Euro arthouses to create network

Exhibitors seek to bring together 60 venues

A European network of small, independent cinemas that could give little-seen festival fare a boost is being set up following discussions at this week’s Rotterdam Film Festival.

“We want to let the industry know that there is this network of venues, that could give visibility to films made by independent filmmakers,” said meeting organizer Katia Rossini from the Nova Cinema in Brussels.

Fest’s Kino Climates strand brought together reps from around 40 European venues to discuss their place in the industry and showcase their programming. Rossini estimates the potential size of the Kino Climates network at 60 venues or more.

These range from 50-seat micro-cinemas to 300-seat venues with several screens. Their programming mixes performance and other events with film screenings. Many also act as small distributors, teach filmmaking or run film archives or labs.

Rossini sees the network filling a niche created by the decline in territorial distribution.

“Today, independent distributors can only survive if they have an international market, but to have a European market you need to have a European network of exhibitors, and that did not exist before,” she said.