Film Festivals of Europe

Author: Yashar Dehaghani, Sian Barber, Laura Osswald

Cannes Festival, 1972. Photo source: British Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

One week ago Cannes concluded what was an exciting and fun film festival. Congratulations to all the winners!

The festival inspired us to create a collection of videos about the many film festivals of Europe. Here you’ll find historical moments at Cannes and videos that showcase the range of film and cinema events across Europe. Journey back into the first era of these glamorous celebrations starting with the World Film Festival in Denmark in 1951, to the Cinema week in Venice in 1966, through to the Warsaw Film Festival in 2013. And don’t miss the 4 wonderful short films nominated for the Gaudí Award in 2010!

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All that Jazz!

Author: Yashar Dehaghani and Sian Barber
Photo source: British Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Madelaine Bell. Photo source: British Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Since it’s inception EUscreenXL has made thousands of videos available on With so much content on our portal, we’ve decided to tackle the challenges of curation and contextualization by regularly creating interesting collections for your enjoyment.

Today, on the occasion of International Jazz Day, we’re proud to present a collection of fun, cool, and captivating videos about jazz music and culture!

These clips feature captivating performances from some of the greatest jazz musicians in history, full concerts from contemporary jazz stars, fascinating interviews, and signs of the influence of jazz across the years; on culture, people and on society. We hope you’ll have fun with this collection about jazz life in Europe!

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Feel free to search our collection for plenty more videos about music, or take a look at our previous collections for more EUscreen content; Euroean Celebrations, Women’s Rights in Europe, and European Theatre.


Louis Armstrong


Don’t miss this wonderful performance by Louis Armstrong! (starts at 05:00)

CT/Czech Republic, 1965 [music][11:15]

Ella Fitzgerald


A fantastic performance by the great Ella Fitzgerald (starts at 00:43)

CT/Czech Republic, 1969 [music][02:24]

Ray Charles


Ray Charles on European and American audiences, his new band and Quincy Jones, and on soul music and twist

RTBF/Belgium, 1962 [english w/ french translation][03:07]

Josephine Baker


Singer and dancer Josephine Baker charming an audience in Prague (performance starts at 00:17)

CT/Czech Republic, 1965 [music][01:23]

Josephine Baker interview and song


Josephine Baker talks about her origins, racism in the US, her move to Europe and the decision to adopt children. And another performance by the ever amazing “Black Pearl” (starts at 07:50)

RTBF/Belgium, 1962 [interview in french & performance in english][12:30]

Claude Nougaro


Filmed during rehearsals, Claude Nougaro performs his song Quatre boules de cuir (Four balls of leather)

INA/France, 1969 [music][03:56]

Grencsó Kollektív Kedély


Don’t miss this great concert if you’re a jazz fan! István Grencsó is an important figure of the hungarian farout jazz life. Here he plays with his collective Grencsó Kollektív Kedély at A38 Ship.

NAVA/Hungary, 2005 [music][25:08]

Możdżer Danielsson Fresco


Możdżer Danielsson Fresco live in concert at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok. The jazz trio were promoting their third album “Polska”.

NINA/Poland, 2013 [music][01:34:00]

Trio Midnight


Another fantastic concert. Elemér Balázs on the drums, Kálmán Oláh on the piano and János Egri on the bass play at A38 Ship, the world’s greatest bar according to a 2012 Lonely Planet poll

NAVA/Hungary, 2005 [music][24:51]

Jazz musician Volker Schlott


East German Jazz musician Volker Schlott on making it in the West

DW/Germany, 1991 [German][05:06]

Jazz Across the Border


At the music festival “Jazz Across the Border“ the focus is on African jazz. The line-up includes the Louis Sclavis-Trio from Paris, who have also toured Africa.

DW/Germany, 2001 [German][02:14]

Joan Chamorro and Andrea Motis


The young and talented Joan Chamorro and Andrea Motis performing as part of Barcelona’s 2011 International Jazz Festival (starts at 00:28)

TVC/Spain, 2011 [music][01:23]


Jazz Festival in Sibiu


Fusing pop and Jazz at the Jazz Festival in Sibiu, Romania in 1976. And Marius Pop band is playing beautifully, starting from 03:16.

TVR/Romania, 1976 [Romanian][07:58]

Intimate interview with Tomasz Stańko


Singer Katarzyna Nosowska interviews Tomasz Stańko

NINA/Poland, 2012 [polish][32:24]

Duke Ellington


A short clip of the mesmerizing Duke Ellington in concert

Luce/Italy, 1971 [music][00:59]

World Theatre Day

Author: Yashar Dehaghani

Photo source: Česká televize. All rights reserved.

