‘This generation has found new ways of expressing strong criticism of politics and representation, and demanding change.’Juan Luis Sánchez, jury member

On May 18, the ten best videos of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 were awarded and screened at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe.

Watch the Radical Democracy Reel of all winning videos below.

Find the individual videos here. Read the report of the Award Ceremony in Warsaw here. Find out more about our winners here. Download the Radical Democracy Booklet here.


Every crisis offers opportunity. The current European economic and political crisis polarises societies and challenges the ‘European dream’. But at the same time, and across Europe, ordinary people are reclaiming public space, demanding transparency and social justice. A new sense of community and citizenship is spreading and the great thing is: we share the experience.

With the European Parliament Elections ahead, we at Doc Next Network think it’s time to take it a step further. Between February 17 and April 13, 2014, we called on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to share their views on ‘Europe’, in the form of audiovisual media works. We invited these media makers to challenge prevailing notions of democracy and representation, to reflect on alternatives, and to create new narratives for an open society. Building an online video platform, we aim to instigate a debate and discover ‘radical’ stories about what is and should be happening in Europe. We believe that through our stories and creative media works, we are able to represent ourselves and our communities, locally and globally. This is what we call Radical Democracy.

Between April 14 and 27, 2014, online audiences cast their votes to support and grant a wild card to their favourite videos to be included among the Finalists. At the same time, a Pre-selection Committee representing the Doc Next Network partner organizations have evaluated all entries and selected the (other) Finalists.

A professional jury announced the winning entries during the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw in May. There were 10 awards to be won: 5 Challenge Winners of €2500 each, and 5 Special Mentions of €1000 each.

Selected works will be screened at various festivals and platforms across Europe and become a part of the Doc Next Online Media Collection.



We created 4 categories to inspire media makers as we encouraged them to produce new media works for the challenge. Media makers could assign to their entries more than one category. The videos are voted and judged independently of the categories they belong to.

Local Heroes

Who is your local hero? Why? What kind of social or political change does she or he represent? Is it someone from your neighborhood, your city, your country? Or is it a community? How do you think local heroes can change Europe? Make a film about her/their ideas and how they are put into practice.


Create your own fake campaign video to illustrate what you criticize about politicians, to question the way we choose our leaders. What is it that you (don’t) like about your politicians in Europe?

Time Capsule

Your film is a time capsule. In 10, 50, or maybe even 100 years, someone will watch it. What dreams for the future will you share? What changes do you hope have taken place? What do you want Europe to be like in the future?

Europe Remapped

What is good about Europe and what isn’t? Get critical! Rethinking existing power structures, the way we relate to each other, and the visible/invisible borders between us, what should change in public spaces, in your neighborhood, in your city? How can you remap your Europe?


Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 received  a total of 212 submissions! Following that, 7000 voters cast about a total of 9000 votes for the challenge entries.

As with real elections, we invited online audiences to vote for their favourite 5 videos - and for the bright ideas and thought-provoking creativity of the media makers. The 5 videos that received the most votes won a wild card: a place on the list of Finalists. Find out about the top 5 Audience Choices here.

At the same time, a Pre-selection Committee representing the Doc Next Network partner organizations evaluated all entries and selected the (other) Finalist videos. Find all 30 Finalists in the Videos section.


A professional jury (panel of judges) viewed the  Finalist videos and selected 5 Challenge Winners, each receiving an award of €2,500, and 5 Special Mentions, each receiving an award of €1,000. The total awards for the challenge are €17,500. The 5 Winners and 5 Special Mentions were officially announced on May 18 in Warsaw. Find out who they are here.  


The jury is comprised of members representing different areas of expertise related to the call:  

Artur Liebhart | Producer, distributor / Festival Director of Planete+ Doc Film Festival

İmre Azem | Documentary filmmaker, social activist / Director of Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits 

Juan Luis Sánchez | Journalist / Co-founder and Deputy Director of

Nicole van Schaik | Journalist,  media maker / European Outreach Director of Good Pitch at Britdoc



All Finalists will be notified by May 1 and announced by May 5. The Winners will be awarded during the Awards Ceremony and Screening to be held on May 18 at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.  

