The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, which monitors, educates and campaigns to ensure that human rights are protected and respected in Ireland.
In 2009, the ICCL launched the Human Rights Film Awards, Ireland’s only human rights short film competition. Our idea: bring together the best in filmmaking with passionate human rights advocates to show how the arts, especially film, can be used to raise awareness about human rights and to inspire people to make a difference – in their communities and in the world around them.
Our 4th annual gala screening and awards ceremony will take place in late June in Dublin’s Light House Cinema, where the shortlisted films will be screened and the winner and runners-up will be announced. The evening is a unique opportunity for the filmmakers to highlight their creative work, and to put human rights issues centre stage.
The Awards have attracted filmmakers, advocates and activists engaging with a vast range of pressing human rights issues, from poverty to racism; from conflict to disability; and from children’s rights to the rights of older people. You can watch the shortlisted films from our 2009, 2010 and 2011 Awards on our website.
The Jury includes some of the most well-known filmmakers and professionals in film and human rights in Ireland:
Brenda Fricker; Grainne Humphreys; John Kelleher; James Morris; Senator David Norris; Kirsten Sheridan; Stephen Rea; Tomm Moore; Rod Stoneman; Victoria Smurfit; Ken Wardrop.
This project continues to be made possible due to the generosity of our Jury, Panel, sponsors, supporters, members and friends, and for this we are immensely grateful.
Every year, we have set aside some funding from our core budget to pay for equipment and venue hire, technical production, posters, invitations and other costs associated with the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. This year, we decided to share the love a bit and include a whole new community of friends. We have set a target of €4,000 for our first Fundit.ie outing – which we hope to crush!
The more pledges we bring in, the more we can do to promote the shortlisted films and the themes they cover, such as organising further screenings for our shortlisted films coupled with Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.
With enough pledges, funds which we’ve set aside for the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards will be available to invest in other human rights projects, such as our Know Your Rights Guides.
Over to you!
A huge thank you again to everyone involved with bringing the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards to life. We hope you will check out our excellent rewards packages and pledge a little or a lot. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make this year’s ICCL Human Rights Film Awards the best yet!
- Karen, Walt, Egle & all at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Team