The South Eastern Europe Cinema Network, commonly abbreviated as SEE CINEMA NETWORK, was established in the spring of 2000 on the island of Hydra. It unites countries in Eastern Europe in a joint effort to strengthen the production of short and feature films. The members of the Network are national institutions representing cinema in their respective countries.
The Network, an initiative of the Greek Film Centre and the Ministry of Culture of Greece, has continued to exist thanks to the support of its member states but, most importantly, the close cooperation between participating stakeholders and their representatives. The Network has supported a significant number of films through the funding it provides for the development of feature-length works and the production of short films. Several of these works have received awards and distinctions in festivals across the world.
The SEE plays an important role in the European film industry and serves as an excellent example of how art and culture can transcend political or diplomatic problems between nations and foster intercultural relations.
Cyprus is a founding member of the SEE. The Network’s president is Mrs Elena Christodoulidou, Senior Cultural Officer, Responsible for Cinema, Cultural Services, Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
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Therefore, the Network aims to further encourage cooperation among cinema professionals in the member states. To this end, it supports the development of international co-productions (fiction films).
Furthermore, the SEE CINEMA NETWORK organises events and actions aiming to promote works produced in its member states. Such events include screenings at various national festivals held in the member states and/or screening weeks with tributes to national cinema works. The Network also aims to foster cooperation with other, similar regional Networks as well as neighbouring countries in the Southern Mediterranean.