Europa Cinemas Workshop

Europa Cinemas invites cinema practitioners to participate in a four day Lab as part of Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

This is open to all European exhibitors, members of Europa Cinemas network or not. Here’s a bit more on last year’s session:

Europa Cinemas Audience Development & Innovation Lab
“Creating active relationships with our communities”
Sofia – Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March, 2016

This is an opportunity for cinema professionals from a diverse range of national contexts to exchange practice based expertise and experiences with a focus on dynamic new approaches to audience development. A central theme will be the potential for cinemas to build trusted and relevant audience facing brands, on and offline, and create active relationships with their communities in order to thrive.

Directed by Madeleine Probst (Vice-President of Europa Cinemas and Producer, Watershed Media Centre in Bristol, Great-Britain) together with Marynia Gierat (Manager, Kino Pod Baranami in Krakow, Poland) and Sylvain Chevreton (Young Audience Coordinator, Le Méliès in Saint-Etienne, France.)

Questions raised will include:

This seminar is open to all European exhibitors, members of Europa Cinemas network or not. The number of participants is limited to 30 people. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. However, priority will be given to exhibitors who never attended a Europa Cinemas Seminar before and to exhibitors from Central and Eastern Europe and Balkan countries.

Application forms and further information can be found here. It is to be returned by e-mail by Wednesday, 10th February 2016 at the latest to:

Practical Information
1. Travel: all travel costs to and from Sofia are at your charge. When booking, please try to arrive before 2.30 pm on Thursday 17th of March and to leave on Sunday 20th afternoon. Please do not make any reservation until your participation is officially confirmed by Europa Cinemas.

2. Accomodation: you need to be there from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March (3 nights). Europa Cinemas and the Sofia International Film Festival will cover the cost of 2 nights (single room incl. breakfast) for one person per exhibition company, the third night being at your charge.

For your information, the single room rate will be approximately 50 euros (including breakfast and taxes). We will let you know the name of the hotel and more practical details very soon. Europa Cinemas will handle the hotel reservations and will also cover the cost of some of the meals.

3. Accreditation: the Sofia International Film Festival will provide a festival accreditation (free of charge) which will give you access to all festival screenings.

4. Language: the discussions will be held in English over the whole seminar.

For more information on the seminar, do not hesitate to contact:

Fatima Djoumer, Head of International Relations and Events
Tel. +49 30 61 40 22 00, e-mail:

Sonia Ragone, Young Audience Coordinator
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 71 12 43, e-mail:

Alexandre Tchernookov, Central and Eastern Europe Coordinator
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 71 83 62, e-mail: