Androulla Vassiliou the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport congratulates all winners of this year Cannes film Festival. MEDIA-funded films have again triumphed at Cannes, with the 2012 Palme d’Or and Jury Prize being awarded to films that were developed and distributed with grants from MEDIA. Austrian director Michael Haneke’s film Amour scooped the Palme d’Or, making Haneke part of the exclusive group of directors whose films have won the prize twice. His haunting film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon) took the Palme d’Or in 2009, and was also MEDIA-funded. In fact, six out of the eight most recent Palme d’Or winning films received MEDIA support, including Ken Loach’s 2006 film The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

Loach claimed another Cannes victory this year with his latest film The Angels’ Share, which was awarded the Prix de Jury. The Angels’ Share is a UK/Italy/France/Belgium co-production that received funding from MEDIA for its distribution across Europe.

Mads Mikkelsen won the award for Best Actor for his role in Thomas Vinterberg’s Jagten (The Hunt), which was supported by MEDIA’s Development, Automatic Distribution and i2i Audiovisual (facilitates access to financing) schemes. In the festival section "Un Certain Regard" an award for Best Actress went to Emilie Dequenne for her performance in À perdre la raison (Loving without reason) directed by Joachim Lafosse, a Belgium/France co-production that has also received MEDIA Distribution and Development support.

There was a total of 18 MEDIA-funded films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, an eclectic mix of work from established directors and newer talent alongside global co-productions.

The full list of winners can be viewed on the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s website.