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Application Deadline: January 26, 2016.

The 2016 IMF ADVANCING ASIA CONFERENCE YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST is seeking videos from young videographers of all abilities

The International Monetary Fund and the Government of India will convene a high-level Asia conference in 2016 to take stock of the region’s strong economic performance, its increased resilience to shocks, and its ongoing economic policy challenges. The Advancing Asia conference will bring together notable leaders from business and civil society, policymakers, and academics. It will be held in New Delhi from March 11 to 13, 2016.

As part of the communications campaign for this conference, the IMF is launching a video contest with the aim of engaging with youth from the Asia-Pacific region. The Advancing Asia conference welcomes creative videos about the region’s dynamic economy and the economic challenges facing the region. The selection will be based on originality, technical excellence and artistic merit.

Contest Requirements

The 2016 IMF ADVANCING ASIA CONFERENCE YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST is seeking videos from young videographers of all abilities, ages 18 – 30, capturing through their own lenses the realities, challenges, and interesting stories from the region.

All contestants—whether they use cameras or mobile phones—are asked to submit original videos (or animations) reflecting one or more of the following themes:

• Economic development in Asia and the Pacific
• Infrastructure development in Asia and the Pacific
• Challenges and opportunities in Asia and the Pacific
• Gender equality in your country
• Social realities in your country
• Solutions for a better future in your country

At the end of each video, the participant should pose a question related to one or more of the themes mentioned above. The videos should be no longer than 120 seconds.


The 2016 IMF ADVANCING ASIA CONFERENCE YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST is seeking videos from young videographers of all abilities, ages 18 – 30 (at the closing date of January 26th, 2016), who are citizens of the following Asia-Pacific economies: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Lao P.D.R., Macao SAR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

This is open to both amateurs and professional videographers. There are no fees to participate in the contest. (Note: The contest is not open to IMF employees and their families).


• Each participant may submit more than one video.
• Videos submitted must meet the required technical standards outlined below.
• Participants must have ownership rights to the entries they submit and warrant by submission that they hold these rights.
• All contestants, whether they use cameras or cell phones, are asked to submit original work that best defines one or more of the above six themes.
• Videos submitted should be no longer than 120 seconds.
• Each participant will be required to use their personal social media account to tweet their videos and use the hashtag #AdvancingAsia or #2016IMF推进亚洲发展会议# on Weibo.
• Creative titles are welcome.


• The video contest will be launched on December 29th, 2015 on the conference website and IMF social media accounts.
• The final date for submitting videos into the competition is January 26, 2016, at 11:59 GMT.
• Public voting on social media begins when the video is submitted and ends on February 3, 2016.
• Top 10 videos based on public voting will be collected by February 5, 2016
• Round two judging starts February 8-10, 2016. Judges select winner by February 12, 2015
• The two winners will be announced on February 15, 2016 on the website. Winners will be also notified by email.


The names of winners will be announced on February 15, 2016. Two winners will be chosen
among the contestants. The winners will receive the following:
• A three-day trip to New Delhi, India, during the Advancing Asia conference (March 11—13, 2016). To be eligible for this prize, participants must have a valid passport and be able to secure a visa to enter India in time for the conference. For Indian citizens, they could present any government-issued identification card with birth date and photo, if they don’t have a passport.
• The questions posed on the winning videos will be posted during the conference.
No alternative cash prizes are available.


All entries must be submitted electronically, through the official website:
There is no mail-in method of entry. Upon submission, each participant will be prompted to complete an electronic form consisting of basic personal information, such as name, last name, age, nationality, and e-mail address. This information is needed to ensure entries to the contest comply with the Official Rules.

Each video must be an original piece of work taken and created by the contestant and shall not have been published elsewhere or won another competition. By entering the contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted image is an original work created solely by the entrant; that the entry does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the entry.

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