New York (April 25, 2017) – The Film Expo Group along with UNIC will present the “CineEurope Founder’s Recognition Award” as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony hosted by the Coca-Cola Company on Thursday evening, June 22, at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.
Over 25 years ago the concept of bringing the entire European Motion Picture Industry together for a European event was brought to life with the launch of Cinema Expo International. To show it’s appreciation, CineEurope will honor the pioneers who helped the convention begin its journey in Brussels, move to Amsterdam, and then ultimately helped find the new location in Barcelona where “Cinema Expo” officially rebranded itself “CineEurope.”
The Founder’s Recognition Award will be presented to Jose “Pepe” Batlle; Joost Bert, Kinepolis; Stephane Monnot, The Coca-Cola Company; Tomas Naranjo, Kelonik; Lauge Nielsen, Pathé; Jaime & Camilo Tarrazon, ACEC; and Ad Weststrate.
“For years these individuals have worked behind the scenes to make CineEurope the great success it is today,” said Andrew Sunshine, Vice President of The Film Expo Group. “Their dedication to the industry’s’ past, present, and future deserves to be commended and celebrated.”
Welcoming today’s announcement, UNIC President Phil Clapp added:
“In different ways, each of these awardees has made a huge contribution to making CineEurope what is it today – one of the foremost gatherings of cinema industry professionals anywhere on the planet. I and UNIC colleagues are delighted to have the opportunity to recognise that achievement.”
CineEurope 2017 will take place 19-22 June at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. CineEurope is the longest-running and most successful European convention and trade show for Major, Regional, and Independent cinema professionals. CineEurope will feature exclusive screenings and product presentations of upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the CineEurope Trade Show. CineEurope is the Official Convention of the Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC).
The Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 36 countries in Europe and in neighbouring regions.
About Film Expo Group
The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces CineEurope, held in Barcelona; ShowEast, held in Miami; and CineAsia, held in Hong Kong. Additionally, the group publishes, Film Journal International, a trade magazine and website covering the motion picture industry with a special emphasis on theatrical exhibition.