ATHENS: Estonian cinema Kino Artis was awarded the prize for Best Programming of 2013 in the Europa Cinemas network at the 18th Europa Cinemas Conference in Athens held 21-24 November 2013.
Also the Polish film, Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski won the Coup de Coeur exhibitors award and a special mention in the same category went to Circles directed by Srdan Golubovic.
The conference was opened by Xavier Troussard, Head of Creative Europe-MEDIA (European Commission), who also spoke with FNE TV in an exclusive interview about Creative Europe and the upcoming Warsaw AV Summit.
The full interview will appear later this week as part of a five part series on FNE TV about the future of exhibition, distribution and international sales of European films in the new Creative Europe.
The conference attracted more than 600 professionals, mostly exhibitors but also distributors, producers and sales agents from 47 countries who gathered in Athens for the event. Europa Cinemas Presidient, Nico Simon and Claude-Eric Poiroux, General Director of Europa Cinemas, said discussions focused on the future of cinema, the renewal of audiences, new offers and new concepts proposed in theatres through digital cinema and new media.
The second annual conference of Europa International, the new organisation for international sales agents took place concurrently and there was much cross fertilization of ideas among the participants of both conferences.
Three Europa Cinemas’ Awards were announced during the Conference:
Best Programming: Kino Artis, Tallinn (Estonia)
Best Young Audience Activities: Studio des Ursulines, Paris (France)
Best Entrepreneur: Golem Cinemas (Spain)
In addition, IDA (Poland) by Pawel Pawlikowski was chosen as the exhibitors’ “Coup de Cœur” 2013Polish-Danish co-productionProduced by Opus Film in co-production with Canal+ Cyfrowy and Phoenix Film Ivestment. Supported by the Polish Film Institute World sales Fandango Portobello
Special mention for the film CIRCLES (Germany, France, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia) by Srdan Golubovic.Production: Film House Bas Celik,Coproduction: Propeler Film Vertigo /Emotionfilm Supported by Croatian Audiovisual Center and Slovenian Film Agency