Best of Sudan

Best of Sudan

Tell the world about the BEST OF SUDAN

The first video competition about the BEST OF SUDAN will be launched by Sudan Knowledge (SK) and the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) during the 5th International Diaspora Conference 2018 co-organized with, and hosted by the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system (JIU) in the Palais des Nations – Geneva, Switzerland.
We are looking for creative, funny or serious, inspirational stories about the BEST OF SUDAN which is engaging and has potential to become a viral success, see helpful tips and guidelines below.


  • All videos submitted by the deadline will be uploaded to SK’s YouTube channel.
  • The first winner will receive the followings:
    • Round trip to attend 5th Diaspora International Diaspora Conference in Genève, Switzerland, 13th April 2018 (including flight, accommodation and other expenses).
    • Financial Award (amount to be confirmed later).
    • Join SK and WASD social media team as a reporter, helping the team with videos, articles and social media posts.
    • The winning video will be displayed on SK website until 25th April 2018.
  • The second winner will receive the followings:
    • Financial Award (amount to be confirmed later).
    • The winning video will be displayed on SK website until 25th April 2018.


The winner will be evaluated by a group of experienced and well established judges who have long experience in film and video production including:


Many people across the world they don’t know much about Sudan. Until recently (2011, split into Sudan and South Sudan), Sudan used to be the largest country in Africa and the Middle East and 9th largest in the world. Sudan has boasted the “largest farm in the world” in the Gezira irrigated Cotton scheme, the “world’s largest sugar-producing complex” in the Kenana project and was also until recently the “biggest producer of Gum Arabic in the world”. Sudan was optimistically referred to as an “Awakening giant” by the hype merchants of the 1970s, and its vast plains were seen by development experts as a potential “bread-basket” – either for Africa or for the Arab World across the Red Sea and therefore Sudan will be one of the largest agricultural power in the world.


Film makers worldwide are invited to enter the competition for a short video (no more than 5 minutes) including elements that you consider to be Sudan’s best features. This could be one element or a combination of things. For example it could include humour, the people, language, special place, sports, food, art, landscape or anything else that makes Sudan a special place in your opinion. Your videos will be used to promote the best features about Sudan and its people across the world.


  • First you need to decide what kind of story you want to tell. A story is vital to your film and it is therefore advisable to start with the story that interests you about the BEST OF SUDAN.
  • You can produce lost of ideas by more reading and following the news. It is important to have a solid understanding of the issue from multiple perspectives, and how it relates to the task.
  • Best videos use strong facts/statistics as supporting evidence from a variety of sources.
  • Your film can focus on anything relevant to the competition such as any history, landscape, river Nile, sea, agriculture, wildlife and people.
  • Keep it simple especially the structure.
  • Be clear and concise in your video.
  • Brainstorm, plan, draft (storyboard, script), revise, edit, and produce a final product with a start of the story, middle and end.
  • Make your film inspirational about something you feel passionate about and what do you want the viewers to take from the film, and how you want them to feel. It is much easier to come up with a good idea for your video if you are truly passionate about the message, and finding a solution.
  • Make it real by engaging/involving people around you in the open. Get your friends involved and collaborate to make an even better project.
  • If your video includes people talking, be sure they speak slowly and clearly so that viewers can understand. Make sure to enunciate your words. Have other people screen your video before you submit your entry to ensure your message can be heard and understood.
  • Be creative by using pictures, voice over, music, flip-books, etc.
  • Choose any audience for your video.
  • Establish a tone for your video. If you want to be funny, use witty, clever puns to get your point across, but do not distract viewers from your overall message. Choose appropriate language, music, colours and tone to help guide your audience into the feeling that you want to create.
  • Try to keep positive, you are presenting the BEST OF SUDAN to the world and too much negativity can turn your audience off to the real message, and you want them to feel empowered.
  • Have fun! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the BEST OF SUDAN, and it should be a fun project for you and your friends.

Film Requirements 

  • You must agree to all the rules and conditions to enter the competition, including length, content, and copyright rules. List all of the sources you used in the end credits.
  • The films should not be longer than approximately 5 minutes. The shorter the better. Aim for 120-180 seconds.
  • Films about Sudan can be of any genre (documentary, interviews, Historical films, Biographical films, Silent films, etc.). Animated films are also accepted and will be considered.
  • The video must contain a reference to the website address of SK ( and remember to use the title logo of SK as the opening slate.
  • Use subtitles for your films as you prefer.
  • Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080 px. Minimum resolution: 720 x 576 FHA / 1024×576 px.
  • Please save as a Full HD or H264 .mov or .mp4 file.
  • Audio 16 / 24 bit and 44.100/48kHz – depending on the codec
  • Films will normally be screened in their original English or Arabic language/version but if in Arabic language, you must have subtitles in English.
  • The video content must be original without the use of any copyrighted material is NOT allowed without written permission. Violations will result in disqualification.
  • The video must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; nor contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual; or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Inclusion of individuals identified in videos require the written consent of each person unless he/she is not identified and image was captured in a mass public setting or background. If the individual you are including in your video is under the age of 18, you must also obtain the written consent of that person’s parent or legal guardian.
  • All music used in videos must not violate any music or lyric copyrights.
  • The video must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in of videos created in Sudan.
  • Video submissions will also be governed by YouTube’s Community Guidelines which govern: sex and nudity, hate speech, shocking and disgusting material, dangerous illegal acts, children, copyright, privacy, harassment, impersonation and threats.
  • By submitting a video, you grant to the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge (SK) royalty free, irrevocable right to reproduce, publish distribute, perform, display, create derivative works of the submission, or otherwise use the work for WASD and/or SK purpose, and authorize others to do so. The top videos, including producer names, the title of their entries, and entity names may be posted on our webpage (

Submitting your video 

  • Submission is open for the public, individuals or groups, the competition is open to everyone (see guidelines), but for any group submission there must be a lead filmmaker.
  • The deadline for submission is: 30th December 2017
  • There is no submission fee for the competition.
  • Videos should be submitted electronically to SK ( using WeTransfer.
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