About us

Upfront! Young European Video Award is a cooperation between the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf (Young Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf) and the Europe Direct Informationcentre (EDIC) of the City of Düsseldorf. Both institutions are located in Düsseldorf and represent two different perspectives that merge in upfront!

The EDIC is a network supported by the EU Commission providing information on topics related to the EU. It tries to make Europe more tangible for people. The EDIC Düsseldorf has its offices in the City Hall of Düsseldorf.

The Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf is an artist-run production and presentation space for video and film art with its art-house theatre. It is located in the backyard of a former workshop building in the art-district Düsseldorf-Flingern. 

The Young Filmwerkstatt, a part of Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf, is the organizer of the competition and sees itself as an interface for video and art for young adults aged 16 and over.

The idea for upfront! began with these two organizations.

Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf is more than just the initiator and provider of ideas for upfront!. The festival screening, award ceremony and supporting program will also take place in the rooms of the Filmwerkstatt.

Further information about the organizers can be found at

The team behind Upfront!

Nils Kemmerling, Head of Young Filmwerkstatt and freelance video artist.
Roman Hansen, Student of social sciences and co-initiator of the video competition 24h to take.
Annette Kranz, Senior Project Manager, Department for International and European Cooperation, City of  Düsseldorf & Manager of Europe Direct Information Centre of the City of Düsseldorf. 
Sonja Weyers, Senior Project Manager, Department for International and European Cooperation, City of  Düsseldorf & Social Media Manager of EDICs Düsseldorf.