Updated: Panasonic KWN Global Contest 2016

Two winners were announced during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Site of Panasonic KWN Global Contest 2016

Updated: On September 15th two winners were announced. “The Bigger Picture” by Kowloon Tong School in Hong Kong was selected as the winner in primary category; “Missing Game” by Assumption Samutprakarn School in Thailand won the gold medal in secondary category. The two works deal with the issue of communication.

KWN (Kid Witness News) is a global video education program supported by Panasonic, with the aim of boosting creativity and communication skills and fostering teamwork through video production by children at the elementary and secondary school levels. More than 180,000 children around the world have participated in the KWN program since it first began in the U.S. in 1989. Panasonic lends video production equipment to schools for student video productions. Videos created by the students are submitted to an annual countries´/regions´ awards contest, with prizes awarded in over ten different categories, including news, documentaries, dramas, commercials, etc.
In 2004, an international category was created in the contest for the first time, taking the competition global. In keeping with this growing number of participating countries/regions, the KWN Global Contest has been held annually since 2008. As of March 2015, around 5,000 children from 553 schools in 19 countries/region around the world have participated in the past year.

The 2016 fiscal year received a number of great videos sharing our children’s unique perspective in the themes of communication, ecology and sports. After careful examination, the award winners & the Grand Prix winners have been selected. Announcements will be made during the awards ceremony taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Paralympic Games.

Among the primary and secondary school categories, 3 were chosen. Brazil, this year’s host country of the Awards Ceremony, is also nominated. Please take a look at these nominated videos.

Grand Prix Nominees are here

Grand Prix Nominees

Video Trend for KWN 2016

1. The two perspectives of the primary and secondary student. A clear reflection of the world through their eyes.――― Lucksana Klaikao
The video entries this year were divided into two categories, elementary and secondary. Among the elementary entries, the videos clearly reflect the world through their eyes, which characterize differently from the secondary. They were more innocent, simple and direct as well as closely link to their personal lives and culture. While the secondary videos reached high levels of the same points through their story-telling style and narration.

2. Themes rich in diversity. The focus toward social issues.――― Blu Steven
This year’s films showed a great variety in subject matter – from disabled athletes, to habitat conservation, the value of family, the tactile beauty of hands, overcoming parental resistances, the societal integration of refugees, familial empathy, the dangers of excessive video gaming, and the sounds that surround us. It demonstrates that KWN is seen as a viable forum for profiling a great many disparate topics, each one potentially important to young and older people alike. The trend seems to be more towards social issues (immigration, societal values) than in previous years where topics were more concentrated on school life, the environment, or matters concerning social media.

3. “Awareness”, a sign of maturity due to the outside world.――― Sheril Antonio
This year I found the emotional level of some of the films incredibly touching and moving. The trend I would say for this year was “awareness AND self-awareness” which for me is a sign of maturity. Seeing the self and personal needs in a larger context is what makes us better human beings. There was also a level of global consciousness from the perspective of their homes that was hopeful and reassuring. I was of course excited to see the films because of the quality of the work last year but these seemed to exceed my expectations. No matter what the themes were, they managed to put a global and mature and life changing spin on each of the stories. I hope the process was life changing for the students because it was life changing for me to watch them.

4. The evolution of quality in the production process.――― Blu Steven
Each year I have been fortunate enough to be a Premier Judge. I have seen an evolution in the submitted film entries. There is now a discernible maturity in both the selection of subject matter and the production and post production techniques employed to create these films. Each year individual teams produce work of outstanding quality but I would say that this year we have witnessed another step-change in entrant competency. I am excited by what the KWN Global Contest continues to deliver in terms of engaging young people in the ability to tell stories to a global audience with all the power and conviction that they see professional filmmakers use.

Countries/Region in Asia

China :Participating Schools 35
Hong Kong: 96
Indonesia: 92
Japan: ’55
Malaysia: 17
Singapore: 36 (last year)
Thailand: 37
Vietnam: 56

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