European Commission launches the European Film Festival online initiative to bring together youth from Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean.
As the current Covid-19 crisis is keeping the majority of the world’s students out of school and universities, and confined into their homes, the European Union launched an initiative to encourage youth from both, Member States and partner countries, to get access to diversified cultural contents in order to foster a sense of global citizenship, solidarity and to develop an interest in discovering new worlds and cultures even from their own homes.
This initiative named “Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours during COVID-19 time” will enable students and youth from Africa and Mediterranean to have free access – through the streaming platform FestivalScope.com – to a selected offer of on-demand access to around 40 high quality feature films. Around 20 European feature films will be accessible in Africa and the Mediterranean, and another 20 African and Mediterranean feature films will be accessible in Europe and the Balkans. The screening will be open for over 27 days, starting on 9th of May, on the occasion of 70 years of Schuman Declaration, to the 4th of June. The access to the streaming platform will be free of charge.
Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours initiative is jointly implemented by the International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European External Action Service (EEAS) and Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), in collaboration with the Cineteca of Bologna, the LUX prize of the European Parliament, and the European Film Festival, through the project “Support to European Film Festivals”.