The buttons above show the four categories of the challenge. If you want to view the videos under one specific category, click its button. If you click on the same button again, you will go back to viewing all entries. Videos are listed randomly every time you refresh the page. It may take a short while for the videos to load.




OTHER SUBMITTED VIDEOS (Except for the Finalists)


Check out the four commissioned videos that were made especially for your inspiration. Each was commissioned by a Doc Next partner and corresponds to one of the four different categories of the challenge - read up on the videos and their makers in the blog. Essentially, they ask the same question in different ways: 'How can we create a more open and inclusive Europe?'


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Offline screenings will take place at documentary film events throughout Europe between February and June 2014.


The five Winners and five Special Mentions of the video challenge will be announced for the first time and awarded during the Awards Ceremony to be held in May as part of the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland - in the heart of Europe.


Feb 17
Video submissions open
Feb 21
Screening of commissioned videos at BFI Future Film Festival / UK
Apr 13
Video submissions close
Apr 11
Screening of selected videos at Zemos98 Festival / SP
Apr 14-27
Audience voting
May 1-2
Audience Choices and all Finalists are announced
May 17 
Festival's Awards Ceremony of Planete+ Doc Festival / PL
May 18
Radical Democracy Awards Ceremony at Planete+ Doc Festival / PL
May 22-25
European Parliament Elections 2014
June 7
Screening at Documentarist Festival / TR [TBC]

Submissions for Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 are closed as of April 13. This section includes the guidelines and instructions used during the call for videos and is preserved for archival purposes.


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Entry deadline is April 13, 2014.

All submitted videos that meet the entry criteria will be added to Doc Next Network’s Radical Democracy Group on Vimeo and will be showcased online.

Doc Next Network reserves the right to not consider for awards purposes the works that don't have permission to use all of the material within the video including sound and music; as well as works that don't have permission from all contributors to be featured in it.

Any videos that contain any unlawful, obscene or immoral, defamatory or libellous material and/or constitute derogatory treatment of any work or person may be  eliminated.

As soon as the call for videos is closed, online audiences will be invited to vote for all of the submitted videos. The audience picks will be announced and will be included in the list of the Finalists. A professional jury will judge the Finalist videos and select 5 Winners, each receiving an award of €2500, and 5 Special Mentions, each receiving an award of €1000.

If your entry is among the Finalists, you will be notified by April 30, 2014. We will post a list of all Finalists on the website as well. If your entry is among the 10 award-winning videos (including Special Mentions), you will be notified by May 5. The winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony to be held on May 17-18, at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland. We will post a list of all winning videos on the website after the Awards Ceremony.


This is how you submit your video:

First, hit "record"

It is not a requirement, but we challenge you to produce a brand new video. Check the Categories for inspiration!

Then, upload your video to Vimeo

You can upload your video at following Vimeo’s instructions or submit a video that already exists on Vimeo that meets the criteria of the challenge. When entering your videos in either case, please make sure you fill out and/or revise the relevant video Setting fields on Vimeo according to the instructions below:

1. Basic > Title: Write the original title of your work in the Vimeo ‘title’ field. English title should also be included in parentheses. For example: Mon Video Fantastique (My Fantastic Video)

2. Basic > Description: Add a short synopsis of your work  in the Vimeo ‘description’ field. It should be no longer than 1000 characters (approximately 300 words).

3. Basic > Tags: Add any tags you think are suitable for your video, you can use the words in our Lexicon for reference!

4. Privacy: Please set the settings so that ‘anyone can see your video’, ‘anyone can comment on your video’, ‘allow people to add it to their collections’ and ‘allow the video to be embedded anywhere’ (so we can add it to our Radical Democracy Group on Vimeo).

