The European Film Academy launches the Month of European Film to celebrate the dynamic of European Film Culture

    The European Film Academy launches the Month of European Film to celebrate the dynamic of European Film Culture

    The European Film Academy introduces the Month of European Film as Europe’s own film and award season. Starting on 13 November, it celebrates the diversity of European film for four weeks until its grand finale on 10 December with the European Film Awards in Iceland. Across Europe, thanks to the Academy’s partner Europa Cinemas, flagship cinemas in 35 countries from Reykjavik to Athens, from Lisbon to Bucharest, but also including small towns and networks, highlight European films, presenting special programmes, events and dedicated retrospectives. At the same time, the global streaming platform MUBI presents a special focus on European films, allowing film lovers around the world to participate.

    “With the Month of European Film, the Academy is launching a new network. A large part of this network consists of movie theatres curating smart programmes with handpicked films that cater for the curiosity and tastes of their local audiences. Programmes that help to rediscover European film culture. For the very first time, all these efforts and initiatives are linked to each other over a longer time via the Month of European Film, carefully orchestrated by the Academy,” says Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and Director of the European Film Academy. “What Europe is missing is a strong awareness of both the joint richness and the vulnerability of its own cinema and with it, the will and dedication to respect and protect it. We are convinced that strengthening the visibility of European films which feature our very own European stories and history shouldn’t be done only on a national level. This is a European question and need, one that can only be answered successfully together, by further joining forces. For us, this initiative is a first step. The Academy will be increasingly committed to this in the coming years.”


    The Month of European Film kicks off on 13 November with the European Arthouse Cinema Day, a project organised by CICAE, and the European Film Academy’s yearly Young Audience Award. Instead of a uniform catalogue, each participating cinema is creating a unique program according to their expertise and catering to their audience’s taste. Knol: “Our goal in the future is to create more visibility for films from the annual Academy Selection as well as for the nominated films to a larger audience and to our members during the Month of European Film.”

    There will be many different initiatives: Many movie theatres will show retrospectives of renowned European filmmakers such as Lars von Trier (in Prague, Czech Republic), Jacques Tati (in Kolding, Denmark), Jonas Mekas (in Prishtina, Kosovo and in Tel Aviv, Israel), Pier Paolo Pasolini (in Bucharest, Romania) as well as Agnes Varda (in Ferrol, Spain). The cinema in Kolding, Denmark, will also have special screenings of European short films for people living with dementia, the cinema in Kecskemet, Hungary will have screenings alongside an exhibition of movie poster interpretations panted by young students, the cinema in Prague will feature European films only during the whole month, many screenings will be accompanied by food, drinks or even film parties. A lot of movie theatres focus during the Month of European Film on films from a specific European country: There will be an Italian retrospective in Kyiv (Ukraine), a French Film Festival in Glasgow (Scotland) and Berlin (Germany), a Hungarian Film Week in Bucharest (Romania), a Ukrainian Film Festival as well as Spanish films in Wroclaw (Poland), Hungarian films and a Francophone Film Festival in Prishtina (Kosovo) and a Nordic films retrospective in Tel Aviv (Israel). The cinema in Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) cooperates with local embassies and shows films from Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovenia and much more. More initiatives and events can be found here:

    From 14 November the global streaming platform MUBI features 100 European films from classics to truly great new films, in the original language. The European Film Academy is delighted to broaden its partnership with MUBI to celebrate the Month of European Film.

    The Month of European Film culminates on 10 December at the 35th European Film Awards in Reykjavik. The ceremony includes the announcement of the nominations for the LUX Audience Award, bringing European films right back to the public and involving them in the vote for the winner.

    After a Berlin pilot last year, The Month of European Film will continue to grow every year to include more and more places and ways for film enthusiasts to join in this great celebration of European films.

    The Month of European Film is an initiative of the European Film Academy supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union and works together with partners such as Europa Cinemas, CICAE and MUBI and many local partners.


    Austria Vienna Top Kino
    Belgium Brussels Cinema Galerie
    Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo Kino Meeting Point
    Bulgaria Sofia Cinema House
    Croatia Rijeka Art-kino Croatia
    Czech Republic Praha Kino Aero
    Denmark Kolding Nicolai Biograf
    Estonia Tallinn Kino Soprus
    Finland Helsinki Orion
    France Paris Le Balzac
    Germany Berlin Yorck Kinogruppe*
    Greece Athens Trianon
    Hungary Kecskemét Otthon Mozi
    Iceland Reykjavik Bíó Paradís
    Ireland Access Cinema Network*
    Israel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Cinematheque
    Italy Milano Cinema Beltrade
    Kosovo Prishtina Kino Armata
    Latvia Rīga Splendid Palace
    Lithuania Vilnius Pasaka
    Luxembourg Luxembourg Utopia
    Malta San Ġiljan Eden Cinemas
    Montenegro Bar Cultural Center
    Netherlands Amsterdam EYE
    Norway Oslo VEGA
    Poland Wrocław Kino Nowe Horyzonty
    Portugal Lisboa Cinema Ideal
    Romania Bucharest Cinema Muzeul Taranului
    Slovakia Bratislava Cinemax
    Slovenia Ptuj Mestni kino Ptuj
    Spain Ferrol Duplex Cinema
    Sweden Umeå Folkets Bio
    Switzerland Luzern Bourbaki-Kino
    UK Glasgow Glasgow Film Theatre
    Ukraine Kijv Zhovten Cinema

    * Yorck is a group of cinemas in Berlin; Access Cinema Network in Ireland (Eire) includes 80 partners, 29 of them, in 15 counties across Ireland, participating in the MONTH.