New deadline: participants are asked to submit their video by 1/05/2017.

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The Videos will comprise the following genres:

  • Vlog format
  • Animated film
  • Short fiction

Criteria of Eligibility:

  • Participants are resident in the EEA (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). Employees of EU institutions and their immediate relatives are excluded from this competition;
  • Participants are 16-25 years (on 1/05/2017);
  • The videos have a length between 45 seconds and 1 minute 15;
  • The videos will have to be submitted by 1 May 2017 at the latest;
  • The language of the video shall be English, Silent or videos in another language with subtitles in English (included in the video) will be accepted as well;
  • Videos will be subject to a standard level of decency and no hate content will be accepted;
  • Participants may submit one entry only;
  • Participants must be free on 15 and 16 June 2017, the dates on which the winners will be participating in the Digital Assembly in Malta;
  • Participants under 18 need to confirm the agreement of their parents/legal guardians to participate and to travel to Malta.

Participants are asked to register online: Participants will have to fill a form including name, address, e-mail address, country of residence, age, the format of the video (fiction, animation or vlog), an abstract in English with title and possibly a short description of the video of max. 250 characters (not including spaces), a box (compulsory) to enable the author to give the European Commission the right to publish the submitted video, a box (compulsory) for those under 18 confirming the agreement of their parents/legal guardians and a box (compulsory) indicating that participants have read and agreed with the terms and conditions. As soon as the form is filled in and sent, the contestant will receive an automatic confirmation by e-mail to ensure the address is valid and to protect the system from registering false e-mail addresses. Only proposals coming from valid addresses and fulfilling the eligibility criteria will be accepted.

The video shall be uploaded by the participants to a space where the public can watch their contributions (on Facebook, YouTube, or Dailymotion). The video does need to be publicly accessible. The link shall be sent through the registration form.

There will be 2 main awards:

One Audience Prize and one Millennium prize (for participants born in 2000), both to be voted by the general public. Everybody can vote once and for one video only.

The vote should be made on the following basis: (1) Relevant, inspiring and thought provoking content, (2) form, appeal and aesthetics of the video.

There will be a page for the voting of the general public displaying the eligible videos. To allow only single votes, thus avoiding abuse whereby the same person votes several times, an e-mail identification system will be provided. When the person votes (ticking the video of his/her choice), he/she will be requested to indicate his/her name, e-mail address and gender, and choose his/her country of residence or nationality from the drop-down list of EEA countries. If it is the first vote for the person’s e-mail address, confirmation will be requested through a link. As soon as the person confirms the existence of his/her mailbox, the vote will be recognised as valid. An error message will appear to the person if: the mail address couldn’t be confirmed because it is invalid (missing @, disposable e-mail, etc.); a vote has already been submitted with the same e-mail address.

Two videos receiving the highest number of votes will be disclosed after the voting phases. The European Commission and the Maltese Presidency will award two prizes, one prize among all participants -excluding the participants born in 2000- and one among those born in 2000.

The prizes awarded to the winners of the Audience Prize and the Millennium Prize will be a mobile video production studio including a camera, a tripod, a video micro, a USB memory stick and a camera/video light. Further to that, the winners will be invited to attend the Plenary Youth Panel on 16 June 2017 at the Malta Digital Assembly to discuss with European Policymakers and other stakeholders. They will receive a return ticket for two persons each from any of the EEA countries and 4 night's accommodation. The organisers arrange the accommodation and travel. Winners are responsible for any other costs, including health insurance and travel in their home country.

Additionally, a jury will select one animation, one fiction and one vlog style video.

Criteria of Selection:

  • Pertinence with the stated theme
  • Content is inspiring, thought provoking …
  • Content can inspire a forward-looking, trendsetting discussion
  • Form, appeal and aesthetics of the video

There will be 0-10 points awarded for each criteria.

The selected participants will be invited to attend the Plenary Youth Panel on 16 June 2017 at the Malta Digital Assembly to discuss with European Policymakers and other stakeholders. They will receive a return ticket for two persons each from any of the EEA countries and 4 night's accommodation. The organisers arrange the accommodation and travel. Winners are responsible for any other costs, including health insurance and travel in their home country.

The winners from the public vote and the other selected participants will be contacted on 23rd May 2017 at the latest.

Participants cannot claim any rights on the basis of this competition.

The organisers reserve the right to disqualify applicants that are suspected of cheating.

Participants' personal details will be treated confidentially. For more info, see https://ec.europa.eu/info/legal-notice.

By taking part in this contest, participants agree that their name, country of residence, their video and pictures/videos of the possible visit to Malta may be published online. Participants agree to transfer all rights necessary for distribution and public display of these videos and images, or other intellectual property rights that may arise from participation in this contest.

The final work must be done for the sole purpose of the competition. Participants shall be entirely responsible for their works. Participants shall agree to transfer non-exclusive distribution and reproduction rights to the European Commission at no charge. The European Commission shall therefore be entitled to use, reproduce, adapt, publish and distribute the works at its sole discretion. Without prejudice to the above requirements, copyright ownership of all submitted contributions, will continue to belong to the concerned right-owner(s). In line with applicable publication standards, credit to the author(s) will be provided.

The organisers will under no circumstance whatsoever irrespective of the cause, be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury arising as a result of accepting the prize.

The organisers shall not be responsible in case the trip is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the organiser's control.

The organisers will under no circumstance whatsoever be liable for any damages, delays, changes, disruptions, cancellations, unavailability of the prize(s) due to local public holidays or other conditions affecting availability or enjoyment of the prize(s), nor any act or omission whatsoever by any form of transportation and/or accommodation included in the prize(s).