In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom launched the international comics competition Animate Europe for the first time and has done so since then every other year. In 2015, they asked the artists for stories on the future of the European Union, Europe Fast Forward, in 2017 they were looking for comics on how to re-animate the European Union, Re-Animate Europe.
This year's topic is Europe+ and they are looking forward to stories on the added value of the European Union. Anyone is welcome to participate! All you need to do is register and send them the first finished page as well as a summary of the story you would like to tell them by Saturday, 15 December 2018.
In early January 2019, the jury consisting of Mathieu Diez, Director of Lyon BD, Kalle Hakkola, Curator/Producer/Scriptwriter, Lucie Lomová, Comics artist, Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes International Comic Festival, and Judith Vanistendael, Comics artist, will select four finalists who will receive a grant of 800 € to finish an eight-page comics story by Sunday, 31 March 2019.
The winner will be announced at their award ceremony at the Belgian Comic Strip Center beginning of May 2019 and will receive a prize of 500 €. All four finalists’ entries will be published in an anthology.
For the terms and conditions in English, click here. Et ici pour les termes et conditions en Français. To register, click here. For any questions on the competition, please don’t hesitate to contact Charlot Uhrig (firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +32 2 282 09 38)
Find out all about the competition here.