The 2018 edition of the Cannes Film Festival closed its doors last Saturday, honouring once again films co-financed by MEDIA, the EU programme supporting the audiovisual sector.

Collage of EU-supported films honoured at Cannes Film Festival 2018

Three MEDIA supported films were awarded in the main competition.

The Best Director Award (Prix de la mise en scène) was awarded to Pawel Pawlikowski for the film Zimna Wojna/ Cold War (Poland, France, UK). Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times. The film was supported with € 171,839 for its development and distribution.

Lazzaro Felice / Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany) was awarded with Best Screenplay.The film tells the story of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. MEDIA supported the film with € 61,151 funding for its distribution.

The third film awarded was Dogman by Matteo Garrone (Italy, France). Thanks to his interpretation of a gentle dog groomer, Marcello Fonte won the Best Actor Award. The film benefited from an EU distribution support of € 360,000.

Besides the official selection of the main competition, two films supported by MEDIA received honours at Un Certain Regard section: the Un Certain Regard Award was bestowed to Gräns/ Border by Ali Abbasi (Sweden, Denmark) while Donbass by Sergey Loznitsa (Germany) received the Un Certain regard for Best Director. Gräns received €36,674 for its development and distribution across Europe. Donbass (Germany, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Romania), opening film of this section, was supported financially for its develepmont and distribution with € 162,811.

In the parallel selection of Critics' Week, the SACD (Authors' Society) awarded Kona fer í strio/ Woman at war by Benedikt Erlingsson (Island, France, Denmark). The film received € 103, 220  EU funding for its development and distribution.

This year, a total of 18 films screened during the Festival were developed or distributed with the support of the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Since 1991, the European Union has invested more than 2.5 billion euros in European content, creativity and cultural diversity, helping European talents to work together across borders.

On the sidelines of the Festival, the European project to create an online directory of European films has received large support from the audiovisual sector. Further to a roundtable organised in the context of the Cannes festival on 15 May 2018 on this subject, a number of organisations signed a manifesto supporting the project.

More information on the online directory of European films.

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