June 27, 2005

AWARDS: Macedonian Students Flown To United States to Be Honored for Their Work in Public Service (GLOBAL)

Macedonian Students Flown To United States to Be Honored for Their Work in Public Service

PROMAX&BDA 2005 was the backdrop for a very special presentation as editor Eleonora Veninova, producer Ivana Bidikova and cameraperson Aleksandar Mickov were honored for their work in public service. The Macedonian college students won UNICEF's Voices of Youth 'Make a Difference' One-Minute Video Contest for the one-minute PSA entitled "Youth of the World, Youth for the World." Their video submission was part of a competition that attracted 78 unique and moving entries from young people all over the world. As part of the top prize, the three-member team was flown to New York where they took the stage Thursday to accept their award and discuss the project.

The Voices of Youth competition--which was open to anyone under the age of 25 anywhere in the world--asked contestants to demonstrate how young people are speaking out, taking action and making a difference in their community and the world at large. Although 10 talented finalist entries were chosen, the Macedonian team's compelling spot stood out and stole the hearts of an international committee that included both youth and adult judges.

"We were blown away by the sheer level of passion expressed by these young people, whose videos spoke worlds about their commitment to effecting positive global change," said Jim Chabin, ceo of PROMAX&BDA and one of the competition's 14 judges. "We were honored to welcome Eleonora, Ivana and Aleksandar and to share their vision with our membership."

"Youth of the World, Youth for the World" will now become an official public service announcement of Voices of Youth and will be made available for broadcast, along with the rest of the finalists, in celebration of the International Children's Day of Broadcasting, December 11, 2005.

"Making the video was a challenge and, at the same time, a learning process," said Veninova, who also commented on her future plans. "I would like to make 'real' films... I would especially like to make a musical and I hope that it will happen in the next years. Also, I would like to make documentaries for children from all around the world who are not so privileged and raise people's consciousness about these children."

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