World Movie Awards Organization’s twelve regional headquarters and its five supervising offices in the seven continents will host the annual Regional Awards of the World Movie Awards of Merit and select regional winners for the Global Awards of the World Movie Awards of Excellence.

Entries for the Regional Awards would be announced in January 2020. Individual filmmakers can submit films in the Regional Awards categories through the country of origin’s regional website.

WMAs’ requirements are based on the five domains of the Intangible Cultural Heritage described in UNESCO’s convention. Motion pictures submitted for the WMAs must promote, safeguard, and help people understand the importance of the ICH’s five domains.

The five domains of the ICH are:

Oral traditions and expressions. These are proverbs, riddles, tales, legends, myths, epic songs and poems, charms, chants, songs, and more.

Performing arts. It can include music, dance and theatre, pantomime, songs, and other forms of artistic expression passed down from generation to generation.

Social practices, rituals, and festive events. These activities structure the lives of communities and are shared by members—for example, initiation rites, burial ceremonies, seasonal carnivals, and harvest celebrations.

Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe. These refer to know-how and skills that communities have developed by interacting with their natural environments and expressing language, memories, spirituality, or worldviews. Traditional methods of architecture, agriculture, cattle-breeding, and cuisine are among the related elements.

Traditional craftsmanship. It may sound “tangible,” but it refers to the skills and knowledge involved in craftsmanship than the products themselves. Examples include pottery, woodwork, jewelry, precious stones, embroidery, carpet weaving, musical instrument production, weaving, fabric production, and more.

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