Animate Europe 2019: Europe+ International Comics Competition

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Application Deadline- 15 December 2018

In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom launched the international comics competition Animate Europe for the first time and has done so since then every other year. In 2015 we asked the artists for stories on the future of the European Union, Europe Fast Forward, in 2017 we were looking for comics on how to re-animate the European Union, Re-Animate Europe.

This year´s topic is Europe+ and we are looking forward to stories on the added value of the European Union. What are the advantages of the European Union? What did the EU do well according to you – in general terms or in your personal experience? Anyone is welcome to participate! All you need to do is register and send us the first finished page as well as a summary of the story you would like to tell us by Saturday, 15 December 2018.

Beginning of January 2019, the jury consisting of Mathieu Diez, Director of Lyon BD, Kalle Hakkola, Curator/Producer/Scriptwriter, Lucie Lomová, Comics artist, Julie Tait, Director of the Lakes International Comic Festival, and Judith Vanistendael, Comics artist, will select four finalists who will receive a grant of 800 € to finish an eight-page comics story by Sunday, 31 March 2019. The winner will be announced at our award ceremony at the Belgian Comic Strip Center end of April and will receive a prize of 500 €. All four finalists’ entries will be published in an anthology.


This competition is open to anyone. The promoter will only accept one entry per entrant. For co-productions, the participation with one additional person is possible.

Grant and Prize :

The seven finalists who will be selected by the jury at the end of phase I of the competition will receive a grant of €800 to complete their graphic short story.

The winner of the competition will receive €500. The prize will be awarded end of October at a ceremony at the Belgian Comic Center in Brussels, Belgium.

Entry Specifications:

Entrants are advised to retain a copy of entries. Entries can be with or without words, in black and white or colour, and fiction or non-fiction. Each entry must be:

  • in English
  • 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.
  • in phase I: submitted in digital form to
  • in phase II: submitted in digital form to and as flat work (i.e. not as a booklet]. Artwork must not be rolled in a tube. It can be submitted on paper in the formats A4 or A3.
  • 8 pages
  • complete in itself (i.e. not a fragment of a larger work).

No work can be returned.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Animate Europe 2019: Europe+ International Comics Competition

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