by IKON, the Netherlands
receiving the Grand Award
Laudator: Thomas A. Bauer
For long time and for many times in delivering the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards the Jury held the believe that the great challenge for Europe becoming an integrated society being unified in difference was to mutually understand the particular histories of regions and countries. And the Jury thought that it was its mission to support the idea of enhancing the public acceptance for the unification of difference in an open society. This still is a main pillar in shaping out a social configuration of Europe. What the jury has learned faced with the submissions for the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards concourse, that the inclination saying that Europe has to be understood and has to be transformed out of the particular histories, on the one hand hardly shows a way out of individual self-observation, and on the other hand, there is the notion that the observation of what we would call a European culture rises the question of the culture of observation and makes clear: the culture of historical observation is a very European habit and needs to be completed by a perspective of future.
As we can see all over Europe, the crucial question of Europe lies in the future concept of the presence and in particular in the role of religiously based culture within the political discourse - recently especially in the Netherlands, where the anti-Islam movement turns to become a crucial key of politics, and in Austria, where the wide ranging we-are-we-mentality is unable to accept that the future of the nation as of any other nation in Europe is to be found through being aware of chances and through creative energy of migration and social movement. Europe needs to lighten its horizon: fiat lux!
This view leads the jury to award this year the TV magazine “LUX: Visionary thinkers about the future” because of the episodes being told there: globalization, diversity, ethics as a grown-up idealism and the sense of belonging and togetherness beyond nostalgia. The production, of course, is in its media designing by far not as sophisticated as other awarded media productions, but finds, based on deep going research, a conversational way of sharing difficult thoughts to people being involved in and absorbed by everyday practice of self-care. Worldwide well known names in philosophy, political science, and cultural history from different cultural and religious environment and traditions of thinking contribute to concepts of future of an open society and encourage with an impressing plea for a visionary approach to a Europe for Europeans.In that sense the magazine LUX: visionary thinkers about the future, produced and realized from IKON-team: Ida Overdijk (chief editor), Wilberry Jacobs (director), and Margie Monfils (producer)….in the Netherlands matches all criteria of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards in its best way and therefore the Jury dedicates to the team of the producers of “LUX: visionary thinkers” the Grand Award of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2010. Cordial Congratulation!
by Okto Community TV-GmbH, Austria
receiving Euromedia Sponsorship Award 2010 sponsored by ECo-C
Laudation: by Axel Maireder
Laudator: presented by Karina Kaiblinger (Eco-C)
It is a honour for Eco-C, the European Communication Certificate, to take the opportunity to award a media production, which is realized in the framework of Okto, the Vienna Community TV. Both, okto and Eco-C are in each of their own ways involved in european integration. Okto as an urban TV media program and Eco-C as a educational program in communication skills.
Migration to and within Europe and the integration of people with migrant backgrounds are major challenges for the European society and its nations in the 21st century. The political discourse as reflected by mainstream media, deals migrants more often as objects than as participants, being portrayed either as culprits or as victims of the social problems in connection to that.
The views young people develop on the topics of Migration and Integration as well as people with migrant backgrounds themselves are very much influenced by those perspectives of the mediated discourses, too often obstructing visions, potentials, and chances connected to the challenges of mutual understanding.
Project X-change brings together teenagers with successfull people with a migrant background, giving them the opportunity to discuss aspects of culture, identity, politics and everyday life together and broadcasting the discussions throughout Vienna. But Project X-change goes a step further than that, as it includes the young people, – lots of them themselves with a migrant background - into the whole process of television making. In the very sense of civic journalism, Project X-change – by that – views their audiences as participants, empowering them for the information society. Therefore the okto-production “Project X-Change” deserves to be awarded by the Erasmus Euromedia Sponsorship Award 2010.
by Mostra, Belgium
receiving the Special Award for Aesthetics and Design, Belgium
Laudator: Miguel de Aguilera
Europe is a fascinating idea, a dream that, in our endeavour to fulfil it, is being attained little by little. Europe is also a political scene, a social framework, a melting pot of cultures where millions of people are developing their life project. It is important to communicate the idea and realities of Europe. But it is also essential to know how to communicate efficiently, using the elements, tools and means that most European and non European people usually employ.
And that is what OPINION CORNER does. It talks about Europe, it reports facts and data, serving as a platform to express views and opinions. And this is achieved by combining the use of text, audio, video, graphics, Flash animation and multimedia products, in an effort to employ the same tools that their audience uses. The format chosen by OPINION CORNER meets the preferences of the readers: use of multimedia technology, clear presentation of ideas through the applications required for each case, interaction allowing non-sequential reading, and providing all the means needed to get deeper into any subject of interest.