World Theatre Day is an annual celebration of everything related to the stage. Started in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute, each year various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.

Theatre captures the essence of our societies, our traditions, and our culture better than perhaps any other art-form, and though performances end, plays live on for as long as they are loved and cherished. They are preserved through repetition, or described in books, or captured on film and stored in archives.

These documents; be it the plays themselves, or everything that surrounds them, are an important part of our history. We’re proud to present these memories from the past, now made available again though EUscreen.

We hope you’ll enjoy these few fun and interesting clips about European theatre from the last few decades! Feel free to search our collection for plenty more videos about theatre, dance and performance, on!


Dario Fo at the Comédie Française


Dario Fo stages Molière’s “The Flying Doctor” at the Comédie Française, in the tradition of the Commedia dell arte.

INA/France, 1990 [French][01:32]

Conversation with Eugène Ionesco


Eugène Ionesco on his youth spent between Romania and France, his theatre works, and the meaning of the word “absurd”.

INA/France, 1960 [French][07:37]

Centre Dramatique de l’Est in Alsace


The creation of the Centre Dramatique de l’Est in 1947 is testimony to the decentralization of the theatre after the war, and this theatre continues to thrive.

INA/France 1968 [French][04:50]

Interview with Karl Farkas


The great actor talks about his life, profession and his passion for painting.

ORF/Austria, 1971 [German][04:06]

Nadja Tiller at a cocktail party


Footage of actress Nadja Tiller with her parents on her visit to Vienna in 1960.

ORF/Austria, 1960 [Silent][02:30]

Interview with Dame Peggy Ashcroft


Dame Peggy Ashcroft, one of Britain’s top stage actresses, on why she chose the theatre over TV.

BBC / United Kingdom, 1956 [English][02:20]

Theatre of the Czechoslovak Army


Backstage at the Theatre of the Czechoslovak Army where the actors are preparing for a performance, and an extract from the play “War with the Newts” by Pavel Kohout.

CT/Czech Republic 1963 [Czech][03:02]

The Bartered Bride in Mongolia


The State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, presents the opera “The Bartered Bride”.

CT/Czech Republic 1983 [Czech][05:40]

Act one


A program about the entrance auditions at the Theater Institute in Barcelona.

TVC/Spain, 1996 [Spanish][28:00]

Interview with Radu Beligan


Radu Beligan talks about the tournament of the Comedy Theatre in Paris.

TVR/Romania 1965 [Romanian][01:45]

La Divina


Current trends in contemporary Polish theater.

NINA/Poland 2010 [Polish][26:13]

My Theater


Theater actress Halina Winiarska about her life and career.

NINA/Poland 2013 [Polish][11:27]


Eccentric dance


A captivating performance by ballet dancer Česlovas Žebrauskas.

LCVA/Lithuania, 1961 [Music][01:49]

Aliodija Ruzgaitė dances


Ballet dancer Aliodija Ruzgaitė performs choreographic miniatures full of humour and charm.

LCVA/Lithuania, 1961 [Music][03:45]

Interactive online theater


Actor Herbert Fritsch stages “Hamlet” in Berlin as an interactive play, making Berlin’s Volksbühne the first German theater to combine theater with the Internet.

DW/Germany, 2001 [German][04:26]

Forbidden Fruit


Robert Ciulli stages a co-production of the Theater an der Ruhr and the Dramatic Arts Center in Tehran. It is the first Iranian-European co-production in 20 years.

DW/Germany, 2002 [German][24:56]

Theatre for children


A performance of the puppet theatre play “Žogica Marogica”.

RTV SLO/Slovenia, 1963 [Silent][00:44]

15 years of puppets on stage


Puppets, puppeteers and a glimpse of what is happening under the stage.

RTV SLO/Slovenia, 1964 [Silent][00:54]

Save the date: conference in Warsaw, 3-4 December 2015

EUscreenXL announces its annual international conference to be hosted on the 3 and 4 December 2015 at the National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw, Poland.


Content in Motion: Curating Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage

During two eventful days the EUscreen network will involve archivists, curators, broadcasters and researchers to discuss the benefits and challenges arising from the openness of archives and collections in the digital age. The availability of audiovisual heritage online provides new possibilities of curation, participation, exchange and transnational cooperation that not yet have been fully explored.
We invite you to gather in Warsaw to participate in moderated debates, workshops and face to face discussions — and leave with a richer vision of how to create efficient partnerships aimed at forward-looking curation of audiovisual heritage and at a deeper involvement of users.

Mark your calendar now and stay up to date on the must-attend event for media and audiovisual heritage enthusiasts.


More information about the conference will be available on this website in the coming months.





