Europa Film Festivals (EFF)
Europa Film Festivals – History
Europa Film Festivals is a network of European Film Festivals which seeks to stimulate and encourage the development of film festivals in Europe. The EFF network originated from a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme project and first met at a conference during the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. The network will provide a formalised system for sharing information, strategies and culture amongst festivals and will represent a strong voice in Europe. Its primary purpose is to shape, develop, reach and agree common positions and perspectives on key issues. In doing so, the network will be able to develop resources, business models, best practices and information exchange infrastructures to support members in the emerging film ecosystem.
Europa Film Festivals
Miriam Allen (Chair) – Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Alexis Juncosa – Luxembourg City Film Festival, Luxembourg
Michele Devlin – Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland
Hrönn Marinósdóttir – Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
Alejandro Díaz Castaño – Gijon International Film Festival, Spain
Fredau Buwalda – Noordelijk Film Festival, The Netherlands
Kathrin Kohlstedde – Filmfest Hamburg, Germany
Nektarios Sakkas – Athens International Film Festival, Greece
Emmanuel Cuénod – Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland
Guilhem Caillard – Festival de Films CINEMANIA, Montreal, Canada
Milja Mikkola – Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland
Johanna Caraire – Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux, France
The Galway Film Fleadh is delighted to present Peripheral Visions as part of the Galway 2020 programme. The event will feature an online co-curated competition of thirteen films selected by each of our Europa Film Festivals. Each festival will present an introduction to their entry and the audience will have the opportunity to participate in online Q&As after the screening.
Europa Film Festivals & Europa International
at the Luxembourg City Film Festival March 2020
Miriam Allen Galway Film Fleadh
The Galway Film Fleadh CLG, hosts two annual film festivals. The first in July – a week long event that attracts local, national and international audiences; the second is the Junior Film Fleadh in November – aimed specifically at young people.The GFF, now in its 32nd year, is a multi-faceted film festival, with a two-fold purpose: to be a platform for quality international cinema, and an advocate for Irish national cinema for which the Fleadh’s identity is now synonymous. In addition, the Junior Film Fleadh caters for young people as a distinct cinema going audience offering an engaging and diverse programme reflecting their unique sensibilities. The GFF provides showcase opportunities, promoting the profile and status of filmmakers and artists while enhancing the appreciation of cultural cinema through an all-inclusive educational, entertaining and enjoyable festival.
Luxembourg City Film Festival Alexis Juncosa Luxembourg City Film Festival
From 4th to 14th March 2021, Luxembourg City Film Festival will celebrate its 11th edition. Since its inception in 2011, Luxembourg City Film Festival has been committed to showcasing a vast panorama of contemporary cinema of undeniable artistic value, featuring fiction features, documentary films, a young audiences programme, a strand dedicated to Luxembourgish productions, and, since 2016, virtual reality experiences in a dedicated VR Pavillion In short, international ‘festival hits’ condensed into a packed programme of world and European premieres, exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, special evening events, and even concerts. This eclectic mix proved successful in building a loyal following of local film aficionados and industry professionals. Lux Film Fest also managed to burst the ‘film bubble’ by exposing the general public to cinematic experiences that normally wouldn’t make their way to cinemas and offering them the chance to meet renowned international guests.
Hrönn Marinósdóttir Reyjkavik International Film Festival
The Reykjavik International Film Festival is one of the biggest and diverse cultural events in Iceland. RIFF is an independent non-profit organisation and was founded in September 2004, by a small group of film professionals and film enthusiasts led by Festival Director Hrönn Marinósdóttir, with the goal of presenting new and progressive quality films, supporting innovation in filmmaking, networking between professionals from various parts of the world and fostering social and cultural dialogue. The festival also manages the RIFF industry office, complete with a video library, information and guest services, and co-organizes networking meetings and dinners for the attending professionals. The festival shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries and highlights independent filmmaking from all over the world with the emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers.
Milja Mikkola Midnight Sun Film Festival
Founded in 1986 by Finland’s celebrated authors of cinema Aki and Mika Kaurismäki, the longest running feature film festival in Finland and the biggest cultural event in the northern region. Already the 35th edition, the festival presents an unique selection of European cinema from contemporary highlights to rediscoveries of classics with spellbinding guest line-up. Big names, discoveries of contemporary cinema, a high cultural diversity: a paradise for any film lover in an unexpected intimate landscape. An awakening of impressions, ideas and emotions. With its strong international appeal and regional importance MSFF plays a vital part in shaping the cultural landscape of northern Finland. For going beyond festival dates, MSFF widens its reach with significant all year round activities such as the ongoing cooperation with University of Arts in Helsinki which makes the festival program part of their educational curriculum and further develop the online platform with Finnish Broadcasting Company among other activities.
Alejandro Díaz Castaño The GIJÓN/XIXÓN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FICX)
The 58th edition of The GIJÓN/XIXÓN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FICX) (scheduled 20-28 Nov 2020); FICX For Kidz (Film education activities throughout the year); the 4th FICX Industry Days, FICXPlus (screenings, Q&As and more year-long activities) and #StreamFICX (new and expanded digital channel). Last year we set again records on audience and box office figures and European filmmaking has become again the main cornerstone of our event, with 89% of European (co)productions and 29 (all-time maximum) different MEDIA countries in our previous edition. In 2019,Gijon held Spanish premieres of works by Pedro Costa, Nora Fingscheidt, Nanni Moretti, Anca Damian, Werner Herzog or Stephan Komandarev, and we also welcomed Bertrand Bonello, Ariane Labed, Hlynur Pálmason, Franco Piavoli, Léna Garrel or Axelle Ropert. Ours is a FIAPF-Specialized Festival, qualifying for the Oscars and Spanish Academy Awards, and our international networks include a partnership with the San Sebastian IFF.
