MEDIA – the European Commission programme supporting the development and the distribution of European audiovisual works – is organising for the first time a unique outreach event with the objective of bringing Europe closer to citizens while celebrating together the richness of the European film culture. The event, entitled ‘European Cinema Night – Sharing stories we love’ will take place from 3 to 7 December in 34 cities across Europe and will reach more than 7200 people.

Poster European Cinema Night

With free screenings of European films supported by MEDIA, the European Cinema Night aims to show how the European Union – through Creative Europe MEDIA – not only benefits the creative and cultural industries, but also serves our society at large. This initiative will connect cinemagoers in numerous cities across Europe and will help to strengthen the links among people around a shared European identity based on diversity.

Each of the 34 cinemas taking part in the initiative will organise a special evening event where they will screen one of the 21 different MEDIA supported films that have been selected. The films have been chosen by local cinemas according to the interest of their public, in order to better adapt to the diversity of audiences. The local venues are all renowned cinemas belonging to the Europa Cinemas network, which is, together with Creative Europe MEDIA and ARTE, one of the organisers.

‘Cold War’, Palme d'Or winner ‘The Square’ or 2018 LUX Prize ‘Woman at war’ are some of the films. The screenings will be followed by a short debate where film lovers will have the opportunity to meet not only filmmakers and film critics to discuss the films but also European representatives that will be able to explain more about the programme and its importance to shape the European audiovisual landscape.

This event is part of the European Commission “going local” communication campaign, which shows citizens how European policy is linked to their lives – in this case to the emotions they feel at cinemas – and how by attending a locally-grounded event they can be part of a globally-connected experience across Europe.

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European Cinema Night

MEDIA programme