European Cinema Audiences (2018-2021)

European Cinema Audiences (2018-2021)

We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘European Cinema Audiences’ (2018-2021), a new AHRC-funded comparative study of European cinema cultures and audiences in post-WOII period. More information about the project is available on our website at and you can follow updates on Facebook and Twitter @CinemaAudiences.

The project is led by Daniela Treveri Gennari (Oxford Brookes University), Lies Van de Vijver (Ghent University) and Pierluigi Ercole (De Montfort University), with  the support of Memoro, The Digital Humanities Institute and a vast range of cultural stakeholders from across Europe’s cinema heritage institutions in Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany. The project has four core objectives:

1    Digital Archive:

To develop a deeper understanding of cinema audiences in the 1950s in 7 European mid-sized cities by creating a digital archive of cinemagoing material collected from public archives.

2    Movie Preferences:

To investigate cinemagoing preference across Europe, and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural specificities of diverse communities by collecting & analyzing  film programming data.

3    Shared Memories: 

To engage different generations of audiences to foster participation with the digital archive on European cinema audiences & cultures.

4    Entangled Histories:

To contribute to the transnational and comparative history of European film programming, exhibition and reception.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at if you have any queries or questions about the project.

Kind regards,

Daniela Treveri Gennari, Lies Van de Vijver & Pierluigi Ercole