Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida selected by European exhibitors.

Xavier Troussard, the European Commission’s head of Creative Europe, has called on distributors and exhibitors to propose new initiatives when the new framework - replacing the MEDIA and Culture programmes - comes into effect on Jan 1.

Troussard was present at the Europa Cinemas 18th annual conference in Athens (Nov 21-24).

Nearly 600 professionals, mostly exhibitors but also distributors, producers and sales agents, were in attendance from from 47 countries.

Those present at the conference and the workshops included Ted Hope (Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society, USA); Michael Pierce (Cinema Nation, UK); Daniela Elstner (Doc + Film International, France); Susan Wendt (TrustNordisk, Danemark); Peter Buckingham (Sampo Media, UK); Christian Grece (European Audiovisual Observatory-Council of Europe); Isabel Franco (Eurimages); Alex Stolz (head of distribution, BFI); Clare Binns (Picturehouse Cinemas, UK); Nina Pece (Kinodvor, Slovenia); Domenico Dinoia (Cibema Massimo Troisi, Italy); Ron Styerk (md, Dutch Exhibitors Association) and Mary Nazari (Pioneer Cinema, Russia).

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 2013, with a special mention for Serbian film Circles by Srdan Golubovic.