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.
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.