ADAMI Media Prize at the 2017 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
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A post from Marita Tevzadze, who was the first recipient of the ADAMI Media Prize grant for the Arte fellowship in Strasbourg this past month, reporting on the upcoming elections in France on April 23rd. Thanks again to everyone at Arte who made this fellowship possible!
Observing (from) Arte
I first learned about ARTE 10 years ago. Ever since, the orange logo on films, short videos, programs, and other content has always given me a positive message.
That's my first working day in the Arte headquarters:
Thanks to the ADAMI Media Prize, I’m honoured to be in the ARTE headquarters in Strasbourg together with the team of ARTE Journal. This may sound unbelievable, but I’ve been trying to adapt to the idea I would be at Arte since last November, when I was awarded the fellowship. :)
The ARTE Journal is an everyday edition prepared by a French-German editorial team, proposing a European approach to current events. It’s wonderful to work together with a professional and friendly team in the newsroom of ARTE. It’s a very important experience for me to attend the morning and afternoon meetings where editors and journalists discuss current events, search for the right focus, and the best ways to tell the stories.
The THEMA and its team impressed me a lot. They focus on important and sensitive topics. ARTE is mostly a cultural channel also produces investigative films, for example, about whether the World Health Organisation is under the influence of lobbyists.
The technical aspects of TV production are also worth observing; here I can see how a well-equipped TV station runs together with a professional staff. For example, good sound is important, but sometimes it is hard to achieve high quality sound in Georgian TV. Together with filming and editing, graphic design is essential in ARTE. They make sure to give time to do their best to create interesting visual storytelling.
The timing my fellowship makes my experience at Arte even more interesting: There will soon be presidential elections in France which are important for the country but also for the whole European Union. It’s also very important for my country, Georgia, together with another country in the region, Ukraine. These two countries just received visa liberalization with the Schengen area.
Of course, the election is in the center of media attention in France and there is tons of information every day. “If you’re following the news about the presidential elections, you already know everything about us - and not very good things,’ a colleague in ARTE jokes with me with a smile after an evening of debates.
We also had one shooting with the Arte Junior program in a school, connected with the election, and speaking about the elections with the charismatic teacher and children, to see what they think about it.
This experience was very useful for me – but not only for me. When you see something good you have an instinct to share it. I believe there are many things worth sharing in our region. Public broadcasters in our region also have responsibilities.
I’m finishing this blog on the border between Germany and France. Here on the bridge between Strasbourg and Kehl, 2000 French and German people marched to support the idea of the European Union. People were marching in 12 countries and 80 cities of the world at the same time. They asked people to go and vote on election day in France.
#Arte; #AdamiMediaPrize; #FrenchPresidentialElection2017; #PulseOfEurope
The first ADAMI fellowship / ARTE award is well underway!
The ARTE award is a unique opportunity being offered by the ADAMI Media Prize for a journalist from Eastern Europe or the South Caucasus to work at ARTE, a leading Franco-German TV network headquartered in Strasbourg, France.
The first recipient of the prize, Marita Tevzadze (Georgia), is completing the funded fellowship with ARTE Journal, ARTE's daily evening news program covering culture and current events from a European perspective.
Ms. Tevzadze is working in the newsroom with the program's team of editors and journalists in finding the best stories, discussing how to cover them, as well as pitching and creating her own news reports to air on the channel.
“I’m honoured to be at the ARTE headquarters together with this team. It’s a very important experience for me,” Ms. Tevzadze said. Her interactive website, Brink, was nominated for the ADAMI Online Prize for Web Pages for its innovation in showing life in the border regions of Georgia.
Stay tuned for further professional opportunities with the ADAMI Media Prize!
Trailers of the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize Films are now Online!
November 26, 2016
Winners of the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize
Filmmakers, journalists, and audio-visual media professionals from Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine were awarded the ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe, at a gala ceremony in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, on November 24. This is the second edition of the ADAMI Media Prize; it awards outstanding films, videos, and websites from Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus that promote diversity and peaceful co-existence. 12 films and projects were nominated by an international jury, out of which five received the prize.
The 2016 gala had the patronage of Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, who presented the ADAMI Media Prize for “Information” (non-fiction) at the gala. Ms. Mijatović said: “This prize puts focus on the importance of free media in the region and the important role it plays in informing people on issues of public interest, not least on integration and cultural diversity.”
