The most famous Zagreb’s cinema, Kino Europa, won a flattering title of one of the best European cinemas in the category of the Best programming. According to the network of European cinemas, the most iconic cinema which was built in 1924, had the best film program in 2016. Kino Europa won the gold medal in the competition of 1078 cinemas from 644 cities and 41 European countries.
The Best Programming Award is the most important annual honor given by Europa Cinemas, the highest to grant on the European level and one of the most significant honors bestowed ever to a cultural institution in Croatia. The award will be presented to the cinema management: CEO Boris T. Matić, executive director Hrvoje Laurenta, program coordinator Selma Mehadžić and producer Lana Ujdur by Nina Peče, member of the board of directors of Europa Cinemas and the CEO of Kinodvor in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the opening ceremony of the 14th Zagreb Film Festival, on 12 November at Cinema Europa.
Europa is Zagreb’s popular cinema. It was built in 1924/25 by the Zagreb-based Müller family, wishing to construct the most beautiful, important and modern cinema in the region. The City of Zagreb bought it in October 2007, following a successful action of Zagreb Film Festival and Croatian Film Association called ‘Give Me Cinema,’ and in 2008 the management was trusted to Zagreb Film Festival Art Organisation.
Under new management, Cinema Europa became the leading regional cinema for contemporary independent film, with over 60 free titles from all over the world screened annually. Besides, Europa is also a home to over 20 festivals and events, every year it hosts around 30 premieres, and particular attention is given to events for children and young audience. The lasting quality of its repertory and special film programs like Fil(m)harmonic and the newly launched Kinolektira were recognized by the citizens as well – in October 2016 Europa had record-breaking 15 000 visitors.
Founded in 1992 with the financial support from the MEDIA Programme (Creative Europe) and the French CNC (Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée), Europa Cinemas is the first cinema network dedicated to the promotion of European film. The network’s aim is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas obliging to screen a significant number of European films made outside their country and include among their activities events intended for the young audience. Europa Cinemas every year also presents the award to the best entrepreneur and best young audience events.