Artekino begins

Online festival showcases 10 films you can watch for free

by Amber Wilkinson

Pin Cushion
Pin Cushion
The online ArteKino Festival, showcasing European films, has begun its third edition. Among the films screening between now and December 31, is the UK's Pin Cushion, directed by Deborah Haywood.

There are 10 films in the line-up, with 5,000 virtual seats per film, available for free in 45 European countries. The films will also be shown in cinemas across the continent to preserve the big screen experience.

ArteKino Festival "strives to promote the circulation of European films and to give a large audience access to feature films that might otherwise have difficulty finding distribution despite critical success and inclusion in festivals".

Viewers will also have the chance to vote for the ArteKino Audience Award (whose winner receives €30,000) and they will, in turn, be eligible to win a trip to the Locarno Festival, flight, hotel and accreditation included.

Artekino - an initiative devised by ARTE France Cinema, ARTE GEIE, and Festival Scope - said: "The goal of this event is to create a new festival model in collaboration with cinema professionals. We hope for the 2018 edition to further develop the project's multilingualism, to better highlight the films on view in theatres, and to strengthen communication. To this end, we seek to establish a collaboration with film institutes, independent movie theatres, media outlets, and all other organisations committed to supporting film in Europe, so as to help us create a greater number of language versions for films, to guarantee the festival's presence on the big screen, and to communicate widely with the public of each country."

Visit the official site for details.

The films showing are below:

  • 24 Weeks by Anne Zohra Berrached (Germany)
  • Flesh Memory by Jacky Goldberg (France)
  • For Some Inexplicable Reason by Gábor Reisz (Hungary)
  • Il Cratere by Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino (Italy)
  • l'Animale by Katharina Mückstein (Austria)
  • Flemish Heaven by Peter Monsaert (Belgium)
  • Mug by Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland)
  • Pin Cushion by Deborah Haywood (United Kingdom)
  • Pity by Babis Makritis (Greece/Poland)
  • Those Who Are Fine by Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)
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