On June 12, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia officially awarded prizes to the winners of the EU 3-minute Film Festival 2015, the competition for 3-minute mobile phone films. The festival, in its fourth year, addressed young participants aged between 16 to 25 years old.
The contest ran from March 27 to May 31. Some 29 contestants took part in the competition.
Two of them decided to showcase FLEG II Program: Akaki Chalatashvili and Ketevan Dzukaeva. Second prize was awarded to Ketevan Dzukaeva's film ENPI FLEG II for depicting complex project objectives by using simple and non-conventional narration.
Ketevan is a Natural Resource Management MBA student at Ilia State University. Together with her group mates from University, she heard about FLEG II Program long before the contest. They had practical case studies from FLEG II program experience about sustainable forestry. When Ketevan learnt about contest and decided to participate: “When we heard about FLEG, we were all impressed with the Program objectives and results. We wanted to share this information with others. And when contest had been launched, I thought that this was a very good opportunity to communicate Program to wider public and especially to the young people.”
The EU 3-Minute Film Festival is a competition targeted at Georgian youth and invites them to develop short films (max. 3 minutes) on their mobile phones. Participants were invited to play the role of a reporter and tell a convincing informative story. They had to produce creative short movies with their mobile devices and provide the public with their own view in a "reporter fashion" way about one or more projects funded by the European Union in Georgia, and their impact on people's daily life.
The EU 3-minute Film Festival has been incredibly successful during the four years of its existence, and has seen young Georgians reporting on projects funded by the European Union in Georgia in a creative way.
The festival is supported by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia. Levan Kipiani, the Minister, said: “I am glad our youth is participating in this interesting project which reflects the long term assistance of the EU to our country. I hope that this year again, young Georgian people will come up with interesting short films. The fact that the 3-minute Film Festival is running for the fourth year indicates our country’s intention to become a full member of the EU family and share European values.”
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Relations between the EU and Georgia started in 1992 just after Georgia regained its sovereignty in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union. The EU was one of the first to assist Georgia in the difficult early years of transition. By signing the Association Agreement (AA) in June 2014, relations between the EU and Georgia were brought to a qualitatively totally new stage.
The EU - Georgia Association Agreement is the outcome of the EU's “European Neighborhood Policy” (ENP) launched in 2004 with the objective to bring closer to each other the enlarged EU and its neighbors and to enhance prosperity, stability and security of all concerned. It helped to build ties in new areas of cooperation and encouraged Georgia’s objective of further approximation with European economic and social structures. By launching the more advanced "Eastern Partnership" in spring 2009, which Georgia, alongside with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, the EU stressed the importance of this region and the privileged relationship it was offering to it.
The EU through its Financial and Technical Cooperation supports Georgia’s ambitious reform agenda. More than 100 projects are currently being carried out in Georgia. EU assistance focuses on the support of the following sectors: Justice, Freedom and Security; Human Rights, Democratization and Civil Society; Conflict Resolution; Management; Infrastructure; Education, Health and Social Development.