esmaspäev, 21. september 2015

European Short Pitch 2016 - 10th edition

Call for short film projects

Application deadline – 30th of September 2015

European Short Pitch is an initiative aimed at promoting the European coproduction of short films. It combines a scriptwriting workshop in residency and a coproduction forum bringing together scriptwriters, directors and industry professionals from all over Europe.

Selected on the basis of their short film projects, 20 European talents gather to discuss, rewrite, and learn to promote their stories on a European level with the support of 5 tutors. They eventually pitch their projects in front of a panel of 55 producers, financiers, buyers, and distributors.

European Short Pitch aims to bring young European talents into the spotlight, give them a high-end promotion opportunity, and develop short film coproduction in Europe. This initiative is about enhanced economic viability and European visibility for short film projects.

From the previous editions (2007-2015), around 200 projects were presented that have resulted so far in the making of 75 short films – many of them having a very successful international career.

Who can apply?

European Short Pitch is open to creative teams developing international short film projects. It is therefore open to writers, directors, and producers.

Writer-directors developing a project on their own are very welcome to participate in the programme. Yet it is strongly advised to already have nationally a production company interested or attached to the project, especially at the time of the coproduction forum (2nd -6th March 2016).

The author(s) of the script has to be between 18 and 35 years of age on the closing date of the call for projects (30th of September 2015). His/her nationality or country of residence should be one of the member countries of the Creative Europe Programme (European Union + Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Iceland, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway and Turkey). European Short Pitch will also select up to 3 projects from non-member countries of the Creative Europe Programme where NISI MASA has a member organisation: Kosovo, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

Applicants must confirm their availability for the different sessions. The working language of European Short Pitch is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.

Scriptwriting workshop, coproduction forum & on-line session

European Short Pitch is composed of a scriptwriting workshop in residency, a coproduction forum, and an on-line session in between.

The scriptwriting workshop in residency will take place from the 11th till the 17th of January 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania, in partnership with the Lithuanian Film Centre. Participants will be in groups of four projects, with a tutor heading the process. For five days, they will work intensively on their projects, also giving feedback on other participants’ projects, alternating collective &  group sessions, one to one sessions with the tutor, and a lecture on an initiation to pitching. One session with a guest producer will introduce participants to European short film coproduction.

The aim of this first session is to enhance the quality of the script and to prepare participants to promote their projects in an international context.

The on-line session (from 18th of January till 22nd of February 2016) represents an opportunity for participants to rewrite their scripts following the scriptwriting workshop, and to get up to two feedback sessions from their tutors. In parallel, participants will prepare materials for the Book of Projects, and suggest names of professionals they would like European Short Pitch to invite for the coproduction forum.

The aim of this second session is to have a final script ready for the coproduction forum. On the 22nd of February 2016 at the latest, participants have to submit their final script, so that it can be made available – along with the Book of Projects – to invited professionals ten days prior to the coproduction forum.

The coproduction forum will take place from the 2nd till the 6th of March 2016 in Luxembourg as part of Luxembourg City Film Festival in partnership with LARS. Participants will have one day to prepare and rehearse their pitching with their tutors. The pitching, in the presence of invited professionals, will take place on the 4th of March, in two sessions of two hours each, each project having 7 minutes – questions included. One-to-one meetings (25 minutes long) with professionals will start in the afternoon of the 4th, and will continue the morning after. On the evening of the 4th an award ceremony will take place, with three prizes of 1000 Euros each for the Best Pitches (based on the votes of invited professionals) and for the second year in a row, two in kind post-production awards offered by Espera Productions, one for 3500€ and one for 7500€, will be handed out by a jury headed by the representatives of the Luxembourgish postproduction house, Espera Productions.

The aim of this third session is to create a platform of promotion for the projects selected, to encourage encounters and collaborations between film professionals and to initiate short film coproductions.

