A European film competition for school students

initiated by

JEDER MENSCH e.V. is sending out a call to schoolchildren from all over Europe for a film competition!

Do you want to change something? Do you have a lot of strong ideas? Whether as a small group or as an entire school class, get behind those cameras! The topic is the six new Fundamental Rights for Europe. You can find out exactly what that's all about on this page. Now it's your turn: AAAND ACTION!

Who we are

Alexa von Salmuth


You, the young generation, are the ones who will continue to shape our future in Europe. NOW, more than ever, is the time to make a difference! Act now! :-) We are looking forward to your ideas, wishes and attitudes to the proposed fundamental rights.

Eva Bertram

Managing director of the foundation Jeder mensch e.V.

The film contest is one of my favorite projects at EVERYONE! We believe that we are addressing the most important issues for the future with the proposed articles. Now I am very excited to see what ideas the students implement for the individual articles.

Denis Pavlovic

Glass Frog Films Hamburg - competition management

Movies are not only good for entertainment, movies can change the world. So let's start with Europe and show everyone what we've got. I am really looking forward to your submissions. And now it's time: AAAND ACTION!

Our cooperation partner


The video competition of the Bettermakers project of the Hamburg Initiative for Human Rights e.V. offers teenagers and young adults aged 13 to 25 the opportunity to express themselves diversely on current topics and to participate in the socio-political debate. www.bettermakers.de

Film Without Borders

Whoever would like could simply watch films at the WITHOUT BORDERS Filmfestival. Yet we do invite you to carry out discussions with actors, directors and producers because it is our wish that you take something away with you which steps beyond the normal cinema experience. www.filmohnegrenzen.de

The topic

Ferdinand von Schirach is a lawyer and one of the most famous writers in Germany. In his book 'Jeder Mensch' ('every person'), he proposes six new fundamental rights for the European Union. These address major and, above all, topical issues of our time, such as the environment and the Internet. JEDER MENSCH e.V. is working to implement these ideas for fundamental rights in order to advance Europe.

You can find out more in this video:

Why have new fundamental rights at all?

We all have laws that we have to obey. On the other hand, we have fundamental rights. That means that the state is bound by certain rules in relation to us. There are very old fundamental rights. For example, no one can be locked up without good reason and without a court having reviewed everything. A more recent fundamental right is the right to data protection, which has become particularly important due to the development of the Internet. But our world is developing rapidly. In the past, nobody could have imagined how important the Internet and artificial intelligence would one day be. The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time. Politicians like Donald Trump lie like crazy. And global trade ensures cheap products, but also terrible working conditions in poorer countries. The old fundamental rights do not offer any answers to these new challenges. We therefore propose six new fundamental rights.

The 6 fundamental rights:



Everyone has the right to live in an environment that is healthy and protected.


Digital self-determination

Everyone has the right to digital self-determination. Excessive profiling or the manipulation of people is forbidden.


Artificial intelligence

Everyone has the right to know that any algorithms imposed on them are transparent, verifiable and fair. Major decisions must be taken by a human being.



Everyone has the right to trust that statements made by the holders of public office are true.



Everyone has the right to be offered only those goods and services that are produced and provided in accordance with universal human rights.


Fundamental rights lawsuit

Everyone has the right to bring a lawsuit before the European Courts when the Charter’s fundamental rights are systematically violated.

The competition


Groups of 2 or more students aged between 10 and 19 years at the time of submission can take part. There are three age groups: 10 - 12 years, 13 - 15 years and 16 - 19 years.


Show us what you think and make your own film! Whether as a small group or as an entire school class, get behind those cameras! As your theme, you should deal with the ideas for the 6 new fundamental rights from Jeder Mensch e.V. You can choose one article or simply address all of them at once. Be critical, be honest, be funny or informative! Show us what you want to change – What would your Europe look like in the future?


