In 2017 CROSSING EUROPE, together with six other European film festivals, initiated the network “Moving Images – Open Borders”. All seven festivals are wholly devoted to European cinema with all its artistic facets, regional characteristics, and socio-political warps. At the program level the partner festivals are united by a focus on new voices and young talents of European cinema, who can familiarize themselves with the mechanisms of festival operations within the framework of the festivals and expand their contacts with the international film industry.
An ongoing exchange among the partner festivals is to be catalyzed in 2018, and in keeping with the idea of European networking, a Best Practice model is to be developed. Plans include intensifying the promotion of European filmmaking, joint marketing activities, and informal meetings with the goal of achieving immediate and lasting measures within the European festival landscape.
“Moving Images – Open Borders” is intended to be an informal network that is devoted 100 percent to creative filmmaking and Europe, and which provides all participating partner festivals with an opportunity to profit from exchanging experiences in terms of organization and program on a long-term basis.
MIOB Meetings & Activities 2018/19/20/21
Network Meeting, European Film Festival Palić // July 2018
Agenda: official presentation of the network to the public (press conference), next steps in terms of professionalisation of the network itself, creation of a visual identy, program exchange, young audiences, staff exchange
Festivals Round Table: Festival Networks – Avenues for Collaboration, Berlinale // February 2019
Agenda: encouragement to extend the collaboration between the festivals (both cultural and economic), presentation of best-practice models, presentation of potential fields for networking (marketing, digitalization, film education, ticketing, staff ), future challenges (e.g. expansion of festivals, implementation of the new MEDIA program)
Network Meeting, Int. Film Festival Cannes // 17 May, 2019
Agenda: young audience and creating new audiences, workshops for educators, circulation, european young programmers, best-ager audience, circulation of special programs, visibility of „national“ films in other parts of Europe, organisational subjects (speaker of the network, idea of alternating coordinators - appointed for six months), workshops for festival organizers (staff exchange)
Network Meeting, Seville European Film Festival // 13 November, 2019
THINK TANK FESTIVALS
Agenda: creation of a charta, status of association and responsibilities as festivals, common activities (e.g. live streaming events, programming, young audiences), industry activities (conferences, workshops ), eco-responsibility in the film industry, funding for festivals (Creative Europe Media program); session with industry guests – meeting and exchange with selected representatives (Marché du Film Cannes, Cinando, sales agents)
Film Program, Trieste Film Festival // January 2020
Presentation of the joint programme section „Time Will Tell“ (six film programmes reflecting the aftermaths of the German reunification process), co-curated by the Trieste Film Festival and the FilmFestival Cottbus.
Network Meetings, Berlinale // February 2020
Agenda: discharge of the MIOB CHARTA (The document was approved by all seven partners and is intended for future cooperation and covers all levels of networking) and discussion of the activities of the member festivals and common activities in the near future.
Approval of Funding by MEDIA (Support to European Networks of Festivals) // Autumn 2020
Our joint activities for the coming months include the following topics: the future design of our festival network and development
of best-practice models for cooperation, workshops on gender programming and audience design, staff exchange, strategies for
climate-friendly film festivals, training of young film journalists and film literacy projects, industry meetings and two
new film awards.
CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL LINZ
EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL PALIC
FILM FESTIVAL COTTBUS
LES ARCS EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
SCANORAMA FILM FESTIVAL – EUROPEAN FILM FORUM
SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL – ALPE ADRIA CINEMA