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European Commission - Press release

'Creative Europe' at Berlinale Film Festival

Brussels 9 February - Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the Commission's proposal for the new 'Creative Europe' programme at the Berlinale International Film Festival on 11/12 February. The Commission has proposed a budget of €1.8 billion over the 2014-2020 period for Creative Europe; of this, more than €900 million would be allocated to its 'MEDIA' arm, which supports the European film industry and the audiovisual sector.

"Europe can provide significant added value through targeted investment in the audiovisual and cultural sectors, which are important contributors to growth and jobs. Creative Europe will help the European film industry to respond to the challenges of digitisation and globalisation, while at the same time helping us to safeguard and promote Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity," commented Commissioner Vassiliou.

For two weeks (9-19 February), the 62nd Berlinale film festival will screen some of the best current European and international films, including 18 European films supported by the MEDIA programme (see list in annex); in total they have received more than €1.6 million, mainly for film development and distribution throughout Europe .

The European Commission will have a MEDIA area at the festival, hosting around 175 professionals including producers, distributors and trainers. In addition, the Commission is supporting four specific aspects of the Berlinale:

  • 'Shooting Stars' is an initiative which aims to promote new acting talent. Ten actors from across Europe are chosen by a panel of experts from potential candidates nominated by the member organisations of the European Film Promotion (EFP) body. The 10 stars of tomorrow are presented to the industry, press and public at the festival, and this is often the launch-pad for an international career.This year's Shooting Stars are: Bill Skarsgård (Sweden), Ana Ularu (Romania), Anna Maria Mühe (Germany), Adèle Haenel (France), Isabella Ragonese (Italy), Riz Ahmed (United Kingdom), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Ireland), Jakub Gierszal (Poland), Hilmar Gudjónsson (Iceland), and Max Hubacher (Switzerland).

  • Previous 'Shooting Stars' include Daniel Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin!, Inglorious Basterds), Daniel Craig (Layer Cake, Casino Royale), Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool, Un secret), Maria Bonnevie (The Banishment), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Whistleblower),  Moritz Bleibtreu (The Baader Meinhof Complex, Soul Kitchen), Johanna Wokalek (The Baader Meinhof Complex) and Nina Hoss (Wolfsburg, Yella). MEDIA provides financing for 'Shooting Stars' through support for European Film Promotion, which received €500,000 in 2012 (50% of its total budget).

  • The Berlinale Co-production Market, which presents around 40 film projects each year to potential investors. Around 65% of the projects originate in Europe. MEDIA has supported the market since 2005 and contributed €105 000 for the 2012 event.

    • The Berlinale Talent Campus is a training event for more than 350 young filmmakers from all over the world, who participate in workshops and master classes given by leading experts in various fields. In the past, it has given many young directors a first step towards an international career. The Campus was launched in 2002 by Dieter Kosslick (Director of the Berlinale), Paul Trijbits (executive producer of Jane Eyre, Tamara Drewe) and Klaus Keil (former chief executive of Filmboard/ Medienboard). Collaborators have included the film directors Mike Leigh (this year's head of the international jury), Wim Wenders, Jia Zhangke, Anthony Mingella, and the actress Juliette Binoche. MEDIA contributes €300,000 per year, which is half of the event budget.

    • The Berlinale Residency is an international fellowship programme which enables six filmmakers to bring their projects to Berlin for four months starting in September. It is supported through MEDIA Mundus, the international version of the MEDIA programme.

    Overall, the MEDIA programme is contributing €755 million to support Europe's film industry from 2007-2013, with a focus on improving the distribution and promotion of European films and strengthening the competitiveness of the sector.

