An initiative of the EU MEDIA Programme with the support of the Italian Government
Since 1992 MEDIA Salles has been promoting the European cinema and its circulation at theatrical level
MEDIA Salles at Cinema Expo International 2005,
Amsterdam (NL), 27- 30 June
27 June 2005
Focus on Europe
“Will Digital be the Savior of European Film?” With this question and a seminar devoted to the opportunities offered by digital technology to European cinema, the Focus on Europe event organised by MEDIA Salles opens today at Cinema Expo International in Amsterdam. The speakers at the seminar, chaired by MEDIA Salles’ Secretary General, Elisabetta Brunella, and introduced by the Treasurer, Mike Vickers, will be Joachim Ph. Wolff, Scientific advisor to MEDIA Salles’ "European Cinema Yearbook" and Chairman of The Netherlands Foundation for Film Research, Nico Simon, Chief Executive Officer of Utopia (with movie theatres in Luxemburg, Belgium, The Netherlands, France), Florent Bugeau, Head of Distribution of Rézo Films (France), David Gajda, Vice President of Access IT (United States).
For 4 days, until 30 June, European cinema
will be in the limelight, thanks to a range of initiatives including
the screening of the European Film of the Year, Merry Christmas,
by the French director Christian Carion, trailers of the most significant
recent productions, as well as meetings and prize-giving ceremonies.
Such as the “International Directors of the Year"
Award which will be presented to Jean-Pierre and Luc
Dardenne, at “A Salute to European Film”
on Tuesday 28 June at 8.30 pm and, on Thursday 30 June from 1.30 pm
onwards, the "International Star Award" to
Bruno Ganz and the MEDIA Salles’ "European
Producer of the Year" Award to Elda Ferri,
producer of films of the caliber of Life is Beautiful by Roberto
Benigni, The House Keys by Gianni Amelio, Jona Who Lived
in the Whale and According to Pereira by Roberto Faenza.
The MEDIA Salles project
operates within the framework of the European Union's MEDIA
Programme, with the support of the Italian Government.