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24-02-2011

Five Irish schools chosen to compete in this year's My Vision for Europe final

Launch of My Vision for Europe 2011
Launch of My Vision for Europe 2011

Teams from Loreto Abbey in Dalkey, Coláiste Chiaráin in Leixlip, Mercy College in Sligo, Presentation Secondary School in Thurles and Methodist College in Belfast have won the regional stages of this year's My Vision for Europe competition and will now compete in the final, to be held at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) on Friday, 11 March.  All are competing for the opportunity to travel to Strasbourg on 19 May to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola programme together with students from the EU's 26 other Member States.  This year, the competing teams responded to two challenges in their four minute videos - three of the finalists chose to present the story of Captain Europe and his/her powers, while the other two chose to present their vision of what the EU will be like in 2050.

Speaking at the launch of this year's competition, Nicky Phelan, Director of the Oscar-nominated animated film, Granny O'Grimm, said that 'this all-island competition is a great opportunity for young budding film makers to explore their creative sides and to learn what is involved in producing their own movie.'

Now in its second year, the My Vision for Europe competition invites Transition Year students to put together short videos responding to one of three challenges and expressing their vision for Europe.  Videos from all participating schools in this year's competition can be viewed at - www.myvisionforeurope.com.

Speaking at the launch of this year's competition, Nicky Phelan, Director of the Oscar-nominated animated film, Granny O'Grimm, said that 'this all-island competition is a great opportunity for young budding film makers to explore their creative sides and to learn what is involved in producing their own movie.'

Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, who took was a member of the judging panel to choose the regional finalists for this year's competition, said that 'the entries this year showed great teamwork, technical skill, clever use of musical scores and humour.' He went on to say that 'this second edition of the My Vision for Europe competition has again shown the level of imagination and creativity of Irish students and those participating will have learned new ways of thinking about the European Union and the challenges facing it.'

The finalists:
Dublin - Loreto Abbey, Dalkey - the students chose to demonstrate the rights available to citizens of EU Member States via the powers of 'Captain Europe'.  The video included a song composed by the students.
East - Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip - the students used stereotypes as a starting point to demonstrate the importance of working together and of the concept of 'unity in diversity'.  Captain Europe called on Europeans to work together (to 'eurofy').
North West - Mercy College, Sligo - the students portrayed a future European Union (EU), concluding that although the Member States arrived into the EU as strangers, they ended up as friends.
South - Presentation Secondary School, Thurles - the students used a studio/roving reporter approach to portray a future European Union (EU) and its achievements.
Northern Ireland - Methodist College in Belfast - Captain Europe attempted to ensure that EU citizens were able to avail of their rights under EU law but realised that the citizens themselves were the ones who would ensure this - that we were all Captain Europe.

The final event: The chosen schools will now take part in the finals of the My Vision for Europe competition on Friday, 11 March in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. This event will be an opportunity for all of the finalist teams to come together to present their videos, which will be screened on the big screen in front of a live audience. Teams will be invited to explain the origin of their concept to judges and outline the creative process they underwent. A panel of adjudicators, including Nicky Phelan of Brown Bag Films, Alicia McGivern, Head of Education at the Irish Film Institute and Francis Jacobs, Head of Office at the European Parliament in Ireland, will select the winning schools to win the overall prize.

The prize: Two winning schools will be invited to bring 25 students to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola event. During this one-day event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the winning students have the opportunity to sit in the EP's chamber and to get a sense of the work of an MEP. The participating students take part in discussions on topical European subjects and engage in group activities, interacting with students from other EU member states and communicating using in an EU language other than their own.  

The organisers:
My Vision for Europe is organised by a partnership including the European Parliament Office in Ireland, the European Movement Ireland, The European Studies Programme, Community Relations in Schools (CRIS), the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the Michael Sweetman Trust.

 

For further information, please contact Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu / 086 8559423, visit www.myvisionforeurope.com or contact Billie Sparks at billie@europeanmovement.ie.