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17th Conference -22-25 November, Paris


A New Approach For A New Digital Environment



The 17th Conference of the Network, which celebrated 20 years of Europa Cinemas, had a record attendance with more than 700 participants from 52 countries including Latin America, Asia, the Mediterranean and South Africa.

The issue of digital technology, its applications and prospects were at the core of the debate.

Investing in 2K projectors remains a challenge for a number of operators including many single screens. MEDIA told them that the third section of support for digitization would make it a priority.

More broadly, the discussion focused on the digital world and its many opportunities. In providing cinemas with both programming and other content, digital, Internet and the social networks have become essential tools to boost the relationship with the public and understand their expectations and preferences. Today promotion of films goes more through social networks and their ramifications towards many communities.

The question of the day-and-date was obviously tackled without causing any serious controversy. Operators felt that, for many reasons, the cinema must keep its primacy and exclusivity. Especially now that demonstrated a real capacity for innovation and cutting-edge practices in terms of supply and communication. The entire sector is also skeptical about the economic model and the profitability of the other types of initiative while the theatrical release is a guarantee for the financing of films. The European Commission responded that the current experiments would be quantified and analyzed to rule on the validity of the simultaneous release on multiple media.

All these technologies very familiar to younger generations can update exhibitors’ practices towards a new public particularly reactive and in expectations. Many professionals have shown great inventiveness in this field.

This conference oriented towards the future reflected a very positive first twenty years of activity for Europa Cinemas.




Europa Cinemas Awards 2012



The three awards for Europa Cinemas’ best exhibitor 2012 were awarded to:

Best programming : Star, Strasbourg   (France) 

Best Young Audience Activities : Moviemento, Berlin   (Germany)

Best Enterpreneur : Dom na Kinoto, Sofia (Bulgaria)


The award-giving Ceremony was held at the Network Member Cinema l’Arlequin.


Speakers & Presentations


Friday 23 November 2012

Opening of the 17th Europa Cinemas Network Conference

By Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister for Culture and Communication (recorded video message )

Ian Christie (President of Europa Cinemas)

Aviva Silver (Head of the MEDIA Unit, European Commission)

Claude-Eric Poiroux (General Director of Europa Cinemas)

"A New Approach For A New Digital Environment”

Session 1 – The Essential Role of Cinema for European film

  • The power of cinema within the film’s value chain: a film director’s, a producer’s and a sales agent’s view.
  • How does cinema retain its central economic role for film in an on-demand age?
  • The primacy of the big-screen experience in an age of multiple platforms and “limitless offer“.
  • Cinema as the soul of film. How exhibition defines the meaning of ‘film’ in the post-35mm era?

Moderator: Michael Gubbins (Cinema Consultant and Industry Journalist, UK)

Laurent Cantet (Filmmaker, France)

Jacques-Henri Bronckart (Producer, Versus production, Belgium)

Rikke Ennis (CEO, TrustNordisk, Denmark)

Ross Fitzsimons (Director, Curzon Artificial Eye, UK)

Claude Forest (Professor, Cinema and Audiovisual, University of Paris III, France)

Nico Simon (Exhibitor, CEO of Utopia S.A., Luxembourg)  

Session 2 – Cinema as the Essential Link Between Film and Audience

  • How the big screen can continue to shape audiences for film as an art and entertainment form?
  • Exhibition and the essential role of curator to add value to editorial choices.
  • Event cinema: the big screen, festivals and venues as the ultimate film experience.
  • How cinema can bring the archive to life and foster European culture?

Moderator: Michael Gubbins

Vincent Paul-Boncour (Exhibitor - Le Nouveau Latina, Distributor - Carlotta Films, France)

Sandra den Hamer (Director, EYE Film Institute, The Netherlands)

Giorgio Gosetti (Director, Venice Days, Italy / Programmer, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland)

Roman Gutek (Exhibitor, Distributor - Gutek Film, Festival Director - T-Mobile New Horizons Int. Film Festival, Poland)

Tero Kaukomaa (Producer, CEO of Blind Spot Pictures, Finland)

Saskia Walzel (Policy Manager, Consumer Focus, UK)

Doris Pack (Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education, Germany)

Ted Hope (Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society, USA)

Mark Cosgrove (Head of Programme, Watershed Cinemas, UK)

Conclusions by Eric Garandeau (President of the CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, France)


Saturday 24 November 2012

W1 – Engaging exhibitors to take advantage of digital cinema

  • What is the current progress of digital cinema, where are the remaining problems and which models are being used? When will 35mm end?
  • Case study from Norway, the world’s first all digital cinema market. Studies of other European countries.
  • New programming possibilities: diversity, flexibility and the place for alternative content.
  • The evolving role of the projectionist and cinema staff, confronting and managing change.

