7 films supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme will compete in the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, to be held on Sunday March 4, 2018. In the last years, many films supported by the MEDIA programme brought home Oscars, including Amour, La Grande Bellezza, Ida, Son of Saul or Slumdog Millionnaire.

Collage with the 7 MEDIA funded film still competing for Oscars; Creative Europe MEDIA logo and Oscars logo

This year once again the EU funded films are present across the various categories. The MEDIA-supported film Call me by your name directed by Luca Guadagnino is nominated in four categories including "Best Picture" and "Actor in a leading role". Amongst the five EU supported films shortlisted in the "Foreign Language Film" category, two received a nomination: The Square and On Body and Soul (Teströl és lélekröl).

Ruben Östlund’s The Square had its premiere last year at Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or for Best film. MEDIA invested over € 1million for the distribution of the film in 30 countries. The Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul  development and distribution was supported with €700,000.

In the "Animated Feature Film" category, Loving Vincent and The Breadwinner will compete, while Revolting Rhymes is nominated in the "Short Film Animated" category and Faces Places (Visages Villages) is competing for best "Documentary (Feature)" . By its innovative techniques, Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film has being hand-painted by 115 professional oil painters to bring the paintings of Van Gogh to life.

These 7 films, supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme with over  €2.2 millions, account for 10 nominations.

List of MEDIA-supported films nominated to the Oscars 2018:

Background

The Creative Europe MEDIA programme plays a crucial role in supporting Europe's audiovisual sector through the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of films as well as support to training programmes, film festivals, cinema networks or distribution platforms. European Film Forums (stakeholders dialogues) are organised in the framework of film festivals or TV markets. The first European Film Forum in 2018 took place during Berlinale on 19 February with the theme: The future of MEDIA: connecting Europeans through films.