Video workshop for students explores Canada-Asia relations

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF) wants Canadians aged 18 to 35 to share their vision of Canada’s future with Asia through its 25@25 contest, running until Dec. 31. York students interested in taking up the challenge could win the grand prize of $5,000.

A video workshop about the 25@25 initiative will take place at York on Monday, Oct. 19, at noon in 305 York Lanes, Keele campus. Hanna Cho of APF, along with filmmaker Ryan Knight, will lead this dynamic hybrid workshop. The 25@25 contest sets out to identify the 25 most important issues for Canada-Asia relations. Bring ideas, gadgets and a little imagination.

Students can create a short video – anything from a mini-documentary or animated short to a visual collage or even a camera phone capture – that describes an issue, challenge or opportunity they feel Canadians should be thinking about in their relations with Asia. The topic could be anything from family values and freedom of speech to fusion cuisine.

The APF is looking for forward-thinking entries, between 30 seconds and three minutes in length, with the main idea articulated as a theme or short phrase. Contest submissions must be submitted by Dec. 31.

To be eligible for any of the contest prizes, contestants must be permanent residents or citizens of Canada. Entries may be created and submitted by individuals or groups of up to four people.

The Asia Pacific Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization, is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. The APF brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada’s transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, helping to inform public policy, the Canadian public and Canada’s Asia practitioners.

For more information, visit the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Web site. The York Centre for Asian Research is one of the contest sponsors.