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The European Film Forum goes to the Lumière Film Festival

The next European Film Forum will take place at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, on 18 October 2018. It will be a unique opportunity to highlight the activities of the European Commission in relation with Film Heritage, such as Film Education activities to provide the young audiences with the tools to access and enjoy masterpieces of the past.

Poster European Film Forum in Lyon

Poster European Film Forum in Lyon

The Lumière Film Festival is an annual film festival focusing in classic cinema. The European Union has decided to take this opportunity to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage through a series of events relevant for the film heritage community that will also contribute to the implementation of Commissioner's priorities, notably on women's empowerment, on modernisation of the AVMS directive, and on reinforced promotion of European films.

Under the title Films of the past for the audience of the future, the European Film Forum will take place on Thursday, 18 October 2018, from 14:00 to 17:30. Each session will be live streamed; find the links next to the description. Check the programme here or below.


14.00-14.15: In Conversation

  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and
  • Thierry Frémaux, Director of the Institut Lumière and the Lum!ère

Link to the streaming

14.15-15.30: Panel discussion - Educating the audience of tomorrow: The role of heritage films

Heritage films are widely used in film education initiatives and have a fundamental role in transmitting the passion for (European) cinema to the younger generation. This session will explore how films of our past will support the creation of a future sustainable audience for European works in the future.


  • Emilie Boucheteil, Director, Cinema Institut Français – European Cinema Education for Youth (CINED), France
  • Gian Luca Farinelli, Director, Cineteca di Bologna, Italy 
  • Sandra Den Hamer, Director of Eye Filmmuseum, The Netherlands
  • Claus Hjorth, Head of Children & Youth Department, Danish Film Institute, Denmark
  • Boglárka Nagy, Managing Director, The International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE)
  • Marc Sundermann, Head of the Brussels Liaison Office, Senior Vice President Government Relations, Bertelsmann SE & Co, Belgium
  • Moderator:Anthony Bobeau, former journalist at Le Film Français, audiovisual consultant

Link to the streaming

15.30-16.15: Women pioneers in European Cinema

Introductory Remarks

  • Andrea Almeida, Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel
  • Sandrine Brauer, Independent Producer, Member of the 50/50/2020 Collective

Alessia Sonaglioni, the director of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) will open up the world of women filmmakers who were very much part of and highly creative in the beginnings of the European film industry, and who have subsequently been erased from the history of cinema written by men. There is an archive heritage, but also a still unexplored part of the heritage left by the productions of these filmmakers. All across Europe, these pioneers today represent a precious sourc e of inspiration for women, whose forgotten heritage is now being reclaimed.

Screening of film extracts by director pioneers, Alice Guy and Lotte Reiniger.

Screening of a micro-film prepared by the European Women’s Audiovisual Network at the request of the European Commission.

Link to the streaming

16.15-17.30: News Focus - The future compulsory quota of 30% European works on platforms: regulation to the rescue of heritage films?

In a context where new rules determined by a revision of the European Union’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) will require SVOD services to provide content libraries that are made up of at least 30% European-origin programming, the panel will discuss the potential impact of these new rules in future and the opportunity they could offer for Europe’s heritage films.

Introductory Remarks

Eric Peters, Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel


  • Philippe Bailly, Analyst, NPA Conseil
  • Aurore Bergé, Member of the National Assembly for the Yvelines; Spokesperson, La République en Marche
  • Guillaume Prieur, Director of International and European Affairs, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD)
  • Moderator: Jérôme Soulet, Director of Video, Television and New Media, Gaumont

Link to the streaming


Creative Europe MEDIA programme plays a crucial role in supporting Europe's audiovisual sector through the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of films/TV series as well as support to training programmes, film festivals, cinema networks or distribution platforms. Since 1991, the EU has been investing over €2.5 billion in European content, creativity and cultural diversity, helping European talents to work together across borders. 

The European Film Forum is a structured dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders.This dialogue takes place notably during Film Festivals, under different formats (such as conferences, round table discussions and workshops).