Transnational pitching session to match cinemas as hubs of innovation

9 Jul 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Online (Zoom)
Booking details:
Pre-registration essential

Creative Europe Desks from the EU and the UK are joining forces to offer an online pitching and match-making session for organisations interested in applying to the second round of the European Commission’s pilot call: Cinemas as Innovative Hubs for Local Communities.

The online session, will take place on Thursday 9 July from 9 am to 12 pm UK time.

There are two ways to take part...

1) If you have an idea for a project that you would like to pitch that you think meets the aims of the call, please complete this form

2) If you are interested in becoming a partner on a project and would like to attend the session to observe the pitches please register here

One project proposal will be selected per country, and the participants will have 10 mins to pitch their idea to potential partners. The deadline to register Sunday 5 July.

Results from the first call were recently announced, with five cross-border projects receiving a total of €2 million.

The second call of this ‘preparatory action’ is intended for cinema operators and cultural organisations wishing to create innovative cultural centres around cinemas, particularly in areas where cinemas and cultural structures are limited and where the Covid 19 crisis has had a very strong impact.

The preparatory action will test new experiences of cinema enjoyment, taking into account the needs of the local audience and will focus on:

1) Rethinking the cinema experience in the aftermath of the pandemic crisis in order to create innovative cultural places, in particular with the cooperation between cinema and VOD platforms;

2) Audience development and community building through interactive experiences (offering a wide range of cultural and educational activities).

The second call has a budget of €1.5 million and the co-financing can cover up to 70% of the eligible costs. The deadline for applications for the second call closes on 7 August.

Full guidelines and application documents can be found on the European Commission website.

Image: Connecting Cinemas in Rural Areas was one of the five projects supported in the previous round, receiving a total grant of €489,229. KulturGenossenschaft Neue Kammerspiele in Germany led the application with seven partners in six countries.