A feast uniting film lovers
The third edition of the European Art Cinema Day took place on 14th October 2018. It gathered 80,000 spectators in 650 cinemas from 39 countries across the globe**. Most of the participating cinemas were European members of the CICAE or Europa Cinemas, however cinemas from Colombia, Iran, America, Canada and Argentina also joined this special day to celebrate the diversity of European arthouse cinema.
European Art Cinema Day is an international event that is growing year by year thanks to the collaboration of institutions, cinemas, distributors and rights-holders. These collaborations are enhanced by special events which are led by the artistic ambassadors.
To give you a taste of the events which happened this year, Berlin audiences met Christian Petzold and had an opportunity to speak with him about his film, Transit. Michel Ocelot joined the Parisian audience for a screening of Dilili in Paris. The director of Dogman, Matteo Garrone and the main actor Marcello Fonte participated in a Q&A session at the BFI London Film Festival. Lucía Recalde, Head of unit at MEDIA-Creative Europe welcomed audiences interested in discovering Transit and Girl in BOZAR Cinema in Brussels.
However, not all events took place in the capitals cities of Western Europe. Film heritage and programming for young audiences also has a part to play on this special day. More than a hundred cinemas decided to dedicate their programming to young audiences. One of them was Kino Rejs in Słupsk, Poland who added workshops related to the chosen titles. Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac, France had screenings and offered snacks to the little ones, whereas the Hackesche Höfe Kino in Berlin, Germany prepared a selection of shorts for young audiences.
Hungarian cinemas presented previews for the coming months and linked the event to Ingmar Bergman’s work, while Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona presented Jean Cocteau’s classic, The Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête).
The Iranian Cinema network Art & Experience participated for the first time with their screens present in seven cities, Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Babol, Kerman and Mashhad. Their opening event was a screening of The Other Side of Hope, by Aki Kaurismäki. Arthouse production workshops followed with the participation of the Austrian film director Katharina Wopperman and the Iranian film director Alireza Shojanuri.
The first European interactive feature film project, Bloodyminded, initiated in Brighton by the Blast Theory artists’ group and by the Attenborough Center for the Creative Arts have been shown simultaneously in cinemas in more countries: Sputnik and Rollberg Cinema in Berlin, Kult Kino in Basel, HOME in Manchester, Watershed in Bristol and Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast.
Olimpia Pont Cháfer, project manager of the European Art Cinema Day since 2017 states that the cinemas’ participation this year was impressive and that their commitment and proposals have resulted in a rich programme for the day. A strong presence on social media has increased the awareness about the screenings, workshops and special events around the selected titles.
2018 has been a year in which the collaboration with the distributors and rights-holders improved and this will allow for a better marketing and communication in the participants’ network to facilitate access to films in territories where accessing them is more difficult.
With over 200 films presented, thanks to the participation of directors, artists, film industry professionals and political actors, but most importantly due to the continuous efforts of the national art cinema networks, we can expect a vibrant, colourful and committed fourth edition in 2019.
Our deep gratitude goes to MEDIA – Creative Europe, Europa Cinemas, the LUX Film Prize of the European Parliament, the CNC, the FFA, the BKM in Germany, the French Ministry of Culture, Eurimages, Unifrance, EAVE, the European Film Academy, the BFI London Film Festival, Titrafilm, Positif, Télérama, France Télevisions and all the cinema associations that have collaborated on this edition.
**Countries: Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.