The 8th edition of the Global Road Safety Film Festival, to be held on February 21-22, 2022, will showcase the best films from submissions from over 40 countries around the world that highlight smart and safe mobility solutions to the road safety crisis.
The Festival’s focus on smart and safe mobility follows a global call over the past four months for short films – from professional videographers, interested individuals, civil society and government bodies – to promote raising awareness of how to make roads safer and tackle the silent crisis of road deaths and injuries.
More than 95 films take part in the Film Festival competition from 40 countries around the world, including Chile, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Pakistan and Senegal. Screenings take place on the first day of the festival, with the awards ceremony due to end on the second day.
In addition to the Grand Prize, the Most Creative and Innovative Film and the Jury Prize, this edition of the Festival includes a special United Nations fund for road safety Moments2Live4 campaign prize, which will be voted on by the public online. Additional prizes will be awarded to films on the themes of speeding, driving under the influence, safe equipment, child protection, distracted driving and on young people and women.
The event, organized within the framework of the 75th anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), is organized by the International Laser Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Road Safety Fund and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
The United Nations Road Safety Fund will also present at the Festival its short film “Join the Change”, produced by La Nuez Audiovisual Productions, and presenting a new platform for individual donations.
“We are proud to support the 8th edition of the Film Festival highlighting the citizens behind smart road safety solutions around the world,” said Nneka Henry, Head of the United Nations Road Safety Fund. “Awareness raising and advocacy are important if we are to create the global change at the heart of the work of the UN Road Safety Fund. I invite the public to watch the films, vote for your favorite Moments2Live4 video and donate to help us reach higher.
“Creative films, shot by communities, schools and government agencies, show the difference in driving by the rules. Road safety principles make everyone’s life less fragile. We must continue to work at the international institutional level to establish a culture of road safety”, commented Luciana Iorio, President of the UNECE/ITC Global Forum for Road Safety.
“The developments of the Global Road Safety Film Festival are central to expanding the network of road safety actors, facilitating international cooperation in the critical area of road safety, and rolling out new local and national multimedia programs “said Robert Trottein, President. of the International Laser Foundation. “We are happy to be part of this new cooperation mechanism that extends to media, science and culture.”
The Festival will be webcast and the winning entries will be available for screening at events around the world. To register, go to: https://roadsafetyfund.un.org/en/events/global-road-safety-film-festival-2022.
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