The winner of the ADAMI Media Prize for Information (non-fiction) was the film Forbidden Friends, produced by Chai Khana (Georgia). This story of two women living in Tbilisi explores the challenges they face because of their unconventional friendship; one is an ethnic Armenian, and the other is from Azerbaijan.
The ADAMI Media Prize for News and Short non-Fiction was given to the TV series The Foreigner on STB TV by Dmytro Lytvynenko (Ukraine), about Western entrepreneurs who’ve established businesses in Ukraine, and their efforts at integration.
The ADAMI Online Prize for Web Videos was given to Tako Robakidze (Georgia), for A Look Beyond the Headlines. This multimedia video seeks to counter the stereotypes surrounding the Pankisi Gorge of Georgia, by showing the everyday lives of the ordinary people of Pankisi.
The website MyAngle by George Gogua (Georgia) won the ADAMI Online Prize for Web Pages. The website is a networking platform for journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
And the Young ADAMI Media Prize was awarded to Generation Emigration, by Natalia Sergheev (Moldova) and filmmaker Alexander Blumberg of RFE/RL, broadcasted on TV Moldova 1. The film explores the phenomenon of mass youth emigration from Moldova.
ADAMI introduced a new type of award, the ADAMI Fellowship / ARTE prize, within ADAMI’s cooperation with French-German cultural TV channel ARTE. The inaugural prize was given to nominee Marita Tevzadze (Georgia), who will spend a one-month fellowship working with the team of ARTE Journal in Strasbourg.
On top of the prize winners, ADAMI awarded a Special Mention for Web Videos for the interactive video “What is Hate Speech?” by Ihar Nazaranka / mediakritika.by, from Belarus. It is the first Belarusian production to receive a mention from ADAMI.
A Special Mention for News and Short non-Fiction was given to the news report “Drastamat vs. Haykandukht: In-House Battle,” by Artak Vardanyan of Armenia. This unusual election story of a husband and wife competing against each other in local elections gives a new perspective on questions of tolerance in gender roles and politics.
The ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe is made possible through the support of our funders the Federal Foreign Office (Germany), and ProCredit Holding (Germany).
You can find more photos from the gala on our Facebook page.
Photo credit: ProCredit Holding, Evgeniy Nekrasov
2016 ADAMI Media Prize gala today!
Today is the gala award ceremony of the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize, being held for the first time in Kyiv, Ukraine! We are very excited to announce the new ADAMI prize winners, special mentions, and the recipient of a new kind of award, the ADAMI Fellowship / ARTE prize with ARTE Journal in Strasbourg, the news program of the French-German cultural channel ARTE.
The live ceremony will begin at 17:00 (GMT+2), and we will have a live stream, you can watch it on youtube at this link:
November 22, 2016
2016 ADAMI Media Prize Gala Awards Ceremony
November 24th in Kyiv, Ukraine
For the first time, the gala awards ceremony of the prestigious ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe will be held in Ukraine, this Thursday, November 24th, 2016 starting at 16:00 (red carpet reception), at the Kyiv City Administration’s Hall of Columns. Well-known TV professionals, broadcasting executives, and senior diplomats from across Europe will be coming to the Ukrainian capital and will be attending several events.
The ADAMI Media Prize is the biggest media award for cultural diversity in Eastern Europe. It awards outstanding films, videos, and websites from the EU Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) that promote topics of diversity, integration, and peaceful co-existence. This year, ADAMI is also awarding one of the nominees a one-month fellowship at ARTE Journal, the news program of the French-German cultural channel ARTE.
The ADAMI Media Prize initiative is funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Germany) and ProCredit Holding (Germany), and is supported by international media partners including the European Broadcasting Union, ZDF, MDR, and the national public broadcasters of Georgia (GPB), Moldova (TRM), and Ukraine (NTU).
The 2016 gala ceremony is being held under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Ms. Dunja Mijatović, who will be giving the opening speech at the event.
Flying in from Los Angeles, Belarusian presenter Leila Ismailova will host the event together with Gloria Gorceag from Chisinau and Ukrainian TV host Timur Miroshnychenko. The award ceremony will be broadcasted live on the National Television of Ukraine, the Georgian Public Broadcaster, and TeleRadio Moldova. The event will also be covered by Deutsche Welle, MDR Germany, and online media. An after-gala reception will follow for the black-tie event.