So that as many people as possible can understand your film, the films have to be either in English, with English subtitles, or with no language at all. Your film can be up to 15 minutes long and must be in landscape format. You can film with your smartphone or with any other device that produces moving images. Whether that's a Super 8 camera, stop motion or animation – you decide.


You can submit your film on this website from 10th January to 31st July 2022 (midnight).

In short:


1–6 Fundamental Rights for Europe


max. 15 minutes


English, English subtitles or no language at all




groups of 2 or more people


10 Jan – 31 July 2022


Jury of age group 10 - 12 years

Kate Chakravarty

Student | Member of Plant-for-the-Planet

Hi, I'm Kate and I am a 16 year old student living in Switzerland. I am passionate about sustainability and human rights so I am very excited to see the amazing films that will be created.

Joshua Steib

UN Youth Delegate | Peace Ambassador

Since winning Germany's National Youth Debating Competition in 2019, I'm very involved in youth participation and climate education. Last year, I represented Germany's youth at the preparatory United Nations Climate Change Conference in Italy and was a delegate at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Anja Gurres

Film Director | Shortfilm 'The Glare'

Anja Gurres has always been interested in people and their stories. At the age of 17, she began making her own short films and was able to achieve her first successes at youth festivals, such as the Baden-Württemberg Youth Film Award or the up-and-coming Festival. From 2014 to 2020, she studied directing for fictional films at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Jury of age group 13 - 15 years

Jess Mukeba

UNICEF Youth Advisory Board | Speaker of BMZ-Youth Advisory Council

Jess Mukeba began his transnational involvement with UNICEF at the age of 15. In 2021, he was elected to the first Youth Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He works as an actor and studies political science and philosophy in Freiburg im Breisgau.

Mathilde Eon

Volunteer in civic service | Member of Plant-for-the-Planet

Originally from France, I am spending a year in Germany working at Plant-for-the-Planet. I am passionate about climate and social justice, which is why I studied international law.

Livia Josephine Kerp

Author (Youth Textbook “How to Politik” Dressler Verlag) | political blogger

I founded my first blog at the age of 13 and have been writing about youth politics ever since. At the age of 18, I wrote my first book, which was published by Dressler Verlag. I wrote 'How to Politik - Von Hä? zu Ah!' (How to Politics - From Huh? to Ah!) to give the young generation a little guide to the subject of politics and at the same time have some fun.

Jury of age group 16 - 19 years

Franz Böhm

Director of 'Dear Future Children'

In his films, he always focuses on social and activist topics. For his film project 'Christmas Wishes' Franz filmed two true stories of young homeless people. In 2019, he produced his short film 'Good Luck'. His debut feature film 'Dear Future Children' is about young activists worldwide.

Lena Barth

Volunteer for Amnesty International I Member of the foundation Jeder Mensch e.V.

I'm Lena, 21 years old, and I've been campaigning for the protection of fundamental rights for several years now. On the one hand, with my voluntary work for Amnesty International, which advocates for human rights worldwide, and on the other hand, with my work for the foundation Jeder Mensch e.V., which advocates for the enforcement of six new European fundamental rights.

Atay Küçükler

Youth ambassador Deutsch-Französisches Zukunftswerk

I dedicate my existence to discrimination-sensitive work, education for sustainable development and socio-ecological transformation of entire societies. Above all, the perspective and participation of young people is a matter close to my heart.

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

And what can you win? We award three prizes an age group across three age groups. The winning films will be selected by a jury and be given prize money. There's also an online voting system where we're interested in hearing your opinion! As of 8th August 2022, you can vote for one whole month to determine which film should be singled out with the audience award. To top it off, the winning films have the chance to be shown in September 2022 at the 'Film ohne Grenzen' ('films without borders') film festival in Bad Saarow. You can find out more about the festival at this link: www.filmohnegrenzen.de

Fancy a go? Then shoot your film and submit it to us from 10 January 2022 onwards! Maybe you will soon be one of the lucky winners!

