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Development and distribution of works
While it is the responsibility of the Member States to provide assistance for production, the European Union plays an important role in encouraging the creation and distribution of cultural works, particularly in the audiovisual industry.
The MEDIA programme thus supports the development, distribution and
promotion of European audiovisual works, whether fiction (cinema and television),
creative documentaries, animation or multimedia.
Some of the projects in receipt of funding from the eContent programme, the aim of which is to stimulate the digital content market, involve creating audiovisual databases and developing tools to facilitate, for example, searches for information in several languages or the subtitling of audiovisual works. The User-friendly information society programme funds the development of and experimentation in Internet platforms incorporating the management of video data or facilitating collaboration between professionals in the audiovisual industry.
Global standards need to be set for the launch of electronic cinema services
and for the international distribution of European digitised works. A
European Digital Cinema Forum was set up in 2001 to work on drawing up
common standards and also to develop and understand this new market.
Lastly, access to capital is facilitated by the activities of the
European Investment Bank (EIB) group.
|Last update: 02-03-2007|