The year 2020 is special! Not only the number itself but especially the political and social situation in which Europe and the world find themselves. The coronavirus clearly shows us our limits (in a double sense) and at the same time enables and forces us to think and act outside the box. The medium of video and the exchange via the Internet are currently more in demand than ever, as well as taking a stand and making strong decisions. Inside and outside, as well as on its old and new borders, Europe is facing great economic and social challenges. What does this mean for us? What do we want? What goals and hopes do young people in Europe have? Where should the journey go and what is annoying to you? How will and how can the future develop? 
These are only a few selected questions that need to be asked urgently and that are worthy of being questioned, especially in an artistic setting.

With upfront! we want to offer young adults from all countries of the EU and the United Kingdom, the opportunity to take a videographic stand on European topics and to promote artistic freedom of expression. Use the medium of video to ask questions, express your opinion, point out beautiful and distasteful things in Europe. 

Upfront! is conceived as a “classic” video competition (with public screening, jury, awards ceremony and prizes), but stands out from other film competitions. We call ourselves upfront! because we expect openness, honesty, and directness. We are looking for critical social and political art and documentary videos that reflect young adults’ view of Europe and the European Union – both positive and negative.

With upfront! we want to offer a platform for these viewpoints and bring together people who work artistically. How wonderful would it be if on the day of the festival we all met in Düsseldorf (Germany) in the rooms of the Filmwerkstatt, watched the award-winning films, talked about them and celebrated? If not live, then at least virtually in a live stream.

Upfront! is the first video competition focusing on art and documentary films for young adults on the central theme of Europe. Young people from Europe are the ones who can create new outlooks and raise their voices. Art is an essential tool for this.

Info about your video

You can submit your video on August 15th until the deadline, on November 15th. Narrative videos are also allowed, provided they follow an art and/or documentary video approach. 
The submitted videos must not be older than 2 years (first publication from 2018). All formats up to 4K and a maximum playing time of 15 minutes (without opening and closing credits) are allowed. Videos have to be submitted as MP4 with H.264 codec.

To submit your video to the upfront! award, you have to register here. The upload function will be visible only after you register, and you can then send your video to us. You can use a digital format and the wetransfer function at the end of the data request. It is not possible to send your video via mail.

Please give exact details in the form, as these are not only important for the jury, but also for the program and internet presentation.

Another note:

Spoken language has equal status with a purely visual approach. A professionally produced “one-take video” with a personal statement can be more impactful than a 30-minute film produced on glossy film for the broad audience. 

Use the medium of video in its purest form, as art and documentation. Images can be used to convey a message in a different and often more subtle way than pure language. Remember that upfront! is a video competition. In addition to the content, we also evaluate the use of camera, sound, lighting, acting and editing. Watch carefully, see what you have already produced, play, experiment, and don’t mince matters. Your camera is your medium:

Let’s be upfront!