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Eurovision Film Week: Debate and Screening at Bozar


Reception, roundtable discussion and film screening: "Viva la libertà", from Roberto Andò


Welcome by Paul Dujardin, CEO and Artistic Director of Bozar

Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit of Creative Europe Programme - Media, European Commission

Helga Trüpel, Member of the European Parliament

Jiří Menzel, director, actor, screenwriter and Eurovision Film Week Ambassador

Alain Sussfeld, UGC Cinémas, Director France

Jean-Paul Philippot, President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and General Administrator of RTBF


3 December 2013, 18.00 – 21.30


Bozar, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels


Eurovision Film Week invites you to Brussels’ renowned centre for fine arts, Bozar, for a moderated debate on the place of European Cinema in the EU policy framework and the outlook for new initiatives aiming to support the European creative industries. Following the cocktail reception and debate, participants can enjoy the screening of "Viva la libertà", an Italian political dramedy co-produced by RAI Cinema.

Through the Creative Europe programme and its influence in international trade negotiations, the EU goes some way towards supporting European cinema. It also recognizes film’s fundamental contribution to the European creative sector as well as the expression and dissemination of European values and cultural diversity.

But European cinema’s potential to develop as an industry, to strengthen the European identity and affirm European values is yet to be fully exploited.

The roundtable discussion will thus focus on how EU policies can further underpin European cinema and strengthen the European audiovisual ecosystem in the future:

  • In the current crisis, how can culture and creativity drive economic growth and foster social cohesion?
  • Should the status of EU culture be upgraded in EU policymaking?
  • Are economies of scale possible for the European audiovisual sector to compete in a globalised digital world?

Alongside how EU policies can do more, the discussion will analyze how public service media can continue catalyzing creative minds as major investors, promoters and disseminators of European film.

Eurovision FILM WEEK is the largest multimedia film festival ever staged: in the week leading up to the European Film Awards (7 December 2013), EBU Members - Europe's public service broadcasters - will showcase feature-length films on public television and online platforms. In addition, radio and television channels will air debates, documentaries about films and the magic of film music, as well as interviews with actors, directors and writers.


Bozar, 3 rue Ravenstein, 1000 Brussels

Additional Event Details

Screening: Viva la Libertà

Italy, 2013

Production: Bibi Film in collaboration with Rai Cinema

Director: Roberto Andò

Cast: Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Michela Cescon.

Synopsis: The leader of Italy’s opposition party drops out of sight and is replaced by his bipolar identical twin