European Arthouse Cinema Day

The European Arthouse Cinema Day

Arthouse cinemas exist all over Europe and flourish in areas with good infrastructure and strong supporting organisations. European Arthouse Cinema Day aims to strengthen cinemas in regions that don’t have their own arthouse unions, develop support structures and increase the visibility of arthouse films in general.

The European Arthouse Cinema Day is the first joint international activity of cinema exhibitors to promote European films and boost the cinema experience in collaboration with the distributors, producers and right holders.

The 6th European Arthouse Cinema Day took place on 14 November 2021 with about 650 cinemas from 38 countries participating. The initiative is organised by theCICAE and its national associations members in partnership with Europa Cinemas, and co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA Programme.

With the support of

When is the next edition taking place?

On 13 November 2022, we will organise the seventh European Arthouse Cinema Day, thanks to the support of Creative Europe MEDIA programme. 

Since 2016 more than 700 cinemas in over 40 countries have participated in the event, offering magnificent programming including previews, films for young audiences, and classics from the history of European cinema. With special guests, debates and exhibitions, the Day event is always as multifaceted as European cinema itself! We look forward to celebrating the diversity of European cinema around the world in 2022!

How to participate?

  • To participate in the event, cinemas must fill in the form* available at
  • The participation is free of charge and cinemas will have access to all the communication, marketing and promotional material. Cinema exhibitors and programmers can share with us first wishes, ideas and comments for the upcoming edition.

*available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.



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