Call for Application: My Heritage - Arab Youth for Heritage #AY4H


Learn to produce an engaging video to tell the story of your heritage and win a trip to Bahrain for a one to one training on how to produce an award winning short film delivered by the Emmy award-winning director Oliver Wilkins .

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 10th anniversary of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH); and within the framework of ARC-WH’s initiative Arab Youth for Heritage, the Centre is delighted to announce the call for applications to a regional youth competition entitled My Heritage.


The competition offers contestants the opportunity to be involved in doing something amazing for their local community, country and region, by creating a connection between the community and World Heritage sites in their vicinity. This initiative encourages youth to have a personal connection with the site and an understanding of how the site can contribute to their future and have an impact on their life, on both a tangible and intangible level.


Contestants will be tasked with creating a captivating and creative video of approximately five minutes of a World Heritage site they are connected to in their city or country. Contestants are invited to produce the short film using their smartphones. Their film should focus on interesting and human elements in these sites focusing on communities and their connection with the site in terms of human interaction with the site and the connection and memories local communities have with this World Heritage site. The participants are encouraged to use interviews and have lively interaction with the site. The video must be exclusively created for this task and cannot be filmed prior to the competition.

The deadline to submit the application for the online workshops will be on 15 May 2022.

Films must be submitted by 1 July 2022.


Shortlisted candidates will attend two online workshops, led by an Emmy award-winning director to support them in the production process and learn to produce an impactful video to protect the future of their heritage. The workshops will also include training regarding technical equipment skills and the ‘editorial’ aspect of the filming process, what is a story and how to create it.

Winning filmmakers will be invited on an all-expense-paid trip to come to Bahrain and attend the Centre’s celebrations of World Heritage and showcase their films. Prior to showcasing their film, they will benefit from an additional face to face workshop to teach them the techniques of editing, videography and filmmaking in Bahrain during the month of September 2022.

Eligibility and selection process

The competition is open to all Arab youth with an interest in culture, heritage, media and technology. Contestants must be between the ages of 18 to 28 years old, living within the vicinity of a World Heritage site in the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

A full list of the World Heritage sites in their respective countries is available in the List available on the World Heritage Center website.

Candidates may apply as individuals or as a group of a maximum of three candidates

Candidates who wish to apply do not require any past experience in film production; they only need to own a smartphone.

The applicants will be informed upon the completion of the selection of the shortlist by the last week of May. The five final winning contestants (individual and groups) will be invited to the final workshop held in Manama, Bahrain at ARC-WH.

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