Theme : “Media for a Culture of Peace: CREATING IMAGES WITH
Date : 16th – 22th October 2011
(approx. 24 KM from Aiport)
Dhulikhel, NEPAL
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Tel: 977 11 490042/3 HP: 98510 24881 SIGNIS Asia Assembly and SAMA Awards 2011 Theme of the SAA 2011:

Arrival of delegates/participants : Sun, October 16, 2011
SAA Study Days : Mon/Tue, October 17-18, 2011
SAA Fieldtrip/Outing : Wed, October 19, 2011
SAA Business Meeting : Thurs/Fri, October 20-21, 2011 Departure : Sat, October 22, 2011
(See below: Extended dates for those interested in Mountain Tracking before/after Assembly)

3. Venue:
DHULIKHEL LODGE RESORT (approx. 24KM from Airport)
Dhulikhel, NEPAL
Email: Tel: 977-11-490042/3 HP: 98510 24881

4. Local Coordinator:
Mr. Chirendra Satyal
Assumption Church
GPO Box: 8975 EPC 1099D
hobighat, Kathmandu, NEPAL
Email: HP: +977985101608

5. Highlights: -Welcome Airport Pick-up in Groups to DRL resort
-Breath taking view of Himalaya’s mountains from DRL resort
-Nepalese Culture Opening welcome
-Study Days/Country Report Sharing
-Screening of the SAMA entries
-Happy Hour (Buy your HH spirit at your Airport duty free shop
KTM does not have one)
-Visit to Ancient Nepalese Architecture and Cultural Village
-One or half day trekking to villages just below DRL resort
-Shopping at Nepalese Bargaining Market
-Eucharist Celebration in Nepalese Culture and Architecture
-SAMA Awards Presentation and Nepalese Dance
-Experience Nepalese Food and delights
-Options packages – get closer to the Himalayas by visiting
Pokhara, (Booking by Aug 31)

6. Cost:
6.1.Registration : USD $ 50.00 per person
6.2. Single Room per day : USD $ 55.00
6.3. Twin Shared per day : USD $ 45.00
7. Register NOW!
7.1. Use the attached SIGNIS Asia registration form
7.2. Email or fax to SIGNIS Asia secretary
Del Hernandez –
and Carbon copy to all three names below:
a)Chirendra Satyal –
b) Ly Sovanna –
c) Lawrence John –
8. Flight Advice: BOOK EARLY
8.1. Royal Nepal Airlines – direct to Nepal Round trip: Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur/Hong Kong/Delhi or
8.2. Fly from your country via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or New Delhi as your transit point to Nepal (KTM)
9. Arrival:
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
10. Tourist VISA
10.1. If you need a visa to enter Nepal there is visa on arrival. Visa
cost is USD 25.00 for 15 days stay.
10.2. Please bring one passport size picture. Instant photo
Is also available at the airport but to avoid delay bringing 1
passport size picture is encouraged.
10.3. Free VISA for 30 days for SAARC countries.
*Indian Nationals are advised to bring small notes, no bigger than 500 rupees notes
11. SIGNIS MEDIA AWARDS 2011 (SAMA) Poster, 1 minute and 15 minutes video competition on the theme.
11.1. Background to SAA 2011 theme:
The SIGNIS world theme for 2010-2013 is “Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation” was selected as the theme SIGNIS Asia for 2011. We adapted the background reading for this theme from the message of the Holy Father on WCD 2011. “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age” Hence, your poster, one and fifteen video must reflect these concerns. Read the full message in the link below:
11.2. Objective:
oTo recognize, encourage and promote quality media productions.
oTo develop and support creative media among members.
oTo give members an opportunity to share their talents with others.
oTo make SIGNIS known to media professionals and media institutions.
11.3. Categories:
* One minute video
* Fifteen minute video
* Poster (Print)
11.4. Genre/Format:
Open to all genre ( MTV, Film trailer, Advertisement, Documentary…etc).
Masters should be sent in DVD (PAL).
11.5. Eligibility:
Open to SIGNIS Asia members countries only.
(Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, & Vietnam.) All video entries must not have been broadcast or screened in public before 1st January 2011.
11.6. Submission
All entries should be sent to the address below together with the Entry form.
A copy of the entry form should also be sent via email to the SIGNIS National Centre of the respective country.
Entry forms and addresses of national centre are available at

Please mail entries by Air Mail to: Fr. Yoseph Iswarahadi S.J.
Studio Audio Visual Puskat,
Jl. Kaliurang km 8,5, Jaban-Sinduharjo,
Yogyakarta 55581 – Indonesia
Phone: 62-274-883539 Email:
Dateline: 30 September 2011
For any clarification/ questions:
President: Overall – Lawrence John –
Vice President: SAMA Awards- Fr. Iswara –
Secretary: Program – Del Hernandez –
Treasurer: Payment – Catherine Wong –
Officer 1: Study Days – Fr.Gabrial –
Officer 2: On Line Registration – Mr Ly Sovanna –
Please forward this email invitation details for SAA 2011 to all our guest, delegates, members and friends (Information, forms and updates at

NEPAL VISA Information
From the tourism ministry and the visa section office here in Kathmandu.
EVERYONE can get a visa on arrival at the airport here in Kathmandu — (except 8 countries like Iraq, Cameroon, Nigeria etc…WHO are NOWHERE even near from where our SIGNIS participants come from).. South Asians — like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, PAKISTAN, Maldives or Bhutanese get their 30 day long VISAs for free (unless they have already visited Nepal after January 1st, 2011 and made use of this gratis/free visa for this year). Indians do not need visas (but pls bring your passport OR driving license with photo, Or ration card with photo, Or election commission card with photo or ID card with photo issued by Sub-divisional magistrate or by any other officials above this rank). INDIANS: DO NOT BRING INDIAN CURRENCY NOTES OTHER THAN 100 RUPEE DENOMINATIONS as 500 rupees notes are accepted ANYWHERE !! ALL Other countries: You will get multiple entry visas for 15 days you HAVE TO PAY 25 US dollars or equivalent in Nepali rupees.
If you want a 30 day visa you have to pay 40 US dollars.

To get visa on arrival: upon getting off the airplane at Kathmandu airport — you have to fill a VISA form and line up along the “VISA on ARRIVAL” que at the airport.
YOU WILL NEED at least ONE PASSPORT SIZED photo with you to process the visa at the airport.

OPTIONAL: BUT if you wish to obtain a VISA from a Nepalese embassy in your country beforehand you can do that at the same rates. Then if you have the visa already stamped in your passport — when you get off the airplane you only have to fill the “immigration form” and get a sticker stuck on your passport. END