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European Arthouse Cinema Day – Report on the 5th edition of 8 November 2020

European Arthouse Cinema Day – Report on the 5th edition of 8 November 2020

The fifth edition of the European Arthouse Cinema Day took place last November 8th with many changes of route; initially about 700 cinemas registered, but due to cinema closures ordered in most countries, finally only about 200 venues could participate with live and virtual programs.

Despite this we are happy to have been able to celebrate in some countries physically: Nigeria, Korea, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine, Romania; and in other countries, partially, thanks to online programmes and virtual screenings: Argentina, Chile, United States, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Iran.

Among some highlights, we can mention the following:

In Italy, exhibitors participated thanks to 3 initiatives. A live streaming marathon on facebook “Nuvole in viaggio“, conceived by a group of 33 independent cinemas. Each cinema presented itself during the day, showing their spaces and telling their story and introduced a series short and medium-length films, always shown live on live fb.
MioCinema, the platform launched last spring by the Italian distributor Lucky Red, together with its member cinemas offered a dedicated programme of European films, including Christian Petzold’s “Undine”, launched exclusively on 8 November and LUX prize-winning films.
IoRestoInSala was the third virtual screening initiative thanks to which participating Italian arthouse cinemas were able to offer their audiences a special European cinema programme.

Cinema Italia in Belluno (Italy), one of the cinemas which participated in the facebook marathon “Nuvole in Viaggio”

In Spain, cinemas were participated in the shared screening of “Delete History” of Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, accompanied by a live streaming Q&A organised in collaboration with the Seville European Film Festival.

Cinema Muzeul Țăranului Român in Bucharest Romania welcomed its audience for an open air preview screening of „Madre” by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, while Cinéma Elvire Popesco of the Institut Francais in Bucharest has launched its virtual cinema platform „Elvire chez Vous” with a screening of „Cyrano, mon amour” of Alexis Michalik.

Cinema Muzeul Țăranului Român in Bucarest

In Ukraine, the Zhovten cinema in Kiev offered a rich film programme throughout the day, attended by over 950 spectators. Among the titles, the cinema also screened “Атлантида / Atlantis” by Valentyn Vasyanovych, the film that will represent Ukraine at the next Oscars, which was also attended by former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and his wife.

Atlantis by Valentyn Vasyanovych presented at Zhovten cinema in Kiev (Ukraine)

New entries this year were Nigeria and South Korea, offering their audiences special screenings: Screen Out Loud presented in Lagos, thanks to the collaboration with the Goethe Institute the painted animation film “Loving Vincent”, followed by a Q&A; the audience in Seoul enjoyed a preview of Christian Petzold’s “Undine”, animated by famous Korean film critic Mr Jeon Seong II, and other prominent titles of European cinematography.

Café des Images (France), Kino Pod Baranami (Poland), The Loft Cinema (USA), Sala Leopoldo Lugones (Argentina), the venues of “Art & Experience Cinema” in Iran also participated in the Day with thematic virtual screenings.

This year was very challenging for cinemas worldwide. That’s why we want to thank you all for joining the European Arthouse Cinema Day 2020 – be it in the cinema, in online screenings or in thoughts!

Special thanks go out to our supporters and partners:

Europa Cinemas, Creative Europe, FFA, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Ministère de la Culture, CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, MiBACT, AFCAE, AG Kino Gilde, FICE – Federazione Italiana Cinema d’Essai, Independent Pictures, Art Mozi Egyesület, Aiace Torino, Arthouse Cinema Flanders, NAAS ناس l Network of Arab Alternative Screens, گروه سینماهای هنر و تجربه, Sieć Kin Studyjnych i Lokalnych, Nederlands Filmtheater Overleg, Riksföreningen Biograferna, Eurimages, EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), European Film Awards, uniFrance,, Télérama, Positif, Cineuropa, Titrafilm, IO RESTO IN SALA, MioCinema, LUX Award.

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