OMH Call for Production Support – BEING 20: YOUNG ACTIVISTS

Deadline: 1 December 2019
Open to: online, TV and, radio journalists from Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine
Award: production budget up to EUR 1000


The Open Media Hub (OMH) is launching a Call for Expression of Interest for Production Support for a series of the social media videos “BEING 20: YOUNG ACTIVISTS”. Applicants are invited to produce a 90 seconds original square video for social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.). OMH’s “Innovative storytelling” online course offers tips and advice on how to produce square videos and is available here in EnglishFrenchArabic, and Russian. The “BEING 20: YOUNG ACTIVISTS” square video needs to feature a young person who is actively involved in the country’s charity work, activism, civil society organisations, etc.

The questions you can ask are:

  • How did you make a difference?
  • What motivated you to start this activity?
  • What were the main obstacles on the way?
  • How did it affect your life?
  • What is the wider impact of your activity?

The story style needs to be dynamic, modern and social media-friendly. Journalists may also submit the proposed story in HDTV format together with the square video format.


This call is open to online, TV and Radio journalists, part of a news or journalistic organisation, or freelance journalists who have a letter of intent signed to a media organisation and produce video content for online and social media platforms from: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

The OPEN Media Hub may decide, on a case-by-case basis, that individual journalists or television producers are eligible without legal entity backing or endorsement. Similarly, will relevant applications from bloggers, vloggers, and citizen journalists be considered if they can demonstrate a track record of significant audience reach on their platforms.


The winning 90 seconds video will receive a production budget ranging from EUR 600 for a 90 seconds square video & up to EUR 1000 for a 90 seconds square video and an additional HDTV version produced for TV broadcast/online.

How to apply?

  1. All applicants must pitch their stories and fill in the online application form (French, EnglishArabicRussian) with the required details.
  2. If selected, applicants agree to submit all the required documents, including signed contract, letter of intent, waivers and risk assessments. You can download the templates here.
  3. Applicants need to demonstrate that they are duly authorised by the legal entity to produce and to publish their story by producing a letter of intent from an authorised representative. This letter must state an eligible media outlet’s intention to broadcast or publish the eventual production, including an indication of the date(s) and context(s) of the planned broadcast or publication.
  4. Please note: Completion of the “Innovative storytelling” online course is mandatory to be eligible to receive funding.

The award decision will be made on 3 February 2020, while the deadline for the production is 30 April 2020.

For more information, you can visit the official website.