JAKARTA, 15 December 2016 – Over 100 contestants participated in the second ASEAN Youth Video Contest which aimed to engage talented youth across the region in promoting ASEAN Community through social videos. Supported by the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Foundation, the competition also enhances youth leadership and civic engagement through the production of short documentaries.

Out of the 100 contestants, ten finalists were selected to participate in a video training on 5-8 December 2016 in Singapore where they honed their video production skills   and raised their awareness on the importance of youth volunteerism in ASEAN.  They learned about story development, script writing and filming, post-production and social media strategies in order to effectively tell their stories to the public through videos using everyday scenes.

Leonard Anthony Vallido IV, a 21-year-old student from the Philippines expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time to participate in the training event.  “It was a great experience that my first trip abroad was to represent my country. During the training I learned about ASEAN and understand that the role of youth is essential to achieving the goals of the ASEAN Community,” he said.

By the end of December 2016, the 10 finalists will submit their videos for uploading to ASEAN’s Youtube Channel. The top three winners will be announced at the end of January 2017 and will receive cash prizes, in addition to having their videos shown to ASEAN leaders during important events in 2017 such as the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth.

The ASEAN Youth Video Contest was endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth and is included in the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020.  The training of the 10 finalists in Singapore this year was supported by the National Youth Council of Singapore.

The project’s focus on volunteerism in the ASEAN Community resonates the Declaration of Principles to Strengthening ASEAN Collaboration on Youth which was launched in 1983.  Since then ASEAN has recognised the important role of the youth.  One of the goals of the ASEAN Youth Sector over the next five years is to strengthen youth involvement and participation in building the ASEAN Community through volunteerism opportunities and leadership programs, as stipulated in the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020.