Cinemas of Europe's Small Nations Film Festival (CESN)

A project by: jns201

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Completion Date: Wed 31 Aug 2016

What is this project?

We are looking to raise £1,270 to host a month-long film festival (1 night each week for 4 weeks) dedicated to ' Cinemas of Europe's Small Nations '. This will be the first event solely dedicated to this theme in the UK! We would love to show feature films, short premieres by young, emerging film talent and talks by academics and filmmakers from Scotland, Wales, Belgium and Romania.

Our aims:
  • To provide students with an event dedicated to cinema and film that will broaden student knowledge in Film Studies and Visual Culture.
  • To celebrate and valorise the diverse film offer on cinematically small nations (in Europe).
  • Short films will be played before the screenings from emerging, young film talent from the country of the week. The intention is also to include a talk by the filmmaker.
  • To provide employability skills to undergraduate(s).

Why are we fundraising?

The funds received via crowd funding will be used to directly fund rental costs, distribution rights, the attendance of speakers and short filmmakers at the event, in addition to a student post to support the festival. This campaign is vital to ensuring this festival can take place in the UK!


The city of Exeter has a rich culture of events dedicated to film and independent cinema going. 'Cinemas of Europe's Small Nations' will supplement Exeter's film landscape with the launch of a new film festival event at Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix for both students and the Exeter public.

The concept of 'cinemas of small nations' is relatively new, emerging in 2007 ( Hjort and Petrie ). As Hjort and Petrie outline a rather broad approach to the subject, this festival will focus on 'small' cinemas in a European context. This will include screenings of films from two members of the United Kingdom, i.e. Wales and Scotland. This focus will provide the film festival with a cohesive identity whilst celebrating filmmaking from neglected 'national' cinemas.


The film festival is designed to give a platform to young, emerging filmmakers from cinematically small nations in Europe. By placing these films alongside a well-selected and curated group of films, these short premieres will reach a public with diverse tastes in film and cinema. The filmmakers will also be able to talk about their shorts to an interested and engaged public and student audience. It will also provide students with opportunities to expand their interests beyond Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.

Where will the money go?

We are looking to raise £1,270 from this crowd funding campaign to cover the costs for the festival:

  • Projector Costs
  • Distribution Rights
  • At least 1 student post
  • Travel and accommodation for 4 guest speakers who will be discussing their current research and experiences. These speakers will give an insight into production methods and the filmmaking style.


You can receive post cards, Twitter shout outs, and festival tickets as a thank you for your donations towards this project.

Find us here:


Twitter: @CESNFF


Help us succeed!

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Update 2: 10th August 2016

As we close in on the final few weeks of the call for sponsorship through the crowdfunding platform, we can finally confirm the festival dates hosted at Studio 74, The Phoenix, Exeter. We still require sponsorship so please do check out our page:   

Importantly, the festival will open on Wednesday 2nd November and continue every Wednesday (9th and 16th) until Wednesday 23rd November 2016. We will soon be uploading the films and talks scheduled for these dates. 

Secondly - in terms of the short films and short premieres for the festival, we have had a total 151 submissions to date via Film Freeway, with 48 being submitted in the last seven days. 37 of these shorts have been submitted from the UK (representing Scotland and Wales) with other films being submitted from a diverse set of countries, such as the USA and Canada, representing diasporic communities.    

We also now have a listing on the Phoenix's website here: 

11 months, 1 week ago

Greetings All! This is our first update for the Cinemas of Europe's Small Nations Film Festival. 

We would like to show you our new promotional video for the event, outlining our aims and intentions for the festival, and to encourage further sponsorship. Click here to view our promotional video. It shows the location where our event will take place, the new Studio 74 at the Phoenix in Exeter, Devon, UK. 

Here are some images taken from video:

Our Film Freeway submission process has been activated and we are ready to accept submissions via the platform from filmmakers producing short films in Scotland, Wales, Belgium and Romania. I am pleased to note that we have already received around 25 film submissions, highlighting a very competitive and encouraging field. 


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