PARIS– Franco-German net Arte, one of the main financiers of world cinema, has teamed up with the digital service Festival Scope to launch Artekino, a European online festival whose competition lineup will comprise 10 features who have recently premiered at high-profile festivals and markets.
Spanning 44 countries and spearheaded by Arte France Cinema boss Olivier Pere, the festival’s first edition will showcase Ulrich Seidl’s Africa-set trophy hunting documentary “Safari,” Alessandro Comodin’s first fictional feature “Happy Times Will Come Soon,” Nicolette Krebitz’s “Wild,” Albert Serra’s historical drama “La Mort de Louis XIV,” Joao Nicolau’s Portuguese coming-of-age drama “John From,” Mirjana Karanovic’s “A Good Wife,” Sebastien Laudenbach’s animated tale “La Jeune fille sans mains,” Makis Papadimitriou’s Greek dramedy “Suntan” and Philippe Faucon’s Cesar-winning immigration drama “Fatima.”
“Artekino has chosen 10 films which illustrate the eclecticism and audacity of Europe’s contemporary film production,” said Pere, who also serves as artistic director at Locarno Film Festival and has earned a solid reputation within the industry. Pere noted the mix of emerging and confirmed directors, as well as the diversity of genre – ranging from live-action to animation and documentary — showcased in the competition roster.
Although Artekino is not the first online festival, it boasts an innovative concept, inviting only 50,000 people across Europe to participate and vote for the audience prize winner.
The festival is also rolling out the Arte Cinema Fonds and has tapped Remi Burah, senior VP of Arte France Cinema, to preside the new initiative. Burah has managed to enlist Nespresso as partner. As such, Nespresso, which is also Cannes’s Critics Week’s main partner, will grant $50,000 Euros to the festival’s winning film.
The films will be accessible free-of-charge (for the 50,000 guests only) on artekinofestival.com, a dedicated service created by Festival Scope, the streaming platform launched by Mathilde Henrot an Alessandro Raja in 2010, which collaborates with festivals around the world, from Cannes to Venice, Locarno and New Directors/New Films.