GIF me your best

The #ZEROWALLS GIF Competition 2019

Author: Sebastian Schubmehl

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: November 9th, 2019 we’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that divided Berlin for 28 years. This was made possible by the peaceful revolution of courageous people in the GDR who took to the streets to demonstrate for their freedom. When the wall fell, anything seemed possible. Wunderbar!

Today, 30 years later, we find ourselves in a situation that we thought we had already overcome. Political leaders and populists want to convince us that the Wall is an effective political tool to master our global challenges. But as the philosopher Noam Chomsky already says: walls that separate people from one another are the architecture of violence. Tell Stories with GIFs! The GIF ME YOUR BEST #ZEROWALLS GIF Competition 2019 aims to collect the best animated GIF stories that show how to tear down walls. The visible ones that separate us from other people, the invisible ones that keep us away from important information, and the self-made ones in our heads that block our clear view of life. Invited are international graphic and animation designers, typographers, illustrators, photographers and artists. Participation is worth it! Out of all entries an international jury will award 5 GIFs. Each of the 5 winners will receive a high-quality collection of 9 books about Berlin, the Berlin Wall, the development of cities, and cross-border communication tools.

The jury consists of Markus Beeko (Secretary General of the German section of Amnesty International, Berlin), Tim O’Brien (Illustrator, New York, United States), Melinda Beck (Illustrator, Animator, and Graphic Designer, New York, United States), Benito Cabañas Aguilera (Graphic Designer, Puebla, Mexico)and Lahav Halevy (Graphic Designer, Tel Aviv, Israel.)

Participants may submit up to five GIFs.
The closing date for entries is November 4th, 2019.
The full terms and conditions can be found here.