DAAD German Writing & Video Competition 2018
Make a short video on ‘Auf deutschen Spuren'.
Workshop on exile life in London
All Ages

Due October 5th, 2018 - To all Learners and Lovers of German,

It’s time again to release your creative spirit and enter the annual writing DAAD/IMLR writing competition! This – the fifth – jointly organized competition branches out into new territory: after successful (and exciting!) forays into poetry, prose, translation and dramatic dialogue writing, competitors are asked this year to make a short video on ‘Auf deutschen Spuren - In the footsteps of German-language culture’.

Ready, get set, go! Or rather: lights, camera, action!
The competition is not only about written texts: everyone eligible to register should send a video alongside the written script. Catch an inspirational moment on screen, whether you have already gained experience in the art of film-making or are just about to start your very first short film.

What to write about? Where and what to film?
It is all down to your creativity! Find out about historical or current traces of German-language culture in your area. Maybe an Austrian writer, painter or musician has immortalized your region? Or perhaps the house a few streets down the road is built by a Swiss-German architect? Do you often pass the German Bio-Laden or church in your borough? And unexpectedly, you have a neighbor with Romanian-German roots? Once you start looking, you’ll find more than you expect!

Loads of ideas now? Are you ready to start and prepare your video? Here's a little advice on what the competition entry should be like...

The video should mainly capture what makes the ‘trace’ special. How is it connected to German, Austrian or Swiss culture?

The short film should feature German-language dialogue or voice-over. The judges will be looking for creativity and language use - rather than technical ability. In other words, any learner of German can participate. You will be asked to send in a written version of the spoken words together with the film.

The competition is open to
 - students at secondary schools/ Sixth Form Colleges
 - undergraduates
 - postgraduates
 - German mother tongue speakers
 - anybody else who feels up to the challenge!

Entries should not exceed 3-minutes in length.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


Grand Prize:
• A workshop on 26 November 2018 on exile life in London (for all prize winners)
• VIP guided tours to/ tickets for events relating to German Language culture in London
• DVD prizes

Open worldwide.

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