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  • Press Conference Introduces Adami Media Prize

    The ADAMI Media Prize aims to increase media interest in the promotion of cultural diversity and to encourage networking amongst programme managers and filmmakers in Eastern Europe.

    The intro­duc­to­ry press con­fer­ence of Ada­mi Media Prize was held on Sep­tem­ber 21 in the office of BAJ in Min­sk. The coor­di­na­tor Salome Kikaleishvili described the aims and terms of the con­test. The com­pe­ti­tion was launched on Sep­tem­ber 1, sub­mis­sion of works con­tin­ues until Octo­ber 25. Audi­vi­su­al jour­nal­ists, film­mak­ers, pro­duc­ers are encour­aged  to sub­mit their works that were broad­cast between Sep­tem­ber 1, 2013 and Octo­ber 25, 2015. The top­ics for the com­pe­ti­tion are migra­tion, inte­gra­tion, and cul­tur­al diver­si­ty. The full pro­ce­dure of reg­is­tra­tion for the con­test can be found here.

    The con­test is aimed at cre­ators from EaP coun­tries — Ukraine, Moldo­va, Arme­nia, Azer­bai­jan, Geor­gia and Belarus.

    There are six nom­i­na­tions: fic­tion movie, doc­u­men­tary, news, short doc­u­men­taries, youth movies, online mul­ti­me­dia, Inter­net video.

    The jury will choose win­ners in Novem­ber, and the award­ing cer­e­mo­ny is to be held in Tbil­isi on Decem­ber 10.

    The idea of the prize belongs to Ger­man NGOs and lists a num­ber of part­ners; key part­ners are Ger­man Civis Media Foun­da­tion and the Euro­pean Broad­cast­ing Union.

    At the press con­fer­ence, the Ambas­sador of Ger­many to Belarus Peter Dettmar out­lined sev­er­al fea­tures of the Ada­mi con­test: it is a com­mon con­tri­bu­tion into the EaP ini­tia­tive; the prize aims to estab­lish coop­er­a­tion between jour­nal­ists of the six coun­tries, and more con­tacts in human dimen­sion.  

    Jim Couzens, who has recent­ly start­ed work with the EU Del­e­ga­tion to Belarus, remarked that he was aware of the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions of work for jour­nal­ists in Belarus.  He thinks that the project is impor­tant for Belarus as a means to join the pub­lic space of Europe.

    “It is hard to think of a more time­ly ini­tia­tive,» said Mikhas Yanchuk, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Bel­sat in Belarus, mem­ber of the Board of BAJ. «Now we are faced with  seri­ous tri­als to Euro­pean val­ues since the col­lapse of the USSR… The EaP coun­tries made use of the pos­si­bil­ties in a very dif­fer­ent way… Now, we can talk that it is 50 per cent effec­tive: three coun­tries were activized and fol­low the civ­i­lized world. And I hope that such projects as Ada­mi will help awak­en the oth­er three.»

    Also, singer Rusia showed their project Shu­ma and spoke a lit­tle about how val­ues of minori­ties start to build in into the glob­al world.

    For more infor­ma­tion: +995 32 222 57 59, e‑mail: competition@adamimediaprize.eu

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