Young Filmmakers Competition

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Young Filmmakers Competition

Want to tell your #EUandME story? Interested in seeing your idea be brought to life on-screen? The European Union (EU) is offering young filmmakers the chance to make their very own #EUandME short film through the Young Filmmakers Competition.

The competition is open to citizens of the 28 EU Member States between the ages of 18 and 35 years. It is part of the #EUandME campaign, which aims to show how EU legislation and initiatives can enable you to pursue your passions.

Think you’d be up to the challenge of writing and directing a short film with the help of an award-winning European director? Submit an idea for a short film that tells a story linked to the impact of the European Union in people’s daily life.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Must be citizens of the 28 EU Member States.
  • Participants must be aged 18 to 35 years at the deadline for submission.
  • Participants must be a resident of an EU Member State.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • Participants must already have made at least one short film in the past.
  • Participants must submit a written synopsis and a pitch video in English and, if English is not their mother tongue, also in one of the official languages of the European Union (see:
  • The synopses should be a maximum of 500 words long (including title, headings, and sub-headings) in both languages.
  • The pitch videos must be each a maximum of 60 seconds long. They should be filmed with a Smartphone.
  • All entries must be clearly linked to the #EUandME campaign.
  • Each participant may only submit 1 entry to this competition. Only original work can be accepted. Once submitted, the entry is final.
  • Other people may participate in the film, but only 1 person can submit the entry as the director and will be assessed as such by the jury. Group entries will not be accepted.
  • To prove that they have already made at least one short film in the last five years (between 31 October 2013 and 31 October 2018), applicants should include in the online form a link to a previous short film.
  • They must include a link to a short film they have made in their application.
  • Persons connected with the organization of this competition, including persons working for the European Union institutions, are excluded from participating.
  • Participants are required to use their real name and details, and may not submit an entry on behalf of a third party without that party’s express written consent.
  • Entries can be submitted in one of five categories: Mobility, Sustainability, Skills & business, Digital, Rights.


  • The five winners will receive a grant of €7,500 each to produce, shoot and edit their film by 30/04/2019.
  • Winners will also receive mentoring by one of the professional directors of the jury during the filming and editing process.
  • Attend the Premiere: The five young filmmakers will be invited to show their films at a launch event in June.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018 at 12.00 CET.

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