15 of the 22 Cesars awarded this weekend went to 8 EU Media supported films, among the most successful were Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli. For the 4th consecutive year, the Oscar to Best Foreign Language Film went to a MEDIA supported film, Son of Saul. Another EU co-funded film, Amy, won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

collage with film posters of "Le Petit Prince", "Mustang" and "Marguerite"

EC Vice President Ansip and Commissioner Oettinger said: "We are proud to see these movies recognised at the heart of the EU and on the other side of the Atlantic. We warmly congratulate the winners. We are committed to supporting cultural diversity, excellence and creativity in Europe so that they can shine more brightly in the digital era".

The national film awards of France, the Césars, celebrated this weekend, awarded 8 movies supported with a total of ca. €1.1 million by the Creative Europe –MEDIA programme. These films got 15 out of the 22 awards given on Saturday evening.

  • Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli: 4 awards - Best actress (Catherine Frot), Best Costume Design (Pierre-Jean Laroque), Best Set Decoration (Martin Kurel) and Best Sound (François Musy and Gabriel Hafner).  
  • Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven: 4 awards  - Best First Film, Best Screenplay (Alice Winocour), Best Original Score (Warren Ellis) and Best Editing (Mathilde Van de Moortel).
  • La tête haute by Emmanuelle Bercot: 2 awards - Best Supporting Actor (Benoît Magimel) and Breakthrough Actor (Rob Paradot).
  • Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse by Arnaud Desplechin: 1 award - Best Direction.
  • L'Hermine by Christian Vincent: 1 award - Best Supporting Actress (Sidse Babette Knudsen).
  • Valley of Love by Guillaume Nicloux: 1 award - Best Cinematography (Christophe Offenstein).
  • La loi du marché by Stéphane Brizé: 1 award - Best Actor (Vincent Lindon).
  • The little prince by Mark Osborne: 1 award - Best Animated Feature Film.

The US Academy Awards 88th Ceremony took also place this weekend. EU MEDIA supported with ca. €698.000 the film Son of Saul (by László Nemes) and with ca. €107.000 the film Amy (by Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees). Both movies won the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary respectively.


Cultural and Creative industries in Europe promote our cultural and linguistic diversity, and are an impressive driver of economic growth. Therefore, we support them with the Creative Europe programme, being the MEDIA programme a sub-programme of it. This year the MEDIA programme celebrates its 25th Anniversary having invested €2.4 billion in the audiovisual sector since 1991. In parallel, the European Commission is reviewing the European framework for the copyright and for the audiovisual services in order to adapt them better to the changes carried by the digital transformation.