20 candles and a few challenges for Europa Cinemas
by Fabien Lemercier
- Up to 700 exhibitors, distributors, sales agents, producers and institution representatives from over 50 countries are in Paris for the film theatre network's 20 anniversary
Europa Cinemas exhibitors, the guarators of European films' in-depth circulation, have travelled to Paris for their annual conference starting today. It's the occasion for a network (1,200 cinemas and 3,200 screens in 68 countries thanks to Media Mundus) to blow out 20 candles and to celebrate a great European success, despite its few worries linked to digitisation (read the interview with Claude-Eric Poiroux, the network's general director).
After opening today with the screening of 16 European films (see list below), the event is to get to the heart of the matter tomorrow with three days of debates opened by Aviva Silver (head of the MEDIA programme unit) and Ian Christie (president of Europa Cinemas). The first panel dedicated to the essential role of film theatres for European films is notably to include interventions from French filmmaker Laurent Cantet, Belgian producer Jacques-Henri Bronckart (Versus), Rikke Ennis (TrustNordisk) from Denmark, and Ross Fitzsimons (Curzon Artificial) from Great Britain. This is to be followed by a debate on cinemas as a an essential link between a film and its audience to be closed by Eric Garandeau (president of the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC)) and to feature the following speakers among others: Polish exhibitor and distributor Roman Gutek, Finnish producer Tero Kaukomaa (Blind Spot Pictures), Giorgio Gosetti (general delegate of the Venice Days) from Italy, and member of the European Parliament Doris Pack.
Saturday is to cover three important topics: Encouraging cinemas to equip themselves and to make the best of digitisation (with, in particular, speakers from British film theatre network City Screen Picturehouse), The role of films in image education and renewing the audience and Cinemas in the era of digitisation and video on demand (notably in the presence of the founders of We Want Cinema, I Like Cinema, and La Septième Salle).
The conference, which is to finish on Sunday with a presentation of Europa Cinemas and Creative Europe's activities, will also include the network's annual award ceremony: Best Programming for Le Star (Strasbourg), Best Entrepreneur for le Dom na Kinoto (Sofia), and Best Activities for Young Audiences for Le Moviemento (Berlin).
List of films in the programme :
(Translated from French)
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