Still from Youth (La Giovinezza) by Paolo Sorrentino

EFP’s first online film festival starts with screenings in Russia

The third edition of Creative Europe-supported European film showcase Westwind is being paired with European Film Promotion (EFP)’s first online festival via leading Russian VoD platform, ivi. The programme of theatrical screenings launches in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 21 October and will run until 25 October. 

Over the course of five days, EFP will present a wide range of films with their directors, actors and screenwriters to St. Petersburg’s local cinema audiences. The extension of the cinema screening programme to include an online festival of 26 European Oscar® submissions, demonstrates EFP's response to the status quo for European films in the Russian distribution market. The films will be available on the online player for a year.

"EFP wants to continue the dialogue with Russian audiences", said EFP Managing Director Renate Rose. "We have modified our concept to take account of the difficult situation faced by the theatrical distribution of European films in Russia. The two-track approach makes WestWind a special endeavour for reaching out to a larger audience."

The line-up includes Irish drama The Gift by Tom Collins, and Creative Europe-funed Youth (La Giovinezza) by Paolo Sorrentino, the director's second English-language film starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda.

The full list of films screening can be viewed on EFP's website.

Photo: Youth (La Giovinezza) by Paolo Sorrentino screens as part of WestWind.