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02-03-2012

Young filmmakers from six schools will compete in "My Vision for Europe" Final at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin on March 2nd

Teams from St. Dominic's College, Cabra, Dublin; Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry; St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda, Co. Louth; St. Columba's College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal; Strathearn School, Belfast and Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, Co. Down 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, 2 March.  All are competing for the opportunity to travel to Strasbourg to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola programme, together with students from the 26 other EU Member States.  

This is the third year of the My Vision for Europe competition which invites Transition Year students to get creative and put together short 4-minute videos responding to one of three challenges to express their vision for Europe.   This year, the competing teams responded to the following challenges - Once upon a time in Euroland - using a fairy tale to tell the story of the EU; The E and U - How does the EU directly affect your life?; and Home away from home - How does EU membership impact the ability of a citizen from a new Member State to find a place to live, a job, enrol in school, etc.?

Speaking in advance of this year's final, Noelle O'Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, said: "The My Vision competition encourages young people to explore the European issues dominating Irish headlines and to really inform themselves about Ireland's place in Europe.  This is central to EM Ireland's aim of promoting reasoned, robust and informed debate about Europe among Irish citizens.  We are looking forward to seeing what this year's entrants have come up with."

Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, was a member of the judging panel who selected the regional finalists for this year's competition.  According to Francis "The standard of entries is very high this year and we are expecting a very exciting final on Friday at the Irish Film Institute".


The Event: The chosen schools will take part in the finals of the My Vision for Europe competition on Friday, 2 March in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. This event will be an opportunity for all the finalists to come together to present their videos, which will be screened in front of a live audience. Teams will be invited to explain the origin of their concept to the judges and to outline the creative process they underwent. A panel of adjudicators, including Nicky Phelan of Brown Bag Films and Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland, will select the winning schools on the day.

The prize: Two winning schools will be invited to bring 24 students to participate in the European Parliament's Euroscola event. During this one-day event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the winning students will have the opportunity to sit in the EP chamber and 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 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, European Movement Ireland, the European Studies Programme, Community Relations in Schools (CRIS), the European Consumer Centre, the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the Michael Sweetman Trust. The competition has also been supported by the Department of the Taoiseach through the Communicating Europe initiative.


Links to videos:
St. Dominic's College, Cabra, Dublin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kVF3s_Up_I
St. Mary's Diocesan School, Drogheda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NICcSiwmqy8
Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjnB5Hex-YQ&feature=youtu.be
St. Columba's College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8y98MexA48&feature=youtu.be
Strathearn School, Belfast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH2VU_xzbgU
Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, Co. Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poMjeOoQmSI&feature=youtu.be



For more information, please contact Catherine Bunyan, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at catherine.bunyan@europarl.europa.eu / 086 8559423, or contact Jenny Flynn on 01 662 5815 or jenny@europeanmovement.ie.