Participation fees

The participation fee for each project is 500 Euros. The fee covers the tutorship costs, the travel costs, the accommodation and subsistence for both on-location sessions. One person per project is covered by European Short Pitch. However, upon prior agreement, an extra person per project shall be admitted – he/she will have to cover his/her own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

How to apply?

Before the application deadline (30th of September 2015, midnight C.E.T.), applicants have to send a zip file (named after the title of the project) to and containing:

– The completed Application Form;

– The script in English (there’s no word-count limitation – however European Short Pitch is designed for short film projects of an estimated length inferior to 30 minutes);

– The script in the original language (many languages being read and understood by our preselecting reading committee & jury, we may consider the original version as well);

– CVs of the people involved creatively in the project (author/writer, director & producer);

– A presentation of the production company attached (if applicable).

Applicants may present audiovisual works for consideration (either previous ones of the creative team or preparatory work made for the project presented). Only works available online will be considered (link to be provided in the application form).

The scripts must be entirely original; borrowing, in any way whatsoever, of any pre-existing work protected by copyright or any other legal protection, or violating the rights of third parties is not permitted.

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Tartu Tudengifilm 2015

Tudengifilm on Tartu Sügispäevade raames toimuv üliõpilaste filmikonkurss, mille raames tunnustatakse parimaid noori filmitegijaid ja tuuakse vaatajateni mitmekesine valik tudengite tehtud filmidest.

Konkursile on oodatud osalema nii filmitudengid kui filmientusiastid.

Filmitudengi kategooriasse kuuluvad teosed, mille autorid on filmindust õppivad üliõpilased (BFM, EKA animatsioon jt). Filmientusiasti kategooria autorid on filmindusega omal käel tegelevad tudengid. Võistlejate eelnev kogemus ja tehnilised võimalused ei ole konkursil esmatähtsad, sellest
olulisem on hea idee ja ettevõtlikkus.

Ainus eeldus on, et filmi autor oleks sel õppeaastal mõne kõrg- või kutsekooli nimekirjas. Üks autor võib esitada maksimaalselt kaks filmi.

Oodatud on nii mängu- kui ka dokumentaalfilmid, žanripiiranguid ei ole seatud. Lisaks tuleb lühifilmiga kaasa panna ka 10-sekundiline treiler.
Maksimaalne võistlustöö pikkus võib olla 20 minutit. Filmide esitamise tähtaeg on 7. oktoober 2015.

Võistlustöö esitamiseks täida registreerimisankeet ja saada koos treileriga aadressile: Ülikooli Kultuuriklubi, Kalevi 24, 51010, Tartu või Sobib ka allalaetava faili link.

Finaali pääsenud võistlustööd linastuvad Tudengifilmi finaalüritusel 16. oktoobril kell 18:30 Cinamoni suures saalis. Asjatundlik žürii kuulutab välja Tudengifilm 2015 laureaadi kahes kategoorias, nii filmisõprade kui filmitudengite seast.

Peaauhinna, suuruses 2 x 1000 eurot, paneb välja Swedbank. Lisaks lähevad jagamisele mitmed eriauhinnad ja selgub publikulemmik.

Tartu Sügispäevade nädalal saab Tudengifilmi eelürituse raames Cinamoni kinos jälgida ka tudengifilmide kinoprogrammi. Esmaspäevast reedeni vältav eriprogramm tutvustab hubases kinos rahvale nii kohalike kui rahvusvaheliste autorite vändatud tudengifilme.

Tudengifilmi konkursist on oodatud osa võtma kõik kõrgkoolide õpilased. Publikusse on loomulikult oodatud kõik filmikunsti hindavad inimesed, kes soovivad kätt pulsil hoida noorte tegijate mõtte-ja filmimaailmal.

Küsimuste korral pöördu julgelt Elina poole või +372 51 15 420.

Ootame Teid osa võtma!

Tudengifilmi Facebooki üritus on leitav siit:

neljapäev, 10. september 2015

Call for ALTER-NATIVE 23

Targu Mures, Romania
4 – 8th November 2015.

