Launched jointly in 2010 by the European Parliament’s LUX Audience Award, Giornate degli Autori and Europa Cinemas, 27 Times Cinema will welcome 27 filmgoers, who will represent a film theatre of the Europa Cinemas network, as well as one of the 27 member states of the European Union.  

 27 Times Cinema will take place during the Giornate degli Autori (Tuesday 29th August to Sunday 10th  September 2023 (festival dates: 30 August -9 September) at the Venice Film Festival. This great initiative will make the dream of 27 young European moviegoers to attend the Venice Film Festival come true! The 27 youngsters will constitute the Giornate degli Autori Jury and will award a prize to the best film of this year’s selection. Moreover, as of this autumn, they will be actively involved in promoting the LUX Audience Award, launched in 2020 by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, in partnership with the European Commission (Creative Europe) and Europa Cinemas. 

The IFI will choose three applicants to submit to the 27 Times Cinema Selection Committee.  

Who can participate? 

  • Regular cinema goers, passionate about cinema, aged between 18 – 25 years 
  • Good communicators active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat) 
  • Good writing skills (articles and blogs) with aptitude for podcasting, blogging, vlogging, video editing, photography or any other communication skill that will allow the candidate to be actively involved in a communication campaign 
  • Good knowledge of English (written and spoken) to actively take part in the discussions about the films with film professionals, 
  • Regular IFI attendee or IFI@Home user 
  • Please note IFI employees can not apply. 
  • Important: participants for IFI must have Irish citizenship. 

How to participate?  

To be in with a chance, please submit: 

  1. A short video outlining what is Europe” for him/her/them. S/he/they should start the video saying “Europe for me is…” and then develop his/her/their argumentation.  

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

Please see Europa Cinemas’ Vimeo channel to consult previous entries. 

Technical requirements: 

– Videos must be 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. 

Take a look at the Europa Cinemas’ Vimeo channel to check out previous year’s examples.  

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

Closing Date: 5pm, March 30th 2023 

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).  

Important: You should commit yourself to:  

  1. Being present in Venice before the start of the festival, Tuesday 29th August to Sunday 10th  September 2023 (festival dates: 30 August -9 September) 
  1. Being 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 
  1. Taking part in round-table discussions, masterclasses and workshops focused on improving their communication skills as influencer so that they could be actively involved in raising awareness of the LUX Audience Award 
  1. Contributing with content to the Europa Cinemas website and social networks 
  1. Promote and spread the word about the new LUX Audience Award after the festival using the knowledge and skills learned in Venice in their own networks and social media community 
  1. Attend events organized in the frame of the LUX Audience Award (mainly January-May of the following year) and helping with promotional and follow-up communication 
  1. Be available to participate in the LUX Selection panel meeting for LUX Audience Award 2023 edition, which takes place usually between June-September (1-2 days). 

If an participant is chosen from IFI submissions, the participant will commit to: 

  1. 1.  Providing feedback to IFI during the Festival with blogs/reviews/Insta Stories/TikTok for our website during the Festival;
  1. Contributing to IFI Careers Programme 2023/24 through Q&A, interview or workshop facilitation. 

The European Parliament will cover the costs of accommodation and travel for each participant for the whole duration of the event (13 days), while Europa Cinemas will take care of their daily allowance and Giornate will be in charge of the organization and the festival accreditation 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity! 

Please note: 

  • All items must be your own original work. Plagiarised work will not be considered;  
  • IFI will not be responsible for cancellation or change of events or Venice Days Covid protocols.  
  • The organisers advise of the need to be on the alert for possible COVID-19 restrictions and sanitary measures and make adjustments if needed in the travel plans.  

*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. 

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