The festival’s history

The festival l’Europe autour de l’Europe is an annual festival based in Paris where, for two weeks the festival presents films from Greater Europe (47 European countries, members of the Council of Europe). A selection of about 100 films – features, documentaries as well as short, animation and experimental movies is presented in legendary theatres of Paris and Île-de-France region, such as Les 7 Parnassiens, Le Balzac, Le Lincoln, Le Saint-André-des-Arts, L’Entrepôt, Le Studio des Ursulines, La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin and Le Méliès. The festival network is completed by foreign cultural centres and other exceptional venues of French capital where 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.

The Festival presents film directors, writers, actors, producers and film critics from all European countries with aim to promote European culture in all its diversity and complexity, to stimulate reflection about singularity of the European identity and to strengthen European audiovisual network.

Masters of European cinema, friends of the festival

Among the guests that have participated in earlier editions of the festivals are many eminent personalities of the European cinema like Kine Aune, Anja Breien, Henning Carlsen, Jean-Claude Carrière, Peter Fleischmann, Armand Gatti, Karpo Godina, Agnieszka Holland, Isabelle Huppert, Knut Erik Jensen, Neil Jordan, Marlen Khoutsiev, Jonas Mekas, Márta Mészáros, Kira Mouratova, Pierre Rissient, Carlos Saura, Jim Sheridan, Jos Stelling, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, István Szabó, Jan Troell, Agnès Varda, Krzysztof Zanussi… Among French and international film critics, the festival has had guests such as Antoine de Baecque, Yvette Biro, Michel Ciment, Bruno Dietsch, Elise Domenach, Jean Douchet, Pierre Gras, Jan Erik Holst, 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), Rafael Lewandowski (Pologne), André Guiomar, Inês T. Alvès (Portugal), Veiko Ounpuu (Estonia), Ignas Jonynas (Latvia), Alanté Kavaité, Tomas Vengris (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, Eva Stefani (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 Arsenijevic, Vlastimir Sudar, Andrijana 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 association organizes a festival of European Films, L’Europe autour de L’Europe, and the production of short films and documentaries. The association also provides additional services such as artistic advice, translations and subtitling.