Meena media awards 2005
Meena Media Awards 2005 is the first initiative in Bangladesh to honour and encourage quality media production for and about children. This award opens the door to both children and adults working in the media to show their skills and ingenuity in this field.
The Meena Media Awards is funded and organized by UNICEF with Singapore-based Asian Media Information Centre (AMIC) as the official organizing partner. The award ceremony was arranged on April 18 at the Bengal Art Gallery in Dhanmondi. Mr. Morten Giersing, the representative of UNICEF and Christie McIver gave their speeches at the ceremony. 187 items took part in the contest and 7 of those stood out. The 7 categories included best electronic and print media production, traditional or folk media and best film. The awardees are Anwar Hossain, Out of Focus (an 11 member group of children), Hazera Khanam, Shahiduzzaman Badal, Sardar Zainul Abedin, Rowshan Ara Nipa and Arya Srestha (only ten-year old and probably the youngest director). The winning items are Shobujer Deshe, Seema - the eight year girl, My Travel to Europe, Esho Shikhi Bornomala, Taste Lone Story, Amrao Pari etc.
Entries were restricted to one person, organisation or production house. The prize money was fifty thousand BDT for production and training use only. The jury was consisted of representatives from both the civil society and the organising agencies. A special children's jury was also appointed to select two special children's recognition awards. They assessed entries that were for children only.
If anyone is interested to take part in the competition he can contact Ms. Laila Karim, Assistant Communication Officer, Communication and Information Section, UNICEF Bangladesh, BSL Office Complex, 1 Minto Road, Dhaka- 1000. The last date for entry is 31st December 2006. Entries must be accompanied with the following details- title; production house or name of the artist; contact details; production dates; broadcast, launch, performance or publishing date; target group; communication objective and award category. The organisers expressed their hope to make Meena Media Award play an important role in the future media production for children in Bangladesh.
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