The Commission has launched a film contest to promote Europe's unique diversity of films, TV programmes and video games to young Europeans.

Participants are asked to recognise 25 films and other audiovisual works that received support from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. There is also a subsidiary question in order to choose the 10 most successful participants. These 10 contestants will win a trip to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, travel and accommodation included (23-24 May). The lucky winners will receive a festival accreditation, will have the chance to learn about the European audiovisual industry directly from professionals and will attend a screening of a film selected as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.The questions are based on this video prepared for the 25th anniversary of the MEDIA programme, celebrated last year.

The EU Film Contest aims to increase awareness of the success of European audiovisual works and wants to contribute to film literacy among young people. The contest is part of the MEDIA programme, which provides funding for the development and the circulation of European films as well as support to film festivals, cinema networks and distribution platforms.

Who can take part?        

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old from countries where the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme is active. People working in EU institutions or in the film industry are not eligible, therefore mentioning the occupation or field of study is compulsory to participate. However, they are encouraged to spread the word and promote the contest to their networks (more details on the contest page, see Terms and conditions).


  • Launch: 17 January2017
  • Deadline for participation: 17 March 2017, midnight CET
  • Announcement of the winners: end March 2017

How to take part

Go to the EU film contest website

About the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme

The MEDIA Programme (abbreviation from French: Mesures pour l'encouragement et le développement de l'industrie audiovisuelle) was launched in 1991 to encourage collaboration between film and television professionals across Europe and strengthen Europe's audiovisual industry. Since its launch, the EU's MEDIA programme, which is now part of the EU's Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors, has supported the continuous transformation of the audiovisual industry and promoted creative collaboration across borders. It has invested over €2.4 billion in European content, creativity and cultural diversity, helped in the development of thousands of films, their international distribution and promotion. It has forged links between professionals and provided high quality training for thousands of producers, directors and screenwriters.