Animate Europe 2020 International Comics Competition

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Animate Europe 2020 International Comics Competition

Animate Europe 2020 International Comics Competition now is over!

Animate Europe 2020 International Comics Competition: Animate Europe 2020 International Comics Competition recently announced by The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is now open for entry in its 5th edition, inviting anyone with an inspiring answer to pick up pen and paper and take a part.

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The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is very excited to announce that its biannual Animate Europe 2020 International Comics Competition is officially entering its 5th round!

This year’s topic is "Restart! – The Streets of Europe".

At this very moment Europe must find its way out of many unprecedented challenges, not just the Covid-19 pandemic – think populism, or Euroscepticism, to name just two major examples.

The restart takes us back to where it all begins: the public. Let’s focus on European citizens, their realities, their priorities. The things they cherish, the things they despise. Their biggest fears and wildest hopes. What kind of restart would they stand up for? Which face, which vision of Europe do they represent?

And let’s study them where they actually are: in the Streets of Europe! The streets are the place where society interacts, where discourses are shaped, where ideas for change are formed, where true participation happens. What streets are we looking at? A network of endless staircases, a highway into the future? A sleepy countryside road, a spooky backalley? A spiderweb of roundabouts, a labyrinth of dead-ends? Who’s stuck on the sidewalk, who’s speeding off in the fast lanes? Where do roads end, where do new ones begin?
The competition takes place in two rounds. The deadline of the firat round is December 6, 2020. Finalists will receive a personal invitation for round 2.

Submission requirements:

you should submit 3 single page comics (graphic short stories). Each comic must display one independent graphic story on a single page.

comic page submited need to be sized A4 (portrait oriented), 300dpi, saved as PDF only, 300 CMYK or grayscale.

you can submit only 1 entry.

Entries can be with or without words, in black and white or colour, and fiction or non-fiction.

Each entry must be in English and an original work of which the entrant is the author (or joint author) which has not been previously professionally or commercially published and is not in breach of any third party right.

Evaluation Criteria:

The competition will be judged by four jury members who will seek to identify artists of excellent and original graphic short stories.

Finalists will be invited to the award ceremony at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, Brussels, in June 2021. Their works will be featured in a printed comic book publication as well as in an international travel exhibition.

Who may enter?

The competition is open to everyone.


All finalists and the 1st prize winner will recive 1,000 EUR of the cash prize.

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