5. Embed: You can use the default settings.

6. Advanced > Subtitles: If you have dialogue in your film that is not English, please make sure your video has either hard-coded English subtitles or an "English" subtitle file uploaded using Vimeo's 'Advanced' setting field. Please read Vimeo's guidelines to learn about how to add subtitles to your videos, how to turn on subtitles when watching the video, etc.

7. Advanced > Photos: It is not required, but if you choose, you can upload photos related to your video.

8.  Advanced > Creative Commons Licence: Please make sure one of the following licences are checked: Attribution alone (CC-BY), Attribution Share Alike (CC-BY-SA), Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) or Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA).

9. Get the Vimeo weblink for the video you uploaded.

Last but not least, fill out the Submission Form

1. Please make sure that you have fully read and understood the Guidelines before you fill out the Submission Form.

2. Please make sure that you use one form per video.

3. Enter the the Vimeo weblink of your video in the appropriate field. This will automatically enter in the corresponding field the title, duration and description of your video.

4. Fill out the requested information about your video as well as your personal information.

5. Click ‘submit’!

By submitting the form, you will automatically enter your video into the project database. Upon submission, you will receive a Verification Email to verify your email address. If your video meets the submission criteria and is therefore accepted to the video challenge,  you will receive a Confirmation of Acceptance Email within the next 48 hours.

Your personal information will be treated in strict confidentiality and will not be disclosed to any third party outside the Doc Next Network team.

Even if you close the Submission Form before submitting it, you will still be able to access it with the information you have entered so far by clicking on the Submission Form button.

If you cannot use the online Submission Form for any reason or have other inquiries, please send an email to

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Audience voting for Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 is closed as of April 27. This section includes the former voting guidelines and is preserved for archival purposes.


Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 received a total of 212 submissions. Following that, 7000 voters cast about a total of 9000 votes for the challenge entries!

As with real elections, we've invited online audiences to vote for their favourite 5 videos - and for the bright ideas and thought-provoking creativity of the media makers. The 5 videos that receive the most votes win a wild card: a place on the list of Finalists.

At the same time, a Selection Committee representing the Doc Next Network partner organizations evaluate all entries and select the (other) Finalists.


Our voting regulations are plain and simple: You can vote for a maximum of five videos.

Here's how it works:

First, watch videos

Obviously. Go to the Videos section, click on the thumbnail of videos you want to see and enjoy.

You will see all entries. You can use the 4 category names (buttons) under the Submitted Videos heading to filter the videos: If you want to view videos under one specific category, click its button. If you click on the same button again, you will go back to viewing all entries.

Please note: videos are listed randomly every time you refresh the page! This is to give all videos an equal chance of being viewed.

If you don't see English subtitles as you begin watching a video with non-English dialogue, you can turn them on by clicking on the CC button in the player's bottom toolbar. In the menu that appears, select the subtitle track you’d like to see (most likely the option is English).

Then, cast your vote for your favourite videos

1. Click on the video you would like to vote for.

2. You will be asked to login via your Facebook account if you are not already logged in.

3. Once logged in, click on the 'vote' icon to cast your vote. If you click on it again, you remove your vote.

4. If you would like to remove all your votes instantly and start from scratch, you can click on the "Reset all my votes" link in the individual video page.

Even after casting your vote and closing the video window,  you can come back to it to change your vote. You will see that as soon as you cast your vote to a video, its thumbnail on the main Videos section will be marked with a pink frame so that you can spot it easily.

The thumbnail you click on once will have a 'washed out' look upon your return to the main page to show you the individual video pages you have already entered into.

The total number of votes cast by different audiences for a given video can be seen both on the video thumbnails and in the individual video page (for example, total votes: 145).

And join the conversation

Below the video player you will see the "Comments" heading, and below is a link to "Join the Conversation". By clicking on it, you will be directed to the Radical Democracy Group on Vimeo where all submitted videos can also be viewed. Join us there: post your comments on the submitted videos and take part in the conversation.

