Europa Cinemas awarded over €10 million to support 962 cinemas

In the latest round of funding from the Cinema Networks scheme, which every two years, Europa Cinemas receives €10,460,000 per year to continue to support the 962 cinemas in its network across Europe.

Europa Cinemas’ main purpose is to encourage the promotion and presence in cinemas of European films and to foster the development of young audiences, which is directly in line with the objectives of the scheme.

Through its various activities, which include the innovations labs in Sofia, Bologna and Seville and their annual meeting in Cannes, the network encourages cinemas to take risks programming more diverse, non-national European films, helps to access funding for audience development activities, offers training to cinema staff and creates opportunities for members to meet, share experiences, build partnerships and contribute to the development of the network. 60% of the films screened across the network are European, which is a much higher percentage than in other commercial cinemas.

In the UK there are currently 53 cinemas that participate in the Europa Cinemas network. If you are interested in your cinema becoming a member, see their website for details on eligibility and how to apply. The deadline for applications is September.

Jaki McDougall, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film Theatre, says: "Being part of Europa Cinemas is much more than receiving a grant for European programming. Bringing together nearly a thousand European independent cinemas, the network helps in exchanging know-how, adapting to digital shift and changing customer habits and business models. Each cinema is a small business - together we are a strong voice for independent exhibition."

See the official results on the European Commission's website.

Image: The Theory of Everything by James Marsh was the third top European film by admissions in the Europa Cinemas network in 2015. It was screened in 29 countries out of the 30 MEDIA countries in the network.