For its third edition, the #euFilmContest has attracted the attention of thousands of film lovers across Europe. The contest, organised by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Commission, aimed at promoting the richness and unique diversity of European audiovisual works to a wide audience.

Visual with the winners

14.116 participants took part in the contest, and over 8.000 of them replied correctly to the 18 questions about European cinema.

From there, thanks to the filtering question, 10 lucky winners have been selected. Their prize consist in a trip to the Cannes Film Festival, from 17 to 19 May 2019, where they will meet film professionals, visit the Film Market and attend screenings of films selected as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and La Semaine de la Critique.

We would like to thank our partners, who helped make this edition a success: European Film Awards (EFA), Europa Cinemas NetworkInternational Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE), International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) and European Film Promotion(EFP)

Meet the winners!

Arthurs V. (Latvia)

As a videographer, cinema has always been close to my heart so being presented with the opportunity to be in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival means everything and I look forward to the trip with anticipation. I guess I don't have any expectations, but I heard that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set to premiere at the festival so I am beyond stoked for that.

Dániel M. (Hungary)

I’m extremely excited and honored to be among the winners, I would never have expected to be selected. I’m following Film Studies in Budapest, so I have a strong enthusiasm towards films. This trip is a great opportunity to feel the atmosphere of a festival of this scale and to experience everything in person surrounded by artists. I’m looking forward to meet film professionals and new people, I'm sure it will be an unforgettable experience. The idea of being at Cannes is absolutely thrilling!

Diogo V. (Portugal)

Being from a small city, the opportunity to go to one of Europe's biggest film festivals seemed like something I couldn't just pass by without giving it a try. It represents a chance to be at the center of a community whose periphery is usually all I get to contact with. I'm hoping to meet people who share my intellectual investment in cinema as the culture can only advance if it's shared and discussed as much as possible. Of course, I hope to see great films and, as with any trip, make friends, have fun and learn something new!

József V. (Hungary)

I feel extremely lucky and honoured to be among the winners of this contest. Although I see myself as a cinephile who is obsessed with European art movies and love watching them quite often, if it's not for the EU Film Contest and this programme, I would probably never have a chance to attend such a prestigious event. Thus, I'm very happy for that and thankful for this unique, once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm looking forward to experience the the Film Festival in Cannes in person!

Konstantina S. (Greece)

The announcement of my participation in the Cannes trip caught me by surprise. I am genuinely thrilled for the opportunity to experience a Film Festival of this scale and cannot wait. I would like to give a warm thanks to the EU Film Contest 2019 for this chance and its initiative. See you soon! 

Maria N. (Greece)

I've always been a cinematography lover and wanted to visit the Cannes Film Festival! I feel honoured and grateful to the European Creative MEDIA programme for giving me the chance to experience Cannes in person and share it with people from all over Europe. I can't wait to learn more about films from the professionals and experience the European film industry behind the scenes!

Michaela P. (Czech Republic)

I was really excited when I found out to be one of the winners of the EU film contest. I have a big passion for European movies, therefore it’s an honour for me to attend the Cannes Film Festival. I am very much looking forward to experience the festival’s spirit in person!

Nona A. (Romania)

Movies? The best way to reach hearts! I find cinema a great way to teach my students about language, culture, manners and stereotypes. I hope to come back with a fresh perspective and bring back some fun and pizazz to help teenagers make the most of the European cinema and use videos as a powerful tool. I also hope to reconnect with my innermost 10-year-old kid, who used to get on a tram and go to movies alone. Well, meeting a celebrity wouldn't be bad either! Is Brad Pitt coming?

Panos P. (Greece)

Being a winner in the competition was a huge reminder not to give up on what you love. This goes out to all people including me, who enjoy films in cinemas less and less often every year. And probably this is the greatest expectation from the trip: To celebrate the art of cinema at the festival every cinephile would like to be at.

Pedro S. (Portugal)

From Almodóvar to Zeman, cinema has always been one of the main parts of my life. Visiting Cannes, the Mecca of film, where some of the world’s greatest first shook the world with their dazzling achievements, will certainly be nothing short of an extremely memorable and overwhelming experience!

 

About Creative Europe MEDIA

The EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme plays a crucial role in supporting Europe's audiovisual sector through the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of films/TV series as well as support to training programmes, film festivals, cinema networks or distribution platforms. Since 1991, the EU has been investing over €2.6 billion in European content, creativity and cultural diversity, helping European talents to work together across borders . Each year it supports around 2000 projects, including films, TV series, video games, training programmes, cinemas and much more.