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Videocamp Launches $400,000 Fund and Challenges Filmmakers to Create a Film About Inclusive Education

Author: Sarah Jane Rumford(i) : Contact:

Published: 2018-03-21 : (Rev. 2020-03-17)

Synopsis and Key Points:

At the UN on World Down Syndrome day, Videocamp launched the worlds largest social impact film fund of its kind and called on filmmakers to create a film with the theme of inclusive education.

The VIDEOCAMP Film Fund emphasises consistency and values the entire film-making process, not just the final product.

The benefits of Inclusive Education have been well-documented and well-established academically, and through international bodies such as the UN, for decades.

Main Digest

Today, at the UN on World Down Syndrome day, Videocamp launched the world's largest social impact film fund of its kind and called on filmmakers to create a film with the theme of "inclusive education". Videocamp, which has partnered with UNICEF on the project, made the announcement of the US$ 400,000 fund during an annual event, the World Down Syndrome Day Conference 2018, held at the United Nations in New York and organised by Down Syndrome International.

Videocamp hopes the open call for bids will change the debate worldwide on inclusive education of children with disabilities. "Film is one of the most powerful mediums we can use to inspire and provoke change in our societies", says Carolina Pasquali, director of Videocamp. Videocamp will make the selected project available in their free catalogue of social impact films, which to date has enabled 19,000 screenings in over 90 countries.

Around the world, 1 billion people - or 1 in 7 people - have a disability. Studies suggest that there are anywhere between 93 million and 150 million children living with a disability globally, and around half of these children are out of school. Research shows that children with disabilities educated in inclusive environments are around 11 per cent more likely to find competitive employment, and 10 per cent more likely to live independently as adults, compared to children with disabilities who are not educated in inclusive environments.

David Proud, actor with disability and writer, says:

"Inclusive education simply cannot wait. I am delighted to support this because now is the time for necessary and empowering story-telling. Being excluded and segregated from children without disabilities would have changed my whole childhood. Now, in my work as a disabled actor and writer, I still find that the more diverse the team I am working with the richer the work will be. I urge disabled filmmakers, and other diverse filmmakers to apply."

Carolina Pasquali, Videocamp's director, comments:

"We're not looking for movies that trace the history of inclusive education, or analyze what makes an inclusive classroom. We're looking for a creative vision that will broaden perceptions about how all people, with and without disabilities, benefit from an inclusive education. And once the film is finished, it will be made available as part of Videocamp's free catalog of social impact films. We will help promote it - with the help of a global network of partners with the same focus - so that it reaches the widest possible audience."

Creative ways to tell this story are encouraged. Great films, such as Once and Super-Size Me, were created for less than US$400,000. Applications can be animation, documentary or fiction. Filmmakers, both established and aspiring, from all over the world are invited to apply. The Videocamp Film Fund 2018 recommends that production teams are diverse with good gender balance, ethnic and racial variety, and individuals with disabilities.

The selected film will be added to Videocamp's free catalog of social impact films. Anybody, anywhere can organize a screening of Videocamp's films. Videocamp believes film can turn town squares, classrooms, and even living rooms, into spaces for discussion and change. And even better - these discussions can inspire communities to take action after watching.

Entries open on the 21 March and close on 21 June 2018. The five shortlisted projects will be announced on 1 September, 2018. The selected project will be announced on 21 September, 2018. The selected film must have the following accessibility features and format: sign language, audio description and captioning.

Quote from Ambassador Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones, Veep)

"We need inclusive education for so many reasons. Firstly for the kids with additional needs so they can participate in the cultural and economic activities of the communities in which they live. There are thousands of bright and talented disabled children like my son, Olly who could shine if only we gave them an appropriate education. Secondly - the typical kids - they need to know who their neighbours are. Fear of disability is strong and we can do something about it. Videocamp aim to support talented filmmakers to tell the stories of the one billion people on earth who live with a disability and I for one, think that this will be an invaluable work."

UNICEF Global Senior Adviser on Children with Disabilities Rosangela Berman-Bieler:

"Every child has the ability to learn and has a right to do so. For the right to education to be realized, governments, families and communities, international development partners and private sector actors can join efforts and contribute their part. UNICEF is invested in the promotion of inclusive, equitable and quality education for all children and youth, which includes those with disabilities. We support countries to achieve concrete results in this area, for every child, everywhere. Children and youth with disabilities can no longer be left behind. This award will mobilise creative minds to generate an important, timely discussion on social inclusion and full participation of children and youth with disabilities through education."

The jury includes: award-winning African American filmmaker Yvonne Welbon (Chicken and Egg), Raúl Niño Zambrano (International Documentary Film festival, Amsterdam), Rosangela Berman-Bieler (UNICEF), Marcos Nisti (Alana), Paola Castillo (Chile Doc) and Cecilie Bolvinkel (European Doc Network).

What is Videocamp?

VIDEOCAMP is a free online tool that democratizes access to culture and information in order to enrich public discourse and distribute important films. From a filmmaker's point of view, Videocamp works as a promotional tool within a movie's distribution strategy. Using Videocamp, anybody can organize pop up screenings - in classrooms, living rooms and town squares, anywhere in the world. At the moment, Videocamp has 40,000 registered users, has enabled 19,000 screenings, which have impacted 800,000 people in over 90 countries. For more information, please go to

Videocamp is part of Instituto Alana, a nonprofit civil society organization that brings together programs giving children the conditions they need to fully experience their childhoods. Instituto Alana is run by the Alana group, comprised of the Instituto, the AlanaLab - running social impact companies such as Maria Farinha Films - and the Alana Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in the USA, that has invested over US$ 6 million in research on several areas - including inclusive education and Down Syndrome - with partners such as the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) and Case Western University.

Videocamp Film Fund 2018 Timeline and Eligibility Criteria


Applicants Must Provide:

Important Dates
21 March 2018 Launch at UN on World Down Syndrome Day
21 June 2018 Deadline for entries
1 Sept 2018 Shortlisted projects announced
21 Sept Selected project announced

Videocamp Best Practice Guide for Entrants

The VIDEOCAMP Film Fund emphasises consistency and values the entire filmmaking process, not just the final product. For these reasons, consider the points below when developing your proposal. Although it is not mandatory to incorporate these terms into your project during the selection process, they will play a role in proposal evaluation, and the winning team will be expected to uphold them.


Code of conduct:

Videocamp Film Fund 2017

The inaugural Videocamp Film Fund, ran nationally in Brazil in 2017. The R$1,000,000 ($310,000) award funded a film on the theme of "dialogue", which will be released in September 2018.

In 2017 the Videocamp Film Fund, sponsored by Coca Cola Brazil, had the theme "dialogue". Although Brazil's largest production companies entered, a small woman-led production company was selected. The film is called "Eleições" (elections) and uses allegory to comment on Brazil's current political situation, and the power of youth movements.

Statistics on Inclusive Education

The benefits of Inclusive Education have been well-documented and well-established academically, and through international bodies such as the UN, for decades. Yet progress across the world is inconsistent, and many children with disabilities remain segregated and excluded in education.

Read Alana's report on Inclusive Education, which systemically reviews 280 studies from 25 countries.

Studies have found that inclusive education can benefit children who don't have disabilities:

There is an established consensus that inclusive education benefits children with disabilities:

International Picture:




An update on this story can be found at: Finalists announced for film fund on inclusive education.

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