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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.

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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 | Euro Film Fest

Michael Harbauer  • Director of Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and young audience

Interview: Michael Harbauer • Director of Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and young audience

We also put into place an exchange and connecting tool which allow us to go abroad with German children films

Michael Harbauer talks about the particular challenges inherent in organising a film festival dedicated to children  

25/02 | Euro Film Fest

Myriam Arab  • Founder & Director of Villa134

Interview: Myriam Arab • Founder & Director of Villa134

“It is very important to understand that festivals and markets are tools for the film industry”

Myriam Arab talks about her experience running Cannes’ Marché du Film and International Village from 1997-2014  

24/02 | Euro Film Fest

Christine Dollhofer  • Director of Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz

Interview: Christine Dollhofer • Director of Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz

Crossing Europe Film Festival is a platform to show the variety of European cinema outside the box

Christine Dollhofer tells how Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz builds its programme each year  

24/02 | Euro Film Fest

Raphaël Brunschwig  • COO of Locarno Film Festival

Interview: Raphaël Brunschwig • COO of Locarno Film Festival

“A film festival is a collective project, it’s part of an ecosystem based on many layers”

Raphaël Brunschwig breaks down the particularities of the Locarno Film Festival, which is one of the longest-running film festivals and screens movies at one of the largest open-air venues  

23/02 | Euro Film Fest

Hrönn Marinósdóttir  • Director of Reykjavik International Film Festival

Interview: Hrönn Marinósdóttir • Director of Reykjavik International Film Festival

In Iceland we have this special regulation which allows the cinema owners to also be distributors

Hrönn Marinósdóttir tells us how she founded the Reykjavik International Film Festival in 2004  

23/02 | Euro Film Fest

Emilie Boucheteil  • Director of Cinema Department Institut français

Interview: Emilie Boucheteil • Director of Cinema Department Institut français

We work daily with the international sales agents because we buy film rights for public screenings so it’s non-commercial but it is still a deal

Emilie Boucheteil describes the role of the cinema department at the Institut français  

23/02 | Euro Film Fest

Véronique Encrenaz  • Head of MIFA

Interview: Véronique Encrenaz • Head of MIFA

“There is a big audience for children animation films but concerning adult animation films, it is more difficult because audiences are not used to it yet”

Véronique Encrenaz explains MIFA’s different markets and the important role that students play during the festival  

22/02 | Euro Film Fest

Elisabetta Ferrando  • Responsible for educational and cultural activities, Venice Film Festival, Giffoni Film Festival

Interview: Elisabetta Ferrando • Responsible for educational and cultural activities, Venice Film Festival, Giffoni Film Festival

"In a festival you live the cinema"

Elisabetta Ferrando works as a manager for educational and cultural projects for the Venice Film Festival and the Giffoni Film Festival (Arca CinemaGiovani) as well as a consultant of...  

29/09/2019 | Euro Film Fest

Lucas Rosant | • Festival Expert

Interview: Lucas Rosant | • Festival Expert

“The most important thing is to be able to identify the resources within the territory of the festival”

Lucas Rosant talks to us about the biggest difficulties in developing a film festival and the importance of networking  

01/09/2019 | Euro Film Fest/France

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