JAKARTA, 13 February 2017 – Viet Nam won the first prize and outperformed youth contestants from other nine Member States for the second year in a row at the second ASEAN Youth Video Contest.  Jos Quyen (21), a graphic design student in Ho Chi Minh City designed, developed, and produced the winning video entitled “Real Action, Real Volunteering” which depicts youth volunteerism in Viet Nam and its impact to the ASEAN Community. Jos got the cash prize of $1,000.

 “The ASEAN Foundation is pleased to support the ASEAN Youth Video Contest, which actively engages youth across ASEAN Member States to build awareness on ASEAN as well as to strengthen the sense of belonging. Through these initiatives, the ASEAN Foundation supports young people to share their views on ASEAN affairs through new media,” says Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation.

This year’s contest was launched in August 2016 and focused on enhancing youth leadership and civic engagement through the production of short videos highlighting volunteerism in ASEAN and its importance in building an ASEAN Community. Ten young video makers were selected from an applicant pool of over 100 to represent their countries at a video production training program held in Singapore from 5 to 8 December 2016. The training covered story development and script writing, post-production and social media promotional strategies.  While on training, the youth participants produced videos with the theme “Volunteerism” and submitted them for competition.

Winning second place was “The Merit Points” by Mohamad Addin Azhan Bin A Manap (22) from Malaysia which garnered a cash prize of $750, and the third placer was “Volunteer Woman” created by Chhin Long and Sieng Vireak from Cambodia with a cash prize of $500. All ten videos can be watched on ASEAN’s YouTube Channel. The top three videos will also be featured during relevant meetings and events throughout the year.

The ASEAN Youth Video Contest began in 2015 through an initiative supported by the United States Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Foundation.