Competition Guidelines


CAMBODIA HOSTS 3RD Southeast Asia Video festival for Children

Cambodia has accepted the challenge to host the 2019 Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children. The Festival Director for the 3rd SEAVFC is Chhay Bora, a noted filmmaker in Cambodia.

2nd SEAVFC in Manila

The Philippines hosted another successful staging of the Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children.

Held in Manila on November 22-24, 2018, the event was well attended by representatives from the ten member-countries of Southeast Asia – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Prix Jeunesse Suitcase by Kirsten Schneid

Prix Jeunesse International’s festival and project coordinator, Ms. Kirsten Schneid, came all the way from Munich, Germany to hold her talk session “Prix Jeunesse Suitcase” on the first day of the 2nd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children.

Livi Zheng Shares How to be a Successful Video Director

Acclaimed film director Livi Zheng discussed “How to be a Successful Video Director” in her workshop at the 2nd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children. Ms. Livi started her workshop by showcasing some of her short films and trailers to the Southeast Asian children.

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The 2nd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children 2018

SEAPJ Theme Song:
"A Brighter Horizon"

SEA Prix Jeunesse 2017

2019 Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children Competition Guidelines

What is the SEAPJ Video Competition?
The Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children is a yearly search for the outstanding video works for and by children
Who can join the competition?

Professionals, Amateurs, Children and the youth in the Southeast Asian region – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam can join.

Professionals are Video Makers who are either:

  1. TV Network producers who are affiliated with the country’s listed local terrestrial or cable tv networks, direct to home channels, and video-on-demand services, whose outstanding works for children, have been aired; or
  2. Independent producers, and video makers who are content providers to listed local terrestrial or cable TV networks, direct to home channels, and video-on-demand services, whose outstanding works for children, may have been aired, or scheduled to be aired during the year of the competition

Amateurs are Video makers above 18 years old, whose work has not won any award in international video derby.

Children and Youth are those who belong to any of three age categories:

a. 12 years old below

b. 13-15 years old; and

c. 16-17 years old

What kind of Video works can be done by the Video makers?

Video makers may enter video works that are either Non-Fiction or Fiction.

Fiction:  Scripted fictional narratives using drama, sitcoms, animation and other creative forms.

Non-fiction:  Factual infotainment such as documentaries featuring natural sciences, arts and culture, life and leisure, environment; segments for magazine programs using puppetry, Claymation, simple animation, MTV, and other non-fiction narratives and approaches.

Do they need to specify their target audience for their work?
The Professionals need to specify their target audience:

  • Children under 7 years old
  • Children 8 -12 years old
  • Children 13 -17 years old

The Amateur and Children/Youth can target any age group. But need not specify them on their entry forms.

What contest categories are open to each type of Video maker?
There are ten (10) categories in the competition – six categories for the Professionals, one for the Amateurs and three for the Children and Youth.

Professionals may enter in any of these six categories:

1. PROFESSIONAL (Non-Fiction) Under seven years old

2. PROFESSIONAL (Non-Fiction) 8-12 years old

3. PROFESSIONAL (Non-Fiction) 13-17 years old)

4. PROFESSIONAL (Fiction) Under 7 years

5. PROFFESIONAL (Fiction) 8-12 years old

6. PROFESSIONAL (Fiction) 13-17 years old

The seventh Category is for Entries from the Amateurs, who target any age group of children

7. Amateur

The 8th-10th categories are for entries that are entered by the video makers who are

8. Children Video Makers who are 12 years old and under

9. Children Video makers who are 13-15 years old

10. Children/Youth Video Makers, 16-17 years old

Video makers in the Children and Youth Categories are allowed to seek professional assistance in editing and post-production matters, but must be able to explain the process if and when the entry enters the finals.  However, an entrant must be responsible for at least 75% of the total production, from conceptualization, script and storyboarding, videography and direction. 

Entrants in the Children and Youth categories may use non-professional equipment such as cell phones, digital cameras, mobiles phones, tablets, video cameras, sports cameras and the like.