If you have any inquiries please send an email to


21.05.2014 | Alternative European Voices Awarded in Warsaw

Dystopian visions of the future, critical satire and black comedy are the prisms through which young media-makers’ make us look at European society. The best videos submitted to the Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 were awarded on Sunday 18 May in Warsaw. Access the Press Release: Winners Radical Democracy.


Dear press members - You can access the Call in Polish, in Spanish and in Turkish.

You have press-related questions and want to get in touch? Please email to


Dear media makers and friends of Doc Next Network - We invite you to disseminate the call and voting phases of the video challenge among your communities. You can download the design files below:

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Radical Democracy 2014: European Video Challenge promotes the creation of an open and inclusive European society. Against the background of the 2014 European Parliament Elections, it is an open call to media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to submit audiovisual media works about the Europe they would like to live in. An invitation to think about the role they play in decision-making processes and to challenge prevailing notions of democracy, governance and participation.

The aim of the challenge is to collect, share and discuss genuine views on open society values and democratic representation - just like the forum in our design. European audiences will be invited to cast their votes and to share their opinion, contributing to the creation of new narratives for Europe. Offline, Radical Democracy will be present at various festivals and platforms where selected media works will be screened. All selected videos will become part of the Doc Next Online Media Collection. The winners of the video challenge will be announced and screened at Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland - in the heart of Europe.

For more information about the project please contact us at


Wondering what we mean when we say 'Radical Democracy' or 'open society values'? Find out here - and be inspired.

Challenge – 1// To submit a video, make your voice heard and represent yourself; 2// To object, (re)claim, confront, dare, demand, provoke... ; 3// To be seen, awarded and screened across Europe
Open society values – 1// Fundamental human rights, dignity, and the rule of law; 2// To address inequalities based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and citizenship; 3// To hold those in power accountable and striving for inclusive and equal representation; 4// To encourage critical debate and respecting diverse opinions; 5// To take on controversial issues and support bold, innovative solutions that address root causes and advance systemic change
Europe – 1// A continent; 2// The member states of the European Union; 3// A geographical-historical space, an idea, a cultural identity; 4// A system of values including equality, prosperity, justice, security, and solidarity
Radical Democracy – 1// The root of democracy; 2// To challenge existing power relations; 3// To take down walls and build an open society; 4// To transfer power from the few to the many, culturally and politically
Social Justice – 1// The ability for people to realize their potential; 2// To change unfair policies rooted in racism, xenophobia, inequality, machismo, and sexism
Free Culture – 1// A social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works as free content using the Internet and other media; 2// and that beyond culture, demands more transparency and the defence of common goods, whether tangible or intangible
Self-representation – 1// To create and share media works; 2// as an alternative way of participating in decision-making processes
European Parliament Elections 2014 On 22 - 25 May, European electorates will cast their votes in the European Parliament Elections. The elections mark the only opportunity, every five years, for European citizens to shape the composition of one of the EU decision - making bodies. For the first time, voters will also indirectly select the next president of the European Commission – as mandated by the 2008 Lisbon Treaty.

However, the turnout for European elections is traditionally low, and campaigns are often dominated by national issues, within a national political context. The 2014 elections are set against a backdrop of an enduring political and economic crisis, rising popularism and euroscepticism. Confidence in the European Union is at a historical low: 60% of Europeans ‘tend not to trust’ the EU, according to the latest Eurobarometer.

Whether the European Union has hit rock-bottom or shows signs of recovery, whether we want more or less ‘Europe’, this is the moment to exert our democratic right. At the same time, we cannot ignore the infamous democratic deficit that mars the European Union as a community of European citizens. A community that is full of ideas, discussions and experiments, reaching far beyond the borders of the Union.

Drawing on the creative potential of media makes and activists, ‘Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014’ aims to bring together the visualised stories of local heroes and grand ideas – and amplify representation beyond the ballot box.

For more information about the European Parliament elections and what’s at stake:

European Alternatives and Cafebabel are communications partners of the project.

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