On 27 October a EU Parliamentary Breakfast will be hosted in Brussels by KIDS Regio, lobbying for “A strong European children’s film culture”.
It has always been KIDS Regio’s prerogative to work at a policy level to ensure a sustainable growth of and support for the European children’s film industry. Therefore, KIDS Regio will host a parliamentary breakfast with MEP Marion Walsmann, and the support of ECFA and Filem’on, collectively addressing the importance of a strong European children’s film culture and actions that should be taken to establish a sustainable children’s film industry. It will be a unique opportunity to get in contact with politicians and associations to further strengthen the children’s film landscape on a European level. As children’s films have the means to foster European identity and need to be seen as a cultural asset, as well as an indispensable part of film culture, KIDS Regio will put an emphasis on their extraordinary position within the greater European cinema landscape.
The parliamentary breakfast will be followed by a panel, hosted by the Filem’On Festival and KIDS Regio.
Film professionals at Filem’on
During the Filem’on Festival (Brussels) a panel will shed a special spotlight on extraordinary European children’s films through several questions: How can European co-production foster stronger co-operations? How can European financing schemes support the production of such projects? And how can a sustainable children’s film culture strengthen European identity for the next generations?
– Camiel Schouwenaar, director BIGMAN (the Netherlands)
– Anne J Ljungmark, producer GABI BETWEEN AGES 8 AND 13 (Sweden)
– Ljubica Lukovic, scriptwriter HOW I LEARNED TO FLY (Serbia / Croatia)
– Viviane Vanfleteren, producer TITINA (Belgium)
Organised with the support of ECFA and the European Media Desk.
Other events in the framework of Filem’on’s Industry programme are the ‘Doc Talkies’ (a panel on young audience documentaries) and a pitching workshop.
Filem’on director Hilde Steenssens: “European children’s film has the ability to portray diversity, make it tangible for its (future) citizens and foster European identity. Children’s film functions as a cultural asset with high social relevance to get the young audience acquainted with diverse cultures and European cinema. Films represent valuable means in terms of media literacy, cultural as well as personal education, especially in transferring values.”
More information on the festival website.