Thirteen films supported by the European Union's MEDIA programme for cinema will be on the big screen at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival (15-26 May), including seven films in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or

"I am delighted that European films selected for funding from the MEDIA programme are once again in the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival. MEDIA stands for a strong European film industry and for cultural diversity. It will continue to support our most talented film-makers as part of the new Creative Europe programme. Our films have a very strong record in competition at Cannes and I am sure that this year will be no exception," said Androulla Vassiliou.

In addition to the seven films in competition as part of the Official Selection, there are four MEDIA films in the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des réalisateurs), one in Un Certain Regard and one in The Critics' Week (La Semaine de la Critique), which aims to discover new talents. Nine out of the past 12 Palme d'Or winners have received support from the MEDIA programme, including Michael Haneke's Amour last year.

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Read about MEDIA in Cannes 2013 and the European Rendezvous.