In 2017 we continued our work at the ADAMI Media Prize to promote coverage of cultural diversity issues in the media, and grow professional networks between European broadcasters with media and broadcasters from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
ADAMI FELLOWSHIP / ARTE PRIZE
Earlier this year we sent an ADAMI prize nominee to complete the first ADAMI fellowship/Arte prize, a one-month, funded journalism fellowship with the team of Arte Journal in Strasbourg (France). The first Arte prize was awarded to Georgian journalist Marita Tevzadze, who during her fellowship reported on the French presidential elections for Arte.
DW GLOBAL MEDIA FORUM
In June ADAMI participated in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum “Identity and Diversity” in Bonn (Germany) as an official partner. We brought two recent recipients of the ADAMI prize to present before an international audience their winning websites, online videos, and talked about the media situation in their respective countries.
ADAMI AT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
We had the honour to present, for the second time, the ADAMI initiative at the Council of Europe at an official side-event of the parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg (France) on October 10. With parliamentarians coming from across Europe to discuss critical issues affecting Europe and its neighbours, the side-event is a unique opportunity to connect filmmakers from the region directly with decision-makers.
We screened three ADAMI prize-winning projects at the Council of Europe. The prize winners were invited to Strasbourg to discuss their films and projects with MPs and special guests, and to visit the Arte TV headquarters.
ADAMI DIALOGUE FORUMS 2017
Our new initiative for this year, the ADAMI Dialogue forum, is a platform for media professionals to present their projects and create a dialogue with colleagues from the Eastern Partnership countries on how to visualize today’s most sensitive and vital issues in media.
The first ADAMI Dialogue workshop forum was on October 27-28 in Baku (Azerbaijan) focusing on the new media format of video blogging and larger online media. Participants learned about different facets of YouTube and other social media platforms from Gokhan Ekremolgu (on-site consultant, YouTube/Google San Francisco) and Dominique Willieme (Head of Digital Publishing, Arte), as well as the real-life experience of vlogger Magdalena Haase (YouTube vlog considercologne). In cooperation with the Yarat Contemporary Art Space, we held an open public lecture with Dominique Willieme demonstrating TV companies’ innovative approaches in online media.
The ADAMI Dialogue seminar in Yerevan (Armenia) on November 4-5 focused on TV and film professionals. Participants pitched and received feedback on in-development films related to cultural diversity to the panel of mentor-experts, including documentary filmmakers Andrzej Klamt (Germany), Irene Langemann (Germany), Vitaly Mansky (Russia/Latvia), journalist Vladimir Vasak (Arte, France), Satik Seyranan (editor-in-chief 168 Hours, Armenia), and scriptwriter Kote Jandieri (Georgian Public Broadcaster, Georgia).
Within the framework of the seminar there was a public screening of the 2016 film RODNYE (CLOSE RELATIONS), by director Vitaly Mansky. Criss-crossing Ukraine and Russia in the years after the revolution, the director shows how the war and new borders in Ukraine has artificially divided families.
At the seminar closing, the panel of experts nominated three exceptional projects from Armenia, Moldova, and Ukraine for an ADAMI travel grant to take part in two international pitching events: When East Meets West festival in Trieste, Italy (January 2018), and East Doc Forum in Prague, Czech Republic (March 2018).
ART EXHIBITION AT THE ADAMI TBILISI OFFICE
In December ADAMI opened the exhibition ‘Being Human’ by artist Maka Batiashvili, a series of ink-on-paper drawings which show the richness of being human. The exhibition is being hosted in the ADAMI office in Tbilisi.
The Call for Applications for the 2018 ADAMI Media Prize competition will launch in February 2018, with closing dates in July and October. The 2018 award ceremony for the prizes will be in Chisinau, Moldova. More information on how to apply will be available on our website at www.adamimediaprize.eu
The ADAMI Dialogue seminar in Yerevan the capital of Armenia focused on TV professionals and filmmakers. During the November 4-5, 2017 forum, participants pitched and received feedback on their in-development films related to cultural diversity from mentor-experts including documentary filmmakers Andrzej Klamt (Germany), Irene Langemann (Germany), Vitaly Mansky (Russia/Latvia); and from the journalistic side, from 25-year-veteran journalist Vladimir Vasak (Arte, France), Satik Seyranan (Armenia), and scriptwriter Kote Jandieri of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (Georgia).
Within the framework of the seminar, ADAMI invited the public to an open and free screening of RODNYE (CLOSE RELATIONS), a film by director and seminar mentor Vitaly Mansky, which through the director's travels throughout Ukraine shows how war artificially divided families.
At the forum closing, ADMAI nominated three exceptional projects from Armenia, Moldova, and Ukraine which took in the seminar, to take part in two international pitching events: the When East Meets West festival in Trieste, Italy (January 2018), and the East Doc Forum in Prague, Czech Republic (March 2018). ADAMI will cover the travel and participation expenses for the filmmakers if their projects participate in the pitching festivals.
We held the first ADAMI Dialogue workshop forum on October 27-28, focusing on the new media format of video blogging and online video-media.
Media professionals from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine came to Baku, Azerbaijan to learn about different facets of YouTube and innovations in online and social media platforms from Gokhan Ekremoglu ( Policy Lead Vaco onsite YouTube/Google) and Dominique Willieme (Head of Digital Publishing, Arte), and about practical vlogging experience from vlogger 'Lena' of the vlog considercologne.
Within the framework of the forum, ADAMI and the Yarat Contemporary Art Center hosted a public lecture with Dominique Willieme about trends among European broadcasters in creating engaging content for TV companies' online websites.
We were honoured to present for the second year in a row at an official side-event of the fall 2017 session of the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly, in Strasbourg, France.
We extend our thanks to Ms. Elvira Drobinski-Weiss and Dr. Bernd Fabritius, members of the German delegation to the assembly, for hosting the event, and to Mr. Dieter Boden, former OSCE head of mission and special envoy of the UN Secretary General to Georgia, for speaking in support of the ADAMI initiative.
Five recipients of the 2016 ADAMI Media Prize screened their winning films to parliamentarians at the Council of Europe, and talked about the situation in their countries, ranging from youth migration, the perception of minorities in the media, conflict resolution, and foreigners' ability to own lands.
The journalists were also invited for a special tour of French-German cultural channel Arte, and discussed how Arte is covering current events about migration with the head of Arte Reportage, and were also introduced to current trends in the development of 360 degree television.