Launched in 2016 with the support of Europe Creative Media to promote and circulate young European auteur cinema, the ArteKino Festival returns for its 7th edition that will run from December 1-31. It will feature 12 films (seven of them by female directors) that Internet users can watch directly on and ARTE’s YouTube cinema channel.

Featured films include Romanian director Alina Grigore’s Blue Moon (last year’s winner at the San Sebastián festival), Italian director Bonifacio Angius’ The Giant (in competition at Locarno), Spanish productions El Planeta by Amalia Ulman (screened at Sundance, in the World Cinema Dramatic competition) and Ainhoa Rodriguez’s Mighty Flash (in competition at Rotterdam).

In addition, two prizes worth 20,000 and 10,000 euros respectively will be awarded. Users will be able to vote online for the European Audience Prize, while the Youth Jury Prize will be awarded by 15 young Europeans between the ages of 18 and 25 (in collaboration with Erasmus+).

The selection:

Blue Moon – Alina Grigore (Romania)
The Giants – Bonifacio Angius (Italy)
El Planeta – Amalia Ulman (US/Spain)
Mighty Flash – Ainhoa Rodriguez (Spain)
Crooked Lines – Rita Nunes (Portugal)
Working Class Heroes – Milos Pusic (Serbia)
Summer Survivors – Marija Kavtaradze (Lithuania)
Hyperland – Mario Sixtus (Germany)
Sanremo – Miroslav Mandić (Slovenia/Italy)
Colors of Tobi – Alexa Bakony (Hungary)
Heavy Metal Dancers – Gretta-Garoliina Sammalniemi (Germany)
L’Animographe, ou Je suis né dans une boîte à chaussures – Thierry Dejean (France)

The ArteKino Foundation also supports feature film projects through the ArteKino International Prize, a development grant awarded to a dozen festivals and markets, including MIA Market.