Dear Festival Goers,
I would like to welcome you to the 24th Days of European Film Festival which once again has been organised with the support of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic. I am delighted that the Festival will, as usual, be screening horizon-broadening films which often do not receive widespread distribution.
Growing up has never been easy, but developing from a child into an adult is probably more complicated today than ever before. Youth, traditionally thought of as a carefree and light-hearted time, is becoming a tough part of life because of changing economic conditions and the ubiquitous social media. The films included in this year’s “To the point” section, subtitled “Children of Europe”, look at the adolescent experience. In this section, you will see stories about children and young people growing up in different conditions, but all with one thing in common: they are forced by circumstance to take responsibility for the world around them and to start shaping and changing it.
Young people’s ideas, creativity and diversity represent a great asset for the future of Europe. The European Union is determined to make the most of their potential. EU initiatives are aimed at granting young people equal access to education, improving their integration into the labour market and encouraging their active participation in society in order to make their voices heard. Some nine million people across Europe have already participated in the Erasmus+ programme, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Over the past 20 years, more than 100 000 young Europeans have taken part in international volunteering through the European Voluntary Service. The recently launched European Solidarity Corps is another project which promotes the exchange of experience and fosters mutual respect and tolerance among young people. It gives them a unique opportunity not only for personal development but also to take part in addressing societal challenges, thus contributing to positive changes in society.
Wishing you many inspiring cinematic experiences,
Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic