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20th EU Film Festival “Europe on Screen” goes virtual, begins today

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The European Union (EU) Film Festival “Europe on Screen” (EOS), one of the largest and longest-running film festival in Indonesia, is back, running from 16 to 30 November 2020 via the online platform Festival Scope.

20th EU Film Festival “Europe on Screen” goes virtual, begins today

 

The European Union (EU) Film Festival “Europe on Screen” (EOS), one of the largest and longest-running film festival in Indonesia, is back, running from 16 to 30 November 2020 via the online platform Festival Scope. This year, 40 films from 25 European countries can be streamed from anywhere in Indonesia for free.

“Here we are with the 20th edition of Europe on Screen. For the first time in the festival’s history, Europe on Screen hosts all its screenings virtually. Despite having to adapt to the present circumstances, we will present the best and latest films Europe has to offer. These films are a medium to bring enjoyment to everyone, but at the same time enrich us with insights into different cultures. In this respect, I hope that Europe on Screen 2020 continues to spread the message of intercultural understanding between people with different beliefs, ideas and values. Something that is more important than ever in this era of globalisation,” said H.E. Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia.

Swoon – a 2019 Swedish production and directed by Måns Mårlind dan Björn Stein – was chosen as this year’s opening film. It tells a magical and swirling tale of war, treachery and forbidden love. This film is based on the history of Gröna Lund, an actual amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. The film has won the Guldbagge Award 2020 for Best Original Score and Best Costume Design. Audiences will also get the chance to meet the directors in a virtual Q&A session on the evening of 16 November 2020.

"We are proud that a Swedish film has been chosen to open this year’s Europe on Screen, for the first time in an Online Edition,” said H.E. Mrs. Marina Berg, Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia. “We encourage all to join the Question and Answer session with Swoon’s directors,” she added.

In addition to the European films, the festival will feature three Indonesian short films from winners of the EOS Short Film Pitching Project (SFPP) 2019. The films, which will premiere on 25 November, are:

  • A Tale of the Thieves / Kisah Para Pencuri directed by Erlangga Fauzan
  • Forget the Bomb in the Backyard, We’re Fine! directed by Lerryant Krisdy G. B.
  • Along the Road / Nebeng directed by M Faisal Hibatullah

For EOS SFPP 2020, nine finalists will present their short film ideas during a judging session on 26 and 27 November 2020. The public can watch the session via Zoom Webinar.

“SFPP films are not only screened at local film festival. The SFPP 2018 winner film, for example, was also screened in an international film festival earlier this year,” said Festival Co-Director Meninaputri Wismurti at the opening ceremony. “We are very optimistic that this competition helps filmmakers produce short films and bring their films to compete in international film industry,” she added.

Prior to the start of the festival, Europe on Screen has held two pre-festival events: a four-day intensive script writing workshop with Domenico La Porta of Cineuropa and a webinar on hosting online film festivals with Matthieu Eberhardt of Festival Scope and organisers of EU film festivals in Indonesia, India and Zimbabwe.

For more information, visit our website: www.europeonscreen.org

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