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EU Youth Cinema #EUandME on Europe Day, 9 May
The Representation of the European Commission in Austria, together with the LET’S CEE Film Festival, invites teens and young adults to a free visit to the cinema starting on 9 May. With the screening of short films about social topics, followed by discussions with top-class guests, the young audiences will be sensitised to Europe and encouraged to vote in the European elections on 26 May.
The EU Youth Cinema presents excellent short films by award-winning European directors dealing with today’s youth and their rights and opportunities in the EU. After the screenings interesting and prominent guests will discuss the topics addressed, such as (digital) mobility, fundamental rights or entrepreneurship. The programme includes rock professor, author and filmmaker Reinhold Bilgeri, cabaret artist and actor Werner Brix and his wife, film producer Magdalena Brix, expert for environment management Franz Freytag, actress Claudia Kottal, journalist, author and Puls4 information director Corinna Milborn, directors Werner Boote, Mo Harawe and Arash T. Riahi, glaciologist and climate researcher Fabien Maussion, publicist and president of Reporters Without Borders in Austria, Rubina Möhring, musician and songwriter Johnny Palmer, educational researcher, author and university professor Hans Karl Peterlini, historian and peace worker Markus Priller, entrepreneur, philanthropist and CEO of the Brainswork Group, Selma Prodanovic, the seven-language conference interpreter and founder of the Fivestones Association, Masomah Regl, and writer Vladimir Vertlib.
The EU Youth Cinema will be happening in almost all federal states (except Burgenland) on Europe Day, 9 May. Vienna will host an additional screening on 10 May. In Burgenland the EU Youth Cinema will take place around 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
Teenagers can attend all events for free, not only as groups but also as individuals – depending on availability. The best way to register is via www.youth-cinema.eu.
The event series is part of the #EUandME info campaign, which teaches young people about the European Union and its values. The films raise awareness for the chances and opportunities young EU citizens have today in order to realise their goals and dreams – at university or at work, in the digital fields or simply by exercising their rights according to the motto of the information campaign of the European Parliament for the EU elections 2019: "This time I’m voting!"
The directors of the short films come from Germany, Finland, Greece, Croatia and Poland. At the centre of their at times humorous, sometimes serious stories are young Europeans who face various challenges. For example, a peasant boy from Croatia who dreams of a career as a football professional (DEBUT of Dalibor Matanić) or a Finnish girl who gets lost in a threatening forest (OAA by Zaida Bergrot). The short film programme is further complimented by digital stories from young people from all over Europe (including Austria) who talk about their ideas, dreams and future wishes. The subsequent discussions and teaching materials for the preparation and follow-up complete the offer of the range of events. The project will be accompanied by a social media campaign presenting prominent guests participating in the events, presenters and young visitors who in turn clearly explain why they will vote on 26 May.
The school cinema of Austria's largest cinema chain Cineplexx, the VAM – Collecting Society for Audiovisual Media, the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria, the ERSTE Foundation, the Austrian Film Institute (ÖFI), the organization IFTE which by teaching entrepreneurship aims to make young people the designers of their own future, the Red Cross intercultural school project projektXchange, the associations Wirtschaft für Integration and KulturKontakt Austria, the EUNIC network as well as the Austrian Craft and Trade Association (ÖGV) are partners or supporters of the EU Youth Cinema.
#EUandME statements are available under http://bit.ly/2PvGPgJ.
All screenings are free of charge. Registration via:
EU Youth Cinema #EUandME – Statements and Visuals
Interview requests and inquiries:
LET'S CEE Film Festival