European Union External Action

2021 European Short Film Festival in the UK

29/04/2021 - 10:20
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A Welcome Message from HE Ambassador João Vale de Almeida and Claudia Ott, EUNIC President:

This third edition of the 'In Short, Europe' series, is organised by EUNIC in cooperation with embassies and cultural institutions from the EU and the UK, and supported by the European Union Delegation to the UK.

Launching on 7 May, the European Short film festival offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate togetherness, unity and solidarity, and to mark Europe Day. 

This edition, themed Happy Together, is organised in three strands: Hope, Magic and Life’s Little Disappointments. It is a celebration of the diversity and creativity of European cinema and our shared culture and values with the UK, showcasing the importance and resilience of our creative sector. We hope that this selection will bring you many joyful and memorable moments, and a sense of 'happy togetherness' which is ever more precious after a tough year of keeping a safe 'social distance'. 



The programme has been curated by Shira MacLeod, film curator and former Cinema Director at the Regent Street Cinema and Riverside Studios Cinema.    

The films will be released on EUNIC’S Vimeo platform at 10:00 am on the 7 May 2021 and will be available to watch free of charge until 23:59 on 16 May 2021 within the UK.

Full programme details and instructions on how to watch the films can be found in the




Friday 7 May 2021, 7-8:00pm BST 
Online on Zoom. Register HERE. 

Live panel discussion with the directors of the films included in the strand HOPE on their work and their interest in negotiating notions of change, small or big shifts in everyday life that can be life changing. 

Directors: Leonor Teles (Portugal), Samuli Valkama ( Finland), Tanno Mee (Estonia), Vanessa Del Campo (Belgium), Alia Ghafer (Scotland) and Adam Šoltés, (Slovakia). 

Moderated by Kaleem Aftab, member of the London Film Critics Circle and author of Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking To It, an authorised biography of the acclaimed New York filmmaker. Kaleem is also  the UK correspondent for Cineuropa and writes industry news and features for Screen International and Variety. 



Tuesday 11 May 2021, 7-8:00pm BST. Online on Zoom. Register HERE.

Live panel discussion with the directors of the films included in the strand MAGIC on what inspires them and their drive to use film as a medium to explore the idea of accessing a more spiritual world. 

Directors: Jonathan Etzler (Sweden), Hannes Lang (Germany), Bonnie Dempsey (Ireland), Carlos Ruano (Spain),Lia Bertels(Belgium/France), Bogdan Mureşanu (Romania) 

Moderated by Isra Al Kassi, former Events Coordinator and Marketing Manager at Ritzy Picturehouse  and currently co-founder of T A P E Collective, a film collective championing a more inclusive industry and launched as a response to the lack of diversity on screen. 



Thursday 13 May 2021, 7-8:00pm  BST. Online  on Zoom. Register HERE.

Live panel discussion with the directors of the films included in the strand LIFE’S LITTLE DISAPPOINTMENTS on the topics explored in their films, the use of humor in their work and the role and responsibility of artists addressing complicated issues. 

Directors: Albert Meisl (Austria) tbc, Savvas Stavrou (Cyprus), Michaela Mihályi, David Štumpf (Czech Republic, Slovakia, France), Ignas Meilūnas (Lithuania), Jolanta Bańkowska (Poland) and Barnabás Toth (Hungary)

Moderated by Danny Leigh, Chief Film Writer at the Financial Times and previously, senior curator of fiction in the BFI National Archive.


In addition to our showcase and the panel discussions we are excited to collaborate with the National Film and Television School for a special Masterclass. More details will be announced soon!

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