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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, 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:

  1. 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:

    1. A Ciambra
    2. Bloody Milk
    3. Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
    4. Consequences
    5. Diamantino
    6. Extra Ordinary
    7. Homo Sapiens
    8. Jacob, Mimmi & the Talking Dogs
    9. King of the Belgians
    10. Louise by the Shore
    11. Mellow Mud
    12. Mug
    13. One Step Behind the Seraphim
    14. Out
    15. Ray & Liz
    16. Saint George
    17. Sami Blood
    18. Sawah
    19. Smuggling Hendrix
    20. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
    21. Stranger in Paradise
    22. Tel Aviv on Fire
    23. The Constitution
    24. The Distant Barking of Dogs
    25. The Line
    26. The Magic Life of V
    27. The Silence of Others
    28. The Vice of Hope
    29. Western
    30. Winter Flies
  2. 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;
  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.


26 articles available in total starting from 20/05/2019. Last article published on 05/06/2020.

Giorgio Gosseti  • Director, Giornate degli Autori

Interview: Giorgio Gosseti • Director, Giornate degli Autori

“You really need to have a feeling with a community and a place and to understand the cultural heritage of this place”

Giorgio Gosetti, director of Giornate degli Autori, underlines the importance of having a good editorial line for a film festival  

01/09/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Gaia Furrer | • Head of Programming, Giornate degli Autori

Interview: Gaia Furrer | • Head of Programming, Giornate degli Autori

“We select films which are compelling in terms of acting in directing, films that we love”

Gaia Furrer explains how she organises the programming and selection process at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice  

01/09/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Eric Lagess  • CEO, Pyramide

Interview: Eric Lagess • CEO, Pyramide

“At Pyramide, we think that it is important that the films are screened in front of different audiences”

We chatted with Eric Lagess about Pyramide’s editorial line  

01/09/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Peter Sallade | • Project director, European Union Film Festival in China

Interview: Peter Sallade | • Project director, European Union Film Festival in China

“The Chinese audience is very interested, intellectually engaged and thankful for seeing movies they would normally never see”

Peter Sallade, the project director of the European Union Film Festival in China, talks about the organisation of a film festival, the programming process  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Omar De La Cruz  • Executive director, Dominican Global Film Festival

Interview: Omar De La Cruz • Executive director, Dominican Global Film Festival

“The festival is a service to the people; it’s a long-term improvement for the film industry here”

The executive director of the Dominican Global Film Festival, Omar De La Cruz, talks about the main idea behind the festival and its purpose  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Nauval Yazid and Meninaputri Wismurti  • Co-curators, Europe on Screen Indonesia

Interview: Nauval Yazid and Meninaputri Wismurti • Co-curators, Europe on Screen Indonesia

“European film is rich in diversity and many issues we don’t talk about in Indonesia, so this is a good cultural policy to reach the public and other people here”

We chatted to Nauval Yazid and Meninaputri Wismurti , the co-curators of Europe on Screen in Indonesia  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Hervé Le Phuez  • Programme director, Namur International French-language Film Festival

Interview: Hervé Le Phuez • Programme director, Namur International French-language Film Festival

“The goal is to highlight Belgian features and documentaries from the year to promote them to Belgian operators”

Hervé Le Phuez, programme director of the Namur International French-language Film Festival, discusses the programming process and the crucial role of a sales agent in the selection process  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Colette Naufal | • Director, Beirut International Film Festival

Interview: Colette Naufal | • Director, Beirut International Film Festival

“The purpose of the festival is to bring arthouse films to the audience”

Colette Naufal chats to us about the Beirut International Film Festival’s selection process and its Public Square section  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Angelica Lares | • Head of industry and market, FICG

Interview: Angelica Lares | • Head of industry and market, FICG

“Through our industry programmes, we can follow the growth of the films, from the development stage to work in progress and being screened; this year there are six films in Cannes”

The head of industry and market at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Angelica Lares, talks about the side events and master classes organised during the festival  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest/Mexico

Themba Bhebhe  • Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion, European Film Market

Interview: Themba Bhebhe • Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion, European Film Market

“One of the most powerful arguments for diversity and inclusion in the film industry is that of proportional representation”

We spoke to Themba Bhebhe, who is in charge of the Diversity & Inclusion initiative at the European Film Market  

20/05/2019 | Euro Film Fest

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