International Video Production Competition

International Video Production Competition – 2021 Edition “New beginning. New vision. New city.

The period for the video submission is now over. See you on September 9, 2021 at the General Assembly of the OWHC members for the announcement of the winners!

Watch the videos of the local winners here:

2021 Finalists


The OWHC is proud to renew for this 6th Edition the International Video Production Competition. This competition is intended for young people of two age groups: 14 and 17 years old and 18 and 21 years old. At the invitation of the cities that are part of the OWHC network and that have registered, the young people will be called upon to produce a video of a maximum duration of five minutes on a World Heritage City, and that will have to be published on the OWHC YouTube channel.

Frist, the videos produced by the young people will undergo a selection in their respective cities. Each city will choose a winning video for each of the participating age groups. The winning videos on the local level will then be submitted to an international jury that will determine one winner per age group. Both international winners will be awarded attractive prizes!


  • To make the young people acquire a better knowledge and awareness of world heritage
  • To convey to the young people a stronger sense of belonging and pride concerning world heritage
  • To allow young people to express themselves, through their personal vision, on world heritage in general as well as on that of their city or a visited city
  • To ensure that they are involved in the OWHC conservation and enhancement approach regarding cities recognized as treasures of mankind


“New beginning. New vision. New city.”: In this particular pandemic context, we all have to take a different look at what surrounds us. We have more time to explore our neighborhood, our city and all the little treasures and unusual details they contain. This context offers a golden opportunity for a new beginning, for a new way of seeing and appreciating our World Heritage. Take this opportunity to show us your new vision of your historic city. Has your city changed since the pandemic? How is it different? How will your city’s heritage be protected and enhanced when life returns to normal?

18-21 years old: You are a participant and you wish to push a little further your reflection on this theme?

The theme of the 2019 edition of the Video Competition was “Heritage and Tourism”. Several participants reflected on the negative sides of the tourism industry, especially “overtourism”. According to the World Tourism Organization, the near-complete lockdown imposed all over the world in response to the pandemic led to a 98 % fall in international tourist numbers in May 2020 when compared to 2019. This great lookdown has had direct consequences on our historic towns, completely deserted by visitors. What are the impacts of the pandemic on your World Heritage site? Are there any lessons to be learned from this crisis? What vision do you have for the future of your city? How to undertake this new beginning? Tell us what you think about the situation.


This international competition will take place in two stages.

The first stage: the local level

To take part in this international competition, the mayors of the cities that are part of the OWHC network, or their representatives, must complete the registration form put online on the OWHC website (see below). The eligibility requirements are simple and flexible. In fact, the OWHC requires that the participating cities invite, according to the formula that is suitable to them, young people aged between 14 and 17 years old and/or between 18 and 21 years of age to participate in the competition. The young people will produce a video of a maximum of 5 minutes. Each city will then select a video for each age group registered, that it will submit through the online form for the international level of this competition.

It is therefore up to each city to decide how to launch the invitation to the young people, how the latter will register for the local level of the competition and how the winning video(s) that will represent their city on the international level will be selected.

Posters of all sorts are available below for the participating cities for publicity purposes.

Local Managers: please refer to the Practical Guide for Local Managers before continuing your reading:

Practical Guide

The second step: the international level

At this level, the award-winning videos of each of the cities are grouped together, and are given an international dimension. From 1 March 2021, participating cities will be invited to submit the award-winning video using a form that will be posted on this same page. Besides submitting the winning video from your city, this level is totally assumed by the OWHC, which undertakes to carry out the following steps:

  • The webcasting of the local award-winning videos on the OWHC Youtube channel and website.
  • The hosting of a webpage dedicated to this international competition on the OWHC website. This webpage will allow, in particular, participating cities to register, will ensure the webcasting of all the award-winning video productions on the local level and will offer great exposure for the participating cities.
  • The formation of a jury of four people who will select the videos that will win the international competition. The videos will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  1. Quality of the production (20%)
  2. Processing of the content (40%)
  3. Originality and creativity (40%)
  • It is important to note that more importance is given by the jury members to the processing of the content as well as originality and creativity.
  • The awarding of the prizes to the winners of the international level, as well as to the cities that have distinguished themselves thanks to their young international prizewinner.


