1. Yael Leibel
    Marco Resa

    Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia,Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, Roma

    A cat has been trying to catch a mouse for a long time. The mouse is very smart, and does not come out of its hole, but after a while, the mouse hears a dog barking. Thinking that the cat ran away afraid of the dog, the mouse leaves its hole. Suddenly, the cat jumps on the mouse, while still barking.
    Essentially, the cat embraced the idea that to be successful nowadays, one needs to speak at least two languages. But the barking draws the attention of a dog, who interprets the bark as a she-dog calling for love and runs to the house. When he finds the caller was just a cat he gets very angry. The terrified cat releases the mouse who runs back to its hole.
    The cat, clearly baffled, remains with the dog facing a dangerous situation, but its knowledge of languages may help again.

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  2. Muhabbat Huiskamp
    Jitte Hoekstra

    Gerrit Rietveld Academy
    The Netherlands

    Being able to present yourself is crucial while trying to find a partner in life. Especially while speed dating! So when Edward finds out that dictionaries are not helping him to communicate, he searches for a solution. And he finds one! Edward meets his ‘personal translator’. A little guy, packed in a backpack, which you have to carry with you all the time, in order to have your personal interpreter always available! But it turns out that this solution also has its drawbacks.

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  3. Lyubomira Kostova
    Sava Komitski

    Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts

    It is not difficult to lie, especially during a language exam in the near future. And for the cheater ‘It’s ok’. But when the cheater is the one who is sent to an intergalactic conference everything is not so ok.
    ‘It’s OK!’ is a story that wittily comments on our world, which has become too inert, over-reliant on technology and too fussy. This especially concerns language learning and the future.
    We want to convey one important message: intercultural communication is a vital part of our lives, it is something we could not live without. Not only now, but particularly in the future. If we should ever make contact with other civilizations, languages will always remain one of the most important ways of communication.

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  4. Barbara Herz

    Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno
    Czech Republic

    A man enters a café. He is self-absorbed, does not notice his surroundings and sits down at a table. The café murmur suddenly stops. The man looks up from the menu and sees that at the other tables there are no real guests, only life-size black & white photographs of people. With simple gestures, the figures change their faces to unfriendly. The man does not understand. He feels an urgent need to break his estrangement.
    On the basis of three grotesque situations he gradually-spontaneously pronounces the words ‘I’ – ‘need’ – ‘to’ – ‘communicate.’ It is said accidentally, without comprehending its meaning. Finally, he realises that the combination of these words has a meaning and says consciously: ‘I need to communicate’.
    He looks up and sees that his understanding changes the two- dimensional world of paper figurines into the world of living creatures. The colour and sound come back. Café Alfa, being a metaphor for his loss, becomes a common café.

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  5. John Merry
    Justine Ostrowska

    National Film and Television School
    United Kingdom

    The Sicilian mafia is chasing a Madonna figurine with a diamond hidden within. But before the mob even realises, an elderly English couple on holiday in Italy manage to ‘save’ the figurine, not knowing which secret it is really hiding.

    # vimeo.com/30785802 Uploaded

Languages Through Lenses 2011


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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