Journalists and photographers are welcome to cover the award ceremony. There will be a red carpet reception starting at 16:00. Please note that during the live broadcasting of the gala, press will not be allowed to stay on the floor, but can cover the event from the balcony overlooking the venue.
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine, Dr. Ernst Reichel, will hold a reception earlier on the 24th of November at the Embassy of Germany for the nominees, patrons, and special guests of the gala.
As part of the ADAMI events, there will be held an ADAMI Talks panel on November 25th at 11:00, at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, with the title "Freedom of the Media and Cultural Diversity in TV and the Internet – A Permanent Struggle?” The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Ms. Dunja Mijatović (Vienna, Austria), will be discussing with Carolin Ollivier, Editor-in-Chief of Arte Journal (Strasbourg, France). The panel with Q&A will be moderated by senior journalist and TV presenter Yuri Makarov (NTU). Journalists who want to attend may sign up at:
After five intensive days of jury work, we are excited to announce the nominees for the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe! Congratulations to the nominees -- we’ll see you in Kyiv on November 24th, where the winners will be announced at the award ceremony!
ADAMI Media Prize for Information (non-fiction)
By Manana Khidasheli
Georgian Public Broadcaster, Georgia
Produced by Chai Khana (www.chai-khana.org)
Marneuli TV, Georgia
ADAMI Media Prize for News and Short non-fiction
By Dmytro Lytvynenko (author) and Denis Yaroshenko (director)
STB (СТБ), Ukraine
ART&SHOCK – "Vulica Brasil"
By Kate Ilyina
TV channel Belarus 24 (National State TV and Radio Company of Belarus), Belarus
Young ADAMI Media Prize
By Vahagn Khachatryan
Golden Apricot Film Festival, Armenia
By Sashko Danylenko
Molodist Kiev International Film Festival, Ukraine
By Natalia Sergheev
Moldova 1 TV, Moldova
ADAMI Media Prize for Web Videos
A Look Beyond the Headlines
Tako Robakidze, Georgia
Праздник мусульман глазами христиан
Татьяна Сучкова, Ukraine
Let There Be Peace - Sülh Olsun - Миру Мир
Muhammad Agha, Azerbaijan
ADAMI Media Prize for Web Pages
George Gogua, Georgia
Ana Jegnaradze, Marita Tevzadze, Georgia
October 2016: ADAMI Media Prize at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Jury sessions begin in Batumi
October 24, 2016
Some exciting things happening with the ADAMI Media Prize this October: The ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe presented during a side event of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg, France, on the 11th of October.
The ADAMI Media Prize had the support of speakers Mr. Frank Schwabe, who is the Vice-Chair of the German Delegation to the Council of Europe, Dr. Thomas Feist, Member of the German delegation to the Council of Europe, and Ms. Gülsün Bilgehan, Chairperson of the PACE Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society. The speakers extended their support to initiatives that encourage a diverse and free media in the Eastern Europe region. The filmmakers who were the recipients of the 2015 ADAMI Media Prize were invited to Strasbourg to present their films at PACE, as well as for the general public at the historic Cinema Odyssée. The delegation of filmmakers also visited the headquarters of French-German culture channel Arte. The ADAMI Media Prize is working together with Arte to offer a one-month fellowship at the TV broadcaster to an exceptional applicant in the 2016 competition.
The next step are the jury sessions that will judge the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize competition, which are from October 24-28, and are being hosted by the city of Batumi (Georgia). The jury sessions are have the sponsorship of Hilton Batumi. There are two international juries comprised of representatives of TV channels, journalists, and public figures from Europe and the EU Eastern Partnership countries. The nominees for the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize will be announced on Ajara TV on October 28; the winners will be revealed at an awards gala in Kiev on November 24.
Batumi municipality will hold an evening reception for the two juries, local journalists, and public figures in Georgia, with an address by the Mayor of Batumi, Mr. Giorgi Ermakov, and by the Chairman of the Government of Ajara, Mr. Zurab Pataradze.
(Photos above: The ADAMI delegation (including filmmakers who received the 2015 award) visits Arte and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
The 2016 ADAMI competition is now closed!
