One of the tasks of the EU-OSHA Focal Points is organising events to raise awareness for occupational safety and health. To this end, each year film screening with panel discussions focussing on various OSH issues are organised, also in Germany.
The origin of these events is the "Healthy Workplaces Film Award", granted annually by EU-OSHA as part of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK). The award honours the best documentary or animated film focusing on humans in a changing world of work. The film should deal with the impact of political and economic change on the way we work and live or work-related topics such as physical and psychosocial demands or existing and new risks at work. The following year, the Focal Points get the opportunity to show and discuss the film(s) in their countries assisted by the EU-OSHA. Current topics, such as employee rights and the impact of political and economic change on our work, are frequently addressed.
In addition to the €5,000 prize, EU-OSHA also funds the subtitling of the winning film in multiple European languages for use by the director and for distribution among EU-OSHA's national network (Focal Points) across the 29 EU Member States and other European countries.
The winners from previous years as well of information on regulation, participation and registration can be found either on the EU-OSHA website or on the website of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK-Leipzig).
The ten years anniversary of the European Healthy Workplaces Film Award is a great occasion for the German Focal Point (FOP DE), EU-OSHA and the Austrian Focal Point (FOP AT) to host a very special film evening on 29 October 2019 in the "Kupfersaal" in Leipzig.
The main focus is on the film "Marina" by werkgruppe2. The film tells the story of a Romanian nurse's life in Germany. It was awarded with the "Healthy Workplaces Film Award" and the Golden Dove at the 61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation Film (DOK) in 2018.
The event is part of the DOK Leipzig. It is divided into two parts: in the first part, the 2018 winner film "Marina" will be shown and discussed with Austrian and German OSH experts, social partners and practitioners as well as the director Julia Roesler after the screening. The second part will be a review of 10 years of the film award with special guests from all over Europe.
The event will be held in German and English, and simultaneous translation will be available. After the discussion rounds, the guests are invited to a get-together.
In the past years, film screenings on various topics have already taken place in Germany. A selection of these is presented here.
"Automatic Fitness - more and more..." (Alejandra Tomei/ Alberto Cuceiro) was awarded in 2015 and discussed in the Schauburg Cinema in Dortmund on 27 October 2016. The film shows the change in work and our entire lives towards high speed and increasing automation. It is an animated and cynical satire on the shiny new world of work.
In 2017, the FOP presented the 2016 awarded film "Zwischen den Stühlen" (Jakob Schmidt) under the motto "trainee teachers find their place" in the Sweetsixteen cinema of the Depot in Dortmund. The film illuminates the situation and challenges of prospective teachers in the time of their legal clerkship. The event was organised in cooperation with the City of Dortmund and the DoKoLL Institute (Institute for teacher training in Dortmund). The event offered the opportunity - not only for experts and OSH actors but also for concerned teacher trainees - to discuss existing and required support.
Last year, the 2017 awarded film "Before the bridge" (Lewis Wilcox) was shown in the Sweetsixteen Cinema of the Depot in Dortmund, which focuses on the challenges of facing working life in an increasingly automated world. Various experts and employers from different branches came together to discuss the effects of digitalisation and how to find strategies to prevent negative impact on employees’ health.
Films awarded by EU-OSHA shown in other places than Dortmund, as well, for discussing OSH issues with interested actors and experts. Here are some examples for other film screenings in various German Federal States: