Languages through lenses

Video clips about languages in Europe
2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

ELIA issued a call for proposals for short videos (maximum 3 minutes) within the context of the European Commission’s promotion of multilingualism. The competition has been organised as a contribution to the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, EYID.

You can view ten of the films on the site of the European Commission >> and of TV5 Monde >>

Selection of winning film scripts

An international jury gathered in London on 5-6 May in order to select the winning scripts.
We received applications from nearly 100 students from art schools located in 18 different countries.

Presentation of the winning films & premiere

E3'film has officially premiered on 18-19 October, at the Prix Europa Festival in Berlin.
At a meeting in Berlin on 15 September, the final films were presented to an international jury. Impressed by the high artistic and technical quality of the submitted films, the jury selected 5 films which will be awarded with a viral marketing strategy and distribution.
On the EC’s site, you can find pictures of the event, and a presentation by Gareth Jones for the occasion.

The final results

On this page, you can find an overview, read more about each film, and see screenshots:

See some films >> (on the EC's site)


Ms. Dorothy Senez, European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture
Mr. Chris Wainwright, University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom
Mr. Milan Miletic, Media Consulta, Germany
Mr. Ståle Stenslie, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Norway
Ms. Carla Delfos, European League of the Arts, The Netherlands

The jury evaluated the scripts according to the following selection criteria:
  • Artistic quality of the application
  • Relevance to the theme: the contribution of multilingualism to intercultural dialogue
  • Feasibility The selected students each made a video with a maximum length of 3 minutes, on a theme that reflects Europe's linguistic diversity and the role played by different languages in intercultural dialogue in Europe.

What did the selected applicants recieve?

  • Each selected applicant received a 7500 € grant in order to complete their video.
  • The films were first presented in the PRIX EUROPA Festival, 18-25 October 2008 in Berlin. The selected participating students and their teachers participated in workshops organised under the framework PRIX EUROPA. Travel and participation costs were covered for the selected students and teachers.
  • www.prix-europa.de
  • A DVD compilation of all selected videos has been made and is distributed by the European Commission.
  • On 15 September 2008, the Steering Committee selected 5 films that were awarded with a supplementary viral marketing strategy.

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