What is the running time for each entry?
  • Professional: Maximum of One Hour
  • Amateur: Maximum of 30 Minutes
  • Children/Youth: Maximum of Five Minutes

Theme for the yearly completion is determined by the Governing Board of the SEAVFC.

For SEAVFC 2019, the theme is: UNITED IN LOVE


Entrants in both Professional and Amateurs/children categories are expected to submit the most innovative and special formats FOR children, principally of the Southeast Asian region.

Entry material should strictly be in any of these video formats: mp4, avi or mpeg

Any genre will be accepted (documentary, animation, comedy, drama, biographies, shorts, MTVs, etc.). 

For Southeast Asians only:

Entry must have been created by a citizen of the Southeast Asian region.


Work must be absolutely copyright-protected with a written certification that it is an original work of the producer /author/director/team.

If it wins in the competition, the winner shall express willingness to have his work shown in SEAVFC-approved symposia, classrooms, and workshops for educational purposes and promotional campaigns for SEAVFC and Anak TV.

Where should entries be submitted?
Entries should be submitted to the SEAVFC Governing Board Director in his country.

(The Governing Board Director and his committee, tasked to promote and accept the country’s entries to SEAVFC, will choose the best video works in each category, and send these to the SEAVFC host country.)

Entries must be accompanied by pertinent information –

  • Name of Entrant
  • Birthday
  • Email Address
  • Complete mailing address 
  • Contact Numbers
  • Title of Entry 
  • Entry Category and classification 
  • Synopsis  
  • Length of material 
  • Name of Producer  
  • Production Team and advisers 
  • TV Network Affiliation 
  • School or Organizations.
  • Equipment used 

Entry Forms will be sent by the Host Country.

If the entry is in any language other than English, subtitling in English is necessary.

Entries should be appropriately categorized so they can be entered in the proper section.

Any person, school, organization or production team, entering in the Amateur or children/youth categories may send any number of entries. Each entry should be registered with the body assigned by the Governing Board Director in his country.

As a matter of procedure, entries must be coursed through the Governing Board Director of the country which in turn ensures that they are sent to SEAVFC secretariat of the host country.

The following are the Governing Board Directors of the SEAVFC:

Brunei: Ms. Nurain Abdullah

Cambodia: Mr. Chhay Bora

Indonesia: Mr. Jonathan Tlau

Lao PDR: Mr. Dethnakhone Luangmovihane

Malaysia: Dato Mohd Mahyidin Bin Mohd Mustakim

Myanmar: Ms. Ling Maung Pan

Philippines: Ms. Elvira Yap Go

Singapore: Mr. Galen Yeo

Thailand: Ms. Wilaiporn Chongkolwattana

Viet Nam: Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Hoa

The Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children does not accept entries that violate the principles of the General Declaration of Human Rights. Further programs that incorporate advertising or product placement in their content are not accepted.  SEAVFC will strictly implement these two rules.

All countries are encouraged to send to the competition works that have strong content and technical polish which Prix Jeunesse is all about.

There are No Entry Fees.

What are the criteria for judging?
Criteria to be loosely followed will be the following Prix Jeunesse criteria.


Considering the territory, culture and age range for which the program is intended,

Is it appropriate and attractive for the target child audience?

Is it culturally relevant to the child targeted?

Is it successfully entertaining for the child?

Does it inform children?

Does it respect children/take them seriously?


Is it interesting to children addressed by the material?

Is it original or at least appears to be a refreshing, updated and innovative version of a previous idea, style or story?

Does it have a new approach?  Is it fresh?

Does it make the child viewer think?

Does it motivate the child viewer?

Does it achieve its objective/ purpose for the child audience?


Is the structure/ balance good and pleasing to the child viewer?

Is the subject well researched and developed that it is worth viewing by a child audience?

Is the dialogue of high quality, one that is easily understood by the target child audience?

Are the characters well developed?  Are their actions motivated? Can the child viewer easily identify with them?


Does the idea adapt well to television?

(visual style, camerawork, style, editing, music, performance, etc.)

Is the pace/rhythm of the material appropriate?

Is television really the ideal medium for this idea?

