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.
The ICCL Human Rights Film Awards is Ireland’s only human rights short film competition, bringing together the best in filmmaking with passionate human rights advocates to show how the arts, especially film, can raise awareness about human rights and inspire people to make a difference – in their communities and in the world around them.
2015 marks the 7th annual Human Rights Film Awards, and we’re working hard to make it the best yet! We will hold a special gala screening and awards ceremony in Dublin’s Light House Cinema in June, 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, while putting human rights issues centre stage.
This project involves filmmakers, advocates and activists engaging with a vast range of pressing human rights issues. Topics covered in previous shortlisted films have included poverty, marriage equality, racism, conflict, disability, children’s rights and the rights of older people.
The Jury includes well-known filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and human rights experts: Paco de Onis; Brenda Fricker; Brian Gleeson; Grainne Humphreys; John Kelleher; Rebecca Miller; Tomm Moore; Senator David Norris; Nicky Phelan; Stephen Rea; Kirsten Sheridan; Victoria Smurfit; Ken Wardrop; and Pamela Yates.
Why Fund it?
This project is made possible by the generosity of our Jury, Panel, sponsors, supporters, members and friends, for which we are deeply grateful.
We have run three successful Fundit campaigns in previous years to raise funds to pay for the costs associated with the Human Rights Film Awards, such as technical production, equipment and venue hire, posters and invitations. Our friends and supporters have dug deep and supported our campaigns, helping us to meet – and beat – our targets. Thank you!
By raising funds from our community of supporters, it means that we free up other funds from our core budget for other human rights projects – and we can do more to promote the films and the important issues they raise. This year, we are also launching a series of labs and workshops for shortlistees to connect and exchange ideas and learning about human rights and filmmaking. Our target this year is €4,000, and we’re asking you to help us reach it.
And over to you!
A huge thank you to everyone involved with bringing the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards to life. We hope you will check out our excellent rewards and pledge - a little or a lot. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make our 7th annual ICCL Human Rights Film Awards a huge success!
And special thanks to Niamh Heery for so kindly sponsoring our Fundit video!
- Karen, Walt & all at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Team