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Innovative Pioneers of the

Motion picture industry

Europe is the birthplace of cinema and responsible for many the significant contributions to the art form of film.  

In 1888 North England, the first film recorded was by French inventor Louis Le Prince, Roundhay Garden Scene; it is the oldest surviving film shot with a single-lens non-film camera.  On November 1, 1895 Berlin, the Skladanowsky brothers invented the Bioscop, the first movie projector used to display the first moving picture show to a paying audience.  About two months later in Paris on December 28, 1895, the Lumière Brothers invented the Cinématographe – a motion picture film camera. 

European film companies pioneered both the technological innovations (projection, colour processes, and talking pictures), and content innovations (weekly newsreel, the cartoon, the serial, and the feature film) of the entire filmmaking industry.  Notwithstanding the ever-increasing presence of Hollywood films which accounts for 70% of the regions film shares, the European film industry encompasses over 75,000 film companies, employing more than 370,000 people, and reaping over $68 billion in revenue in 2018. Within the EU, the ‘Big Five’ – France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain – account for around 80% of releases, industry turnover, and persons employed.    

TILFA is excited to invite the world’s most innovative filmmakers in the world on the continent of Europe to submit their film projects for a chance to win a Legacy Award and titled Best in the World of Film.  

TILFA Film Regions and Countries Represented

Four National Directors and eight Regional Directors are assigned to the continent of Europe to oversee the following regions:

Eastern Europe

  • Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland,
  • Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia (Russian Empire, Soviet Union), Slovenia, Ukraine

Northern Europe

  • Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway
  • Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden

South Europe

  • Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece 
  • Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia (Yugoslavia)

West Europe

  • Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) 
  • France, Spain, Portugal

alex angarita

Executive Director

Film Regions

East Europe
Northern Europe
South Europe
West Europe

National Directors

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Regional Directors

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Access Region

  • East Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • South Europe
  • West Europe
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