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Brussels, 23 May 2006

Europe Day at Cannes: Slovenian director Blaž Kutin wins “New Talent” award

In the presence of Culture and Audiovisual Ministers from the EU Member States, the President of the Cannes Festival, cinema professionals and technologists meeting to celebrate Europe Day 2006 at the International Cannes Film Festival, Blaž Kutin, Slovenian scriptwriter and director received yesterday evening the “New talent in the European Union” award from Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

In presenting the award, Commissioner Reding :”This fine example of contemporary European film-making is the work of very talented, sensitive and exceptionally emphatic writer, who is a great observer of life. The Commission places great importance on supporting young European talent such as this”.

Created in 2004, the “New talent in the European Union” award is made for the best script written by an European author under 35 years of age, who benefited from a training funded by the MEDIA programme. This year’s prize winner was chosen by a jury of professional film writers from a shortlist of high quality projects.

Blaž Kutin’s project presented by “Bela Film” is called “Lara”. It tells the story of a woman (Lara) revaluing her life on her 60th birthday while watching her son, a famous pianist giving a gala concert, and looking back at her own unfulfilled ambition of becoming such a pianist. Scriptwriter Blaž Kutin has already written and directed one short film and has several short and feature film projects in development in Slovenia and Croatia.

In addition to supporting the film’s appearance at the Cannes Film Market, the MEDIA programme will contribute 20 000 euros in financial support to Bela Film production company and support in the search for the partners necessary to complete the project.

Europe Day in Cannes began yesterday evening with this Award ceremony and the “montée des marches”, or ceremonial entry of the European Culture and Audiovisual Ministers. Earlier today, the Ministers signed a declaration expressing strong support for measures enhancing the competitiveness of European films, and for their distribution outside of Europe.

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  • The European Film Online Charter will be endorsed by major industry players this

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