Jakarta, 19 July 2019 – The Awarding Ceremony of the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest was held today in Vientiane, Lao PDR, at the Gala Dinner of the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth.

Elia Pramana from Indonesia, Deanna See from Singapore and Anouluck Davong from Lao PDR were awarded as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners respectively. They received the awards from the Deputy Secretary-General of Lao Youth Union Somkiao Kingsada, also Chair of Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY), Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak, and Brian Ferinden of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.

The ASEAN Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, the ASEAN-German Energy Programme, a cooperation jointly implemented by ASEAN Centre for Energy and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the ASEAN Secretariat, launched the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest on January 18th, 2019.
Similar to the previous years, the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest was endorsed by the SOMY and designed to generate a better understanding of the ASEAN Community, particularly among the region’s younger demographic. The theme of this year’s contest, “Renewable Energy: Powering ASEAN’s Bright Future,” aims to showcase the efforts of ASEAN and its people in enhancing the use of renewable energy and to promote the value of renewable energy for the region.

The video contest provides a platform for youth to creatively speak their voice using the power of digital tools such as video and social media. This powerful pairing, especially in this digital era, will effectively increase awareness of different issues, such as renewable energy in ASEAN, including the region’s big renewable energy potential (i.e. solar, wind, hydro, biomass, ocean wave and geothermal) and accelerate development in these sectors.

The contest received 122 submissions of one-minute videos from all ten ASEAN Member States. The contest’s committee selected one finalist from each Member State and invited ten finalists to the 4-day Video Production Training on 20 – 23 May 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The finalists honed their video-making skills guided by a professional video and content producer.
Commenting on the Video Production Training, hosted by Vietnam Journalist Training Centre (VJTC), Sokuntheara Ly from Cambodia said, “I enjoyed this training a lot. I have gained more knowledge about video shooting, and especially how to write stories in different perspectives.”

Meanwhile, Jutamas Yaba from Thailand shared, “I’ve learned many things from the workshop. I’m blessed for being surrounded by such talented and wonderful people. #AYVC2019 is one of the best experiences in my life. I couldn’t ask for more.”
The ten finalists further developed their one-minute videos into their final two-minute videos. On 3 July 2019, the Video Contest’s committee published the ten final videos on the YouTube channels of the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Foundation, and ASEAN Centre for Energy. This video campaign determined the most popular video through a People’s Choice Award.

Information on the 5th ASEAN Youth Video Contest can be found through the official social media channel for the contest (https://www.facebook.com/AYVC2019/), ASEAN Secretariat’s social media channel (https://www.facebook.com/aseansecretariat/), ASEAN Foundation’s social media channel (https://www.facebook.com/ASEANFoundation/), and ASEAN Centre for Energy’s social media channel (https://www.facebook.com/aseanenergy/).