Magazine article Screen International

Arte, Festival Scope Launch Pan-European Online Film Festival Artekino

Magazine article Screen International

Arte, Festival Scope Launch Pan-European Online Film Festival Artekino

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Franco-German broadcaster Arte and Paris-based digital film platform Festival Scope have launched the first edition of a new pan-European, online film festival called Artekino.

Arte has been developing the festival for more than a year-and-a-half, working closely with key partner Festival Scope - which has a long history of overseeing online distribution for festivals and cross-border audiences - as well as international sales agents in the region.

"Arte wanted to promote European cinema in a new way beyond what we already do through our channels and co-productions, putting the emphasis on independent, auteur cinema to spotlight new trends, new talents and even emerging territories," Olivier Père, managing director of Arte France Cinéma, explained to Screen. "It's the first festival of its kind focused only on European cinema."

He added the initiative was also in keeping with Arte's ambition to expand its digital activities as well as push its reach beyond its France and Germany.

"Arte is of course first and foremost a French-German channel but it is becoming more and more a European channel, with more and more European partners. Beyond supporting the cinema, we want to affirm the European nature of Arte," said Père. "

The line-up features 10 European titles that have premiered at prestigious festivals - including Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Sundance - over the past year.

The selection includes Greek director Argyris Papadimitropoulos's dark and steamy Suntan, which was awarded best international feature film at Edinburgh over the summer; Spanish film-maker Albert Serra's festival hit The Death Of Louis XIV, and Philippe Faucon's contemporary immigrant drama Fatima, which won best film at the French Césars earlier this year.

"Rather than aiming for international premieres, we're showcasing some of the most original, beautiful and interesting European films on the festival circuit over the past year," said Père.

"We were looking for films which generated a good buzz at festivals thanks to awards and good reviews but which haven't necessarily sold well internationally, and have a tough time getting into theatres," said Père.

"Although it's not necessarily the case in France, many film lovers across Europe won't have access to these films."

Free online tickets

Running September 30 to October 9, the joint initiative is releasing 50,000 free online tickets in 44 European countries via a dedicated website: www. …

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