OPINION CORNER is an excellent multimedia product which is very well conceived, and presenting a user-friendly design. It offers dynamic elements, stimulating graphics, vibrant colours and a high chromatic contrast (red, blue and black are widely used to highlight images). OPINION CORNER makes an efficient use of a number of elements of expression at the service of contents and readers, as they allow the clear presentation of information and views.
by Illume Ltd., Finland
receiving the Special Award for Discourse and Politics
Laudator: by Mike Dawney
A documentary on the everyday work of politicians in a coalition government in a complex environment of different interests
Coalition governments have long been part of the political landscape of European countries and, indeed are an essential part of the working of the European Parliament. In some countries, this system is so well established that the negotiations required to form and implement policy are fairly routine. For others, including, now, the UK, this kind of politics is unusual and requires some rethinking of the ways in which political decision making can take place. In either case, the perceptions of the political process become simplified in most media discourses of politics to obliterate the complexity of the processes through which government actually takes place. In particular, it is rare to see insights into the ways in which differing interests – not just those of the political parties and their explicit policy positions, but also their constituents, interest groups, lobbyists and so on, are represented and feed into the political process.
This admirable documentary achieves just this. In a classic documentary style, enlivened by dramatic touches and genre cross-references, the film follows politicians from the various political parties and other interested groups in detailed discussion of a specific policy proposal – that of increases to fees charged to users of health and social services. While this is an issue of particular interest to Finnish viewers, both the theme of charging or increasing charges for welfare provision and the demonstration of the interactions between the politicians from different parties and the treatment of lobbyists and representatives of the client/patient groups has resonance for all European countries. In particular, the subtle revelation of the domination of the political/economic machinary over social equity issues is well displayed without polemic. The voices are allowed to speak for themselves.
The jury is delighted to make the Special Award for Discourse and Politics to Illume productions of Helsinki for Liikkumuvara/ Within Limits and to Director Annika Grof and Producer Pertti Veijalainen.
by ORF Redaktion Zeitgeschichte, Austria
receiving the Special Award Education and Ethics
Laudator: Thomas A. Bauer
The ORF TV production “Der zweite Welkrieg” is an impressing media oevre, so far submitted to the jury in five pieces, interpreting the horrible history from an authentic Austrian point of view. The production is the ever first one that assesses the participation of Austrians in doing the gruesome and fearful business of war from an Austrian self-critical perspective. This was possibly made by fundamental historical analysis, through extensive journalistic research and through a sensitive strategy of communication in interviewing the last still living contemporary witnesses in methods of oral history. For some of the witnesses the documentary became an act of self-liberation finally saying the fearful truth.
Each of the pieces of the TV serial on second world war and the Austrian enmeshment has to be seen as a self-contained comprehensive historical analysis on heroes, criminals, victims, on ideological, economical and mental conditions and on the amentia and craziness that was contributed to this crash of political and occidental reasonability through political, religious and societal institutions.
The history of mankind, of society and communities, as it is done through intelligent reflection or scientific observation, like it has been worked out in this remarkable TV documentary, is the a search for any logical explanation, and is a moral frame for a learning discourse. The difficulty of and for a TV documentary reflecting to such a serious topic is to tell drama and story but not to blanket the history in flat entertainment. The whole media oevre “Der zweite Weltkrieg” is a masterpiece of analytical narration that expects from recipients to overcome the simple schemes of distinction and of distribution of blame like the friend-enemy-scheme, the hero-masses-scheme, the aggressor-victim-scheme, the power- helplessness-schema, or the guilty-innocent.That inspiration is the European connotation within this historical serial. It prepares to learn that the distribution of power is a question of communication and participation competence. The Jury was convinced that this media documentary is not just a historical narration, this is – seen in the context of education - history in the making. Through that achievement the serial “Der zweite Weltkrieg” matches exactly on of the special focuses of the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards. Therfore the ESEC- Jury is proud to award the ORF Department “Zeitgeschichte” for its outstanding TV documentary “Der zweite Weltkrieg” with the Special Award for Education and Ethics.
