Languages through Lenses is a student short film competition about the advantages of learning and speaking foreign languages and illustrating the enriching experiences of cultural exchanges.
19 short films from the following countries have been selected out of 90 short films as ‘Best of Languages through Lenses 2008-2012): Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.
All films produced between 2008 and 2012 premiered at the film festival PRIX EUROPA in Berlin.
All films can be downloaded in Broadcast quality from this site and can be presented free of charge on television, in festivals, cinemas, language learning institutions, universities etc.
The European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture and ELIA-European League of Institutes of the Arts contain all industrial and intellectual property rights.
Languages through Lenses has been supported by the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture and was organized by ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) in co-operation with CILECT and PRIX EUROPA.
About Languages through Lenses
Through the Languages through Lenses competition, we invited students to highlight the advantages of learning and speaking foreign languages and to illustrate the enriching experience of intercultural exchanges.
Between 2008 and 2012 we receive 523 eligible applications from 24 countries:
Every year the jury selected 15 proposals for production which were rewarded:
• A production grant of € 5000.
• Two persons per project were invited to a workshop in Amsterdam.
• Two persons per project were invited to the PRIX EUROPA Festival in Berlin where the PRIX EUROPA Prize for "Best Video on Multilingualism" has been rewarded every year.
• DVD’s of the video productions were produced and widely distributed to television stations and festivals.
Between 2008 and 2012, all films have premiered during PRIX EUROPA Festival in Berlin.
EU language policies aim to protect linguistic diversity and promote knowledge of languages – for reasons of cultural identity and social integration, but also because multilingual citizens are better placed to take advantage of the educational, professional and economic opportunities created by an integrated Europe.