Europe is also about supporting cinema and culture: enjoy Cannes and then go to vote in the European Elections!

The 67th Cannes Film Festival is about to start. Aside from being the launch pad for the long-awaited new films by the most important filmmakers in the world (including LUX Prize 2008 winners Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, and previous LUX Prize-selected filmmakers Kornél Mundruczó, Jessica Hausner, Kamen Kalev, Aida Begic, Ursula Meier, Ruben Östlund and Wim Wenders), the festival will welcome the Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education, Doris Pack, and Member of the European Parliament Henri Weber to discuss European perspectives on cinema.
 
The European Elections have already resulted in the Cannes Film Festival bringing forward its closing ceremony to Saturday 24 May. The Cannes jury is thus not the only one to be voting that weekend, as the elections will allow Europeans to have their say on their immediate future.
 
Pack will be present at the annual Europa Cinemas Network Meeting, which will take place on Sunday 18 May. The event will focus on 2013’s box-office and market shares, as well as new and prospective European policies, such as the Creative Europe programme and the joint activities with the EU, which include the LUX Prize. French Minister for Culture and Communication Aurélie Filippetti, Creative Europe Head of Unit Xavier Troussard and the European Audiovisual Observatory’s Martin Kanzler will also be present.
 
On the other hand, the Directors’ Assembly, organised by the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) and the Directors’ Fortnight, will also feature Pack’s and Weber’s contributions. The initiative will this year have a European focus dedicated to the EU Parliamentary Elections, which will run from 22-25 May all across Europe. The focus will discuss the subjects being tackled at the EU level, which have a significant impact on cinematic creation – ie, cultural diversity, film funding and the potential copyright reform.