1. Terry Ashby
    Katie James

    The Northern Film School

    Armed police surround a suspected terrorist. The man, not speaking a word of English, tries to explain why he is acting so strangely. Tensions rise as he undoes his coat to reveal…

    # vimeo.com/35957119 Uploaded
  2. Laura Pleifer and Vilma Pflaum

    University of Applied Arts, Vienna

    The animated short fi lm ‘Travelling without Moving’ depicts a mental journey through the world of languages. Language is the basis for thought and infl uences the cognitive abilities of a person. So: When people speak many languages they think diff erently. ‘Travelling without Moving’ uses visual, metaphorical caricature to show how a change in language alters our thoughts, actions and our personality. The protagonist changes his language from scene to scene triggered by distinct stimuli. Each change entails a metamorphosis which manifests itself also visually in gesture, facial expression and modified behavior. For example, the mentality of an Austrian is thus transformed in the fi lm by the use of the English language. New perspectives, experiences and associations open, which again cause a switch in language and yet again enable different
    strains of thought. At the end the audio line continues without the picture, thereby indicating that the mental journey, triggered by the versatile properties of a language, could easily go down an infinite number of routes.

    # vimeo.com/35957113 Uploaded
  3. Daniela Krajčová

    Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava

    A story of a couple of lovers who do not speak the
    same language. This leads to the translation of their conversation to the third common language.

    # vimeo.com/35955973 Uploaded
  4. Darius Jaruševičius

    Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius

    The Rabbit Polyglot knows the languages of many
    animals and it makes him quite independent. He is not very brave, but ironic and smart. He switches the channels on satellite TV, understanding programmes in any language, comparing, judging and making life decisions on the information he gets.

    # vimeo.com/35955969 Uploaded
  5. Petra Čížková
    Adam Novota

    Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava

    This fi lm is about the Utopian idea of absolute multilingualism. It is presented in the form of a feminine crew of a freight ship. Although these women-sailors
    come from diff erent states, each of them masters all the other languages of their crew mates. All works well until a customs offi cer comes in contact with
    this peculiarly functioning fellowship to inspect and prepare the ship’s cargo for duty. The captain accepts the forms handed to her by the offi cer and asks
    the crew to fi ll them out. All crew members involved lead intense discussions while carrying out the captain’s orders. Some minutes later, they hand the fi lled-in documents over to the confused customs offi cer, who attempts to stamp all of them as quickly as possible in
    order to leave this peculiar society without revealing that he actually did not understand a single thing any of the crew were saying. Just before leaving the ship, the offi cer gets a present – one of the numerous boxes of which the entire cargo consists. He briefl y salutes the ship, which is already leaving, and heads toward his car.
    Suddenly, while entering the car, he notices the word ‘HEROINE’ written on the other side of the box.
    While panicking, he scrolls through the fi lled-in forms to see what he actually stamped. The column entitled ‘TRANSPORT’, where the word ‘HEROINE’ is also
    written, confi rms his suspicions. He leaves his car and attempts to stop the ship. Without success, he returns to the car and opens the box – only to find
    Barbie superhero dolls – BARBIE HEROINE.

    # vimeo.com/35955964 Uploaded

Languages Through Lenses 2010


Multilingual Europe in Focus: Languages through Lenses Student Video Competition

Through the Languages through Lenses competition, supported by the European Commission, students are invited to highlight the advantages of learning and speaking foreign…

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Multilingual Europe in Focus: Languages through Lenses Student Video Competition

Through the Languages through Lenses competition, supported by the European Commission, students are invited to highlight the advantages of learning and speaking foreign languages and to illustrate the enriching experience of intercultural exchanges through the medium of film.

EU language policies aim to protect linguistic diversity and promote knowledge of languages – for reasons of cultural identity and social integration, but also because multilingual citizens are better placed to take advantage of the educational, professional and economic opportunities created by an integrated Europe.

Jury selected proposals for production are rewarded with:
A production grant of € 5000.
An invitation to workshop in Amsterdam.
An invitation to the PRIX EUROPA Festival in Berlin where the PRIX EUROPA Prize for
"Best Video on Multilingualism of the Year " is awarded.
A DVD of the video productions for wider distribution to television stations and festivals

For full information on Languages Through Lenses and updates on the latest edition visit: elia-artschools.org/Activities/languages-through-lenses-2012

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