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Introducing the Europeana XX Subtitle-a-thon

The Europeana XX: subtitle-a-thon is a crowdsourcing initiative with four sprint-like online events organised by the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum – DFF (Germany), The Istituto Luce Cinecittà (Italy), the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute – FINA (Poland) and, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision – NISV (The Netherlands). During the events, people with different language skills work together toward a common goal: to create and add different subtitles to archival media fragments from various European collections.

The events target youngsters and adults interested in audiovisual heritage, language and multilinguality, and more specifically, translators, language teachers and followers of advanced language courses and language departments students. Participants will be invited to work individually, using a specialized media player with a subtitle editor, to subtitle the available audiovisual material. 

There will be four individual online events, organised between June and July 2021, in Poland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and each event will gather between 20 and 30 participants. To heighten engagement, a promotional campaign will build a community around the subtitle-a-thons, offering the opportunity to compete for ‘virtual’ as well as real prizes. For more information about the subtitle-a-thons visit the website:

The Warsaw Challenge

The National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA) and The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster Warsaw are pleased to invite you to the first subtitle-a-thon event.  

The kick-off of the subtitle-a-thon takes place on Saturday, June 12th at 11.00 CET with a two-hour introductory session, and will run online for nine days with a closing session on Friday, June 18th at 17.00 CET. The event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation to Polish.  Registrations are now open at

For more information about the Warsaw subtitle-a-thon challenge, download the press release of the event here

Event banner for “Europeana XX Subtitle-a-thon Challange Warsaw” Dialog na Święto Narodzenia, Scena z przedstawienia teatru GONG 2 “Dialog na Święto Narodzenia”, 1968, Poland. Zasoby Biblioteki Głównej UMCS, Public Domain

The Subtitle-a-thons are organised by Europeana XX: Century of Change, an EU-funded project dedicated to opening up  20th-century digital heritage collections, highlighting the changes that shaped Europe and still impact our world and lives today. Europeana XX is part of the Europeana family of initiatives supporting European cultural heritage institutions in sharing their digitized collections. Millions of digital objects from all across Europe are showcased on, the trusted portal for digital cultural heritage in Europe.