10–12 years

1st prize:

2nd prize:

3rd prize:




13–15 years

1st prize:

2nd prize:

3rd prize:




16–19 years

1st prize:

2nd prize:

3rd prize:




Online voting

audience prize:


The winners

We thank all participants for their wonderful films. Congratulations to all the winners of the jury and online voting.

You can watch all the great submissions again on our YouTube Channel.

10–12 years

1st prize

The most fundamental right? Environment

2nd prize

KI in Ehrenfeld

3rd prize

The second Ark

13–15 years

1st prize

The Lies

2nd prize

Think before you buy

3rd prize


16–19 years

1st prize

The "political truth"

2nd prize

What if…

3rd prize

Exploitation and environmental destruction - Textile production in the Global South

Honourable Mentions

10–12 years

I Accept

13–15 years

The lie you make true

16–19 years

The environment is on our hands

Online Voting

The Green Avenger


How can we get register for the AAAND ACTION! film competition?

From 10 January 2022 onwards, you will find a button in the submissions area that will take you directly to the required documents. All submissions are made exclusively via this website. Submission by post is unfortunately not possible.

Can we submit multiple films?

No. Each group may only submit one film. In the case of multiple submissions, the first submission counts. Each participant is only allowed to participate in one group.

Are there flyers or posters that we can hang up at our school or give to our friends?

On the first page, you will find a button that leads you directly to a download. You can download these there. Or write us an email and we will be happy to send you a package.

What kind of camera can we use?

You can use any camera that is available to you. Nowadays there are a multitude of options. Use your smartphone, your SLR camera or an old Super 8 camera. It is only important that the quality is not below 720p, so that your film looks good on the big screen. When filming, please also make sure that the sound is easy to understand.

We're not so wonderful at English. Can we also make our film in our mother tongue?

We want your film to be understood by as many people as possible. Is your English not so good? You don't want to speak in English? No problem! You are welcome to make your film without language. There are many creative ways to make your story work without language. You still want to use language though? Then shoot your film in your mother tongue and put English subtitles on the picture.

Does our film have to contain all 6 new fundamental rights?

You can choose one of the 6 articles that particularly matters to you or make a film about all 6 fundamental rights. We'll leave that to you to decide. Are you concerned about current environmental issues? Do you find the future and artificial intelligence exciting? You are free to choose which topics you would like to address. You are, of course, welcome to take all 6 fundamental rights as a topic.

We are a group of two different age groups. Is that allowed?

Yes and no. If there are only two of you, then you must both be from one of the three age groups or be in the same form. If you are a group of more than two people and do not come from the same form, then the age group of the majority applies. This means: say, for example, you are 12, 12 and 13 years old. Then you can register for the age group 10–12 years. To keep it fair, though, you cannot be, for example, 11, 12 and 18 years old in one group. But if you are 12 years old and would like to work with two 16 year olds, for example, then that would be possible, and you would be in the 16–19 age group. Are you still not sure? Then write us an email and we will check which age group is suitable for you.

Can we withdraw our submission? And how do we do that?

You can, of course, withdraw your submission at any time during the submission period. Your personal data and your competition entry will then no longer be stored or published by us. The withdrawal of any team member or your withdrawal as a group also leads to exclusion from the competition though. Send us an email message stating that you are withdrawing your participating entry, and we will delete all your data immediately.

Are we allowed to use copyrighted material, such as foreign music or images?

You have to own all rights to the pictures, sound, music or texts. If you want to use material that you did not make yourself, you have to make sure that it has free licences. If you are going to use material that you did not produce yourself, please give us traceable sources so that we can check them for copyrights if necessary. If you are not sure, please ask your parents or teachers so that they can check for you. If you use copyrighted material in your film, it will lead to exclusion from the competition!

May we show other people in our film?

If people appear in your film, you must always have their consent that the material may be published. No personal rights may be violated. To be on the safe side, have them sign a declaration of consent. We reserve the right to request this from you.

Do you have questions that you cannot find an answer to here?

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