Women’s Rights in Europe

Author: Yashar Dehaghani, Sian Barber

Photo source: Deutsche Welle. All rights reserved.


Enjoy this collection of videos from our archive in honor of tomorrow’s International Women’s Day. They highlight the struggles to achieve equality, both in our past and in the present, and show scenes from the lives of European women; philosophers, businesswomen, artists, politicians, activists, and workers. Feel free to search for more related content on!


Liberty, Work, Education


A congress of socialist women from Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Italy debating gender inequality in Europe.

Luce/Italy 1975 [01:07]

Businesswomen in Spain


Down on the farm. Run by entrepreneurial women.

TVC/Spain 2008 [26:55]

Simone de Beauvoir and feminism


A fascinating interview with Simone de Beauvoir, arguably the most influential feminist philosopher of all time.

INA/France 1975 [05:58]

Feminism in Slovenia


How feminism was studied and taught in the 90’s.

RTV SLO/Slovenia 1998 [03:37]

Feminist art


Zbigniew Libera explores the workz of Ewa Partum, Poland’s first feminist artist.

NINA/Poland 2012 [06:50]

Feminism today


A Kultur.21 segment about the differences between the women’s movement of the 1970s and today.

DW/Germany 2008 [06:07]


Domestic boycott in France


The Women’s Liberation Movement calls for a strike by women against “domestic and sexual chores” to demonstrate against work inequality.

INA/France 1974 [03:07]

Women in the Czech army


Not only wearing uniforms! A film documentary about workplaces for women in the Czechoslovak Army, shot on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 1981.

CT/Czech Republic 1981 [06:22]

Solidarity in the workplace


A report about equal pay in 1960s Britain.

BBC/United Kingdom 1968 [02:38]

Feminism in modern day Poland


A discussion about Poland’s current cultural and social affairs on international women’s day in 2012.

NINA/Poland 2012 [33:48]

Gender anxieties in 1950’s Britain


A visit to a factory canteen to find out workers’ views on working women and women in politics.

BBC/United Kingdom 1959 [01:49]

Women on the home front


Princess Margrethe of Denmark opening the ‘Women on the Home Front’ exhibition.

DR/Denmark 1961 [00:54]

Enjoy the last day of Carnival season with these celebrations from around Europe!

Author: Yashar Dehaghani

Photo source: Institut national de l’audiovisuel. All rights reserved.


It’s the last day of the season for carnivalistic joys and games, and Europe has a rich tradition for carnivals and merriment. We hope you have fun with these short clips from across the continent. Feel free to search for more spectacular celebrations on!


A carnival on roller-skates


It’s carnival season, and some carnivals are more mobile than others.

DR / Denmark 1957 [01:38]

Mardi Gras giant on fire


During the Vierves-sur-Viroin carnival, a Giant is built and then sentenced to be burnt to the delight of the local population.

RTBF/Belgium 1986 [05:06]

Confetti and parades in Italy


A swirl of confetti and parades floats from Taormina to Viareggio.

Luce/Italy 1958 [01:58]

Masks and costumes from Slovenia


Carnival masks and preparation for the Carnival in Cerknica along with traditional carnival masks from Vrbice.

RTV SLO/Slovenia 1996 [03:24]

A literary performance in Romania


A masked performance during carnival.

TVR/Romania 1964 [02:16]

An artist’s ball in Denmark


Artist carnival in the Odd-Fellow mansion in Copenhagen.

DR/Denmark 1951 [00:49]


Chirigota performs in Spain


Performance by one of the “chirigota” groups that sing satirical songs about topics in the news during carnival festivities. In this case, the group sings about the war in Iraq.

TVC/Spain 2003 [01:21]

A candy war in Catalonia


A look at the different ways of celebrating Carnival in Catalonia, such as the dance of the crazy giants in Solsona, the candy war in Vilanova i la Geltrú and the parade in Barcelona.

TVC/Spain 1986 [02:55]

Shrove Tuesday in Austria


A report on the carnival in Sörg in Carinthia.

ORF/Austria 2011 [04:20]

Carnival in Nothing Hill


Picture shows one of the Carnival parades taking part in London’s Notting Hill Carnival which is held every August Bank holiday. It first began in 1964 and has become one of the biggest street festivals in the world.

BBC/United Kingdom 2001

Amazing parade sculptures in Nice


The carnival floats by amidst the cheering crowds at place Masséna in Nice.

INA/France 1950 [00:37]

The truth about carnivals in Germany


This continuing series on clichés about Germans deals this time with Germany’s so-called 5th season, carnival. Michael Wigge asks his countrymen what their attitude towards the merry and crazy tradition is and shows us what kind of costumes people come up with.

DW/Germany 2008 [03:42]

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