Galway Film Fleadh announce the launch of new global network of film festivals, Europa Film Festivals
The primary purpose of the network is to formalise a system for sharing information, strategies and culture amongst festivals that represent a strong voice in the film-making communities of Europe. It will shape, develop and agree upon common positions on key issues. The network will be able to develop resources, business models, best practices and information exchange infrastructures to support members in the emerging film ecosystem, providing a unique opportunity to strengthen film festivals.
Speaking about the network, Miriam Allen, EFF Chairperson and CEO of the Galway Film Fleadh said, "We are very excited to present our network and look forward to contributing to the important work that the Europa Film Festivals can achieve together in the future."
Alexis Juncosa, Artistic Director, of the Luxembourg City Film Festival and Vice-Chair, said of the launch, “We are extremely pleased to take part in this initiative, borne out of the joint desire to form an association that combines forces to benefit from the unique dynamics of all the festivals involved. We are hoping that this federation will become a solution-oriented partner for dialogue and new ideas. The goals and ambitions of this European association are now being finalized and a specific communication should be ready around The Marché du film Online and Galway Film Fleadh”.
Europa Film Festivals (pictured below at at the Luxembourg City Film Festival March 2020) intend to maximise the broad experience, knowledge and creativity of its members in a sustainable and ever-evolving network. In cooperation with Galway 2020 and the Galway Film Fleadh, EFF member festivals will co-curate ‘Peripheral Visions’ a competitive programme of films with the themes ‘Language, Landscape and Migration’. The programme will be available to view online during the Galway Film Fleadh, 7th-12th July and the winning film will receive €3000.
Marilyn Gaughan-Reddan, Head of Programme at Galway 2020 commented “The team at Galway 2020 are delighted to partner with Galway Film Fleadh on Peripheral Visions, a very significant pa-European project for our programme as a European Capital of Culture. We would like to congratulate the Fleadh for producing an incredible event, we are looking forward to seeing years of work come to fruition.”
The 32nd Galway Film Fleadh begins on Tuesday July 7th 2020.
Europa Film Festivals network members
Miriam Allen (Chair) - Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Alexis Juncosa - Luxembourg City Film Festival, Luxembourg
Michele Devlin - Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland
Hrönn Marinósdóttir - Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
Alejandro Díaz Castaño - Gijon International Film Festival, Spain
Fredau Buwalda - Noordelijk Film Festival, The Netherlands
Kathrin Kohlstedde - Filmfest Hamburg, Germany
Nektarios Sakkas - Athens International Film Festival, Greece
Emmanuel Cuénod - Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland
Guilhem Caillard - Festival de Films CINEMANIA, Montreal, Canada
Milja Mikkola - Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland
Johanna Caraire - Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux, France
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