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World Day for A/V Heritage Contest Extended


UNESCO Bangkok will extend the deadline for submissions to the “Movies That Matter to You” World Day for Audiovisual Heritage contest until 5 November, 2014.

From the voices of history’s giants to images and sounds that capture the everyday life of an era, audiovisual heritage is a cornerstone of our cultural legacy to future generations. And yet all around the world images and sounds are being lost to time as archivists fight an often lonely and daunting battle to preserve these treasures.

Since 2005, UNESCO has celebrated the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage every 27 October to draw attention to this challenge and encourage greater efforts to preserve audiovisual heritage. This year’s theme is an urgent call to action: “Archives at Risk: Much More to Do”.

As UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova noted in her address this year, the day honors the efforts of archives and other institutions actively engaged in preserving audiovisual heritage.

“The world’s audiovisual heritage of sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable as a result of factors ranging from neglect, natural decay to technological obsolescence, as well as deliberate destruction,” Ms Bokova wrote.

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage thus celebrates the efforts of “preservation professionals that help to safeguard this heritage for future generations despite the many technical, political, social, financial and other factors that threaten its survival.”

In this area, for example, the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archives Association is an active player in this regard as are, more locally, the Thai Film Archive, the Audiovisual Heritage Network Thailand, the Archive Association of Thailand, as well as other archival institutions.

In an effort to spread this message, UNESCO Bangkok is partnering with Major Cineplex, Thailand’s largest operator of cinemas for the “Movies that Matter to You” contest. 

To enter, simply tell us: “What was the first movie that mattered to you, and why?”

Send your answers to for a chance at winning at a pair of tickets to see a film at any Major Cineplex location in Bangkok.

The contest is open only to residents of Bangkok, Thailand, though we are glad to learn about meaningful movies from all.