Office of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research (OAVCR)



With the Theme 'Reel Solutions: Tracing the Footsteps of Sustainable Development Goals'

We are excited to announce that the inaugural UBD SDG Short Film/Video Competition, themed ‘Reel Solutions: Tracing the Footsteps of Sustainable Development Goals’, is now open for submissions to the public in Brunei Darussalam. The competition aims to raise awareness of sustainability development goals among the public by utilizing the creative medium of film to address complex issues such as sustainability, poverty, inequality, and climate change. Through the medium of short films, the competition provides a platform for advocacy, allowing filmmakers to spotlight specific SDGs, showcase innovative solutions, ignite discussions, and inspire action at both individual and community levels. Ultimately, the goal is to contribute to long-term sustainable development for a prosperous and sustainable future in Brunei Darussalam.

We welcome everyone including university/college students from higher learning institutions, production houses, government agencies and private organisations across the Sultanate, to join us in sharing your unique visions and mapping the explorable footsteps, of the sustainable development goals through your audiovisual creativity.

This year’s UBD SDG Short Film/Video Competition revolves around all the 17 SDG initiatives:

  1. No Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. This goal aims to eradicate extreme poverty and ensure that all people have access to basic resources and services.
  2. Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. This goal focuses on ensuring access to nutritious food for all and promoting sustainable farming practices.
  3. Good Health and Well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. This goal aims to reduce maternal and child mortality, combat diseases, and ensure universal access to healthcare services.
  4. Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This goal emphasizes providing access to quality education, vocational training, and literacy programs.
  5. Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This goal seeks to eliminate discrimination, violence, and harmful practices against women and girls and promote their equal participation in all areas of life.
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This goal focuses on improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene practices.
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. This goal promotes the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. This goal aims to create job opportunities, improve labor rights, and foster entrepreneurship and innovation.
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. This goal focuses on investing in infrastructure, technology, and research to support economic development and sustainability.
  10. Reduced Inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries. This goal aims to address income inequality, social exclusion, and discrimination to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and access to resources.
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. This goal promotes sustainable urban planning, affordable housing, access to basic services, and disaster risk reduction.
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. This goal encourages resource efficiency, waste reduction, sustainable procurement, and environmentally friendly practices.
  13. Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. This goal focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing resilience to climate-related hazards, and promoting sustainable practices.
  14. Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. This goal aims to protect marine ecosystems, reduce marine pollution, and promote sustainable fisheries.
  15. Life on Land: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss. This goal emphasizes the conservation and restoration of terrestrial habitats and biodiversity.
  16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. This goal focuses on promoting peace, rule of law, and good governance.
  17. Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. This goal emphasizes the importance of collaboration between governments, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders to achieve the SDGs.

Your submitted short film/video works could delve into various sustainability challenges related to the above key initiatives which are faced by communities, whilst highlighting innovative grassroots solutions. The emphasis would be on demonstrating how individuals, communities and relevant stakeholders can collaborate to address sustainability challenges through creativity and shared values. By showcasing successful sustainability projects and initiatives, UBD SDG Short Film/Video Competition aims to inspire viewers to take action in their own communities and foster a sense of collective responsibility for building a more sustainable future.

Submission Deadline

9th August 2024

Terms of Submission

The 1st UBD SDG Short Film/Video Competition is open for everyone including university/college students from higher learning institutions, production houses, government agencies and private organisations, etc. All submitted works should be in the short Public Service Announcement (PSA) genre, within any of the three competition categories below:

  1. Fiction Short SDG Film: Films with SDG themes made to tell a fictional story based on a crafted script and imaginary storylines, although some characters may be real world personalities and some events have realistic trace. Time durations for the short films should be minimum 3 minutes and maximum 5 minutes incl. ending credits sequence.
  2. Animated Short SDG Film: Films with SDG themes made completely by animation devices, either in 3D, 2D, or stop motion animation mode, telling either a fictional or factual story. Time durations for the short films should be minimum 3 minutes and maximum 5 minutes incl. ending credits sequence.
  3. Documentary Short SDG Film: Films with SDG themes made to tell a factual story that takes place in the real word or discuss about real events or real personalities with realistic approaches, no fabrication and distortion of the happenings in reality. Time durations of the short films should be minimum 3 minutes and maximum 5 minutes incl. ending credits sequence.

All the submissions must comply with the following technical requirements, in addition to the required themes of the competition: 

  • Short films should be in MP4 format in 1080p HD resolution, with a frame rate of 24 FPS and audio sample rate of 48 kHz.
  • Short films may be in any genre of fiction, documentary, or animation. If it is a work of mixed-genres, submitter must clarify which competition category it will enter on the submission form. 
  • Running duration of short films should be 3-5 minutes (minimum 3 minutes and maximum 5 minutes incl. ending credits).
  • Films should be made from January 2023 onward.
  • Films should contain both English and Malay subtitles for ALL the dialogues
  • The submission should also include film stills of good quality (min. 300 dpi), a brief synopsis (max. 300 words) and filmmaker bio (max. 300 words) in English, one main creator’s photo (min. 300 dpi)
  • Filmmakers should be clear all rights of the submitted materials e.g., music score and archival audiovisual footage used in their submitted short films
  • Filmmakers should grant their rights for the competition organisers to screen their completed works in public and to use maximum 30 seconds of each work for promotional purposes.
  • Short films submitted to any of the three competition categories will be eligible to win the People’s Choice Award by obtaining the most online popular votes.
  • Submission deadline is Friday 9th August 2024.

Selection Process

The selection process will be conducted by a jury panel comprised of both media industry professionals and the leading experts in Sustainable Development research fields in Brunei. Therefore, the jury’s decisions are final and indisputable. ALL the awards will be announced in the 1st UBD SDG Short Film/Video Competition Award Ceremony and Screening.

Award and Prizes

The winners will receive a cash prize and a winning certificate.

First Place: BND1500

Second Place: BND1000

Third Place: BND500

People’s Choice: BND500

The competition organisers reserve the right to interpret the rules and regulation, revamp the competition categories subject to the numbers and qualities of total submissions, and reject any submission to the competition due to unsuitable or unsatisfactory content and technical qualities.

Each individual or organisational submitter is allowed to submit a maximum of THREE works by filling out ONE online submission form below to the 1st UBD SDG Short Film/Video Competition. Please submit your short films/videos compliant with ALL the proper technical requirements and required press kits, in a Google Drive link to and before the submission deadline Friday 9th August 2024. Thank you very much for your participation!