The potential of cinema to convey information about Europe and its creativity has been recognised by a large number of EU delegations in third countries. Today, 76 out of the 139 EU delegations around the world organise EU film festivals, as this is one of the most effective tools in reaching out and making Europe, its values and its stories known.
In November 2018, the European Commission began a project to support the creation and enhance the quality of European film festivals organised by the delegations of the European Union. The project is managed by a consortium formed by the Goethe-Institut (lead), the Institut français and Cineuropa, the portal for the promotion of European cinema. The initiative offers delegations a variety of services to help them put on European film festivals. They are as follows:
- Film repository. The consortium created a repository of 30 feature films plus eight short movies on environmental issues and secured their worldwide, non-commercial rights. The team produces and distributes DCPs and Blu-rays to the delegations.
Films currently in the repository:
- A Ciambra
- Bloody Milk
- Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
- Extra Ordinary
- Homo Sapiens
- Jacob, Mimmi & the Talking Dogs
- King of the Belgians
- Louise by the Shore
- Mellow Mud
- One Step Behind the Seraphim
- Ray & Liz
- Saint George
- Sami Blood
- Smuggling Hendrix
- Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
- Stranger in Paradise
- Tel Aviv on Fire
- The Constitution
- The Distant Barking of Dogs
- The Line
- The Magic Life of V
- The Silence of Others
- The Vice of Hope
- Winter Flies
- Subtitles. The films are subtitled in seven world languages. The consortium also provides additional tools, such as dialogue lists and time codes, to allow EU delegations to independently implement the subtitling in local languages;
- Side events. The initiative provides technical and financial assistance for the organisation of "side events", such as invitations for film crews (filmmakers, producers and actors) to take part in Q&A sessions, workshops and master classes, networking meetings between European and local professionals, co-production meetings, film education activities involving schools and teachers, co-operative actions with local film schools and universities, pitching training sessions and audience awards;
- Support for delegations. Several delegations have received additional and direct support from the consortium when organising a European film festival, through the hiring of curators, the researching of local sponsorship and partnerships, and the renting of theatres and other relevant facilities;
- Common visual identity. The consortium has developed a common visual and graphic identity. The graphic identity is a tool to help delegations to create catalogues and other promotional material;
- Training. The consortium offers several online and offline training sessions for delegation officials on the subject of film-festival management;
- Do-it-yourself guide. The consortium has produced a do-it-yourself guide to support the organisation of festivals.
For more information, please contact:
- VALERIO CARUSO
Team leader, Cineuropa
- EMMA VIGAND
Project assistant, Cineuropa
In the context of this project, Cineuropa has made several videos addressing festival organisers. These videos are interviews with festival managers and specialists from around the world. They explain how to run and promote a film festival, and offer practical tips and advice.
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