Berlinale festival to screen 17 films backed by EU MEDIA programme
06.02.2013 For two weeks (7-17 February), the 63rd Berlinale film festival will screen some of the best new European and international films, including 17 (list in annex) supported by the EU's renowned MEDIA programme.
In total, these films have so far received nearly € 1 million from the programme, which aims to boost diversity and competitiveness through its funding for film development, promotion and the distribution of European films outside their country of origin. MEDIA also supports four of the festival's main attractions: the 'Shooting Stars', presenting the 10 hottest young actors in Europe, the Berlinale Talent Campus, Co-Production Market and Berlinale Residency (details below).
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "I am delighted that the Berlinale appreciates these films as much as we do; the festival is a fantastic platform for European film-makers as well as for the MEDIA programme – and long may that continue. The European Union provides significant added value through targeted investment in the audiovisual and cultural sectors, which are important contributors to the economy and jobs. I am confident that our new Creative Europe programme, which encompasses MEDIA and our existing Culture programme, will soon be approved by Member States and the European Parliament. Our proposal envisages a seven-year budget of €1.8 billion for Creative Europe; while this is a relatively small sum in the big picture, it will help the European film industry to respond to the challenges of digitisation and globalisation, while at the same time promoting cultural and linguistic diversity."
This year's 'Shooting Stars' are: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (Denmark), Laura Birn (Finland), Christa Théret (France), Saskia Rosendahl (Germany), Luca Marinelli (Italy), Arta Dobroshi (Kosovo), Ada Condeescu (Romania), Jure Henigman (Slovenia), Nermina Lukač (Sweden) and Carla Juri (Switzerland). They will be take part in a photocall and press conference on Sunday 10 February (12:30, Hotel de Rome, Behrenstraße 37).
An information session on the current MEDIA and future Creative Europe programme, with representatives of the Commission's MEDIA unit and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, will be held on Monday 11 February (11:00, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Potsdamer Platz 3). The European Commission will also host a MEDIA business centre at the festival for film producers, distributors and trainers.
Now in its 16th year, 'Shooting Stars' is an initiative which puts a spotlight on Europe's best young actors. Ten young stars from across Europe are chosen by a panel of experts from a list of potential candidates nominated by the member organisations of the European Film Promotion network, which gathers professional organisations in 36 European countries. Many of the previous winners have gone onto very successful international careers. They include Daniel Craig (Skyfall, Casino Royale), Daniel Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin!, Inglorious Basterds), Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool, Un secret), Maria Bonnevie (The Banishment), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Deep Blue Sea), Moritz Bleibtreu (The Baader Meinhof Complex, Soul Kitchen), Johanna Wokalek (The Baader Meinhof Complex, Pope Joan) and Nina Hoss (Wolfsburg, Barbara). MEDIA has provided € 132 000 in support for European Film Promotion and the Shooting Stars, which is half the project's budget for 2013.
The Berlinale Talent Campus offers training for more than 350 young filmmakers from all over the world, who take part in workshops and master-classes given by leading experts. In the past, it has provided a first step towards an international career for many young directors. The Campus was launched in 2002 by Dieter Kosslick (Director of the Berlinale), Paul Trijbits (executive producer of Jane Eyre, Tamara Drewe) and Klaus Keil (former chief executive of Filmboard/ Medienboard). Collaborators have included the film directors Mike Leigh, Wim Wenders, Jia Zhangke, Anthony Minghella, and the actress Juliette Binoche. MEDIA contributes €300 000 per year to the Talent Campus – equivalent to half of its budget.
The Berlinale Co-production Market presents around 40 film projects each year to potential investors. Around 65% of the projects originate in Europe. MEDIA has supported the market since 2005 and is contributing €105 000 for this year's event.
The Berlinale Residency is an international fellowship programme which enables filmmakers to bring their projects to Berlin for four months starting in September. The Residency has received € 154 000 this year from MEDIA Mundus, the international version of the MEDIA programme.
Overall, the MEDIA programme will contribute a total of €755 million in support of Europe's film industry in 2007-2013, with the aim of improving the distribution and promotion of European films and strengthening the competitiveness of the sector.
The Commission has proposed a budget of €1.8 billion for the new Creative Europe programme (2014-2020); of this, more than €900 million would be allocated to its 'MEDIA' arm.
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Shooting stars: www.shooting-stars.eu