The festival’s history
The L’Europe autour de l’Europe film festival takes place every year in Paris. For two weeks, the festival presents films of Greater Europe (47 European countries, members of the Council of Europe). About 50 long feature films and a selection of documentaries as well as short, animation and experimental films are screened in legendary Parisian theatres, foreign cultural centers and other exceptional venues, where the viewers can discover old and contemporary European film masterpieces.
Since 2012, the festival presents a selection of 9 European films, unreleased in France, for the Prix SAUVAGE competition. The Prix PRESENT is awarded to the best documentary. The Prix SAUVAGE CORTO, founded in 2019, presents a panorama of the European short films – fiction, documentary, animation and experimental movies.
Masters of European cinema, friends of the festival
Among the guests that have participated in earlier editions of the festivals are masters of the European Cinema like Agnès Varda, Kine Aune, István Szabó, Marlen Khoutsiev, Carlos Saura, Henning Carlsen, Jan Troell, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Márta Mészáros, Jonas Mekas, Kira Mouratova,Krzysztof Zanussi, Anja Breien, Karpo Godina, Knut Erik Jensen, Jos Stelling, Armand Gatti, Pierre Rissient, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Agnieszka Holland, Peter Fleischmann… Among French and international film critics, the festival has had as guests: Antoine de Baecque, Yvette Biro, Michel Ciment, Bruno Dietsch, Elise Domenach, Jean Douchet, Pierre Gras, Mathias Lavin, Kirill Razlogov, Sylvie Rollet, Paul Ryan, Eugénie Zvonkine.
The festival takes pride in introducing young directors from all over Europe to the Parisian audience: Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, Verena Paravel, Ania Szczepanska (France), Veiko Ounpuu (Estonia), Ignas Jonynas (Latvia), Alanté Kavaité (Lithuania), Ninja Thyberg (Sweden), Gust van den Berghe (Belgium), Frères Bukharov, Gabor Horcher, Szabolsc Tolnai (Hungary), Albert Serra, Luis Lopez Carrasco, Miguel Llanso (Spain), Men Lareida (Switzerland), Daniel Hoesl, Albert Sackl, Philipp Fleischmann (Austria), Kirsten Sheridan, Pat Collins, Johnny O’Reilly (Ireland), Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Petros Sevastikoglou, Penny Panayotopoulou, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, Mario Garefo (Greece), Jamal Khalaile et Raed Andoni (Palestine/Israel), Elmar Imanov, Engin Kundag, Frauke Finsterwalder (Germany), Eric Poppe, Eskil Vogt, Jan Vardoen (Norway), Mika Ronkainen (Finland), Stefan Ivancic, Andriana Stojkovic (Serbia).
Evropa Film Akt — The association organizing the festival
Association Evropa Film Akt, public company by the Law 1901, was founded by director Irena Bilić and is directed by a 7-member administration council.
The main activity of the association is the organization of a festival of European films, L’Europe autour de l’Europe, but also the production of short films and documentaries. The association provides further services such as artistic advice, translations and subtitling.