135% Funded


Target: €4000


€5,421 Raised


85 Funders

ICCL Human Rights Film Awards 2013



The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, which monitors, educates and campaigns to ensure that human rights are protected and respected in Ireland.

The ICCL Human Rights Film Awards is Ireland’s only human rights short film competition, bringing together the best in filmmaking with passionate human rights advocates to show how the arts, especially film, can be used to raise awareness about human rights and to inspire people to make a difference – in their communities and in the world around them.

This is the 5th annual Human Rights Film Awards. To mark the occasion, we are organising a very special gala screening and awards ceremony in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on Thursday, 20 June, where the shortlisted films will be screened and the winner and runners-up will be announced. The evening is a unique opportunity for the filmmakers to highlight their creative work, and to put human rights issues centre stage.

The Awards have attracted filmmakers, advocates and activists engaging with a vast range of pressing human rights issues, from poverty to racism; from conflict to disability; and from children’s rights to the rights of older people.

The Jury includes some of the most well-known filmmakers and professionals in film and human rights in Ireland: Brenda Fricker; Grainne Humphreys; John Kelleher; Rebecca Miller; Senator David Norris; Stephen Rea; Kirsten Sheridan; Victoria Smurfit; and Ken Wardrop.

Why Fund it?

This project continues to be made possible due to the generosity of our Jury, Panel, sponsors, supporters, members and friends, and for this we are immensely grateful.

Last year, we launched our very first ever Fund it campaign to raise funds to pay for the costs associated with the Human Rights Film Awards, such as equipment and venue hire, technical production, posters and invitations. Our friends and supporters dug deep and supported the campaign, helping us to meet – and smash – our target.

By raising funds from our community of supporters, it means that we free up other funds from our core budget to do more to protect and promote human rights in Ireland. Our target this year is €4,000 and we’re asking you to help us beat it.

Over to you!

A huge thank you again to everyone involved with bringing the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards to life. We hope you will check out our excellent rewards packages and pledge a little or a lot. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make our 5th annual ICCL Human Rights Film Awards the best yet!

- Karen, Walt & all at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Team


A very special thank you to Aoibheann & Distilled Ideas for sponsoring our Fund it video!



Over our target & over the moon!

Thanks to you, we did it! Thank you to: Giollaíosa, Fergal, Noeline, Ciara, Laura, Siobhán, Marguerite, Lianne, Paul, Lucy, Maeve, Emma, Elizabeth, Kim, Jonah, Kate, Martin, Edel, Natalie, Mark, Ruth, Sinéad, Ciaran, Siobhan, Leesha, Tanya, Liam, Natalie, Barry, Steve, Johnnie Pete, Maria Ann, Fergus, Liam, Michael, Roisin, John, Sheila Kathleen, Eimear, Rachel, Lorna, Francis, Ailbhe, Holly, Aileen, Joanne, Emer, Claire, Alan, Conor, Mary, Liz, Barbara, Ger, Louise, Brid, Douglas, Nadette, Mary, Louise, David, Niall, Louise, Siobhán, Dara, Brown Bag Films, Stephanie, George, Suzy, Fíona, Jo, Maria, Robert, Tara and Betsy! And to all of our anonymous funders, and to all of those who sent cheques and called the office to pledge, an enormous THANK YOU! We’re so grateful for your support of the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, for giving us the resources we need to run the project and for helping us to raise enough funds to invest in other projects which raise awareness about human rights in Ireland. A special thank you to Jean Herlihy & Brown Bag Films for running a cake sale to support our Fundit campaign, and to Brown Bag Films for matching what they raised – amazing! You can see pictures of the yumminess over on our Facebook page. We have well and truly smashed our target with your help – and we still have some time to go! We’re simply overwhelmed by the support, positive feedback & kind words we’ve received about this project and our Fundit campaign. Thank you! We will be emailing you soon about your rewards & will be notifying our lucky raffle ticket winners! Again, thank you, thank you! See you at the Light House on 20 June.

One last push!

Thanks to you, we are at over 82% of our target! We have €718 left to raise, and 23 hours left to make it all the way. We’re so grateful for your support. We’re asking you to help us with one last push to get us over the line. Our campaign closes tomorrow, 24 May at 11 AM. If everyone who has pledged so far asks 1 more person to get on board and pledge, there’s no doubt we’ll make it! Again, a million thanks for your support – we’re almost there! Karen, Walt & all at the ICCL P.S. We’ll be emailing our raffle winners on Monday. Keep an eye on your inbox!

2 days to go!

We’re at 53% of our target, with 2 days to go! Thank you for your pledges, tweets, Facebook mentions & good old-fashioned talking about the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. We’re very grateful for your support in bringing the Film Awards to life and helping us to tell these powerful stories through film. The films themselves can be moving, funny and hard-hitting. They also help us to sit up and take notice about human rights issues here in Ireland and around the world. From all of us here, a huge thank you for helping us to make this project possible. Over the next 2 days, we’re going to be on the phones and emailing all of our friends and supporters, asking them to dig deep and help us get to 100%. If you can take a few minutes and ask 2 others to pledge to our Fundit campaign, that would be such a huge help. Your support is invaluable, and we’re so very grateful. Thank you – and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 20 June in the Light House Cinema!

2 weeks to go!

2 weeks to go on our Fundit campaign, and we’re off to a great start. Thank you to everyone who has pledged your support for the 5th Annual ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. We’re so grateful! We launched the Human Rights Film Awards to shine a light on human rights issues in Ireland and around the world and, we hope, to encourage people to work towards solutions. Since the first year, the project has helped to start a conversation about human rights - what they are and why they matter to all of us. We’ll be announcing this year’s shortlist soon, and will have lots of news & updates to share over the coming days about the film awards and the screening on Thursday, 20 June. In the meantime, please help us spread the word about our Fundit campaign to friends, family and colleagues. With your help, we can get to 100%. Again, thank you for your support!

funders (85)

There are 73 public funders of this project

There are 12 anonymous funders of this project