The sixteenth edition of the European Film Festival will be held in Lecce at the Multiplex Cinema Massimo, from 13th April to 18th April 2015.
The festival is organized to foster film art as a key factor in promoting cultural economic and social development, thus enhancing its role in supporting integration and cross-culture dialogue. In 2015, good practices will be renovated and strengthened along with the currently active networks in institutional fields such as arts, school education, research with a special focus on cultural diversity.
The event has a format that, despite innovations being introduced every year, is regularly brought back to the public.
The 2015 edition will focus on:
– the promotion of European Filmmaking within the European Competition of Feature length films in national premiere, the tribute to the Protagonists of European Cinema, the presentation of the Lux Prize of the European Parliament and the European short films showcase , Short Matters;
– the promotion of Italian Filmmaking with a tribute to the protagonists of Italian Cinema dedicated to an emblematic figure of our cinematography and with a showcase for the Experimental Cinema Centre, with special attention being paid to the activities of National Film School and the National Film Archive
– the enhancement of young authors’ filmmaking, not least through Mario Verdone Award (dedicated to debut feature-length films by authors under 35 years old), Greek Emidio Award (only for short films by authors aged under 30), Puglia Show (intended for Puglia’s authors aged under 35) and through the new section Puglia Show special (dedicated to young authors from Puglia who distinguished themselves for their particular expressiveness).
The European Film Festival, recognized by the Ministry of Culture Heritage as an “event of national interest”, is a member of the Association of Italian Film Festivals and was conceived and organized by the Cultural Association “Art Promotion”
This initiative is supported by: City of Lecce, Puglia Region – Department of Mediterranean Culture and Tourism, Apulia Film Commission Foundation *, MIBACT – Film General Directorate, Experimental Film Centre Foundation, Embassy of Spain, Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institute, Acit Bari – Italian-German Association, Polish Institute, Institut Français Italy / French Embassy; and with the patronage of and in cooperation with: the European Parliament, the Lux Prize, SNCCI, SNGCI, FIPRESCI, National Short Film Centre, Augustus Color, Audiovisual Archive of the Democratic Workers’ Movement , Festival Rendez-Vous, University of Salento, Liberrima, ARCI Lecce, Apollonius Wines, Dairy Farm Stasi, Cheese Factori Magnifica, Life, Remote Future Jewels, Group Emmeauto BMW-Mini; media partners: Cineuropa, Cinecittà News, I Move Apulia TV.
* The initiative is funded by Apulia Film Commission Foundation within the framework of the Strategic Program of Territorial Cooperation Greece-Italy 2007-2013 – Strategic Project “ICE” (Innovation, Culture and Creativity for a New Economy), along with other major cultural events in Puglia promoting cooperation between partners, in order to achieve a coordinated development of the Cultural and Creative Industry systems, facilitate innovation processes, promote talents and virtuous experiences. The Festival is recognized as a major cultural event of Puglia region, as the Festival of European and Mediterranean culture.