
  • The director must have consent from people features in the movie to use their footage, 
  • It can but does not need to be an original production for the purposes of this contest.


  • Joint submissions are accepted. Contestants may also submit multiple entries to the contest.
  • People submitting must be 18 years or older and have read, understood and agree with our terms and conditions: 
    • Contestants are solely responsible for clearing necessary copyrights (if applicable),
    • Submitted entries and the winners can be published and shown by the UNCAC Coalition on its website and  social media platforms. The UNCAC Coalition and civil society organizations in its network are also allowed to screen the movies at anti-corruption conferences, in relevant fora and at other events free of charge, 
    • No cost shall be claimed to the UNCAC Coalition by the applicants for the films created as a result of this contest.

Selection of the winners

  • The two winners will be determined by a jury of anti-corruption experts and activists. The decision of the jury is final.
  • The jury will base its decision on considerations such as creative message, impact, clarity.
  • The winners’ names will be disclosed to the public and published on the UNCAC Coalition website and social media platforms.

Intellectual property rights

  • The film and its related description submitted to the Coalition by the applicant will remain the property of the applicant.
  • The UNCAC Coalition will be granted the full right to use and publish the films created for this contest.
  • The UNCAC Coalition is not responsible for any copyright infringement.
  • The Coalition is entitled to publish the film created by the applicant on the Coalition’s website and its social media channels, including video platforms (YouTube) without additional payments or other obligations. The name of the applicant will be displayed as having produced the film, as well as full credits including links to the profile/contact page of the creators.
  • For more information please refer to the Copyright Disclaimer and Permission Form.

Withdrawal of applicants

Should an applicant fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions, the UNCAC Coalition reserves the right to exclude the short film from the contest.

Below you can view the short film contest poster and information sheet (also available for download as a PDF file by clicking).

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