General Presentation

General Presentation


Supported since its creation by the European Commission (Creative Europe / MEDIA Programme) and by the CNC (France), Europa Cinemas is the first network of cinemas focusing on European films. Created in 1992 at the initiative of a group of thirty cinema exhibitors, it has become in 30 years a network of 1,263 cinemas and 3,121 screens in 39 countries.

Its main objectives are to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that undertake to give a significant part of their screenings to non-national European films and to put in place activities for young audiences.

Thanks to Eurimages and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Europa Cinemas' action extends to countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Turkey. In addition, 54 screens (57 screens) in 53 cities in 37 countries in Europe and worldwide are also associated with the Europa Cinemas network under the partnership with the Institut Français.

Open to all types of cinemas, from the municipal ones to the multiplexes, the network has also expanded well beyond Europe according to the support programmes implemented: yesterday in Asia and Latin America through the Mundus programme, tomorrow in Canada via the Eurimages programme. Europa Cinemas thus contributes to making Europe and its cultural diversity a shared idea around the world. 


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Through its common actions, the network is also a place of exchange, which offers several meetings stimulating the sharing of experiences put in place by the cinema members: a major conference every two years, a meeting of exhibitors in Cannes, seminars and labs on innovation and audience development, exchange programs between cinemas, participation of network exhibitors in the five Europa Cinemas Label juries.

Beyond their borders, the professionals of the exhibition meet around common issues, that it is about the implementation of the digital transition 10 years ago, for which Europa Cinemas played a role pioneering, or audience development and marketing innovation today.



The network now represents 82 million annual admissions. It is estimated that almost 60% of admissions of independent European films, outside their country of origin, are made in Europa Cinemas theaters.

The strength of its action rests on financial support in return for the long-term investment of cinemas, which retain all their independence, in a programming policy resolutely turned towards European films and their promotion. 

Under the MEDIA Programme, support ranges from a maximum of €15,500 per year for a single-screen cinema to €50,500 for a cinema with 15 screens or more. Support for programming accounts for 80% of a cinema's support, with 20% reserved for Young Audience activities.

A bonus to diversity also encourages cinema members to increase the number of nationalities represented in their European programming. A second bonus rewards cinemas for their efforts to program Europa Cinemas Label films.



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Encourage the renewal of practices and innovation

Through several workshops and regular publications, Europa Cinemas shares the initiatives of cinema theaters aimed at diversifying and increasing the audience.

Encourage and support youth activities

20% of the amounts allocated to cinema theaters supported under the MEDIA Programme are reserved for initiatives aimed at young audiences.

Promote the diversity and circulation of European films

The support of Europa Cinemas enhances the programming of non-national European films as well as the diversity of the countries of origin of the films programmed.

Federate a network around common actions and meetings

Europa Cinemas has set up several initiatives and meetings to promote exchanges at national and European level.