A few years ago, the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a call for innovative ideas to communicate European values – we took action and came up with Animate Europe.
The aim of this competition is to learn more about the core ideas and values of Europe and to see and discuss how it is perceived by its citizens – especially those who are not surrounded by political discussions in their everyday lives.
Since 2013, we have been launching Animate Europe every other year. Past competition rounds featured the following topics:
Animating Europe: Connecting comics and politics
What we were looking for in particular in the contributions was a creative engagement with questions like:
Is there a strong vision of Europe? – What can or should the future of Europe look like? – How is Europe dealing with current crises? – What topics and values lie at the core of Europe and shape it? – How can it regain its energy? – What could be the super power or the right medicine to heal Europe’s ailing heart?
And that was exactly what our finalists accomplished: Their comics tell very different stories of Europe’s past, present and future, its opportunities and its problems. Thus, they provide food for thought on the Europe we would like to live in.
How we picked our finalists
Up to the round of 2019, our competition was split in two phases: first, we asked the participants to send a written proposal for a story together with a first finished page .
In a second step, our expert jury selected a group of finalists who were then requested to finish an eight-page graphic story.
As of the upcoming competition round of 2021, we establish new criteria for submission! Stay tuned for upcoming information on participation.
What’s going on past-competition?
After each competition round, all finalists’ comics are featured in a publication, of which we offer hard copies. You can also check out or download all previous finalists’ comics here.
In-between competition rounds, the comics are always on the round in the form of a travelling exhibition – after all, we want to talk about Europe and share our stories with as many people as possible!