Brussels, 6 December 2013
Vassiliou to present European Film of the Year Award
The European Film Awards annually honour the greatest achievements in European cinema. During this year's ceremony, which takes place in Berlin tomorrow (7 December), Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the most prestigious prize, the European Film of the Year. Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle Du Jour, Potiche) will receive a lifetime achievement award and Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, All About My Mother, The Skin I Live In, I’m So Excited) will be honoured with the European achievement in world cinema award.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Commissioner Vassiliou said: "The line-up of shortlisted films for the awards showcases the European film industry's incredible wealth of talent and creativity. The European Union will continue to support the audiovisual sector through the new Creative Europe programme, which starts in January. Its MEDIA sub-programme will provide funding for the distribution and release of non-national European films, while also supporting film development and training to respond to the challenges of digitisation and globalisation. By helping to finance the sector in this way, the EU also enables film-makers to safeguard and promote Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity."
Some 900 guests – winners, nominees and EFA members – will attend the ceremony, which will be hosted by German comedy star Anke Engelke. Among the European actors taking part will be Karoline Herfurth (The Reader), Carice van Houten (Black Book), Diane Kruger (Troy), Christophe Lambert (Highlander), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, I've Loved You So Long), and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) as well as directors Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) and Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Pina, EFA President), and Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin International Film Festival.
The MEDIA programme has provided funding for all the films nominated this year in the main categories. It has supported the European Film Academy since 1997. Since 1991, MEDIA has invested €1.6 billion in film distribution, development, training and innovation with the aim of increasing the diversity and international competitiveness of the European film and audiovisual industry.
Creative Europe, the new EU programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors, will be launched in January 2014. With a budget of €1.46 billion for the next seven years, a 9% increase on current levels, it will provide grants to support film distribution, development and training, as well as launching a new loan guarantee fund aimed at making it easier for small businesses in the cultural and creative sectors to access finance.
Creative Europe builds on the experience and success of the Culture and MEDIA programmes, which have supported the cultural and audiovisual sectors for more than 20 years. The new programme includes a MEDIA sub-programme, which will provide funding for the cinema and audiovisual sector, and a Culture sub-programme, supporting performing and visual arts, heritage and other areas. A new cross-sector strand will support policy cooperation, transversal measures and the new financial guarantee facility, which will be operational from 2016. For more details, see IP/13/1114, MEMO/13/1009 and MEMO/13/1091.
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