Live Cinema UK is delighted to announce the first two of three major new commissions as part of our Creative Europe-funded project Live Cinema EU. Motovun Film Festival and T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival will present exciting new live cinema events at their 2017 editions.

The 20th Motovun Film Festival will present a world premiere live score performed by Mr. Lee and Ivane Sky and their band to Tuvalu by German filmmaker Veit Helmer: a contemporary silent film and homage to the motion picture pioneers first shown in Motovun in 2000.

In true Motovun and live cinema style, they will seek assistance from the audience for their live performance as a special event for the jubilee edition of Motovun Film Festival. Croatian artists Damir Martinović Mrle (Let 3) and Ivanka Mazurkijević collectively known as Mr Lee and Inane Sky will perform it live, accompanied by a four-member band, using strange string and wind instruments (Mrle’s invention) and will invite volunteers from the audience to play with them, regardless of their musical talent. More interactive surprises await on the night of the premiere, and all will be revealed on Friday 28th July at midnight… more info on the festival and live event here.

The 17th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland, will re-present To Each His Own Cinema (Chacun son cinéma) – the compilation film originally commissioned for the 60th Cannes Film Festival. Comprised of 33 three minute short films, the anthology sees world-renowned directors including Lars von Trier,  Aki Kuraskmaki, Roman Polanski, and Ken Loach represent their state of mind upon entering a movie theatre, presenting cinema-going as a magical place of encounters among film lovers. But, as Live Cinema UK’s tagline says, the film is only half the story. The Festival invite their audience to become part of the show with a live act performance at a former cinema in Wrocław at 74 Piłsudskiego Street on 11th August. Additional surprise live cinema activations will take place in Wrocław in the run up to and during the Festival, which begins on 3rd August. More details on To Each His Own Cinema are available here.

Bespoke digital integration, data and evaluation techniques are also being piloted at both events, developed by Boombeam in partnership with each festival to address key audience development aims for each festival as well as the unique needs of live cinema events.

A further new commission will be presented at Reykjavik International Film Festival  in September/October 2017, with one of the three commissions being showcased in Hull, UK in late 2017 as part of the city’s year as UK City of Culture.

Live Cinema EU brings together international leaders in the world of film festivals to explore whether audience size for European Films can be increased through the development of live elements at film screenings as part of core festival programming. Since November 2016, three European film festivals have been developing ideas for their 2018 edition through workshop activity spanning the UK, Croatia and Poland with guest speakers and focused project development on how live cinema events can increase festival audience interest for European titles in the same way that live scores and theatrical interventions appeal to mass audiences in the UK for English language and Hollywood titles.

The project is led by Live Cinema UK in partnership with Motovun Film Festival (Croatia), T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival (Poland), Reykjavik International Film Festival (Iceland), King’s College London, the University of Brighton, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Boombeam.

Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.