Learning how to GIF
This year, in addition to our online resources, we’re hosting a series of workshops for students with the Goethe-Institut in schools and at their bases in London (register) and Amsterdam (register).
Running the London workshops is GIF enthusiast Nick Cave. Nick’s first involvement with GIF IT UP came as a participant in the competition. He loved it so much he became active in the GIF IT UP community, running workshops with us, and recently acting as animation mentor in Europeana’s Digital Storytelling Festival first Online Creative Residency. So when the invitation came to run this year’s workshop with the Goethe-Institut, Nick couldn’t resist.
Nick says, ‘What the GIF IT UP competition does is give anyone the ability to flex their creative, imaginative muscles and have some fun remixing, recolouring and bringing to life old scenes in new, innovative ways, by animating them together to produce modern creations. This is something I’ve always loved doing with classic artworks!’
In addition to these in-person workshops, we’re running an online event for all to join. Our ‘Make your first animated GIF’ workshop on 4 October will teach you how to find content to use for your GIF and will introduce you to simple GIF-making techniques using free and online tools.
And if that’s not enough, all our GIF-making workshops are available to watch again on Europeana Pro.
If your collections are available through the Europeana website, and they’re openly licensed, they can be used for GIF IT UP! We invite you to find your most ‘giffable’ collections and promote them along with information about the GIF IT UP competition. All entries are credited on the GIF IT UP website, so you will be able to see the exciting ways that your content has been used - check out some examples from last year’s competition.
If your collections aren’t available through Europeana (find out how you can share your data ready for next time), but you would still like to get involved in the competition in 2023, you can:
Follow #GIFITUP2023 on social media and help spread the word about the competition
Join our GIF-making workshop on 4 October at 15:00 CET to boost your creative and GIF-making skills!
Vote for your favourite entries to help them win the People’s Choice Award (you can do this on the GIF IT UP website from November)
GIF IT UP has been run by Europeana in close cooperation with Digital Public Library of America, Digital NZ and Trove since 2017. In 2020 new content partners joined the fun – Japan Search and DAG Museums in Kolkata, and in 2021 the Art Institute of Chicago. Last year we welcomed Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo, and this year the Goethe-Institut comes on board. If you represent a cultural heritage institution based outside Europe and you would like to be involved next year, don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com!