Four film festival networks supported by MEDIA

The latest results for the Film Festivals scheme (call number EACEA/26/2019) have been published. 

34 festivals from 19 countries will receive grants totalling €1.62 million under Action 1 of the scheme. The highest award will go towards the Göteborg Film Festival with €75,000, followed by Thessaloniki International Film and Documentary Festivals, Seville European Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, CPH:DOX and IFFR, all awarded with €63,000 each. The size of the grant is based on the number of European films in the programme. 

Action 2 of the scheme supports European Networks of Festivals and is a new type of support introduced for the first time this year and will form the model for future festival support in the new Creative Europe programme. In 2020 four networks have been supported with 

a total of €597,288. The networks include a total of 23 festivals and cover 17 countries.

The four networks are:

  • Moving Images - Open Borders (awarded €141,600)

The network will focus on gender programming, audience design, staff exchange, strategies for climate-friendly film festivals, training of young film journalists and film literacy. Joint activities include among others a communication strategy with a specific website, industry meetings and two film awards: a Discovery Award for an innovative feature film and an audience award for an online short film competition.

Coordinated by Film Festival Cottbus (Germany), the other six members are Scanorama (Lithuania), Trieste Film Festival (Italy), Seville European Film Festival (Spain), European Film Festival Palic (Serbia), Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz (Austria), Les Arcs Film Festival (France).

  • European Children’s Film Festival Network (awarded €180,000)

The network’s aim is to enhance the visitor experience, maintaining a year-round presence and offering a travelling decentralized programme. A Trip Around Europe project is an interactive installation enhancing children experience to interact with European films in a playful manner, while immersing themselves in the newest cinematic technologies.

Coordinated by CINEKID (Netherlands) and including members; JEF Festival Belgium (Belgium), Kids Kino International Film Festival (Poland), Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young (Greece), International Film Festival For Children And Young Audience Schlingel (Germany), Zlín Film Festival – International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic).

  • NoJSe 2020-2021 (awarded €96,000)

The network aims at increasing the promotion, circulation and impact of European film and audiovisual works for young audiences and influencing the audiovisual industry to ensure an enhanced focus on the future production and development of high quality European film and audiovisual works for young audiences. It also plans to share knowledge with a focus on festival and audience development between partners and in a broader European context as well as act as a regional European think tank gathering knowledge on film and media for children and youth.

Coordinated by BUSTER Film Festival (Denmark), the network also includes BUFF Malmö Film Festival (Sweden), Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival (Norway) and Oulu International Children's and Youth Film festival (Finland).

  • Doc Alliance (awarded €179,688)

The network will focus on a joint cooperation programme aimed at drawing attention to emerging European filmmakers and helping their films reach a wider audience, and sharing expertise and developing festival activities aimed at supporting the promotion and distribution of European films.

It is coordinated by Ji.hlava IDFF (Czech Republic) with the following five members CPH:DOX (Denmark), Millennium Docs Against Gravity (Poland), DOK Leipzig (Germany), FIDMarseille (France) and Doclisboa (Portugal).

Discover the full set of results and statistics on the European Commission's website.

Image: Audiences at the Göteborg Film Festival which recieved a grant of €75,000 under this call.