Radical Democracy Video Challenge: Award Ceremony + Screening

On May 18, the ten best videos of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 will be screened at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe. The Award Ceremony marks the highlight of the Radical Democracy Challenge, which was launched three months ago.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It's Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It’s Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

On February 17, Doc Next Network called on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to take a stand: to share their views on ‘Europe’, reflect on alternatives, and create new narratives for an open society. A total of 212 media makers from across Europe responded and submitted their work. 

Finalist #5: the ironic message of DON'T VOTE UNDER 25! by collective Hello90 from Hungary (all under 25). It was made ahead of the Hungarian elections in April - and went viral.

Finalist #5: the ironic message of DON’T VOTE UNDER 25! by collective Hello90 from Hungary (all under 25). It was made ahead of the Hungarian elections in April – and went viral.

Doc Next Network then invited online audiences to cast their votes. Between April 16 and 27 nearly 7000 people voted for their favourite videos. At the same time, a Selection Committee representing the Doc Next Network partner organisations made their selection.

Finalist #4: HOPE AREA #2 by Jeanne Dressen from France. An impression of the democratic experiment of the La Défense occupation in Paris.

Finalist #4: HOPE AREA #2 by Jeanne Dressen from France. An impression of the democratic experiment of the La Défense occupation in Paris.

The 30 Finalists, including 5 wild cards for audience favourites, are announced on challenge.docnextnetwork.org. A professional, international Jury will select 5 Winners, to be awarded with €2500 each, and 5 Special Mentions, to be awarded with €1000 each.

During the Closing Ceremony of the Planete+ Doc festival on May 17, the Jury will officially announce the 5 Winners. At the Radical Democracy Award Ceremony on May 18, the 5 Special Mentions will be announced and all 10 videos will be presented.

THE POND, by Dimitris Argyriou from Greece/Germany. Dimitris about his film: 'The EU may preach about united countries and solidarity, in the end, everyone just cares about their own interests - just like these ducks.

THE POND, by Dimitris Argyriou from Greece/Germany.
Dimitris about his film: ‘The EU may preach about united countries and solidarity, in the end, everyone just cares about their own interests – just like these ducks.

Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 aims to instigate a debate and discover ‘radical’ stories about what is and should be happening in Europe. An invitation to think about the role we play in decision-making processes and to challenge prevailing notions of democracy, governance and participation. The winning Radical Democracy videos will be screened at various festivals and platforms, and become part of the Doc Next Online Media Collection.

Finalist #2: (S)LAUGHTER by internet activists Danes je nov dan / Today Is a New Day. They hail from Slovenia where this critique of the ruling class already went viral.

Finalist #2: (S)LAUGHTER by internet activists Danes je nov dan / Today Is a New Day. They hail from Slovenia where this critique of the ruling class already went viral.

The international Jury is comprised of:

  • Artur Liebhart | Producer, distributor / Festival Director of Planete+ Doc Film Festival (based in Poland)
  • İmre Azem | Documentary filmmaker, social activist / Director of Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (based in Turkey)
  • Juan Luis Sánchez | Journalist / Co-founder and Deputy Director of Eldiario.es (based in Spain)
  • Nicole van Schaik | Journalist, media maker / European Outreach Director of Good Pitch at Britdoc (based in the UK)
Finalist #3: THE SCALE OF THE BALANCE by Barnabás Tóth from Hungary. In 2011, after a few media scandals 2 journalists who protested, were fired. They started a hunger strike.

Finalist #3: THE SCALE OF THE BALANCE by Barnabás Tóth from Hungary. In 2011, after a few media scandals 2 journalists who protested, were fired. They started a hunger strike.

Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 is a project by Doc Next Network, an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation. Doc Next Network is a unique movement of independent cultural and media organisations. It is a collective of researchers, programmers, educators and innovators working with young people and media in the UK, Spain, Poland and Turkey.

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