Animation competition marks UNs 60th birthday in AsiaPacific region

The UN Information Services (UNIS) in Bangkok, together with the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) of the Thai Ministry of Information Communication Technology, today announced a region-wide short animation competition as the first activity of the year-long birthday celebrations.“Animation is a wonderful way to communicate the United Nations’ message of peace, security and human rights for all,” UNIS official Evelyn Domingo-Barker said of the competition, which covers UN work in six areas – reducing poverty and hunger, universal education, gender equality, improving health for all, ensuring sustainable development and promoting world peace. Entrants must be citizens of the Asia-Pacific region and can use any animation technique, including 2D cartoon animation, computer-aided 3D animation, clay animation or digital interferences on a visual product, as long as copyright rules are respected. Entries, which must be under five minutes, can be submitted by post or online no later than 1 October. There are two categories – youth (25 years old or below), and public – with three prizes in each category totalling $15,000. Winners will be flown to Bangkok to collect their prizes and participate in the UN Day celebrations on 24 October.