FilmMemory is aimed at students from all over the world with a bachelor's degree (BA) in Audio-visual Arts, Film studies, Communication Studies, Arts, History, Cultural Studies or related subjects such as Archival Studies, Heritage Studies or Museology. Other degrees (of at least EQF Level 6) may be accepted from applicants with a convincing application package and upon completion of an outstanding application assignment. Applicants without such a degree must demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices in the degree-awarding countries/institutions. Candidates eligible for scholarships are students who have obtained a primary higher-education degree or can demonstrate a recognised equivalent according to national legislation and practices of the degree-awarding country. While this condition must necessarily be fulfilled at the time of enrolment, the Consortium accepts scholarship applications from students in the last year of their first higher education degree.
FilmMemory will accept a maximum of 25-30 candidates per edition. More than 150 candidates have already submitted a complete dossier, but others have reported difficulties in gathering the required documentation by the deadline. To give everyone a maximum chance, the deadline is extended until Friday, February 2 at 10 AM (CET). 👈
The following documents are required for application:
1. Completed and sent application e-form.
CV and motivation letter are each limited to 1000 characters (including spaces).
2. Final university diploma of previous BA/MA degree(s) and their transcripts of records (If not in English, additional officially certified translation into English is mandatory, and it should include the University stamp)
3. Certified copies of an English language certificate. Candidates are required a good spoken and written English command.
English proficiency certificates: the minimum required level is B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students can prove their proficiency by the following means:
4. Preliminary Graduation project proposal – no more than 500 words.
During the final semester, students will work on the FilmMemory Project, a creative graduation project. The ECTS sheet (course description) can be found here, on pages 23-26 of the PDF.
In no more than 500 words, please propose a project you would like to complete during the final semester adhering to one of the formats listed below. This project proposal is not binding but will help the Selection Committee to better understand student's interests and assess creativity. (For more information about the FilmMemory curriculum, including the fourth semester, visit the curriculum section of the website.)
5. Assignment – There are 3 potential options to complete the student selection assignment: A critical written essay, a critical video essay, or a data analytics assignment. Students should choose one of the three options described below:
6. A recent photo of the student (must be a high-definition image with white background)
7. Copy of passport or ID card (EU) with expiration date.
It is highly recommended that the expiration date is 31 August 2025 or later.
8. A residence certificate issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of the application, in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules OR a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.
9. Digital Portfolio - You may have additional documents you would like to show to the selection committee. For example: sample writing, BA thesis, links to other video essays or audio-visual works, details of curatorial, archival or preservation work, etc. If this is the case, then you can make a portfolio and upload it as one (and only one) PDF document. The PDF file can be no larger than 5 MB. This can be achieved with Adobe software, however, a simple online search will guide you to websites or tools that help you to convert files into PDF format and (if necessary) reducing the size of PDF files. The Portfolio should have a title page with the name of the applicant and a table of contents (explaining the structure of the portfolio and the parts it is composed of). It must be clear that (1) submitting a portfolio is not obligatory, (2) the Selection Committee may or may not take this portfolio into consideration. Crucial information should not be mentioned in this portfolio, but in the abovementioned CV and motivation letter.
The application packs will be evaluated firstly by the Admissions Office, in order to perform an eligibility check on formal grounds. Applications meeting all formal requirements will undergo a selection procedure. Applications rejected on formal grounds will not enter the selection procedure.
The first round of selection consists of on assessment of the submitted applications. The assessment, based on the applicable set of criteria (published on this website) is carried out by a Selection Committee. Each application package will receive a mark from 0 to 40. This mark is part of the internal selection procedure and will not be communicated to the applicants.
The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) provides scholarships to students from all over the world, but ensures geographical balance (i.e., no more than 10% of the total number of scholarships awarded during project implementation should be awarded to candidates from the same nationality). Therefore, the list of applicants to be invited to the second round of selection will not just consider the marks that were given in the first round, but also the rules regarding scholarships, in particular for applicants expressing a wish to apply for such scholarships.
