2008 workshops

1: Romania (February)
2: Holon, Israel (February 17-21)
3: Helsinki, Finland (February 18-22 )
4: Cairo, Egypt (February 20-24)
5: Krško, Laško, Slovenia (February 25-29 )
6: Munich, Germany (March 24-28)
7: Košice, Slovakia ( April 2- 6)
8: Amorgos, Greece (April 7th)
9: Beekbergen, Netherlands (April 7-11)
10: Yerevan, Armenia (April 9-13)
11: Berlin, Germany (April 21-25)
12: Lasi, Romania (April 25)
13: Bratislava, Slovakia (30 April- 4 May)
14: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (May 12-16 )
15: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (May 21-25)
16: Baia Mare, Romania (June 16)
17: Astana, Kazakhstan (July 21-25)
18: Krško, Slovenia (July 24-30 )
19: Dublin, Ierland (14-18 July)
20: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (8-12 July)
21: Bujumbura, Burundi (August 27-31)
22: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (September 29 - October 3)
23: Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (October 26-30)
24: Abuja, Nigeria (13-17 November)
25: Warsaw, Poland (18-23 November)

The roads are blocked today in central Yerevan for the inauguration of the President. Nevertheless, 20 children have gathered at the Ani Plaza Hotel near the Opera Square at 9 o'clock in the morning to participate in a OneMinutesJr workshop. The OneMinutesJr have become "an institution" within UNICEF projects within the last five years. Since the first workshop in Budapest in early 2003, dozens of workshops have been held, training young people in video making and sharing their expectations, fears and wishes. While the first ever OneMinutesJr award winner also came from Armenia, this is the first time UNICEF organizes a OneMinutesJr workshop in Yerevan.

The children aged 12 to 17 come from the capital city but also from the regions. Some are also experiences young filmmakers, others are taking their first steps in the multimedia world.

After a short welcoming session with introductions of trainers and participants, the lights are dimmed for a presentation of the best OneMinutesJr videos produced in recent years. This gives the children a flavour of what is possible in one minute, what kind of genres, special effects and sounds can used. And it puts them into the right mind-set for developing their own stories. The OneMinutesJr concept is all about active participation. Actually, it is more than that. The children are expected to take charge of everything they do and the trainers "sit back" and observe the process, giving advice and guidance whenever necessary. From the very beginning, the mission is clear: 20 children will produce 20 OneMinutesJr videos within five days. They choose the topics, they write the scripts, they film and edit their movies. Full ownership is therefore guaranteed and since the children also feel this from the start, they immediately open up and share their most personal ideas.

Armenian workshop diary

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