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European Cinema Night comes to Rio Cinema London


European cinema night

The first ever edition of the European Cinema Night will come to London in the form of a free screening of EU-funded Polish-UK-French co-production Cold War at Rio Cinema on 5 December. The initiative highlights how the EU supports the film sector – including many British films – in times of transformation for the creative industries.


The screening will be followed by a short debate on the future of European co-productions and film-making and the impact of streaming services on the distribution of European films. Panellists include: James King, Koenig Pictures; Pat Kelman, 606 Distribution; Damien Spandley, Curzon; Corrina Antrobus, Picturehouse Cinemas and Charlotte Saluard, Ciné Lumière.

Cold War, by Pawel Pawlikowski – winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 – is a complicated love story between two people of different backgrounds and personalities which takes place in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. It received €860,419 (£766,934) of EU funding namely for its distribution in 26 countries.

Overall, 21 EU-funded movies will be screened in 27 EU countries. Among these movies are two other UK co-productions: The killing of a sacred deer to be screened in Latvia and Lithuania, and The Favourite in Dublin.

UK movies such as The King's Speech, Pride, Two Faces of January, The Iron Lady and Paddington have been supported by the EU's MEDIA programme which supports the distribution of films and television productions across the EU, widening access to them and increasing audiences. This helps movies – frequently British ones – which are successful nationally to become successful across Europe as well. The programme supports individual works, or initiatives that promote new skills and facilitate international cooperation.

A recent publication by Creative Europe's UK desk found that the UK’s audiovisual, creative and cultural sectors benefitted from €16.6 million (£14.8m) in 2017, bringing support for the UK since Creative Europe started in 2014 to date to €74 million (£66m).

It is estimated that for every €1 (0.9p) invested in the Europa Cinemas network, an estimated €13 (£11.6) is generated through additional audience for the audiovisual sector.