Considering these two factors (assessment of the application package and scholarship regulations), the Selection Committee makes an absolute ranking list of applicants, and then invites the highest ranked 50 applicants to online videoconferencing interviews to be held from March 18 until March 20, 2024. The interviews, based on the applicable set of criteria (published on this website), are carried out by a Selection Committee. Each applicant will receive a mark from 0 to 40. This mark is part of the internal selection procedure and will not be communicated to the applicants.
Taking into account the results of both rounds of selection, the Selection Committee:
Selected applicants will be notified in writing no later than May 29, 2024.
Non-selected applicants will be notified in writing no later than June 12, 2024.
Enrolled students will sign their “Student Contract”, in which the rights and obligations of the two parties are specified, no later than in the preparatory week of the 1st semester.
The “Student Contract” template used by the Consortium, in which the rights and obligations of the two parties are specified, is herein made available in two versions according to the situation of a self-funded student and of a scholarship student. Its contents may be slightly revised annually, but the updated document will be announced to admitted students prior to their enrolment in the course.
Assessment criteria for the application in general [maximum score 20 points]
Assessment criteria for the 1200-word Critical Written Essay (if applicable) [maximum score 20 points * if students submit the Critical Written Essay, then there can be no score for Critical Audio-visual Essay or for the Film based analytics project]
Assessment criteria for the Critical Audio-visual Essay (if applicable) [maximum score 20 points * if students submit the Critical Audio-visual Essay, then there can be no score for the Critical Written Essay or for the Film based analytics project]
Assessment Criteria for the Film based data analytics project (if applicable) [maximum score 20 points * if students submit the Film based analytics project, then there can be no score for the Critical Written Essay or for the Critical Audio-visual Essay]
Candidates are assessed on the ways in which
Applicants with no (Academic) BA degree can apply for recognition of ‘Previously Acquired Competence’ (PAC) or ‘Previously Acquired Qualifications (PAQ)’. The PAC/PAQ procedure is always handled by the higher education institution that issues the degree / programme for which the candidate makes a PAC/PAQ-request.
To be clear: in this case, you cannot make a PAC/PAQ-request to the FilmMemory consortium or programme, but you should submit such a request to an institute of higher education that has a PAC/PAQ procedure for the BA degree you believe you have all the necessary competences or qualifications for. For instance, applicants that want to obtain an academic BA in Audiovisual Arts through a PAC/PAQ procedure should start their PAC/PAQ procedure at a university or institute which provides such an academic BA.
Note: if an applicant succeeds in a PAC/PAQ-procedure and meets all FilmMemory application requirements he/she is NOT automatically admitted as a student of FilmMemory. A successful PAC/PAQ procedure only means that the applicant fulfils the formal requirements of FilmMemory application.
An appeal may be filed solely on the ground of a specified procedural error by FilmMemory in the application process.
The appeal must be filed via the APPEAL E-FORM.
Upon receiving an appeal, the Joint Coordinator of the FilmMemory consortium informs the Selection Committee, which answers to the candidate via the Admissions Officer in 30 days from the date of the appeal. If the candidate is still not satisfied with the answer, a second appeal can be addressed to the Management Board of the FilmMemory Consortium through a letter referred to the Joint Coordinator. The Academic Board will answer to the candidate in 30 days.
FilmMemory provides no oral or written assessment to the applicants about their submitted application materials.
Storing the Personal Data of the Applicants
Data that is provided to FilmMemory Consortium is stored on secure servers. The transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure and therefore FilmMemory Consortium cannot guarantee the security of data sent to the FilmMemory Consortium electronically and transmission of such data is therefore entirely at your own risk. Data will be stored for the purposes and objectives of the Program and of the institutions involved.
Disclosing Your Personal Data
The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), in the context of managing the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, collects and processes the personal data of some of the candidates. In particular, certain data of the scholarship holders (students and scholars), non-scholarship holders and reserve list candidates is shared with the Agency through the EACEA Mobility Tool and treated according to the following privacy statement.