Moderator:  David Hancock (Senior Analyst and Head of Film and Cinema, Screen Digest, UK)

Ron Sterk (Managing Director, Dutch Exhibitors Association - Cinema Digitaal, The Netherlands)

Rolv Gjestland (Senior Adviser in Cinema Design and Technology, FILM & KINO, Norway)

Nico Simon (Exhibitor, CEO of Utopia S.A., Luxembourg)

Olivier Hillaire (D-cinema Consultant, Editor of, France)

Frank de Neeve (Editor of Cineserver, Technical Manager at Pathé, The Netherlands)

Jean-Marie Hermand (Exhibitor - Le Parc - Churchill - Le Sauvenière, Belgium)

Marc Allenby (Head of Commercial Development, City Screen Picturehouse, UK)

Carol McKay (Programme Manager, City Screen Picturehouse, UK)

Rafael Maestro (President, Association Cinémas de Proximité en Aquitaine - ACPA, France)

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W2 – The role of film in education and renewing audiences

  • Film-makers and film-goers: practical skills to encourage talent and love of cinema.
  • The social, economic and cultural benefits of film literacy in an audiovisual environment.
  • Using audience research and data to shape cinema programming and new offers.
  • Which education programmes really excite young audiences and how do they involve exhibitors?

Moderator: Michael Gubbins (Cinema Consultant and Industry Journalist, UK)

Ian Wall (Founder and Director, Film Education, UK)

Florian Deleporte (Director - Programmer, Le Studio des Ursulines, France)

Emily Munro (Head of Learning, Glasgow Film Theatre, UK)

Iris Praefke (Exhibitor, Moviemento, Germany)

Madeleine Probst (Programme Developer, Watershed Cinemas, UK)

Catherine Grant (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Sussex, UK)

Rachel Van Riel (Director, Opening the Book, UK)

Irene Costera Meijer (Professor of Journalism, VU University Amsterdam,The Netherlands)

Session 4 – Cinema in an on-demand digital age

  • Demand-responsive cinema – how could digital cinema change the relationship with audiences?
  • Turning customers into communities – using social networks, audience data and new technologies.
  • The changing value chain: the future dynamic between exhibitors, distributors, producers and sales agents.
  • How digital technologies and cross-media techniques can renew the cinema offer?

Moderators: Michael Gubbins et David Hancock

Pierre Nicolas Combe (Exhibitor / CEO, ilikecinema, France)

Marieke Jonker (Managing Director, We Want Cinema, The Netherlands)

Tom Dercourt (Producer and Distributor of La Septième Salle, France)

David Orlic (Creative Director & Co-founder, Volontaire, Sweden)

Henry Lim (Social Media Manager, Cinémur, France) & Benoît Vidal (Information Architect - MFG Labs, Co-founder of Cinémur, France)

Arash T. Riahi (Filmmaker, Austria / Iran)

Yan Vizinberg (Chief Content Officer, Cinecliq, USA/UK)

Stephan De Potter (Distributor, General Manager Benelux - Cinéart, Belgium)

Jean-Yves Bloch (President, EuroVoD /General Director, UniversCiné, France)


Sunday 25 November 2012

Session 5 – Europa Cinemas: Current activities and key dates in 20 

  • The future of MEDIA Programme within Creative Europe: budget, studies, new measures and guarantee fund.
  • Support measures for digital equipment.
  • Europa Cinemas Mundus: Support for distribution and exhibition in non-EU countries.
  • European Audiovisual Observatory: Study on European film exports outside of Europe.
  • Joint activities and partnerships: LUX Prize, Europa Cinemas Label, 27 Times Cinema, development of Eurimages, etc...
  • Miscellaneous

Led by Claude-Eric Poiroux (General Director of Europa Cinemas)

Aviva Silver (Head of the MEDIA Unit, European Commission)

John Dick (Head of Sector, Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency)

David Steele (Film Industry Analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory)

Fatima Djoumer (Head of International Relations, Europa Cinemas)

Guillaume Gaubert (Europa Cinemas Mundus)

Conclusions by Ian Christie (President of Europa Cinemas).

Preview Screenings of 16 European Films


The screenings took place at L’Entrepôt and Sept Parnassiens


Angle mort / Doudege Wénkel – LU/BE - Christophe Wagner

Citadel – IE/GB - Ciaran Foy

Combat Girls / Kriegerin – DE - David Wnendt

Crawl – FR – Hervé Lasgouttes - Europa Cinemas Label, Giornate degli Autori 2012

Ernest et Célestine – FR – Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner

Everybody in our Family / Toata lumea din familia noastra – RO/NL – Radu Jude

Hemel – NL/ES - Sacha Polak

Just the Wind (Csak a szél) – HU/DE/FR - Bence Fliegauf

Lore – DE/AU/GB – Cate Shortland

Oh Boy – DE - Jan Ole Gerster

Piazza Fontana / Romanzo di una strage – IT/FR – Marco Tullio Giordana - Europa Cinemas Label, Karlovy Vary 2012

Tabu – PT/DE/BR/FR - Miguel Gomes

The Deep - IS – Baltasar Kormákur

The Patience Stone / Syngué Sabour – FR/AF - Atiq Rahimi

The Repentant / Le Repenti – FR/DZ – Merzak Allouache – Europa Cinemas Label, Directors’ Fortnight 2012

Vanishing Waves – LT - Kristina Buozyte



Video of the Conference


Coup de Coeur 2012: The Patience Stone, by Atiq Rahimi


Photos de la Conférence

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