Are you a film buff? Do you enjoy sharing your love of movies with others Would you like to attend the Venice Film Festival? Here’s your chance to be part of this year’s 27 Times Cinema!

Co-organised with the LUX Prize (European Parliament) and Giornate degli Autori for 10 years now, it is hoping to run this great initiative again this year, which will turn the dream of 27 young European moviegoers to attend the Venice Film Festival into reality! They will constitute the Giornate degli Autori Jury and award a Prize to the best film of this dynamic and diverse selection. Moreover, as of this autumn, they will be actively involved in promoting a new LUX Prize European Audience film award by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy.

Who can participate?

  • Regular moviegoers passionate for cinema, aged between 18 – 25 years,
  • Good ability to write articles and blogs,
  • Active on either Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat,
  • With aptitude in either podcasting, blogging, video editing, photographing or any other communication tools that could help in building up a communication campaign,
  • Good knowledge of English (reading, written and spoken) to actively take part in the discussions around the films with film professionals,
  • Important: Regular cinema staff can’t be considered for the application process.

How to participate?

  1. Take a video selfie in which you explain “what is cinema” for you. You should start the video saying “Cinema for me is…” and then develop your argument.

This video will help judges to see how a candidate expresses himself/herself in English and his/her ability to “talk” about cinema. High quality and creativity are required!

Please see Europa Cinemas’ Vimeo channel for examples of previous entries.

Technical requirements:

– Videos have to be shot in English,

– In high resolution (Full HD: 1920×1080 px) and with excellent audio

– Duration: 30 seconds,

– The following information should be visible on the video: Name and country of origin,

– The videos should be sent to IFI via WeTransfer.

  1. Fill in and send the application form & video to Alicia McGivern, Head of Education, IFI 6 Eustace St., Dublin 2

Closing Date: 29th May, 2020, 5pm

What happens if you’re the lucky one?

You win a flight ticket to Venice and get free accommodation in the Lido where the festival takes place. You’ll be offered a free festival accreditation (giving also priority access to the Giornate degli Autori screenings).



If successful, you will be required to:

  • Be present in Venice before the start of the festival from Tuesday 1st of September to Sunday 13th September 2020 (festival dates: September 2nd – 12th),
  • Be a jury member for the films competing for the Giornate degli Autori. A festival accreditation (giving priority access to screenings of the Giornate degli Autori) will be provided,
  • Take part in round tables, discussions, masterclasses and workshops focused on improving their communication skills as influencer and social animator so that they could be actively involved in raising the awareness on the new LUX audience award,
  • Contribute to the Europa Cinemas website and social networks,
  • Use the following months after the festival to promote and spread the new LUX Prize – European Audience Film Award using the tools learned in Venice and their own capacity in terms of networking and established web community,
  • Participate in events organised in the frame of the LUX Prize – European Audience Film Award (mainly January-May of the following year).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Please note:

  • All items must be your own original work. Plagiarised work will not be considered;
  • Candidates should be a current member of IFI and will be asked to feedback to IFI during the Festival with blogs/reviews/instastories/TikTok etc. for our website during the Festival;
  • IFI will not be responsible for cancellation or change of events or Venice Days protocols due to Coronavirus

*Co-organised by the European Parliament, the LUX Prize, the Giornate degli Autori and Europa Cinemas, 27 Times Cinema aims to promote shared values and cultural diversity through cinema among young people.

For further information about past editions of this initiative please visit Lux Film Prize, Le Giornate, Europa Cinemas, the Europa Cinemas Blog, or Cineuropa.


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