News :: MEDIA goes International at Berlin Film Festival
(07/02/2009) The EU's MEDIA 2007 programme for the audiovisual industry participates at the 59th Berlinale (5-15 February) and supports the MEDIA umbrella stand for professionals, the Talent Campus and the European Coproduction Market.
This year's Festival is showing no less than 17 MEDIA-supported films, and 5 of these are in the Films in Competition selection.
The MEDIA Info Day has a particularly international focus, informing professionals how to request financing for international cooperation projects. The current MEDIA International Preparatory Action explores ways of reinforcing cooperation between European and third-country professionals from the audiovisual industry on a basis of mutual benefit. The European Parliament has voted the action a budget of €5 million for 2009, its second year of operation.
This year's Berlinale constitutes the 2009 launch for informing the EU's highly talented audiovisual professionals on how they can cooperate with fellow professionals across the globe within the context of MEDIA International. Indeed, the Commission has already proposed a new "MEDIA Mundus" programme to give greater expression and continuity to this international cooperation.
The Commission has just adopted the MEDIA International work programme for 2009. As a result, a call for proposals is now launched (open : 7 February - closing date : 2 June 2009). Under this call European and third-country professionals can jointly apply for funding for projects in the fields of training, promotion, distribution, cinema networks and new audiences.
A first call for proposals, launched in spring 2008, resulted in some 33 applications. Following its evaluation procedure, the Commission selected 18 proposals to receive overall funding of almost €2 million. MEDIA International is planned to operate for up to three years with a view to paving the way for a broader EU support programme for global cooperation in the audiovisual industry sector, MEDIA MUNDUS, which should enter into force in 2011.
MEDIA International runs in parallel to the existing MEDIA 2007 programme which supports the EU film industry.
The existing MEDIA 2007 programme provides €755 million to Europe's audiovisual industry from 2007-2013, helping European professionals get training and develop, distribute and promote their works around Europe. MEDIA International and MEDIA Mundus have a focus on reinforcing cooperation between European and third-country professionals from the audiovisual industry.
FILMS IN COMPETITION selection
GENERATION 14plus selection