Navigation path

Left navigation

Additional tools

IP/09/1334

Brussels, 18 September 2009

Europe's cinema goes global: 40 international film cooperation projects benefit from EU support of €5 million

Today, the European Commission announced €5 million of funding for 2009 to strengthen cultural and commercial relations between Europe's film industry and film-makers of third countries. The EU funding will enable European film makers, animators and other audiovisual professionals to learn new skills, and promote the industry, by cooperating with professionals outside Europe, and vice-versa. 40 projects will benefit from EU funding. They include joint training, reciprocal promotion, distribution and film screenings and other actions to encourage audiences in Europe and abroad to discover foreign films. The funding takes place under MEDIA International, an initiative for EU funding of international film cooperation started in 2008. Compared to 2008, this year's funding and number of selected projects have more than doubled (last year, 18 projects were funded by the EU with €2 million, IP/08/1273 ). This was made possible thanks to last December's vote by the European Parliament to increase the budget for international cooperation in the film sector.

"Europe has an exciting, culturally diverse and innovative film sector which is eager to share its knowledge with audiovisual professionals from other parts of the world and at the same time to learn from them, taking into account other cultural backgrounds and experiences" said Viviane Reding, EU Media Commissioner. " The €5 million announced today for project funding demonstrates the EU's enhanced commitment to boosting Europe's audiovisual industries internationally. I am particularly grateful to the European Parliament for its decisions which have highlighted the importance of cross-border cooperation and cultural diversity for the film sector in Europe and in our partner countries. "

To strengthen the global outreach of Europe's film sector, the European Commission announced today the 40 projects selected out of the 95 applications for funding under MEDIA International, an EU funding action that is running over three years (2008-2010). The European Parliament voted last December an enhanced budget of €5 million for 2009. Today's announcement is the start of intensified EU efforts to increase consumer choice by bringing more diverse films to European and international markets and create new business opportunities for audiovisual professionals from Europe and around the globe.

A total of 23 training projects will be funded, partnering European and global professionals to deepen understanding of the operating conditions, legal frameworks, and financing of the audiovisual markets abroad. For example, the Babylon International project will organise workshops in cooperation with West-African countries.

Ten projects that help audiovisual works to access international markets and promote their chances for distribution have also been funded. The Producers Lab Toronto will build on its strong links with the Toronto International Film Festival to create new in-roads for up-and-coming European and Canadian producers with strong projects targeted for international co-production.

The EU is also supporting 4 projects on the distribution of European films in third countries and vice-versa. In particular Ventana Sur is opening up a major new film market for Latin-American productions in Buenos Aires thanks to cooperation between the Argentinean Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales and the Cannes International Film Market.

Furthermore, the EU is also supporting Europa Cinemas , a network of 342 cinemas in Europe and 183 in third countries for the screening of European, Mediterranean, Asian and Latin-American films.

Finally, MEDIA International will support 2 projects aiming at increasing the potential audience for foreign films. One of them, called Operation Kino, will use a travelling digital projector to bring European and International films to cinema-deprived areas.

Background:

The MEDIA International preparatory action was agreed by the EU institutions in 2007 to pave the way for the new MEDIA MUNDUS programme. This new EU programme for international film cooperation will run from 2011-2013 and provide €15 million of funding to capitalise on growing interest and the opportunities offered by global cooperation of the EU audiovisual industry ( IP/09/26 ).

Within Europe, the existing MEDIA 2007 programme will provide €755 million to Europe's audiovisual industry from 2007-2013, helping European professionals get training and develop, distribute and promote their works around Europe ( IP/07/169 ).

Over the past years several MEDIA-funded films produced in Europe have proven the investment worth winning prestigious awards including, at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or ( Entre Les Murs, France ), the Grand Prix du Jury ( Gomorra, Italy ) ( IP/08/8 00 ) as well as Oscars for The Counterfeiters ( Die Fälscher/Austria-Germany ), La Vie en Rose ( La Môme/France ) ( IP/08/298 ) and most recently Slumdog Millionaire (UK) ( IP/09/284 ).

List of projects supported so far under MEDIA International:

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media/overview/international/projects/index_en.htm

On MEDIA MUNDUS:

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media/mundus/index_en.htm

RESULTS OF 2 nd CALL MEDIA INTERNATIONAL

PREPARATORY ACTION 2009

List of selected projects Lot 1 – Training

Acronyme

Coordinator

Partners in third countries

Allocated Community Support

01.2.01

DCM ASIA-PACIFIC

Documentary Campus

GER

n.a.

50.000

01.2.02

ACE-IPA 2

ACE

F

n.a

35.600

01.2.03

S&P International

MG LAB Italia

IT

n.a

25.000

01.2.04

EURODOC International

EURODOC

F

n.a.

