A video festival to boost employability and active citizenship among young adults

Wednesday, 3 April 2024

Launch of the European BE UNIT project to get young European adults to work together to organise a video festival, enabling them to acquire skills and experience and strengthen their civic participation.

Running from January 2024 to December 2025, the BE UNIT project will get young adults from Belgium, Italy and Hungary, all aged between 18 and 25, to work together to produce an international video festival, and to draw up an 'Appeal' from young European citizens to their public decision-makers. They will receive support and professional training from the project's partners as part of the training courses organised in the run-up to the festival.

The project aims to strengthen the professional skills of young people in the fast-growing and innovative audiovisual sector. And secondly, to strengthen the active citizenship of young Europeans, through discussion and the development of a debate on democratic values, in the face of the rise of populism across Europe.

The methodology adopted is "learning by doing": the young adults involved in the project will learn by doing, while being constantly trained and monitored by the partner organisations, which will enable the young people involved to continually compare themselves with the trainers and experts involved in implementing the project.

The BE UNIT kick-off meeting took place from 11 to 13 March 2024 in Budapest (Hungary). At this meeting, the 4 partner organisations also refined the profiles of the young adults they were looking for to take part in the project. This spring, 45 young adults - including 15 Belgians, 15 Hungarians and 15 Italians - will be recruited by the project's partner organisations. The first activity of the young people selected will be to follow a face-to-face training activity: one week in Italy (Turin region), during the summer of 2024. The call for participation is currently being formulated and will be published shortly.