Consortium wins EU tender to bring European films to the rest of the world

More than 70 EU delegations worldwide currently organise their own festivals of European films in order to reach out to local audiences. Building on these existing initiatives,the European Commission has announced the results of its call for tender to strengthen the EU's ability to engage meaningfully with audiences in third countries, i.e. countries outside of Europe,through European Film Festivals.

The winning consortium, consisting of the Goethe-Institut, Institut Français and Cineuropa, will be involved in a range of activities to ensure these film festivals reach their full potential and engage with a breadth of audiences. This includes:

  • curating an archive of high quality European films, from securing screening rights to subtitling
  • providing technical assistance to support the organisation of EU Film Festivals, such as hiring curators and providing marketing materials
  • organising webinars and online resources for EU Delegations that require further training or guidance in the organisation of their film festival
  • organising additional events for EU delegations to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and skill-sharing

The project has a maximum budget of €2 million.

The call was launched following a study that concluded that these film festivals provided a unique way for European films to reach audiences in third countries and are an effective diplomatic tool for communicating European stories and values, and fostering an exchange of understanding between different cultures.