Thank you to all those who applied. Please check here or on our Facebook for further news about nominees and the great events we have planned.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media are patrons of the ADAMI 2016 awards gala
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media are patrons of the ADAMI 2016 awards gala
September 30, 2016
The ADAMI Media Prize is proud to announce that the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, Ms. Dunja Mijatović, are the patrons of the 2016 awards gala of the ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe. The prize applies to the six EU Eastern Partnership countries -- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine -- and awards outstanding television, film, and online programmes that promote themes of integration, migration, and ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity. The awards gala will be held in Kiev on November 24th.
In cooperation with the Council of Europe, the director of the ADAMI Media Prize will present the ADAMI project to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, France, on October 11th, 2016. Three filmmakers from the South Caucasus who won the top prizes in the 2015 competition will also travel to Strasbourg, and will screen their films before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Council of Europe works to guarantee human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe; the Secretary General of the Council of Europe is responsible for the strategic management of the organization. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in the OSCE participating States, provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom, and helps participating States abide by their commitments to freedom of expression and free media. “As a prize that seeks to promote peaceful co-existence between peoples in Eastern Europe through media, we are thrilled to have the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and believe their auspices will boost larger interest in topics of cultural diversity and integration,” said Mr. Stefan Tolz, programme director of the ADAMI Media Prize.
Television broadcasters, producers, journalists, and young filmmakers of the six participating countries can apply for the competition and send in their films, videos, and online content connected to integration and cultural diversity until October 10th, 2016. An international jury will view and evaluate all entries. Producers and directors/journalists that are nominated in one of the six ADAMI categories are invited to the gala award ceremony in Kiev, where they will have the opportunity to network with broadcaster representatives and media professionals from across Europe.
About the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. The Council of Europe promotes human rights through international conventions, such as the European Convention on Human Rights, the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Convention on Cybercrime. It monitors member states' progress in these areas and makes recommendations through independent expert monitoring bodies. For additional information, visit: www.coe.int.
About the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments. Learn more atwww.osce.org/fom, Twitter: @OSCE_RFoM and at www.facebook.com/osce.rfom.
Focus Week: TV Categories
Mark your calendars: There’s are 3 weeks left until the 2016 competition closes!
TV stations and TV production companies from the EU Eastern Partnership countries can apply for the ADAMI Media Prize. There are categories for Information (non-fiction), Entertainment (fiction), and News and Short non-Fiction.
The 2015 winner for Information was the documentary film Niko’s Way, by director Giorgi Tskhvediani which aired on the Georgian Public Broadcaster.
The film follows the life of a young teacher, Niko, who is teaching Georgian in a small ethnic Armenian village in the Javakheti region of Georgia. Niko is faced with a dilemma: Should he return to his hometown to his pregnant wife and university studied? Or should he stay in the village to teach his young students and help build their future?
Watch the trailer for Niko's Way here.
Ukrainian TV presenter Yuri Makarov (ADAMI jury 2015) expressed his support for the ADAMI initiative, explaining the central role media plays in promoting tolerance among society.
Focus Week: Young ADAMI
The Young ADAMI category is open to students, filmmakers, and journalists up to age 28 from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. For the 2016 competition, we are looking for films and TV video formats that cover themes of integration, migration, and diversity. If your film appeared on TV, at select film festivals in the region, or was part of a film or journalism school thesis, it can be eligible for the prize.
The 2015 winning film for Young ADAMI, How to Cross (from Jiliz to Jiliz), follows a small girl Lousine in the village of Jiliz. She dreams of visiting her relatives who live on the other side of the stream – which also divides the village between Georgia and Armenia. Although only a kilometer separates them, the border forces the families to travel 100km to reach each other. Lousine and the villagers find themselves facing the questions: What is a border? Why do we need a border?
Watch the trailer here.
How to Cross screened at the 2015 CinéDoc Tbilisi International Documentary Film Festival.
The 2015 winners of the Young ADAMI Media Prize, filmmakers Marine Kocharyan and Sona Kocharyan, offered a few words to future applicants: “Young people need appreciation of their work. The ADAMI Media Prize creates a space for young people who are striving for diversity to use their talent. It is very motivating and encouraging! We recommend all young people to apply for the Young ADAMI prize.”
Closing date for applications for Young ADAMI is October 10, 2016. Contact us with your questions!
Focus Week: Online Categories
The ADAMI Media Prize has two categories awarding online materials. We are looking to award the best websites and the best videos online that show themes of integration, migration, and cultural diversity in the region.
