WHY? Festival- The Rights of a Child

A creative project on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for Contact and Southbank Centre


An exploration of The Rights of the Child

Contact and Southbank Centre commissioned us to work with students at UTC@Media CityUK to explore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as part of 2016’s WHY? Festival.

Over 50 students pitched short films and animations. The winning film, created by Shakeel Patel, Klaudia Kirkpatrick and Katie McCullen, was screened at Contact and Southbank as part of WHY? Festival.

A selection of other films around the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, made by UTC@MediaCityUK students were exhibited during the festival.

UN Convention on the Rights of a Child

  • In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, changing the way children were viewed and treated forever.
  • The UNCRC is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced, with 54 articles covering all aspects of a child’s life. Using film and animation, UTC students explored what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential in the world.

WHY? Festival was founded by Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, London in partnership with Mishcon de Reya.


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