60.000

01.2.06

EAVE FFF

EAVE

LUX

n.a.

16.352

01.2.08

MEGA PLUS

Fundacion Cultural Media

ES

n.a.

30.000

01.3.01

STC 2010

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

GER

Bosnia

20.000

01.3.02

AJ B-CAMPUS

ACE Ateliers du Cinéma Européen

F

Japan

60.439

01.3.04

TFL/DIFF/EAVE Dvpt and Co-prod workshops

Museo Nazionale del Cinema-Fondazione Maria Adriana Prolo

IT

Dubai

120.000

01.3.05

BB

Huston School of Film

IRL

Tunisia, Burkina Faso

100.000

01.3.08

Ties that bind-EAVE Asia

FVG Film Commission

IT

Korea

120.000

01.3.09

CARTOON CONNECTION 2010

Association Européenne du Film d'Animation - CARTOON

BE

Argentina, Australia, Korea

300.000

01.3.10

CSF

Confédération internationale des cinémas d'art et d'essai

F

Chile, Venezuela

110.000

01.3.13

ESoDoc INDIA

Zelig Soc. Coop

IT

India

110.000

01.3.14

Greenhouse

Zebra Producciones

ES

Israel, Turkey

180.000

01.3.16

BDC

AGITPROP

BG

Kosovo, Macedonia

25.000

01.3.19

Co-Pro Europe/

Canada

Erich Pommer Institut

GER

Canada

150.000

01.3.21

EAVE Latin America

EAVE

LUX

Argentina

140.000

01.3.31

Babylon International

Scripthouse

GER

Nigeria

100.000

01.3.32

Tareula II

EGEDA

ES

Brazil, Uruguay

80.000

01.3.37

Dragon Forum 2010

Arkana Studio

PL

Ukraine

36.318

01.3.39

Traineastfilm

Romanian Film Sector Association

RO

Moldavia, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia

90.000

01.3.40

FBS-LA 2010

Fundacion Cultural Media

ES

Brazil

80.000

TOTAL

2.038.709

List of selected projects Lot 2 - Promotion

Acronyme

Coordinator

Partners in third countries

Allocated Community Support

02.01

SCS

Art Fest

BG

Bosnia

75.000

02.02

Collab

Stichting Filmfestival Rotterdam

NL

Argentina

25.000

02.04

AIM VALDIVIA

ACE Ateliers du Cinéma Européen

F

Chile

70.000

02.05

CE

Warszawska Fundacja Filmova

PL

Russia

89.925

02.06

Paris Project 2010

Paris Cinema International Film Festival

F

Korea

50.000

02.08

Producers Lab Toronto

European Film Promotion

GER

Canada

47.600

02.10

ASD

Images du Réel

F

Hong Kong

110.000

02.11

ES/D/DF

European Documentary Network

DK

China

100.000

02.14

WDE

Foundation International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam

NL

Canada

70.000

02.19

BE'E

MTÜ BE


EE

Russia

50.000

TOTAL

 

 

687.525

List of selected projects Lot 3 - Distribution

Acronyme

Coordinator

Partners in third countries

Allocated Community Support

03.02

Bridges Europe/Turquey

European Film Promotion

GER

Turkey

60.650

03.05

X2

Celluloid Dreams

F

USA, Japan

700.000

03.08

Ventana Sur

Association française du Festival International du Film

F

Argentina

250.000

03.10

DOMLA

Planeta Med

ES

Chile, Uruguay

55.000

TOTAL

 

 

1.065.650

List of selected project Lot 4 - Screening

Acronyme

Coordinator

Partners in third countries

Allocated Community Support

04.01

Europa Cinemas International

Europa Cinemas

F

382 EUR cinemas + 183 third country cinemas

900.000

TOTAL

900.000

Cinemas from third countries covered by Europa Cinemas International

Country

Number of cinemas

Number of screens

India

8

36

Malaysia

8

82

Singapore

14

114

Japan

15

49

South Korea

15

83

Mexico

19

53

Costa Rica

1

2

Argentina

22

42

Brazil

28

90

Chile

2

3

Colombia

19

37

Ecuador

2

4

Peru

1

1

Venezuela

10

15

Palestinian Territories

1

2

Algeria

1

1

Egypt

3

27

Israel

3

11

Lebanon

5

23

Morocco

3

4

Syria

1

4

Tunisia

2

3

Total

183

686

List of selected projects Lot 5 - Audiences

Acronyme

Coordinator

Partners in third countries

Allocated Community Support

05.01

OK

Asociatia Pentru Promovarea Filmului Romanesc

RO

Bosnia, Turkey

140.000

05.05

CinELmotion

EAVI

B

Argentina, Uruguay

128.116

TOTAL

268.116


Side Bar

My account

Manage your searches and email notifications


Help us improve our website