Cannes 2016 Poster

Creative Europe at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off next week, and Creative Europe’s influence will be felt on the Croisette at a number of industry events, as well as through its support of several films In Competition. Here are details of some of the European-focused initiatives at the festival this year:

Voice your views at the European Film Forum

16 May 2016, 3pm - 6pm
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Boulevard de la Croisette

The financing of European films is the principal focus of this year’s European Film Forum conference at Cannes. The European Commission wishes to launch an open debate about the important issue of access to finance. What models should be promoted? Should public policies be adapted? How can European films attract more investment? Is today's model still fit for purpose or do we need more agile tools in this fast changing world?

The event is free to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. See the full list of speakers.

Make connections at the Creative Europe MEDIA Stand

11-20 May 2016, open daily from 9am - 7pm
Pavilion 121, Village International/Riviera, Marché du Film

The European Pavilion is a meeting point for European film professionals. Market delegates can make use of the space and make contact with representatives from the Europe-wide network of Creative Europe Desks and policy experts from the European Commission and Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. This year, the stand will also host ten information sessions, which will look at the some of the future priorities of the MEDIA sub-programme as well as showcasing the work of beneficiaries.

Find out what makes films travel

Ticket to Ride! What Makes European Films travel? 
14 May 2016, 9.30am - 11.30am
Olympia Cinema, 7 rue d’Antibes

This year’s EAO workshop focuses on the export of European films. A panel of speakers including Irish producer Ed Guiney (Element Pictures), Stefano Massenzi (Head of Acquisitions and Business Affairs at Lucky Red) and Daniela Elstner (President of the French Association des Exportateurs de Films), join the Observatory’s own team to discuss the importance of European films outside of their national markets, what makes successful European films travel and how digital platforms are opening up export possibilities. Entry is free to anyone with Marché du film or festival accreditation. To register contact the EAO

Discover the best of European filmmaking talent  

Why not try to catch one of the 19 MEDIA-backed titles screening at the festival? Whether it’s the latest big-hitters or a pleasant surprise from one of the festival’s emerging talents, you’re bound to find something to go home raving about among this bumper list.

Attend an event organised by Creative Europe-funded organisations

Creative Europe-supported exhibitors’ network Europa Cinemas holds its annual Exhibitors Meeting, as well as a roundtable on arthouse film exhibition in Europe. They are also announcing the winner of their annual Europa Cinemas Label award as part of the Directors' Fortnight on 20 May. Visit the Europa Cinemas wesbite for more information.

Creative Europe-funded producer training programme Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) members invites producers to book a one-to-one meeting with them at Cannes. ACE members are also invited to visit the ACE apartment for daily Happy Hours from 12 to 17 May.

The European Documentary Network (EDN) is organising a networking dinner for its members in association with the Marché du Film. Sign up before 12pm midday (GMT) on 11 May.