2018 DAAD-IMLR Competition Launched

Friday 1 June 2018

‘Auf deutschen Spuren’ is the title of this year’s competition, jointly organised by the DAAD and the IMLR. Following previous forays into poetry, prose, translation and dramatic dialogue, the fifth competition breaks new ground in asking entrants to make a short video on the theme ‘In the footsteps of German-language culture’.

Find out about historical or current traces of German-language culture in your area. Maybe an Austrian writer, painter or musician has immortalised your area? Or perhaps the house a few streets down the road was built by a Swiss-German architect? Do you frequently pass the German Bio-Laden or church in your borough? And, unexpectedly, you may have a neighbour with Romanian-German roots? Once you start looking, you’ll find more ideas than you expect!

The competition is open to students at secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges, to undergraduates and postgraduates, to German mother-tongue speakers and anyone else who feels up to the challenge. Submissions can come from single entrants, or pairs or groups.

The film should feature German-language dialogue or voice-over and not exceed 3 minutes. The adjudicators will be looking for creativity and language use – rather than technical ability. Entries should comprise the written script alongside the video. All entries must be submitted online. The competition closes on 26 November 2018. 

Further details / entry portal