The deadline for receipt of applications and the films is 15 September 2015.

There is no registration fee for films entered for the festival.

Films submitted to the festival must be completed on or after January 1, 2013.

There are no genre limitations.

Works that can be submitted to the competition are original audiovisual works (short fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films) whose running time does not exceed 30 minutes.

Films can only be submitted once. Films previously submitted to ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival are not eligible.

Films which have been exhibited on the Internet will not be accepted.

Each work requires a separat entry form.

Please read the Festival Regulations carefully, and fill in the online form.

kolmapäev, 9. september 2015

X AAAI Video Competition

AAAI is pleased to announce the continuation of the AAAI Video Competition, now entering its tenth year. The video competition will be held in conjunction with the AAAI-16 conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, February 12-17, 2016:

At the award ceremony, authors of award-winning videos will be presented with “Shakeys", trophies named in honour of SRI's Shakey robot and its pioneering video. Top videos will be screened during the award ceremony and throughout the conference.

The goal of the competition is to show the world how much fun AI is by documenting exciting artificial intelligence advances in research, education, and application. View previous entries and award winners at or watch last year’s videos on YouTube:

The rules are simple: Compose a short video about an exciting AI project, and narrate it so that it is accessible to a broad online audience. We strongly encourage student participation.

To increase reach, select videos will be uploaded to YouTube and promoted through social media (twitter, facebook, g+) and major blogs in AI and robotics. Last year’s videos were viewed over 1 million times!

We will also be running a "People’s Choice Award" where viewers on internet can vote for their favorite AI video.

The AAAI Video Competition is also an ideal opportunity to give further visibility to contributions presented at AAAI-16. We therefore welcome videos associated with manuscripts submitted to AAAI-16, and will make sure to publicize your paper in the video proceedings and during the award ceremony.

Deadline is October 15

Ideas Powered video contest

Your ideas make you. You can win a trip for 2, to ANY European destination.

Make a short video showing us who you are and what makes you un-replicable.
Why? To stand a chance to win the weekend of a lifetime for two people to any European destination!

The rules are simple. Simply send us a video (up to three minutes long) related to one of the following three themes:

    Arts (music, graphics, literature, performing arts)
    Innovation & entrepreneurship
    Design or style

Do you act? Or play an instrument that no one else does? Maybe you are a singer, a songwriter… or even a fire juggler. You don’t have to appear in the video; it could simply showcase your artistic work or your journey home. The video must be original and let everybody know why you are ‘Ideas Powered’ – why you are one of a kind.

You must be an EU resident, and between the ages of 15 – 24, but other than that, the page is blank!

Good luck!

Communicate Your Science Video Competition

Want to communicate your research to a wider audience and try your hand at video production? Now’s your chance! Early career scientists pre-registered for the EGU General Assembly are invited to take part in the EGU’s Communicate Your Science Video Competition!

What we’re looking for?

The aim is to produce a video up-to-three-minutes long to share your research with the general public. Your video can include scenes of you out in the field and explaining an outcrop, or at the lab bench showing how to work out water chemistry; entries can also contain cartoons, animations (including stop motion), or music videos – you name it! As long as you’re explaining concepts in the Earth, planetary and space sciences in a language suitable for a general audience, you can be as creative as you like.

How to enter?

Once the call for entries opens, usually in early January, video files should be sent to Laura Roberts Artal ( by early to mid March, together with proof of online pre-registration to the EGU General Assembly. Videos must be submitted in one of the file formats supported by YouTube (.MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS .FLV, 3GPP and WebM) and be no longer than 3 minutes! The aim is to be creative, concise, and to communicate geoscience effectively. Video files can be quite large, so we recommend sending them using Dropbox, Wetransfer, or an alternative file-sharing service.

Selecting finalists

The judging panel will select up to 10 shortlisted videos which will be showcased on the EGU YouTube Channel for public voting in April 2016. In the run up to the General Assembly and during the conference, viewers can vote for their favourite film by clicking on the video’s ‘like’ button. The winning video will be the one with the most likes by the end of the General Assembly.

