Call for Applications: ADAMI Dialogue – Yerevan

ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe is launching a Call for Applications for video-based projects on the topics of cultural diversity, integration, and peaceful coexistence, to participate in a two-day forum in Yerevan on November 4-5, 2017. TV journalists, producers and film directors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine working on films, news reports, or videos can apply.

ADAMI Dialogue Yerevan accepts entries from projects on several stages of development – from the concept note to the editing phase.

The forum will be a creative workshop between experts from European countries and participants. The aim of the workshop is to create dialogue on showcasing the diversity in the region in visual media, and also to establish networks between the Eastern Partnership countries and broadcasters and filmmakers in Europe.

Participants will have 5-7 minutes to present their projects at the forum, including screenings where applicable. Ways of implementing the films or videos in a visual and thematic context will be discussed during the workshop. The recommendations will be formulated to support the participants in further steps of their project, including developing, shooting, and editing. 

Participants in ADAMI Dialogue Yerevan can apply for the 2018 edition of the ADAMI Media Prize with their final video materials.

Experts leading the ADAMI Dialogue Yerevan will include documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky and producer and film director Andrzej Klamt. The workshop will be moderated by filmmaker Irene Langemann.

Logistic details about the forum:

-       Dates: November 4-5, 2017

-       Location: Yerevan, Armenia

-       Language: Russian and English.

-       Deadline for applications: September 20, 2017

-       Workshop fee: 500 EURO. Please note that selected applicants with the strongest projects will get a scholarship covering the workshop fee and other costs, as transportation, accommodation, and food costs. N.B.: There is no application fee.

-       A total of 23 persons will be selected

Please fill out and submit the online application form by September 20, 2017:

Applicants will be notified about their acceptance and whether they are offered the scholarship by October 5, 2017.


For questions, please contact:

+995 32 299 9134


About the ADAMI Media Prize

The ADAMI Media Prize celebrates diversity as a core value of our societies. We believe that media plays an important role in shaping public attitudes, and that by positively showcasing diversity, media can contribute towards peaceful coexistence between different groups in society. Through the prize, our aim is to encourage media to fight messages of hate and ignorance, and to promote projects which positively represent diversity in our region.

The ADAMI Media Prize is financed by the Federal Foreign Office and ProCredit Holding, and conducted in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Deutsche Welle Akademie, the German Society for Eastern European Studies (DGO), and supported by media partners ARTE, ZDF, and MDR.

The ADAMI Media Prize is an initiative of Forschungsgruppe Modellprojekte e.V.

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Photos from our presentation at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017

Photo Credit: Deutsche Welle

It was a great opportunity for ADAMI Media Prize to be a partner organization of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum this June!

We invited recipients of the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize to present within our program 'Fighting Hate, Connecting Talents.'

Pictured: George Gogua (2016 ADAMI Online Prize,, Stefan Tolz (ADAMI Director), Yanina Melnikava (2016 Special Mention, 'What is Hate Speech?') 

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ADAMI Media Prize at the 2017 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
Photo credit: DW Global Media Forum

Photo credit: DW Global Media Forum

See you in Bonn!

Excited to present the ADAMI Media Prize at the 2017 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum! This year's theme: Identity and Diversity.

Join us on June 20th for our discussion, "Fighting Hate, Connecting Talents," on ADAMI and promoting diversity and tolerance in the media in Eastern Europe.

See the link to our event here:…/fighting-hate-connecting-tal…/a-38876539

About the DW Global Media Forum:

Identity and Diversity

"In the age of post-truth-politics and populism, what role does journalism play if work based on basic fact-checking does not seem to sell? What moral responsibility do politics have in promoting diversity, even if it means a loss of votes? And how should governments address the complexities arising from globalization and digitalization? Is diversity the heart and driving force of every strong nation or is it only an illusion?

Join us at the Global Media Forum 2017 to shape the discussion the impact of identity and diversity on politics, society and media."

You can find the complete program of the forum here:

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Observing (from) Arte

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, Im honoured to be in the ARTE headquarters in Strasbourg together with the team of ARTE Journal. This may sound unbelievable, but Ive 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. Its wonderful to work together with a professional and friendly team in the newsroom of ARTE. Its 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 youre 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.  

Im 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

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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!

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