How is judging done?
Judging is to be done in three distinct levels.

Level One :

Governing Board Director through his/her assigned national committee will generate entries and choose the country’s bet to the competition.  

This local SEAVFC National committee will ensure the sub-titling or dubbing in English of the material, likewise ensuring that all entries are appropriately categorized. 

The National Committee will choose the best entry for each category and send them to the host country.

The Host Country will conduct the Level 2 phase of the competition.

The local SEAVFC Governing Board Director will also assign 3 jurors who will judge entries from all participating countries and choose the finalists in the various categories, for Level 2 of the judging.

Level Two  

Intermediate judging where 3 judges from each country screens all entries from all participating countries and scores them accordingly.  Scores must range from 75 to 100.

The three judges from each country will rate the entries from 9 neighbor countries.  They will not judge the entries of their own country.

A ten-day period, scheduled by the host country will be observed for this level 2 judging, which will be done online to determine the top 2 entries in each category.

This level 2 judging will yield the twenty finalists in the contest

The scores will be tabulated by the host country.

Finalists will be announced right after the tabulation of votes, to give ample time for prospective winners to be alerted, and prepare for their own trips to the host country for the final screening and judging of their work

Level Three

The decision for the main winners will be taken at the SEAVFC festival, out of all finalists-programs across all categories.

A grand Jury composed of ten members appointed by the 10 Governing Board Directors will vote on the winners. The host country may propose the chairperson of the Grand jury.

Finalists will be screened by the registered participants in the festival. (Registration for participants – delegates from South East Asia, Finalists in the competition, educators, teachers and child focused groups, media – will done, via the website of the SEAVFC. The SEAVFC Secretariat approves the registration of participants)

The members of the grand jury will choose the winners in the competition after a jury deliberation

Before the jury deliberation and the casting of votes, they will be aided by the discussions by participants on the merits of each screened program.

The Festival Facilitators from the academe, media, Prix Jeunesse officials, and Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children Governing Board will also be given the chance to discuss the merits of each finalist, after their screening. All these will help the Jury make a wise decision before casting their votes.

The same criteria used in the 2nd level will also be the measurement for the judging of the finalists.

They can also watch the programs at the Media Bar that the Host country will set up for the convenience of the Grand Jury who may want to review their choices before the voting.

The Governing Board will inform the Host Country of their choices for the Grand jury membership on or before October 15, 2019.

Aside from the ten awards for the ten categories of the competition, are there any special award waiting for the entrants?
A. Children Jurors Award:

A group of students will assemble to select the winners. (one from the Finalists in the Professional categories, one from the amateur, and one for children entrants)

B. Heart Award: the Finalist that touched the heart of the festival participants. (one winner for the Professional, one for the Amateur, and one for the children/youth)

Any timelines and deadlines that must be observed?
April – September 30, 2019

Generation of Entries by each country’s National Committee of the Governing Board Director, Screening of Entries.

May 16 – July 16, 2019

Video Workshops for Children, if any

September 15, 2019

Deadline for the submission by the SEAVFC Governing Board of their 3 jurors who will judge the entries for the 2nd level of judging.

October 1, 2019

Deadline for submission of Entries to SEAVFC Governing Board

October 1, 2019

Deadline for Governing Board to submit to Host Country their 10 bets for the competition

October 11, 2019

Deadline for the SEAVFC Secretariat to send to the 30 judges the entries from the 10 countries for the second level of judging of entries.

October 14- October 30, 2019

Online judging/voting by the 30 judges (3 from each country)

This second level of judging will determine the 20 finalists in the competition.

October 15, 2019

Deadline for the submission of the names of the Grand Jury by the SEAVFC Governing Board

November 4, 2019

Tabulation of scores

November 8, 2019

Announcement of the 20 Finalists in the festival

(This will allow Finalists to prepare for their trip to the Host Country to attend the Finalists’ screenings / judging / awarding)

November 15, 2018

Deadline for the Registration of Participants in the Festival

November 27-30, 2019

Staging of the Festival and competition in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Voting / Selecting the winners in the various categories

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