Proud of our Heritage,
Open to the World


The EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, with the support of the Council of Europe, invites you to take part in its first Short Film Competition. Until February 5th, 2019, you can express yourself on the chosen theme "Proud of Our Heritage, Open to the World".

Take your camera or even your smartphone and express your creativity in one to three minutes about this theme. Make your voices heard and your heritage known.

Cultural Heritage is about beautiful buildings loaded with history. Is it only that? It goes beyond! Cultural Heritage is also the special spices you put in your food that make others cough, that dress your grandmother sew when she was young and you are so proud of, or the deafening music that just makes you dance.

Already getting ideas? Write a scenario and tell us your own story about that heritage you love.


  • The best videos will be selected by a jury composed of officials from the European Union and Council of Europe, as well as a cinema professional, and will be projected at a closing ceremony of the competition. And the best part: the winning short film selected by the jury will win a set of a bridge camera and a stabilizer worth € 800,-.
  • But don't be disappointed if you are not awarded during the ceremony, you still have a chance to win. The short films will be posted on social medias after the ceremony and the one with the most likes on social medias will be awarded the Public prize and a set of a video projector and a portable projector screen worth € 500,-.
  • Finally if you don't feel like a movie director but still are passionate about cinema and short films: there is a prize for you as well. A prize will be given to the author of the best critique delivered through a comment on social media. If your comment is chosen by the jury, you will receive a Photography Drone worth € 200,-.


Deadline for your submission:
February 5th, 2019 by midnight CET



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President of the jury - Faruk Günaltay
This tall bald man with glasses is M. Günaltay, the Director of the cinema Odyssée in Strasbourg. When interviewed by the Media Team of the 44th National Session of the European Youth Parliament he answered: "More than me, what is interesting is to present the Odyssey. We were involved in defending and promoting European film cultures. There are European identities, the whole issue is the communion of these identities, that they are tamed, that they know each other better."

André Lange
M. Lange is former Head of Department for Information on Markets and Financing at the European Audiovisual Observatory of the Council of Europe. To say it in the words of his former colleague: "At the risk of making André blush, I can think of no better person to represent us. He is an expert of many years on European cinema."

Aurélie Réveillaud
Aurélie Réveillaud studied Franco-German law in France. With her law degree in her pocket, she turned to the cultural sector and pushed the door of theatres and ARTE. "This was the beginning of ARTE and I was passionate about the Franco-German European project, where everything had to be done". In parallel, she worked for four months at the Théâtre National de Strasbourg as a production manager, and regularly for the Franco-German theatre festival in Saarbrücken, before finally being recruited as a permanent position in the Audiovisual and Film Department of the City of Strasbourg.

Ana Schoebel
We were searching for a true culture expert and we sure found one: Ana Schoebel. Trained in Conservation, specialized in the field of Fashion, she worked at the Textile Museum in Lyon as well as the Ministry of Culture at the Fashion Museum and the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute. She was also national coordinator of Council of Europe programmes, such as European Heritage Days and European Landscape Convention. Currently, she is saving the future of culture as a Programme Manager for Council of Europe’s Strategy 21.

Meglena Kuneva
Ms Kuneva is the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the Council of Europe. Her extensive experience and knowledge on the EU is reflected by her very impressive professional path: Minister of European Affairs and Chief Negotiator with the EU for the accession of Bulgaria to the EU, first ever Bulgarian EU Commissioner in the Barroso Commission, winner of the 2008 award as "European Commissioner of the Year" by the European Agenda and the 2008 Award "European of the Year" by the European Voice, member of the Bulgarian Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs and Ministry for Education and Science… Name it, this woman has done everything.


  1. This competition is open to amateurs or semi-professionals. Participants must be over 18 years old.
  2. The film should last between one and three minutes, including end credits.
  3. The film should be in English or in French. There is also the possibility to use your mother tongue with French or English subtitles.
  4. The film sent should be produced less than a year before the deadline.
  5. There is an obligation to use original music. Films containing music that is not royalty-free will be excluded from the final selection.

Selection and awards

  1. The jury will be composed of two officials from the European Union, two officials from the Council of Europe and one cinema professional, who will be president of the jury. The president will have two voices in case of equality of the votes.
  2. All participants should follow the rules set for the competition. The jury reserves the right to refuse films that do not respect the rules.
  3. The theme is "Proud of Our Heritage, Open to the World". The jury can exclude short films that do not address this topic.
  4. Prizes:
  • The author(s) of the short film selected by the jury will receive the Jury Prize and gifts associated (camera and stabilizer).
  • The author(s) of the short film selected by the public will receive the People's Choice Prize and gifts associated (video projector and a portable projector screen). The short films will be broadcasted on the Council of Europe Human Rights Channel and on social media straight after the ceremony and voting will be open during the following week.
  • The author of the best comment on the social media will receive the Best Critic Prize and gift associated (Photography Drone). The short films will be broadcasted on the Council of Europe Human Rights Channel and on social media straight after the ceremony and you will be able to comment during the following week.


Who is the Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe?
The European Union Delegation in Strasbourg represents the interests of the Union and its 28 Member States in the Council of Europe. The Delegation contributes to establishing a common European position taken together with the Council of Europe and ensures the best possible coordination between the two organisations in order to promote and protect human rights, democratic values and the rule of law. Cooperation between the EU and the Council of Europe is based on complementarity, coherence and added value.
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Why is the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe organising a Short film competition?
This year is the "2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage". The EU Delegation wants to give a voice to the European citizens, value their creative talent and share it so everyone can hear what they want to express. We want to spread ideas between countries and different generations, encourage for an interaction and an understanding between cultures through art and cinema.
The promotion of culture and art is an important objective for both the EU and the Council of Europe. That is why, this year, the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, with the support of the Council of Europe, decided to launch for the very first time a short film competition: a unique chance for you to let your voice be heard in Europe.

Who can participate?
Participants must be over 18 years old.
You can produce the short film on your own or as a group. In the latter case, don't forget to indicate all your names on the registration form.

What form should my film have?
The style is up to you: essay, fiction, documentary, clip or art performance filmed. Be creative!

What format should I use?
The format is open:

  • Both portrait and landscape format are accepted.
  • There are no minimum requirements on quality.

How do I submit my film?

  1. All films must be submitted before February 5th, 2019, to the following address using the website
  2. The films should be compressed in .mp4 format.
  3. Each film should be accompanied by a scan of the registration form duly completed (Link to the registration form).

If I win, do I have to be present at the closing ceremony to get my prize?
Participate at the closing ceremony is not an obligation.
However, taking part in the ceremony in any form is required. The winner will be notified two days before the ceremony and he/she will have to choose between two options: if coming to the ceremony (at your own expenses) is not possible, a video of yourself for the audience present at the ceremony is required.

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