Cyprus – Polina Zelmanova, Larnaka Cinema Society (Larnaca)

 Cinema for me is…   Cyprus – Polina Zelmanova from Europa Cinemas on Vimeo. Polina in 25 frames 1. Describe yourself in ten words A friendly perfectionist with passion for all artistic things. 2. What are your 3 best qualities and your 3 worst habits? 3 best qualities: Persistence, hardworking and kindhearted. 3 worst habits: ...

Bologna Lab 2016 : Audience Development & Innovation Lab

Report of the Bologna Audience Development & Innovation Lab (25 – 29 June 2016) ‘The cinema experience in the age of digital distractions?’   Day 1: Introduction & meet the lab leaders For the twelfth year running, Europa Cinemas held its Audience Development & Innovation Lab in Bologna, as part of Cineteca di Bologna’s Il ...

Conclusions and Next Steps

This year’s conference didn’t create a headline as its conclusion, Michael Gubbins said. “It’s a series of actions that might become headlines.”   Summing up those many aspects of the conference into just ten minutes, Michael Gubbins gave an overview of the three days’ case studies and cultural concerns.  What we face are not just problems ...

Europa Cinemas Case Studies – Open Slot

Madeleine Probst, Vice President of Europa Cinemas, kicked off Day 3 of the Network Conference with an important reminder about why it is we’ve all come to Prague: to share our experiences and ideas. “We are Europa Cinemas,” she said, emphasising that Europa Cinemas is not some elusive organisation, it’s a network. Here to share stories and experiences, this morning’s case studies offered ...

Where Does Cinema Fit Into a Changed Eco-System?

The final session on Day 2 brought together ideas and answers offered up in the morning’s split sessions. Enthusiastic and entirely convinced that, “We should all be ready to change the world after this session!”, Michael Gubbins lead the panel, asking; where do we fit in this changed environment and how can we change what we’re doing ...

Workshop 2 – Extending Demand

Jaki McDougall from the Glasgow Film Theatre spoke about the problem of rural areas in Scotland not having any cinema provision at all. Where access is an issue, a “For All” policy needs to be established. Finding solutions for people who can’t get to the cinema and focusing on how to best serve audiences who don’t have the ...

Workshop 1 – Renewing Offer and Audiences

Catherine Des Forges kicked off this morning’s workshop 1 with a question about independent cinemas and audiences; is it the space or the event that’s important? How much of cinema-going about a sense of occasion and how much is it about seeing a good film in a shared environment? Despite hearing that “cinema is dead” for more ...

Europa Cinema Awards 2015

After a provocative first day at the conference, delegates flooded in to the beautiful Kino Lucerna to celebrate excellence in exhibition. Best Programming – Filmhuis, Den Haag (The Hague, The Netherlands)  Filmhuis screens films from over 60 countries, with a focus on European cinema and holds as many as 140 premieres each year. The programming is ...

Panel 2 – Cinemas: The Audience Creators

Christoph Freier from Media & Entertainment GfK showcased the results of market research and ticket sales data; to identify critical groups and understand the barriers that effect cinema-going. Though price plays a part, it’s not the only factor, he said. Going to the movies in a group – cinema-going as a social experience – is still important but, more notably, ...

Panel 1 – Cinema: A 21st Century Art Form

Michael Gubbins opened the second session of the conference by reminding those present of how quickly the industry moves. Though it’s only been two years since we last met, those two years in the digital age are like “dog years” – technology has moved on by ten. So, is there anything different about going to the ...