To mark Europe Day 2020, Galway Film Centre has teamed up with the European Commission Representation and European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland to put together two events on Ireland’s relationship with Europe. Europe Day falls on May 9th each year and, in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is an opportunity to reflect on solidarity and unity in Europe. It is also an opportunity for Irish people to reflect on the impact of Ireland’s membership of the European Union and the opportunities that Europe provides for the future.
Our first event was an online screening of 7 short films commissioned by the European Commission that show the opportunities open to us by living in the EU. You can view these films on the Galway Film Centres social media accounts.
Today we are announcing our Europe Day commission. It’s aimed specifically at editors to submit a proposal for a 90-second promotional video relating to Ireland’s membership of the European Union. We’re looking for storytelling editors with a steady hand that can really stimulate and inspire us to reflect on the role we as Irish people play in the broader European community, and the opportunities that the EU provides Irish people. To help editors with this task we have been given access to the European Commission and European Parliament’s archive footage, which editors can dig through to help them find that inspiring story.
Whether it be about Ireland’s history with joining the EU, 70 years of European solidarity, protecting the environment, or any one of the themes laid out below, we’d love to see your proposal. Instructions on how best to access these archives can be found here. The successful applicants will have access to a limited budget to source independent archive material to help bring your proposal to life.
Two winning proposals will be chosen and given a €2,500 commission to edit together the promotional video they proposed. The two selected editors will also each be able to enjoy a trip (flight + accommodation) for two people to the European Parliament in Brussels in early 2021.
How to Apply:
- Applicants are required to submit a proposal (max 1,500 words) for videos no longer than 90 seconds in duration;
- Please also submit an up to date CV and showreel;
- All proposals must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 3pm on Wednesday 20th May 2020.
Submissions will be judged on following criteria:
- Clear and Precise Language in Proposal
- Evidence of Editing Proficiency
- Adherence to theme
Possible Themes include:
- Solidarity between Ireland and the European Union;
- Working together to protect the environment and tackle climate change;
- Opportunities to Irish people in Europe (e.g. for students regarding Erasmus Schemes);
- Ireland and Europe’s cultural connections.
The Europe Day Project is a partnership between Galway Film Centre, the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland in association with Galway European Capital of Culture 2020.