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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.

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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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49 articles available in total starting from 20/05/2019. Last article published on 25/07/2022.

Sabine Gebetsroither  • Festival Director Crossing Europe Linz

Interview: Sabine Gebetsroither • Festival Director Crossing Europe Linz

"Crossing Europe has a important role for the distribution of European films in Austria, as well as the platform for lokal filmmakers to meet European film industry"

In this interview, Sabine Gebetsroither, director of the Austrian festival Crossing Europe, gives advice on attracting and choosing the right sponsors for a festival  

25/07 | Euro Film Fest

Gemma Beltrán  • Communication & Press Officer San Sebastian Film Festival

Interview: Gemma Beltrán • Communication & Press Officer San Sebastian Film Festival

“I think something that we definitely have to keep is meeting the people that we work with, exchanging five emails is not the same as having a full conversation”

In this interview, Gemma Beltrán, a communication and press officer at the San Sebastian film festival, gives some advice on how to deal with the press  

27/06 | Euro Film Fest

Gloria Zerbinati  • International Publicist

Interview: Gloria Zerbinati • International Publicist

"Being an independent film publicist it's about passion, not about money"

In this interview, Gloria Zerbinati, an international publicist, speaks about her love for her work, but also her duties  

27/06 | Euro Film Fest

Claudia Tomassini  • International Film Publicist

Interview: Claudia Tomassini • International Film Publicist

“I would suggest to try to find a publicist that you can work with, don’t accept just someone who says: “your film is great”

At the last Cannes Film Festival, Cineuropa met Claudia Tomassini, one of the most active independent film publicist at the international film festivals and award strategist for European movies...  

03/06 | Euro Film Fest

Tamara Tatishvili  • Head of training of MEDICI

Interview: Tamara Tatishvili • Head of training of MEDICI

“The world is shifting and I think we need to be part of that shift”

In this interview, Tamara Tatishvili, head of training of MEDICI – The Film Funding Journey, addresses the changes going on within the film industry  

26/05 | Euro Film Fest

Kerem Ayan  • Istanbul Film Festival

Interview: Kerem Ayan • Istanbul Film Festival

“Succesful Film Festival starts from the the programming”

Kerem Ayan, Deputy Director at Instanbul Film Festival, is currently in Cannes watching about 6 films per day  

19/05 | Euro Film Fest

Charline Froment  • Festival Manager BE for films

Interview: Charline Froment • Festival Manager BE for films

“I think something that we definitely have to keep is meeting the people that we work with, exchanging five emails is not the same as having a full conversation”

In this interview, Charline Froment, festival manager for BE for films (Belgium), gives tips on how to be a good sales agent or festival manager  

13/05 | Euro Film Fest

Elina Kask  • Partners Relations & Events Producer, Black Nights Film Festival

Interview: Elina Kask • Partners Relations & Events Producer, Black Nights Film Festival

"The most important as well as the most valued output for making a brand visible at a film festival, is displaying a company’s advertisements and visual identity in cinemas"

Elina Kask is an events producer and in partners relations at Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn  

07/04 | Euro Film Fest

Nikolaj Nikitin  • Head of studies and Director of SOFA - School of Film Advancement

Interview: Nikolaj Nikitin • Head of studies and Director of SOFA - School of Film Advancement

“The streamers will not destroy the cinema as a venue, neither film as an art form”

Nikolaj Nikitin, the head of studies and Director of SOFA, explains what is the School of Film Advancement and its programme  

24/03 | Euro Film Fest

Martina Bleis  • Head of Berlinale Co-Production Market

Interview: Martina Bleis • Head of Berlinale Co-Production Market

“In Berlin you have to make sure that your project stands out because otherwise nobody will notice you”

Martina Bleis talks about her work all year long and the selection criteria for the projects selected for the co-production market  

24/03 | Euro Film Fest

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