Press Release

Cine Europa celebrates its Silver Year! Opens in Cebu City

The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and the EU Member States Embassies, together with Cultúr Éireann, Irish Film Institute, Goethe Institut Manila, the Philippine-Italian Association, and Instituto Cervantes de Manila, are proud to present CineEuropa 25 from 15 September to 30 October 2022.

Dr. Ana-Isabel Sanchez-Ruiz, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, will do the honour of opening the film festival on 14 September 2022 in SM Seaside, Cebu City.

“Film is deeply rooted in Europe’s culture which we are very proud about. It mirrors our identity and speaks a lot about our heritage and what we are”, said Dr. Sanchez-Ruiz.

Cebu has been one of the pioneer host cities of the film festival when Cine Europa was brought outside Manila in 2001.

For the past 25 years Cine Europa has been the hallmark cultural event of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines. Beyond showing European films, this programme has become a platform to strengthen EU-Philippine cultural relations and collaboration with Philippine cultural institutions and other partners.

With the COVID-19 pandemic easing up, the silver anniversary edition of Cine Europa will follow a hybrid format, opening doors both physically and virtually to e very Filipino, while endeavoring to ensure the safety and health of everyone.On its silver year, Cine Europa brings a whopping 30 films from 15 EU Member States for FREE!

These films may be watched onsite in select venue partners in Cebu City, Metro Manila, Iloilo and Palawan, or online upon signing up at www.cineeuropaph.com.Check CineEuropa facebook page to keep updated on the activities.

The EU Delegation thanks its constant and valuable venue partners such as SM Cinemas and SM City Cebu Seaside, hosts this year to the festival’s opening, the Film Development Council of the Philippines , and the National Parks and Development Committee, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which will feature Cine Europa films in their indoor and outdoor venues.

The EU Delegation, the European Union Member States Embassies together with Cultúr Éireann, Irish Film Institute, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes de Manila and the Philippine-Italian Association, have curated a set of award-wining films showcasing different genres that will attract every viewer, with a particular emphasis this year on youth in celebration of the European Year of Youth 2022, and with the guest participation of an Ukrainian film in solidarity with Ukraine and its people, victims of an illegal war of aggression and invasion by Russia.

The launch film for Cine Europa’s Silver Anniversary comes from Cyprus and Greece, entitled “Páfsi (Pause)” set to first be screened on 14 September at 6:00pm.

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