In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organised the International Comics Competition “Animate Europe” for the first time. Based on its great success, we ran a second edition with a slightly different topic….
The idea? „Europe Fast Forward“
“In the beginning, there was war. Then a project was set up to bring peace and prosperity to Europe. Today, it has grown to be an ever closer union of 28 very diverse member states. In recent years, the European project has been braving troubled waters. Though it remains a fascinating idea, it is struggling with low popularity.
Imagine you could fast-forward in time… anytime into the future, be it 2025, 2050 or 2500. What do you think Europe will look like? Will the European Union stick together and master its challenges as one? What role will it play in the world? How will we live? Which scientific innovations will shape our everyday life? Look into your crystal ball!”
End of March, our fantastic jury, consisting of
Valérie Constant, Director, Apropos Communication Agency
Willem De Graeve, Director, Belgian Comic Center
Paul Gravett, Comics expert
Andreas C. Knigge, Comics expert
Birgit Weyhe, Comics artist,
selected seven finalists who were then asked to finish an eight-page graphic short story by the end of August 2015. The decision-making process was not easy, though: they had to make a decision between 60 entries from comic artists from 23 countries!
Find the finalists and their stories here.
At the award ceremony in October 2015, hosted at the Belgian’ Comic Strip Center, our cooperation partner for the competition, the jury awarded Nicole Knötig the first prize of this year’s edition of Animate Europe for her comic “The Union”. In her graphic novel, she warns that the European Union might break in two parts, a rich North and a poor South.
Impressions from our Award Ceremony: