Cines de Múnich, Osijek y Lyon reciben los Premios Europa Cinemas 2018
- La red de salas europea ha entregado sus premios a la Mejor Programación, Mejores Actividades para la Juventud y Mejor Emprendedor
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European cinema network Europa Cinemas has announced the recipients of the 2018 Europa Cinemas Awards, given out in order to acknowledge the outstanding work of the best cinema theatres of the network which consists of 2,718 screens in 677 European cities supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme.
The Best Programming Award has been bestowed upon the Theatiner Film in Munich. Through this choice, Europa Cinemas pays tribute to the work of a classical single-screen cinema which has reinvented itself to suit the modern age. In operation for over 60 years, led by Marlies Kirchner, this city-centre theatre offers a programme predominantly devoted to European non-national films. It stands as an example for its diversity and its commitment to discovering new European talent. All films are screened in their original version and the venue host several major festivals.
The Best Young Audience Activities Award went to Kino Urania in Osijek. Croatia’s dynamism is once again honoured with a prize, after the Best Programming Award went to Kino Europa in Zagreb in 2016. The network sheds light on the work delivered by one of the few private independent theatres dedicated to auteur cinema in the country. The team of Kino Urania, headed by Marijana Bosnjak set up many initiatives which attract each year more than 17,000 young filmgoers who discover European productions. The activities target all age groups (primary school, middle school, high school children and university students) which makes this single-screen theatre a place for discovery and new experiences.
The Best Entrepreneur Award has gone to both the Cinéma Lumière and the Cinéma Comoedia in Lyon, recognising the dynamism of their exhibitors who took risk over the same period and enabled Lyon to be one of the most active cities in Europe in terms of arthouse cinema. Thierry Frémaux, the director of the Institut Lumière, founder of the heritage film Festival Lumière in 2009 and general delegate of Cannes Film Festival, took over the cinema La Fourmi and the cinemas CNP. He renamed them Lumière Fourmi, Lumière Terreaux and Lumière Bellecour and relaunched them in 2015. The three venues already attract over 200,000 annual admissions and design activities for the Young Audience while being host to many festivals. As for the highly respected independent theatre Le Comoedia (332,000 admissions), it has recently undergone a brand new extension. By deciding to add 3 screens to the 6 already existing ones, Marc Bonny transformed this historical theatre into the biggest art house facility in France and one of the busiest in Europe. With its activities for all audiences ranging from the youngest to the oldest, its festivals, exhibitions, its wine bar and restaurant, the Comoedia’s operation perfectly illustrates the revival of screens in city centers.
The awards will be handed out on 26 November in Lyon and on 5 December in Munich by Europa Cinemas general director Claude-Eric Poiroux, and then on 16 December in Osijek by executive board member Maria Magdalena Gierat.
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