Pilot call: Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities selects five projects

Following the European Commission’s €2 million call for proposals to create innovative cultural hubs around cinema theatres, especially in areas where there is limited cinema and cultural infrastructure, five projects have now been selected, with another added to the reserve list.

The objective of this pilot call is to test new ways of rethinking the cinema experience, create innovative cultural venues, develop audiences and build communities through interactive experiences.

West Yorkshire-based organisation Live Cinema is a partner on one of the five projects selected. Movies in Motion / The Cinema Istria Project received a total of €262,341 and is led by Motovun Film Festival in Croatia.

The other four supported projects are:

  • Cinema Communities for Innovation, Networks and Environment (CINE) led by Slow Food NGO (Italy)
  • Ciné hub by Generation Z, led by Friche la Belle de Mai/Cinéma le Gyptis (France)
  • Resonance Cinema. Cultural Hub for Curious Minds, led by Art Fest (Bulgaria)
  • Connecting Cinemas in Rural Areas, led by KulturGenossenschaft Neue Kammerspiele (Germany)

Descriptions of each of the five projects can be found here

More details about the call can be found here. A full list of projects and grant details is also available here.

A second call was launched on 4 of June, with a deadline on 7 August. Details of how to apply are on the European Commission website.

Image: Cinéma Le Gyptis / La Friche de la Belle de Mai lead partner in the Ciné hub by Generation Z. La Friche de la Belle de Mai is located in a former tobacco factory near the Saint-Charles station in Marseille, France in the neighbourhood of Belle de Mai.