Kathrin Kohlstedde Filmfest Hamburg
Filmfest Hamburg is a film festival for the public, frequented by more than 40,000 cinema fans every year. Over the course of ten days in autumn, around 140 national and international feature films and documentaries are shown on eleven screens for their world premiere, European premiere or German premiere. In twelve permanent and annually changing sections the programme ranges from cinematically sophisticated arthouse films and innovative mainstream cinema to a colourful film and events programme for the youngest cinema visitors. As a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue, a large number of the films are presented in person by the film creators in Hamburg. Numerous events make Filmfest Hamburg an important meeting point for cinema enthusiasts and the film industry alike. Albert Wiederspiel has been the Festival Director since 2003.
Michele Devlin Belfast Film Festival
The Belfast Film Festival was established in 1997 to, promote, a diverse and dynamic programme of independent and specialist films, and outreach activity. It operates and runs two distinct film festivals, the first is a 10 day event in April (Belfast Film Festival), aimed at a general cinema going audience, film fans and invited filmmakers, and the second, a new festival established in 2019 Docs Ireland, an industry and general public orientated five-day documentary festival in June. Docs Ireland has a doc market and a series of industry focused elements.
Noordelijk Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in The Netherlands, existing over 40 years and taking place in the heart of Leeuwarden – capital of Friesland and European Capital of Culture in 2018. It’s an adventurous, exciting meeting place for film enthusiasts, filmmakers and stories from all over Europe. It honors it’s name (‘Noordelijk’ is Dutch for northern) by presenting a strong focus on a broad Northern-Europe. In five days, the festival screens a selection of mainly fiction films, documentaries, shorts and occasional retrospectives. It offers a platform and launch-pad for professional (regional) talent, students and even amateur filmmakers through screenings, competitions and meetings. Alongside the northern focus there is a range of smaller sidebar programmes, presenting interesting films from the rest of Europe as well as hosting international guests, live music, talk shows, The 48 Hour Film Project, exhibitions, film & food events, school screenings, great parties and a unique atmosphere.
Kathrin Kohlstedde Filmfest Hamburg
Since its foundation in 1991, FILMFEST HAMBURG has established itself as one of the most important German Film Festivals. Over the course of ten days in autumn, around 140 national and international feature films and documentaries are shown on eleven screens for their world premiere, European premiere or German premiere. With a distinctive mixture of arthouse cinema and new-talent film and a political and diverse programme, Filmfest Hamburg inspires an audience of more than 40.000 people on an annual basis. In the best tradition of harbour cities, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is a meeting point and a gateway to the world. And this is also our object: to bring films from all over the world to Hamburg, to initiate a dialogue with the audience and to be a platform for both artistic and cultural diversity.
Nektarios Sakkas Athens International Film Festival, Greece
The Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights, was founded by the Athens Film Society (a Non-Profit Organisation) with the intention of highlighting lesser-known aspects/genres of independent cinema, introducing audiences to some of the best productions of the year and establishing itself as the ideal opening of the upcoming movie season. The Festival was launched in September 1995 and continues successfully. According to a CINEMA magazine survey, the Festival audience roughly consists of 60.000 film-goers, who are interested in learning about the latest movie trends and viewing the most successful productions of the season before anyone else. Our goal is to present them with a handpicked selection of independent productions from all over the world.
Guilhem Caillard Festival de Films CINEMANIA, Montreal, Canada
The CINEMANIA festival was established in 1995 and has continued annually. The festival is dedicated soley to quality French language feature films emanating from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal and other French speaking regions. All films screened must beNorth American, Canadian or Quebec premieres and are all subtitled in English. The festival takes place every November during a period of 11 days opening on the first Thursday of the month. All films are mainly screened in the Imperial cinema, downtown Montreal and in Cinématheque Québécoise, Cinéma du parc and Théatre Outremont.
Johanna Caraire Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux, France
The International Independant Festival of Bordeaux, known as FIFIB, defends independant world cinema. It account for all forms of independance : spirit, freedom of creation and innovation. For 8 years, the festival has benefited from the presence of prestigious representatives of world cinema, artists and musicians who came to defend the independance of spirit and creation in Bordeaux.
Emmanuel Cuénod Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland
Since its inception in 1995, Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) has been supporting the role of independent authors in creative processes. At the crossroads of genres and disciplines, a place to experiment, get together and celebrate, the Festival showcases a program featuring films, TV series and digital arts for ten days every year. It also devotes considerable attention to innovation, music and up-and-coming talent in its various programs. Located in the heart of the international city of Geneva, GIFF contributes to the development of the Swiss and international digital industry thanks to its professional program, the Geneva Digital Market, as well as its PLUGS program, which brings together a series of events organized each year in partnership with other international festivals, markets and institutions. Recognized as a strategic player in the development of audiovisual arts in Switzerland, GIFF has enjoyed the active support of the City and the State of Geneva, the Federal Office of Culture, SSR SRG, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Swissperform as well as many private stakeholders.