Supporting Europa Cinemas and Regional Film Clubs in Ireland
16 October 2020

Supporting Europa Cinemas and Regional Film Clubs in Ireland


Watch our Europa Cinemas in Ireland webinar on our YouTube channel to find out more about some of the Irish independent cinemas affiliated with Europa Cinemas; their online film programming and membership benefits; and how they are coping with ongoing Covid-19 measures. Featuring Irish Film Institute Dublin, Lighthouse Dublin, Palás Galway and access>CINEMA. 

Supported since its creation by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and by the CNC France, Europa Cinemas is the first network of cinemas focusing on European films. Its network unites over 1,200 cinemas (1,216 cinemas and 3,131 screens) in 43 countries. The main objective of Europa Cinemas is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that undertake to give a significant part of their screenings to non-national European films and to put in place activities for young audiences.

You can find the full list of the 25 Irish cinemas or film clubs affiliated with Europa Cinemas here on their website.



IFI@Home, is the Irish Film Institute’s online streaming library, exclusive to Irish audiences. Their handpicked, thematically selected collections stretch from far flung corners of the world, to rarely seen Irish gems and will include unique film festival programmes.

The IFI was recently awarded the Europa Cinemas Innovation Prize for their ground-breaking Access Film Initiative. Iniatiated with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA, the Prize celebrates standout innovative projects and approaches by network cinemas. The Access Film Initiative originated in a piece of research supported by Arts Disability Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland that has been launched to make cultural cinema accessible to audiences with disability (deaf/hard of hearing or blind/vision impaired) through the inclusion of accessible screenings of new releases in the IFI monthly programme.

IFI Home is the sister site of our other platform the IFI Player where audiences around the world can enjoy free access to film materials preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. 

You can support the IFI by becoming a member or donating here, or by participating in their Name Your Seat fundraising campaign which allows audience members to put their own name on a cinema seat, and show their appreciation for the IFI cinema. 


While both sister cinemas, Lighthouse Dublin and Palás Galway are currently closed due to Covid restrictions, you can continue to support them by becoming a member (click previous links). You can also support their online film platform, Volta

VOLTA VOD gives cinema lovers the opportunity to watch films online in the comfort of their home. Volta has a wide selection of Irish films and a wonderfully curated selection of European and international independent feature films and documentaries. 


Triskel Arts Centre, Cork is also a member of Europa Cinemas in Ireland. See here for more information on their screenings. You can also donate or sign up to their newletter here


Via its national network of non-profit and voluntary organisations, access>CINEMA screens the best of European films across Ireland in 80 venues and film clubs such as Solstice Arts Centre, NavanSource Arts Centre, Thurles; the Galway Film Society, Townhall Theatre; Carlow Visual CentreCork Cine Club; and The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. They have received MEDIA funding through the Distribution Selective scheme. Check out their members here to find a film club near you.

21 of access>CINEMA are also affiliated with Europa Cinemas. While film clubs are currently close due to Covid restrictions, access>CINEMA does have an online cinema facility via some of its members where possible - see here for updates.

access>CINEMA partnered with Dundee Contemporary Arts and Discovery Film Festival to present online shorts and resources for Little Film Fans. Features weekly updates of selected shorts and resources from the Discovery Film Festival. For an example have a look at Once In A Blue Moon by Steve Boot (3 mins | UK | 2015 | PG), a comical mixed-media stop motion animation with resources here to discuss the short plus suggested activities.