European Cinema Night: Five days of free screenings across the EU

European Cinema Night: Five days of free screenings across the EU

The fourth edition of European Cinema Night kicked off on Monday, with five days of free screenings of EU-supported films across Europe.

Almost 80 cinemas in 27 countries will participate during 6-10 December to bring European films closer to citizens, while celebrating the richness and diversity of European culture. Following the success of the first hybrid edition organized in 2020, this initiative is once again co-organized by the MEDIA section of the Creative Europe program and the “Europa Cinemas” network.

The free screenings of European films will connect more than 14,500 cinema goers in numerous cities across Europe, strengthening personal connections around a shared European identity built on diversity.

Information about the screenings is found in this interactive map, which also holds the links to book tickets. In Belgium, films are shown in Brussels, Namur, Gent and Mechelen on 7 December.

Each of cinemas has selected the film to be screened according to the interest of their public, in order to better adapt to a diversity of audiences. The local venues are all renowned cinemas belonging to the Europa Cinemas network, co-organiser of the event.

Among the screened titles, there is Druk (Another Round), by Thomas Vinterberg, awarded with the Oscar for Best International Feature Film in this year’s edition of the Academy Awards, and Corpus Christi, by Jan Komasa, which was competing in this year’s edition of the LUX Award and received the Europa Cinemas label in 2019.

All film screenings will take place in accordance with applicable national measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, some cinemas offer online screenings. The screenings will be complemented by other activities aimed at engaging the audience, such as question-and-answer sessions with the team, presentations and debates.

In addition, the 34th edition of the European Film Prize, where 12 titles supported by the MEDIA program compete for prizes, will take place on December 11 in hybrid format.

European Cinema Night and the European Cinema Awards have particular significance this year in the context of 30 years of MEDIA, which celebrates the EU's continued support to the audiovisual industry throughout the decades and highlights the industry work, in front of and behind the camera.

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