Üniversite Medya, Turkey
receiving the Country Focus
by Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic
receiving Medal of Excellence: Integrative / Convergent Media
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Laudator: Babara Köpplova
DOKweb.net – Gateway to Eastern European Documentary Films is an excellent approximation to Eastern European societies as they are reflected through the film media, also linked with database on filmmakers, filmographies, organisations, markets a.s.o. . It is designed especially for documentary professionals in order to use it as a source of information on the development of film in East Europe through its history and reflecting its contemporaneous period of production.
DOKweb has to be estimated not only as a well structured archive based on wide ranging research and collection - usable as a moving website, but also as a project that is engaged and involved in the film discourse on documentation of countries in transition The website is a extremely usable tool in getting orientation on what is going on in documentary film and in same time shows the lively film life in Eastern Europe as it ever has been. Therefore the Jury is happy to award the DOKweb.net media project with the Erasmus EuroMedia Medal of Excellence.
by FWU Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht GmbH, Germany
receiving Medal of Excellence: e-Teaching Material
Laudator: Bernd Mikuszeit
“Einwanderungsland Deutschland” is a DVD for pupils from class 8.
The DVD is planned, primarily, for the application in the fields of the political education and in the historical lessons.
In Germany about 7 million foreigners live and one adds people with migration background to it, then these are about 16 millions. However, what does mean migration? And what is integration? Who comes to Germany and for which reasons? And how do migrants live in Germany?
The DVD offers a new film, graphics and short films to this society-political subject field.
The DVD contáins the film parts:
- „Country with an open immigration policy Germany“,
- „Migration in count“,
- „If you see me, what do you think?“ and
- „What does mean integration?“.
Three pòrtraits give insights, into different forms, of her Migration to Germany.
In the ROM part of the DVD there are tips for the use in the lessons, worksheets and other materials. The DVD can help, in exemplary kind to suppòrt, the topical integration discussions in Germany. „Einwanderungsland Deutschland” is an excellent multimedia programme.
Therefore the DVD is awarded with a Erasmus Award.
by The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution (1956 Institute), Hungary
receving Medal of Excellence: Networking Media
Laudator: Palitanus Zoltan
In Hungary the present political, social, and moral situation is largely influenced by the historical events of the 20th century.The 1956 foundation made a considerable effort, to show the main periods of this time, showing impressive photographs of the events.We can glimpse not only the history crisis, but the everyday life and cultural events as well. The elements of this database are true visual documents of these eras taken by those people who lived in these ages. Therefore we can recognize not only their ways of life but their points of view and their attitudes, feelings to their times.The database can be regarded as important inheritance for the present generation, to understand the current situation of our country.
by Regional TV Programme Koper-Capodistria, RTV Slovenia, Slovenia
receiving Medal of Excellence: Documentary / Report
Laudator: Marko Ivanišin
Boris Pahor is internationally most recognized Slovene writer, the only Slovene to be nominated for the Nobel prize. Although he was not awarded that prize it was another prize he received, the Premio Napoli, that might have been even more valuable for him. Boris Pahor, a 87 years old citizen of Trieste, is today fulfilling the mission that should have been fulfilled decades ago. As an eye-witness of dicatorships in Italy and Germany he is enlightening pupils and students on this topic across Italy. In Italy his books and publications were until recently put aside as bad consciens for Italian opression of Slovenes in Trieste and other Italian places. But with the Napoli prize his book on early Italian fascism these nacist movements became historical fact also in Italian curriculums.
In the documentary Boris Pahor A Stubborn Memory writers importance for Slovene, Italian and European history is documented in multiple ways with lots of sense for a portrait on the one side and historical events on the other.
