Magazine article Screen International

Europa Cinemas Secures Two Years of MEDIA Funding

Magazine article Screen International

Europa Cinemas Secures Two Years of MEDIA Funding

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The Europa Cinemas (EC) network has secured a further two years of funding from the European Union's MEDIA Programme.

Now in its 20th year, the EC network has grown outside of the EU to 68 countries, comprising 1,111 member cinemas and 2,943 screens.

In addition, EC member cinemas are among 70 independent cinemas with 156 screens in 18 countries, which have been awarded $4m ([euro]3.1m) by MEDIA as part of its cinema digitisation programme.

The EC cinemas supported in this funding round include:

Dublin's Light House Cinema

Tallinn's Kino Soprus

Krakow's Kino Pod Baranami

Pordenone's Cinemazero

Warsaw's Kino Muranow

Berlin's Hackesche Höfe and Cinema Paris

Padova's Multisala MP

xSofia's Dom Na Kinoto (Cinema House).

The funding is aimed at European independent cinema operators who screen a majority of European films - of which at least 30% are European non-national - and who acquire and install a DCI-compliant digital projector.

MEDIA's support in the form of a lump sum of $25,700 ([euro]20,000) per screen co-finances the costs related to the digital transition, excluding the cost of the digital projector and server.

Media chronology debate

Meanwhile, the media chronology debate and MEDIA's day-and-date preparatory action are likely topics for discussion at the EC annual network conference, which opens in Paris on Friday morning (Nov 23).

A recent online poll by German magazine Blickpunkt:Film on the EU initiative found little favour with over 75% of the respondents.

30.6% argued that such a venture would thwart national attempts to keep cinema culture alive, while 27.6% suggested that such funding was obsolete because "the simultaneous exploitation is a question of strategy, the necessary infrastructure already exists."

Only 24.5% of the replies spoke in positive terms about the action.

Silver "particularly excited"

Speaking exclusively to Screen ahead of the EC conference, MEDIA unit head Aviva Silver said that she is "particularly excited" by the Artificial Eye project "where you have the Curzon cinemas, Gutek Film with their new cinema [in Wroclaw] and Match Factory. …

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