The participating city must be a member city in good standing of the OWHC for three (3) years or more. A new World Heritage city, recently inscribed on the World Heritage List and whose membership with the OWHC dates less than three years, is also eligible if his/her city has always paid its annual payment since its accession.


  • The contest is open to young people of two age groups: 14-17 years old and 18-21 years old. They must be of the required age when they submit their video to the local competition. Thus, when registering, make sure they register in the correct group age in case, for example, one of them has 17 and is about to turn 18. The OWHC may request proof of identity from local award winners.
  • Teams of young people are accepted.
  • The young people cannot register directly with the OWHC. The cities register in this competition and invite the young people to take part in it.


  • The videos must not exceed a maximum time of 5 minutes.
  • The videos presented must respect the theme of the competition.
  • The videos must present visual elements of the city; do not overload them with text. Sound effects and music (with lyrics or not), are allowed.
  • It is mandatory to integrate to the video some text AND/OR narration (without exaggeration), in one of the three working languages of the OWHC: French, English or Spanish. The videos submitted without text or narration will not be accepted. The young participants must tell us their vision!
  • Videos made with a camcorder, a camera, a computer, or a cellphone are eligible.
    • For the local part: the video can be submitted via Youtube with the account of the young producer, or can simply be sent to the municipality through its original format.
    • For the international part: the video must be sent to the OWHC under its original format. It must be sent in the formats accepted by YouTube, namely .wmv (Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, etc.), .avi (Audio Video Interleave), .mov (iMovie), .mp4 or mpeg4 (Quick Time video format), because it will MANDATORILY be presented on the OWHC Youtube Channel.
  • It is mandatory that the video has a full title, which is not copied from the competition title or theme.


It is at the discretion of each city to determine whether a prize is awarded to the winners of the local level. The amount or content of the prize is also at the discretion of the city.

The OWHC invites the mayors of the two young prizewinners to officially present the winning video in their municipality.


The winners of both age groups will be officially announced during a ceremony which will be held during the OWHC World Congress in Québec (Canada) from 7 to 10 September 2021, in addition to broadcasting the videos. The mayors or representatives of the winning cities will be invited to speak. After the congress, the following international prized will be awarded to the winners:

  • $1 500 CA for the winner of the 14-17 year-old category
  • $3 000 CA for the winner of the 18-21 year-old category

The young prizewinners of the international level and the mayors of both winning cities will be awarded an honorary certificate by the OWHC.

In the event that a prize is won by a team, it will be the responsibility of the team to separate equally the amount awarded. A representative of the team will have to be designated. An honorary certificate will be awarded to each member of a duly formed team.

A certificate of participation will also be given to each of the finalists of the international level.


From 1 December 2020 to 1 March 2021
Registration of the World Heritage cities in the competition.
Publicity of the video competition at the local level.
Beginning of the video productions by the young participants.

From 1 March to 1 June 2021
Continuation of the video productions by the young participants.
Period given for the participating cities to submit to the OWHC the award-winning video(s) of the local level for one or two age groups.

1-18 June 2021
Online webcast of the finalists’ videos of the local level on the OWHC Website and Youtube channel.

June/July 2021
Deliberations of the OWHC jury to determine the two prizewinners of the international level.

During the Virtual General Assembly (9 September 2021)
Announcement of the prizewinners of the 14-17 and 18-21 age groups during a ceremony held at the virtual General Assembly.



For any question regarding the competition, please write to the Project Manager, Andréanne Charest : [email protected]

Finalists of previous editions

Click on the links below to see all the videos of the local and international winners of the Video Competition:

2019 finalists 2017 finalists 2015 finalists 2013 finalists


1 December 2020

Launch of the 2021 Video Competition!

International Video Production Competition

29 October 2018

Launching of the 2019 Video Competition!

International Video Production Competition

17 November 2017

Gyeongju 2017 | Winners of the video competition “My City, our World Heritage”

International Video Production Competition

9 January 2017

Launching of the International Video Production Competition – 2017 Edition

International Video Production Competition

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