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Grab your camera... Calling all young film and video makers!

March 2006

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work invites entries for the first 'Safe Start ... European Young Film Maker of the Year' video competition

The competition is part of the European Week 2006 which, under the slogan 'Safe Start!', is dedicated to young people to ensure a safe and healthy start to their working lives.

'Young people at work are the focus of our campaign this year as they run a 50% higher risk of work accidents than any other age category', explains Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. 'As part of the 'Safe Start!' campaign, the Agency will promote risk awareness and risk prevention in enterprises, schools and colleges across Europe. Through the competition for young film makers we invite young people to express and share their views on workplace safety'.

The video competition is open to schools and to young people under the age of 19 on 30 September 2006 working as individuals or as a team. Young people are invited to create a short documentary, drama, TV commercial, news report, music, animation - whatever gets the message out about safety and health at work - to capture on film the workplace, people at work and some of the potential dangers, risks and hazards at work. Producers are encouraged to interpret the brief as widely as possible and not to simply think of the obvious.

Entries must be made by a teacher or by another responsible person at a school or college in DVD format. Entries from individual young people will not be accepted. The maximum running time is five minutes. The closing date for the competition is 30 September 2006.

An independent Jury of experts in communications, safety and health will evaluate all the entries, looking for compelling images and a good storyline that will grab their attention. The Jury will consider three criteria - effectiveness of the message, treatment of the subject and the overall impression. The Agency will award prizes to the producers whose film images catch the eye of the Jury. The producers - individuals or teams - of the best three films will be awarded the title of "Safe Start ... European Young Film Maker of the Year", and invited to an Awards Ceremony in Bilbao, Spain, in March 2007.

The full rules of the competition and national contact details are on the campaign's website at:

Good Practice Awards are part the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, an annual campaign run by the European Agency to promote a specific issue each year. The European Week 2006 is dedicated to young people under the slogan 'Safe Start!'. The campaign follows a decentralised model: the Agency coordinates campaign activities, provides information in 20 languages and via the campaign website, organises Good Practice Awards, a Video Competition and the Closing Event; national Focal Points in each of the 25 EU Member Sates promote, stimulate and organise activities at national level. The dual objectives of the Week are to increase awareness of risks and to promote good practice solutions.

The 'Safe Start!' campaign will be officially launched on 19 June 2006 in the European Parliament, Brussels. The European Week itself will take place from 23 - 27 October 2006. The campaign's closing event will take place in March 2007 in Bilbao.

Updated information about Good Practice Awards 2006, the campaign as well as national contact points are available at

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Gran Via 33, E-48009 Bilbao - Spain | Tel: + 34 94 479 4360 | Fax: + 34 94 479 4383 | Email: |

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