This year the following productions received a EuroMedia Award Seals of Approval:
- 1 perspektiva.net (website, guerilla marketing)
Kurt Lewin Foundation, Hungary
- 13 in de oorlog/ 13 at war (documentary (series))
NPS Geschiedenis, Netherlands
- A Heartbroken Circus (documentary)
ZOYDA ART PRODUCTION, Poland
- “Alle haben den gleichen Himmel, aber nicht den gleichen Horizont” (eBook)
Butterfly-Verlag Berlin, Germany
- Augustin TV – Das Gute Leben/ The good life (TV-series)
Okto Community TV-GmbH, Austria
- Babble – Enjoy Learning Languages (website, teaching material)
Lesson Nine GmbH, Germany
- Boris Pahor, a Stubborn Memory (documentary)
Regional TV Programme Koper-Capodistria, RTV Slovenia, Slovenia
- Budapest Business Region – Get Engaged (film)
Budapest Business Region, Hungary
- Curse (film)
Budapest Film Productions Ltd., Hungary
- De Oorlog/The War (TV-series)
NPS Geschiedenis, Netherlands
- Der 2. Weltkrieg (documentary (series))
ORF Redaktion Zeitgeschichte, Austria
- DOKweb.net – Gateway to East European Documentary Film (interactive website)
Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic
- Einwanderungsland Deutschland (dvd)
FWU Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht gGmbH, Germany
- Euromagazin – Live from Sibenik (TV report)
HRT (Croatian Television), Croatia
- Generation YOUrope (report)
ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Austria
- Gold Fever (documentary)
Arben Llapashtica, Kosovo
- Kinshasa Symphony (documentary)
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
- Kunst der Erinnerung (TV-series)
Okto Community TV-GmbH, Austria
- Life. The moment before (documentary)
MB GROUP under order of TV channel “Russia”, Russia
- Liikkumavara (documentary)
Pertti Veijalainen / Illume Ltd, Finland
- Media package “planet-beruf.de – Mein Start in die Ausbildung” (media package)
Bundesagentur für Arbeit and BW Bildung und Wissen Verlag und Software GmbH, Germany
- Media portal – Digital teaching materials for teachers (interactive website)
Siemens Stiftung, Germany
- Meet The Germans – and find out what’s typical about them (interactive website)
Goethe-Institut London, United Kingdom
- opinioncorner.eu (interactive website)
- Projekt Xchange (TV-series)
Okto Community TV-GmbH, Austria
- RWE Planspiel (game)
RWE Rheinland Westfalen Netz AG, Germany
- Sozialpolitik – Schutz, Gerechtigkeit, Sicherheit (teaching material, interactive website)
Universum Kommunikation und Medien AG, Germany
- Stars Informer (magazine)
- Streuselkuchen von zu Hause – Begegnungen in Oberschlesien (documentary)
Michael Majerski, Germany
- “The Bulgarian’s spirit and way of life – 1850-1950″ (documentary (series))
Kadiak film – Lubomir Halatchev, Bulgaria
- The photographic database of the 1956 Institute (interactive website)
The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution (1956 Institute), Hungary
- Universite Medya (report)
Universite Medya, Turkey
- Unleashed [Déchaînées] (film)
Rita Productions, Switzerland
- Va bene?! La Germania in italiano. Italien auf Deutsch (dvd)
Goethe-Institut Italien , Italy
- Vienna and Arabs – Culture and Business (video)
Siham Alawami, Austria
- Visionary Thinkers about the Future (TV-series)
- Welt der Habsburger – an interactive web exhibition (interactive website)
Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H, Austria
- Wir in Ost und West – Zukunft aktiv gestalten (website, magazine)
Universum Kommunikation und Medien AG, Germany
by Rita Productions, Switzerland receiving
Medal of Excellence: Fictional Programme
Laudator: Joachim Thoma
The film „Déchaînées“ has among others two outstanding components. In his television film, the director succeeds in combining political history with moving personal female destinies. At the same time the film represents a plea to preserve the audio-visual heritage susceptible in many archives to danger of gradual chemical deterioration. The 19-year old Lucie learns from such archive material as a television intern how the European-wide movement of the 68s has also left its marks in her family. The marks she pursues impressively illustrate the questions of female self-determination through three generations. The film combines well-portrayed characters with continuing suspense up to the end without aiming to be preceptive. It is also a document of the common ground in European post war-history.
Der Film „Déchaînées“ hat unter anderem zwei herausragende Komponenten. Dem Regisseur gelingt es mit seinem Fernsehfilm politische Geschichte mit berührenden, persönlichen Frauen-Schicksalen zu verbinden. Gleichzeitig ist der Film ein Plädoyer für den Erhalt des audio-visuellen Erbes, das in vielen Archiven der Gefahr einer schleichenden chemischen Zerstörung ausgesetzt ist. Über solches Archivmaterial erfährt die 19-jährige Lucie als Praktikantin beim Fernsehen, wie die europaweite Bewegung der 68-er Jahre auch in ihrer Familie Spuren hinterlassen hat. Die Spuren, denen sie nachgeht beleuchten in eindrucksvoller Weise die Fragen nach weiblicher Selbstbestimmung quer durch drei Generationen. Der Film verbindet gut gezeichnete Figuren mit einer bis zum Ende anhaltenden Spannung ohne belehrend sein zu wollen. Er ist auch ein Dokument für die Gemeinsamkeit europäischer Nachkriegsgeschichte .