The Heritage in Motion Award recognises innovative multimedia and audiovisual projects which promote, explore or safeguard Europe’s cultural heritage, and open up exciting new routes for audiences into heritage collections. 

Heritage in Motion 2023

New developments in multimedia technology and the importance of audiovisual expressions capture a vital role in making cultural heritage accessible to European citizens. The Heritage in Motion Award celebrates unique audiovisual projects and the most innovative European projects in this field. 

The Heritage in Motion Award was founded in 2012 by the joint initiative of the European Museum Academy and Europa Nostra. The Award has a lasting tradition of celebrating the best examples of innovative multimedia and digital projects on cultural heritage in Europe. The first edition was held in 2014, and since the beginning of 2023, the project is managed jointly by EMA and the International foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures. This year, Mitra – the association for the development of audiovisual culture and intercultural dialogue also joined the team as an expert festival developer. 

Participants compete for prizes in the following four categories:

  • New digital experiences

With a focus on 1. the opportunities given by the new technologies to promote the cultural heritage; 2. the experiential dimension as the distinctive feature of museums, historical places, and cultural heritage sites (for example immersive environments, multimedia installations, interactive spaces) 

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

A new tool for the interpretation, study, promotion, and audience development of heritage sites and cultural institutions (for instance: VR/AR as a tool to explore the museums’ repositories).

  • Heritage audiovisuals

Film, Video, Documentary, Fiction, Animation with a focus on audiovisual production on the topics of world/museum cultural heritage 

  • Heritage schools 

Youth, Schools, Students, Academy with a focus on movies made by youth on the topic of world/museum cultural heritage 
High school (15 to 18) 
Student (19 to 25)

Why Apply

The Heritage in Motion call represents an opportunity for talented professionals at the intersection of heritage and film to showcase their exceptional work to a global audience. As part of our commitment to supporting and promoting the heritage and filmmaking sector, we will be distributing the winning works to FSK partner countries, ensuring that they receive the recognition they deserve on a global scale. The winning works will be presented at various festivals in which FSK and EMA participate in. The Heritage in Motion 2023 call winners will also be given the opportunity to participate as special guests in the upcoming festival in 2024 to showcase their work and gain recognition within the industry.

Enter Your Application

The deadline for the current competition is the 1st of July, 2023

If you require an e-invoice regarding your submission, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly at him@fsk.si
Additionally, if you require further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same email address, him@fsk.si.

When and where is the Award Ceremony?

The Award Ceremony is held at a yearly changing location in Europe, together with the yearly conference of the European Museum Academy and the Živa Award Ceremony under the auspices of the Forum of Slavic Cultures. Previous editions were in Glasgow/Scotland, Brescia/Italy, Lesbos/Greece, Skopje/Republic of North Macedonia, Aarhus/Denmark, Ljubljana/Slovenia, online in 2020 and in hybrid form in Venice/Italy in 2021. This year, we are delighted to extend a warm and cordial invitation to all nominees of HIM 2023 to attend the upcoming award ceremony from 14 to 16 September in Timisoara, Romania. The ceremony promises to be an exceptional event, held as part of the esteemed EMA Awards, providing a unique platform for nominees to engage with other industry professionals and celebrate their outstanding achievements. 

Rules & Terms

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film/project. By submitting your film/project into competition in the HERITAGE IN MOTION (HIM) you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

HIM is open to any film/project completed after January 1, 2021, involving any heritage content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film/project to the HIM is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning films/projects will receive a trophy, award or certificate. 

The HIM will not refund any fees if the applicant fails to submit the film/project in the correct category. Films/projects submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the HIM. HIM does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the applicant.

Application procedure

After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the HIM website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges and you can use the HIM logo on your poster.

“Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate. 

A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve the right to re-assign films to the appropriate category. 

HIM may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Erik Hogenboom
worked as editor in chief at the Diversity Department of Dutch public broadcaster NTR. He coordinated several documentary series, magazines and talk shows focusing on diversity themes in the Dutch multicultural society. From 2001 – 2021 he was Executive Producer for the Eurovision Intercultural and Diversity Group (EBU), coordinating several international co-productions, f.e. City
Folk and Free Spirits. From 1999 till 2021 he was coordinator and chairman of the jury of the Prix Europa IRIS, the European media award that aims to stimulate European programme makers
to devote their attention to the ethnic diversity aspect of societies. Before his work as editor in chief at NTR, Erik worked for many years as a (freelance) journalist and director of radio and TV-programmes for several Dutch public

Amilcar Vargas
PhD in Society and Culture and MA in Cultural Management and Museology is World Heritage Manager at Casa Batlló in Barcelona. His aim is to implement the World Heritage Convention in the monument, raising awareness of its Outstanding Universal Value and adopting the SDGs on this multi-awarded site. His 20-year experience in World Heritage includes institutions as UNESCO and Sorbonne-University, lectures and conferences in over 15 countries and over a dozen publications on the cultural field. His experience in award nominations has made Casa Batlló won of over 25 international prizes, including the Best Achievement Award of the Heritage in Motion Awards 2021.

Maja Malus Azhdari
sociologist, director, producer, film selector for International Documentary Film Festival Dokudoc (12 years), DokGodek Slovenian Film Database (2 years), Film in Minoriti at Puppet Theatre Maribor (4 seasons). Since 2019 she is an active member of consortium Film in Maribor that are developing city cinema in Maribor. She was director of public institution Youth Cultural Centre Maribor (2015-2020) and she is president of non governmental organisation Mitra, association for development of audiovisual culture and intercultural dialog.

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