The 2015 ADAMI Media Prize winner for Online Video, 30 Families of Griz, by Oktay Namazov, takes you into the mountains of Azerbaijan, and explores how the isolated village of Griz has managed to maintain it's unique language and culture.
You can watch the trailer for the video here.
The 2015 winner for Web Pages, www.chai-khana.org, is a cross-border web platform sharing stories from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The site's monthly editions have covered themes ranging from environmentalism, entrepreneurship, and youth in the South Caucasus.
ADAMI caught up with filmmaker Oktay Namazov on the set of his latest film in Sheki, Azerbaijan. "This is a really good opportunity for all young filmmakers. To shoot, to make their own films, to tell their own stories," he said.
30 August 2016
ProCredit Holding and ADAMI Media Prize sign cooperation agreement to promote cultural diversity in Eastern Europe
The ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe is proud to announce a new cooperation agreement with ProCredit Holding AG & Co KGaA, based in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, for the year 2016.
Under this new agreement, ProCredit Holding will be supporting the ADAMI Media Prize in promoting cultural diversity and establishing networking opportunities for filmmakers, audio-visual journalists, and broadcasters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, which are the countries in which the ADAMI Media Prize operates.
ProCredit Holding will provide funding for the 2016 ADAMI competition and will support the gala award ceremony on 24 November in Kiev. This internationally broadcasted event awards outstanding film, television, and online programmes that promote national, ethnic, religious, or cultural diversity among the peoples of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
ProCredit Holding is the parent company of the development-oriented ProCredit group, an international group of banks serving small and medium sized enterprises (SME), which focuses on Eastern Europe. “As a banking group striving to operate responsibly, ProCredit shares the underlying ethical principles of the ADAMI Media Prize and is pleased to support it,” said Borislav Kostadinov, Member of the Board of Management of ProCredit Holding. The ADAMI Media Prize spotlights the work of journalists and media professionals in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. ADAMI’s goal is to promote peaceful coexistence between peoples by stimulating new ideas and perspectives in media, and promoting media interest in topics of cultural diversity and integration.
Broadcasters and producers of the six countries can send in their films, videos, and online content connected to topics of cultural diversity until October 10th (the entry deadline). An international jury will view and evaluate all entries during its jury sessions, which are hosted by the city of Batumi (Georgia) on October 24th-28th. Producers and directors/journalists who have been nominated in one of ADAMI's six categories are invited to the gala award ceremony in Kiev, where they also have the opportunity to network with broadcaster representatives and media professionals from all across Europe. The gala award ceremony will be broadcasted live internationally.
About the ADAMI Media Prize
The ADAMI Media Prize is an initiative by the German non-profit organization 'Forschungsgruppe Modellprojekte e.V.' and is funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Germany). It is conducted in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union, Deutsche Welle Akademie, the German Society for Eastern European Studies and supported by media partners like the French-German cultural channel ARTE, the Georgian Public Broadcaster, the National Television of Ukraine, and TeleRadio Moldova. For additional information, visit: www.adamimediaprize.eu.
About the ProCredit group
ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the parent company of the international ProCredit group, comprising banks with a focus on Eastern Europe that have specialised in serving small and medium-sized enterprises. As of 30 June 2016, the group’s total assets amounted to EUR 6 billion. The total outstanding loan volume was EUR 4.1 billion, against customer deposits totaling EUR 3.8 billion, and its equity base stood at EUR 608 million. The core shareholders of ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA are the strategic investors Zeitinger Invest and ProCredit Staff Invest (an investment vehicle for ProCredit staff members), the Dutch DOEN Foundation, KfW and the IFC (World Bank Group). For additional information, visit: www.procredit-holding.com.
The ADAMI 2016 competition is open, and we are awaiting your submissions!
We are looking for audio-visual work made by journalists and filmmakers in the Eastern European region that cover stories of cultural diversity. Are you interested? Applicants can register and learn more through our APPLY page.
To find out more about ADAMI, have a look at our ABOUT page.
And congratulations again to our 2015 ADAMI Ambassador, Ukrainian jazz singer Jamala, on winning the 2016 Eurovision song contest!
You can watch her performance at the 2015 ADAMI gala here:
impressions from last year
We've been reflecting on what a great first year we had running the 2015 ADAMI Media Prize. Here's what some of our ADAMI friends and winners had to say about their experience: