MEDIA Mundus - first results announced at Berlin Film Festival

The first 34 projects funded under the new MEDIA Mundusfunding programme - a worldwide co-operation and exchange initiative for the film industry - were announced by Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the opening of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. Commissioner Vassiliou, who is responsible for DG Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, said: 'I'm delighted to officially launch the first MEDIA Mundus projects at the Berlinale. Our funding will encourage international co-productions, boost worldwide distribution and make the industry more competitive. This means that cinemas will be able to screen more diverse programmes and offer audiences more choice.'

MEDIA Mundus has a budget of €15 million over 3 years (2011-13) and will fund projects aimed at encouraging mobility and exchanges between European filmmakers and their counterparts around the world. The aim is to improve access to international markets and to strengthen the distribution of European films in non-European markets and vice versa.

The film landscape has changed significantly over the past two decades, notably due to the impact of technological developments such as multichannel digital television, digital cinema projection and video on demand. In some markets - Latin America for instance - this has generated strong financial growth, which in turn triggers greater demand.

The 34 projects selected for support from MEDIA Mundus will help to overcome structural weaknesses in the distribution of European films, including under-investment and market fragmentation. Among the 34 projects which have received funding are:

  • Eave Puentes 2011, which will strengthen artistic and commercial co-operation between Europe and Latin America. Workshops will be organised to encourage European and Latin American producers to jointly develop film projects
  • Festival Scope, which uses a website to list the programmes of film festivals worldwide. In collaboration with the website, this year's Melbourne International Film Festival(21 July-7 August 2011) will for the first time feature a dedicated slot for European films
  • Trans Atlantic Partners 2011, the Erich Pommer Institut's training and networking programme for independent film producers from Europe, Canada and the US.

The full list of supported projects is available within the European Commission's press release.

The European Commission will launch a second call for applications for MEDIA Mundus funding before summer 2011.

Publication date: 17 Feb 2011

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