    To find out more:

    Androulla Vassiliou's website

    Twitter @VassiliouEU


    1. Films supported by the MEDIA Programme at 2012 Berlin Film Festival

    Bel Ami by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod (UK, Out of Competition)

    A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affære) by Nikolaj Arcel (DA/CZ/DE/SE, Competition)

    Dictado (Childish Games) by Antonio Chavarrías (ES, Competition)

    L´enfant d´en haut (Sister) by Ursula Meier (CH/FR, Competition)

    Metéora by Spiros Stathoulopoulos (DE/GR, Competition)

    Shadow Dancer by James Marsh (UK/IE, Competition)

    Tabu by Miguel Gomes (PT/DE/BRA/FR, Competition)

    Canned Dreams by Katja Gauriloff (FI, Culinary Cinema)

    Comme un chef (The Chef) by Daniel Cohen (FR, Culinary Cinema)

    Elles by Malgoska Szumowska (FR/PL/DE, Panorama Special)

    I, Anna by Barnaby Southcombe (UK/DE/FR, Panorama Special)

    Iron Sky by Timo Vuorensola (FI/NL/AT/DE, Panorama)

    Isdraken (The Ice Dragon) by Martin Högdahl (SE, Generation K Plus)

    Kronjuvelerna (The Crown Jewels) by Ella Lemhagen (SE, Generation 14 Plus)

    Lotte ja kuukivi saladus (Lotte and the Moonstone Secret) by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits (EE/LV, Generation K Plus)

    Patatje Oorlog (Taking Chances) by Nicole van Kilsdonk (NL, Generation K Plus)

    The Story of Film: An Odyssey by Mark Cousins (UK, Berlinale Special)

    Man for a Day by Katrina Peters (DE, Perspektive Deutsches Kino)

    The Berlinale selections cover many different cinema genres; these include 'Culinary Cinema', which focuses on films about food and the environment; the 'Panorama Special' programme features new films by renowned directors, debut films and new discoveries; The 'Generation' films are targeted at younger audiences (K Plus for children and 14 Plus for teenagers). Perspektive Deutsches Kino fosters new directorial talents in Germany.

    2. Films supported by the MEDIA Programme which have previously won awards at the Berlin Film Festival


    Silver Bear - Best Actor


    Bertrand Tavernier


    Golden Bear

    In This World

    Michael Winterbottom


    Silver Bear - Best Director

    Sophie Scholl - The final days

    Marc Rothemund


    Golden Bear

    Gegen Die Wand

    Fatih Akin


    Silver Bear - Best Director

    The Road to Guantanamo

    Michael Winterbottom


    Silver Bear - Best Actress


    Sandra Hüller


    Silver Bear - Best Actor

    The Elementary Particles

    Moritz Bleibtreu


    Crystal Bear - Best Feature

    Drømmen - the Dream

    Niels Arden Oplev


    Silver Bear - Best Actress


    Nina Hoss


    Silver Bear - Best Director

    The Ghostwriter

    Roman Polanski


    Jury's Grand Prix

    The Turin Horse

    Bélan Tarr


    Best First Feature

    The Guard

    John Michael McDonagh

    3. Successful German films supported by the MEDIA Programme

    Good Bye, Lenin (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)

    2003 Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, European Film Awards

    2003 Blauer Engel for Best European Film, Berlin Film Festival

    2004 Best Foreign Film, César Awards

    Gegen Die Wand/Head on (Fatih Akin)

    2004 Golden Bear, Berlinale International Film Festival

    2004 Public Choice Award, European Film Awards

    Die Geschichte Vom Weinenden Kamel/The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, 2003)

    2005 Best Director – Documentary, Directors Guild of America Awards

    2005 Nomination for Best Documentary, Academy Awards

    Das Leben Der Anderen/The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

    2006 Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Award

    2006 Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenwriter, European Film Awards

    2008 Best Foreign Film, César Awards

    Auf Der Anderen Seite/ The edge of heaven (Fatih Akin)

    2007 Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival

    2007 Best Screenplay, European Film Awards

    2007 European Parliament Lux Prize

    2007 German nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards

    Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin)

    2009 Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival

    Das Weisse Band/The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

    2009 Palm d'Or, Cannes Film Festival

    2009 Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, European Film Awards

    2009 German nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Award

    Pina (Wim Wenders, 2011)

    2012 Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards

    2011 Best Documentary, European Film Awards

    Contacts :

    Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58), Twitter: @DennisAbbott

    Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

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