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Euro Film Fest

Euro Film Fest

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, more than 90 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:

  1. Film repository. The consortium created a repository of feature and short films and secured their worldwide, non-commercial rights. The team produces and distributes DCPs and Blu-rays to the delegations.
    Films currently in the repository:

    1. Acasa My Home
    2. And Then We Danced
    3. Aurora
    4. Bad Poems
    5. Cold Case Hammarskjöld
    6. Dating Amber
    7. Easy Living
    8. Even Mice Belong in Heaven
    9. Extracurricular
    10. Fire will come
    11. Gods of Molenbeek
    12. Her Job
    13. Invisible
    14. Let There Be Light
    15. Lola
    16. Luzzu
    17. My Brother Chases Dinosaurs
    18. Never Gonna Snow Again
    19. Oleg
    20. Oska & Lili
    21. Our Struggles
    22. Pause
    23. Perfumes
    24. Romy’s salon
    25. Sanremo
    26. Shadow Country
    27. Schoolgirls
    28. Servants
    29. Sisters Apart
    30. The Audition
    31. The Big Hit
    32. The Father
    33. The Little Comrade
  2. Subtitles. The films are subtitled in a wide range of 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. Training. The consortium offers several online and offline training sessions for delegation officials on the subject of film-festival management;
  7. Do-it-yourself guide. The consortium has produced a do-it-yourself guide to support the organisation of festivals.

For more information, please contact:

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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46 articles available in total starting from 20/05/2019. Last article published on 03/06/2022.

Chris Orgelt  • Programme Manager, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

Interview: Chris Orgelt • Programme Manager, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

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Chris Orgelt explains how programming works at BIFFF which is one of the biggest genre film festivals in Europe  

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Pnina Blayer  • Artistic Director, Haifa International Film Festival

Interview: Pnina Blayer • Artistic Director, Haifa International Film Festival

“We’re still studying the online festival edition and we want to keep physical cinema but everything is so fragile, it’s difficult to plan”

Pnina Blayer, the artistic director of Haifa International Film Festival, shares her experience with online film festivals and its positive outcomes  

19/12/2021 | Euro Film Fest

Elise Jalladeau  • General Director, Thessaloniki Film Festival

Interview: Elise Jalladeau • General Director, Thessaloniki Film Festival

“We are working on different options to continue to use online platform, but not as a cinema or streaming platform”

Elise Jalladeau, the general director of Thessaloniki Film Festival, explains how they advertised their online film festival editions  

19/12/2021 | Euro Film Fest

Albert Wiederspiel  • General Director, Filmfest Hamburg

Interview: Albert Wiederspiel • General Director, Filmfest Hamburg

“Festival and online can’t go really together - festival is about meeting people and experiencing the film together”

Albert Wiederspiel, the festival director of Filmfest Hamburg, talks about the opportunities and challenges of streaming platforms  

19/12/2021 | Euro Film Fest

Alberto La Monica • Director, Lecce European Film Festival

Interview: Alberto La Monica • Director, Lecce European Film Festival

"Production companies from all over the world can submit their project in Apulia if they want to do something in the region"

We had a chat with Alberto La Monica, director of the Lecce European Film Festival, about its recent edition and what the Italian region in which it takes place has to offer to the industry  

24/11/2020 | Lecce 2020

Angeliki Stellaki • Press Officer, Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Interview: Angeliki Stellaki • Press Officer, Thessaloniki International Film Festival

"It is important to have actions which take place throughout the whole year"

Angeliki Stellaki, who works at the press office, talks about the organization of the Thessaloniki Festival which is divided into two film festivals: the international one in November and the...  

11/11/2020 | Euro Film Fest

Hannes Aaava • Head of Press and Communications, Tallinn Black Nights

Interview: Hannes Aaava • Head of Press and Communications, Tallinn Black Nights

“Social media are so saturated these days that we try to keep our content relevant”

Hannes Aava, head of Press and Communications at the Tallinn Film Festival, describes their strategies to boost the visibility of the festival (partners, magazines, news media) and underlines the...  

11/11/2020 | Euro Film Fest

Julie François • Head of Communication, CINEMAMED

Interview: Julie François • Head of Communication, CINEMAMED

“It is important for us to be present on social media, that keeps us alive”

Julie François, in charge of the coordination of the Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels, talks about the budget of communications of the festival and explains how to balance every type of...  

15/07/2020 | Euro Film Fest

Aurélie Losseau • Programmer, CINEMAMED

Interview: Aurélie Losseau • Programmer, CINEMAMED

The first criteria is the quality of the film

Aurélie Losseau, in charge of the coordination of the Mediterranean Film Festival of Bruxelles and of the programming selection, talks about the programming of the festival and explains that it is...  

15/07/2020 | Euro Film Fest

Giorgio Ficcarelli • Head of the Culture section at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Interview: Giorgio Ficcarelli • Head of the Culture section at the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

"The initiative aims to open a window of mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue"

Giorgio Ficcarelli, head of Culture at EC's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, discusses the "Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours During COVID-19 Time" initiative  

05/06/2020 | Euro Film Fest

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