Animate Europe 2019: Europe+ Belgium

In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom launched the international comics competition Animate Europe for the first time and has done so since then every other



Animate Europe 2019: Europe+ Belgium..

In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom launched the international comics competition Animate Europe for the first time and has done so since then every other year. In 2015 we asked the artists for stories on the future of the European Union, Europe Fast Forward, in 2017 we were looking for comics on how to re-animate the European Union, Re-Animate Europe.


In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom launched the international comics competition Animate Europe for the first time and has done so since then every other year. In 2015 we asked the artists for stories on the future of the European Union, Europe Fast Forward, in 2017 we were looking for comics on how to re-animate the European Union, Re-Animate Europe.

This year´s topic is Europe+ and we are looking forward to stories on the added value of the European Union. What are the advantages of the European Union? What did the EU do well according to you – in general terms or in your personal experience? Anyone is welcome to participate! All you need to do is register and send us the first finished page as well as a summary of the story you would like to tell us by Saturday, 15 December 2018.

Beginning of January 2019, the jury consisting of Mathieu Diez, Director of Lyon BD, Kalle Hakkola, Curator/Producer/Scriptwriter, Lucie Lomová, Comics artist, Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes International Comic Festival, and Judith Vanistendael, Comics artist, will select four finalists who will receive a grant of 800 € to finish an eight-page comics story by Sunday, 31 March 2019. The winner will be announced at our award ceremony at the Belgian Comic Strip Center end of April and will receive a prize of 500 €. All four finalists’ entries will be published in an anthology.

For the terms and conditions in English, click here. Et ici pour les termes et conditions en Français. To register, click here. For any questions on the competition, please don’t hesitate to contact Charlot Uhrig (charlot.uhrig@fnst.org, Tel: +32 2 282 09 38)

We are looking forward to your entry!


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Terms and conditions
By entering this competition you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.

The Promoter
The promoter’s contact details are:
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Ave de Cortenbergh 71
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 282 09 30

For questions about the competition, kindly get in touch with Charlot Uhrig (charlot.uhrig@fnst.org, Tel: +32 2 282 09 38).

Entrants
This competition is open to anyone. The promoter will only accept one entry per entrant. For co-productions, the participation with one additional person is possible.

Jury
The competition will be judged by five jury members who will seek to identify artists of excellent and original graphic short stories. The jury members’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.

Deadlines
The competition consists of two phases.

In phase I, entrants submit the first page (ideally more than one panel) and a summary of the prospective story. Entries to phase I will be accepted until 15 December 2018. An international jury will select four finalists who will be invited to participate in phase II of the competition. They will be notified by e-mail in the week beginning 7 January 2019.

In phase II, the finalists will be asked to present the complete 8-page graphic short story in A4 or A3 format in digital form and as flat work by 31 March 2019.

Grant and Prize
The seven finalists who will be selected by the jury at the end of phase I of the competition will receive a grant of €800 to complete their graphic short story.
The winner of the competition will receive €500. The prize will be awarded end of October at a ceremony at the Belgian Comic Center in Brussels, Belgium.

Entry Specifications
Entrants are advised to retain a copy of entries. Entries can be with or without words, in black and white or colour, and fiction or non-fiction. Each entry must be:

- in English
- an original work of which the entrant is the author (or joint author) which has not been previously professionally or commercially published and is not in breach of any third party right.
- in phase I: submitted in digital form to animate.europe@fnst.org.
- in phase II: submitted in digital form to animate.europe@fnst.org and as flat work (i.e. not as a booklet]. Artwork must not be rolled in a tube. It can be submitted on paper in the formats A4 or A3.
- 8 pages
- complete in itself (i.e. not a fragment of a larger work).
No work can be returned.

Unacceptable Entries
Entries which are illegible or received after the closing date will not be accepted. The promoter will not be responsible for delayed, undelivered or lost entries.

Copyright / Ownership
The entrant concedes the promoter the right to use his/her work exclusively in an appropriate manner.

Publication
The finalist grants the promoter all necessary and relevant permissions in relation to the publication of his/her entry. The finalist also agrees to the promoter’s use of his/her name and photograph in relation to publicity material. The promoter reserves the right to edit the entry in respect of the above publication as well as the right not to publish an entry.

The entries will be translated into German and French. The entrant agrees to reletter his/her text with the translated text and provide it to the organiser for further use.

Privacy
Personal details will only be retained and used by the promoter for the purposes of this competition. Personal details will not be passed on to third parties. Please find further information on the organiser´s privacy policy on the website of the European Dialogue Program.


Events
Events may occur which render the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prizes.
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