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Can you squeeze out art from an EU funded project? Would you be capable of making up to 10 minutes-long art short movie, related to a project, jointly implemented by Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish or Belarusian organisations? And add the EU flag at the end?

If you are up to a challenge like this, take part in the international short-movie competition “Be part of it (European Cooperation)” this summer!

It is a competition, designated for the 2nd time celebrated European Cooperation Day this year. During it, the European cooperation programmes are presented to the Europeans. They are the EU funded programmes, which the organisations from neighbouring countries implement joint projects in. The rivers crossing the state borders are cleaned together, common lifeguard operations are conducted in the border region, border roads and bicycle paths are built, festivals are held and international tourism routes are created.

On the 21st of September the European Cooperation Day will be celebrated all over Europe. Last year over 250 events took place in the Old Continent. In Lithuania, a symbolic race of a Latvian make ambulance RAF, Polish “Fiat 126 Maluch”, Russian “Volga 21”, Belarusian tractor “Belarus” and a horse of Lithuanian “┼żemaituk┼│” breed was organised.

Information about the European Cooperation Programmes implemented in Lithuania:,, European Cooperation Day:

International short-movie competition “Be part of it (European Cooperation)” is organised by the Public Establishment Joint Technical Secretariat, set by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (further on – JTS) and the cinema theatre “Pasaka” (further on – Kino pasaka) in Vilnius.

Rules of the competition:

  • Film makers and cinema lovers from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Belarus are invited to take part.
  • Length of a movie submitted for the competition: up to 10 minutes.
  • Minimum resolution: 720p. Format: MPEG2 or MP4. Language: Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Belarusian, Russian or English.
  • Those, wishing to participate in the competition, should submit their participant’s form by e-mail: You must present short information about the participant and shortly describe the idea of your movie.
  • The contestants will have to use their own equipment for shooting their movies. If the need be, they will be able to use the equipment of Kino pasaka for assembling their movies.
  • The authors of the movies submitted for the competition will grant the organisers of the competition the demonstration rights to their movies. The movies will be used on the websites, social networks, Youtube of the European Cooperation Programmes and projects.
  • The deadline for submitting the movies is the 9th of September 2013. The movies should be submitted via the programmes Wetransfer or DropBox, giving the access to these movies via e-mail: Alternatively, the movies can be hand-delivered to the JTS (24th floor, Konstitucijos pr. 7, LT-09308 Vilnius, Lithuania).
  • The movies will be assessed by the competent jury, comprised of the representatives of the cinema, government and press fields.
  • The winners of the competition will be awarded valuable prizes and gifts of commemoration.

The answers to all your questions: tel. +370 5 261 0477 or e-mail:

Requirements regarding the movie:

  • The achievements of at least one project of the European Cooperation Programme. The achievements of the projects, implemented under a single European Cooperation Programme must be used for the movie (e.g. only the projects of the Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus Cross-border Cooperation Programme within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument). Each contestant will have to choose the projects to be filmed from the list of projects prepared by the organisers.
  • Cross-border effect must be demonstrated in the movie (what the partners from different countries have achieved each and how does it make sense together).
  • An art story must be told in the movie, e.g.:
    • trip (the characters are travelling and experiencing, how useful the results of cooperation projects are (e.g., a new bicycle path is built or the historical monuments are described in many languages);
    • detective (the characters are trying to solve a detective riddle, looking for solutions in the neighbouring countries (e.g. the detective is solved thanks to the video surveillance cameras installed in the city streets);
    • love (a story of two lovers from Lithuania and Belarus, who meet while participating in the project “Crossroads of Love and Art”, is told);
    • anything more interesting that you can think of.

Participant’s form 

Drop a glove to yourself and prove that the cross-border cooperation is art!

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