What you can win?

The winning entry will be announced during the conference and the winner will receive a free registration to the General Assembly in 2017.

What are you waiting for? Take the chance to showcase your research and spread great geoscientific facts with the world!

5th Green-Go short film contest

Are you concerned to hear of children risking their health and lives working in gold mines?
Is it shocking for you to see that once blooming nature is not here anymore?
You can't agree that fair trade is just a short-lived fashion?


Do you want to show that overconsumption is a pressing problem? Have you made changes in your life to consume less or
more ethically? Love fair trade? Prefer buying local?
Make a film about overconsumption or the innovative ways to change or reduce it!  Raise awareness and inspire others!

Do you see the dark side of raw material extraction, like mining or oil drilling? Are you aware that one million children work in
mines all over the world? Do you think that such mining is not worth the social or environmental price?
Shoot a film and raise your voice for protection of people and nature!

Let's imagine there is a court process to decide whether to keep European nature or to get rid of it. The only evidence in favour
of nature would be three short films. One of them would be yours. What film would that be? One filled with beautiful memories
or one with arguments on creating green jobs and generating other benefits for people? Or do you have better ideas?
Make your stance for European nature!

max. 4 minutes, but 60-90 seconds preferably
any genre (cartoon, animation, puppet film, documentary, interviews, etc.)
any film format, high resolution films (at least 720 px wide)
films that can make an impact!
The winners of each of the three categories will be decided by a jury by 15 October.
The winning and other selected films will be showed to the public in high level events.

You do not want to shoot a film, but would like to voice your opinion on the above issues? Talk to te camera and send your video recorded message to us and we will make sure that it reaches those whom it concerns!
Video recorded messages shall be maximum 30 seconds long.
Our aim is to screen the winning and other selected films to decision makers and the public in order to make an impact.
A collage film will be made from the testimonies and your voice will be heard.
Co-organisers of the You are part of nature. Live with it!
Category winners: gift voucher worth 700 EUR in an acclaimed online store
One public award for the film collecting the most votes on the Green-Go website: gift voucher worth 500 EUR in an acclaimed online store

DEADLINE: 15 September 2015
More information, the terms and conditions and the application form:

The short film contest is realised with the assistance of the European Union. 
The contents of this call are the sole responsibility of CEEweb, and the contents of the films are the sole responsibility of the film makers and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Power of Compost: Video Competition

What is so great about compost?

Compost is an incredibly powerful tool in the zero waste tool box. Organic waste is often one of the most challenging waste streams in urban areas, as it’s usually the largest waste stream of household waste and the most problematic in environmental terms. With separation at source and proper treatment through composting however, it can be an amazing opportunity to help create a genuinely circular economy. Composting organic waste can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and avoid hazardous disposal systems such as landfilling and incineration. As a natural soil improver, it replaces the need for chemical-based fertilisers (contributors to climate change), and it has amazing rejuvenating qualities for soil, increasing the capacity of the land to act as a ‘carbon sink’ and reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

Across Europe millions of people are involved in composting, both on an individual level and as part of neighbourhood or community schemes. These actions are preventing vast amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, and providing vital nutrients for soils. We want to hear your composting stories, and learn more about the inspirational ways that you and your communities are taking action to reduce organic waste.

That is why we have decided to launch a competition to celebrate composting, with some fantastic rewards.

Our competition…

Are you part of a fantastic composting project that doesn’t get enough attention? Do you need some added funds to expand your community composting scheme? Or are you just passionate about composting and want to promote your own creative organic waste solution? We want to know about it!

Submit your video to win

We have 3 huge prizes up for grabs, in our composting video competition, and all you have to do is submit a video or animation showing off your composting project, explaining why composting is so great, or highlighting a creative solution. We are particularly encouraging home-made and amateur video contributions, so remember the content is more important than the camera quality, and get out your smart-phones, and video-cameras and get stuck into a bit of compost.

