December 2009


On December 4th the overall winner of the MEDEA Awards 2009 was announced during a well-attended reception in Berlin. The winner is Know IT All for Primary Schools entered by Childnet International (UK) which was represented at the awards by Lucinda Fell, Policy and Communications Manager. After accepting the bronze MEDEA statuette as well as hardware and software sponsored by Avid and Adobe, Lucinda commented that “equipping children to use the internet and mobile phones safely is crucial and this resource has been designed to share key messages and lessons in an exciting and engaging way at the time when children are at an early stage in using these powerful tools. Since we launched this resource in June 2009 there has been huge demand from primary schools in the UK for it. Both Childnet and the partners involved in this project are delighted with MEDEA’s recognition of its detailed pedagogical framework.”

The MEDEA Award for Creativity and Innovation 2009 was won by Daisy and Drago submitted by Terakki Foundation Schools (Turkey) represented by Özge Karaoğlu while Traditions Across Europe by Istituto Comprensivo Don Bosco (Italy), represented at the awards by Gina Mango, was given the MEDEA European Collaboration Award 2009. A MEDEA Special Jury Award was given to Eyes on the Skies submitted by European Southern Observatory (ESO) (Germany), represented by Lars Lindberg Christensen in recognition of what the judges described as “a superb example of the value high quality video imagery can bring to an educational production”. The other finalists for the awards were INgeBEELD by CANON CULTURAL UNIT (Belgium) represented by Dirk Terryn, Les TIC en Classe by VISION FUTURE (France) represented by Hélène Ormières and Odile Lausecker, Planet SciCast by NESTA (UK) represented by Jonathan Sanderson and Studiecoach by the Dutch Open University (The Netherlands) represented by Marion Stevens and Lisette Meijrink.

Highly Commended
Because of the high quality of entries submitted to the MEDEA Awards 2009, the MEDEA Organising Committee decided to introduce a ‘Highly Commended’ category to the MEDEA Awards in recognition of those entries that were very particularly appreciated by the jury. These entries will appear on the MEDEA web site among the showcases of the award winners and finalists. The 8 entries awarded the Highly Commended distinction are ASBCAST Mini Lectures by University of Aarhus (Denmark), Dialogue by IE Business School (Spain), I animate, I communicate and I integrate by Free primary schools Meulebeke (Belgium), Kaatje by VRT (Belgium), Online Video Soap “Neu in Berlin” by LinguaTV GmbH (Germany), Passport to the Internet by Media Awareness Network (Canada), Regards sur la psychologie sociale expérimentale by Vidéoscop – Université Nancy 2 (France) and The Green Energy by Educational RadioTV, MoE (Greece).

The closing date for receipt of entries for MEDEA 2010 is 31st July 2010.

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FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Commission announces:
The First FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar
PARIS, May 14th 2010

This international Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) at their central Paris location will present academic papers based on research conducted in FIAT/IFTA member archives and illustrated by extracts provided by those archives.

Paper proposals should include a brief abstract and details of arrangements made with the television archive at which the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  Full details of requirements and participating archives are on the Television Studies Commission page of the FIAT/IFTA website.

Proposals should be sent to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission by December 31st 2009.  The Seminar languages will be English and French, with translation provided.
Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • The transition from black and white to colour
  • Cinema on television
  • Transnational comparisons of genres or styles (which could use the resource of Video Active)
  • Aspects of studying complete days of output, especially comparative studies of those recorded on October 27th 2008 and 2009 by certain FIAT member archives (details on the website)

One of the papers delivered at the Seminar will be chosen for presentation at the FIAT/IFTA Conference in Dublin in October 2010, with its author receiving free registration and full travel and accommodation expenses.