The competition is divided into three categories, with different criteria and prizes, and will be judged by our panel of experts including experts from the European Compost Network (ECN), The Organic Stream, and Zero Waste Europe so if you want to participate, make sure you take a look at the different categories. You don’t have to specify which category your video comes under during the application process, so don’t worry if you aren’t sure, or feel that your video might fit more than one category, as our judges will assess which award the video would be most suited for.

The categories:

Community Solutions Award — Prize 500eur

In this category we are looking for the best community solution, so if you are part of a neighbourhood composting project or work with other local composters to collect all that food-waste, or just want to talk about community solutions make sure that you send us a video.

Creative Composter Award — Prize 500eur

This category will choose the most creative composting solution, we want to see your innovative and unusual composting efforts, as well as any creative attempts to promote composting of organic waste.

Compost Education Award — Prize 500eur

In the final category we are looking for the most effective and inspiring educational video about compost. This could be about the benefits of compost, or how to start your own compost project, or anything else really, so long as it is educational and espouses composting!

Tips & hints

We know that not everyone out there is a master in creating videos, there may not even be a direct correlation between video-editors and composters at all! But there is no need to worry, as we have put together some simple tips and hints to make sure your video is in with the best chance of winning!

There are so many more benefits of compost which we wrote about in depth for International Compost Week. We recommend that you give the article a read over before making your video to help ensure that you cover the kind of advantages of composting we are looking for.

* Keep your video relatively short and to the point. We would expect videos to be around the 1.5 minute mark, and if videos are longer than 3 minutes we will not be able to include them in our competition.
* If you are filming on a smartphone make sure to have your phone rotated in landscape (we find that makes a much better film!)
* Try and move the camera as smoothly as possible to help avoid a film which could be difficult to watch
* If your computer doesn’t come with any, there are plenty of free video editing and animation software options available, which you should be able to find with a quick internet search.
* If video isn’t your thing, then you are also free to submit animations or other ‘video’ forms. Be creative, and surprise us!

The rules

This is the short version of the rules, for the legal stuff have a look at our full rules.
* All entries must be received by midnight (GMT) on the 1st of November.
* Entries should be uploaded to Youtube and set as unlisted, the link should then be sent to
* The judges will be looking for the best projects, ideas and composting solutions, not the most polished, professional videos.
* The video should reflect the benefits of compost as explained above and the core values of Zero Waste Europe.
* We are afraid that we will not be able to accept videos which are not either in English, or have English subtitles.
* All entries must consist of original or previously unreleased content, by entering the competition you give Zero Waste Europe the right to host your video on our Youtube channel, and share it through social media.
* Winners will be contacted by email.

eSkills for Jobs 2015 European Video Competition

Participate in the eSkills for Jobs 2015 European Video Competition!

The eSkills for Jobs 2015 European video competition, organised within the context of the eSkills for Jobs awareness raising campaign, is an opportunity to highlight and reward persons with a high level of digital skills and literacy at a European level.

The competition focuses on identifying concrete successful initiatives made possible by the use of ICT and the mastery of eSkills. The aim is to reach out to motivated and talented young people (aged 16 and over), business leaders, policymakers, ICT practitioners, NGOs, educators, job seekers and entrepreneurs.

The eSkills video competition is open to all European citizens. Videos could be submitted in the following three categories: (For more details on how to participate select one of the competition categories.)

.    Digital Citizenship (target: business leaders, ICT practitioners, NGOs)
.    Digital Entrepreneurship (target: entrepreneurs)
.    Most inspirational career campaigner (target: job seekers and career changers)

The deadline for submission of entries is Saturday 31 October 2015.

A winner and a runner-up will be selected per category. The winner and runner-up will be invited to attend the award winning ceremony on 14-15 December 2015 during the eSkills high-level conference organised under the auspices of the European Council Luxembourg Presidency. The flight and accommodation will be covered by the eSkills for Jobs Campaign.