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EU-funded UK movies at Cannes film festival
UK production Sorry we missed you by Ken Loach and co-production (Austria, UK, Germany) Little Joe by Jessica Hausner are among some 20 EU-funded films which will compete for the Cannes festival Palme d'Or this year.
Other EU-funded movies in the main selection are Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain), The Traitor by Marco Bellocchio (Italy), Le Jeune Ahmed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium), and The Whistlers by Corneliu Porumboiu (Roumania, France, Germany). Fourteen other EU-funded movies will be presented in other parts of the festival.
The funding comes from the MEDIA programme which supports the EU film and audiovisual industries in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It enables European films and audiovisual works including feature films, television drama, documentaries and new media to find markets beyond national and European borders. This helps movies – frequently British ones – which are successful nationally to become successful across Europe as well.
In 2018 alone the MEDIA programme awarded £10.6 million to the UK audiovisual sector, of which £5.5 million to support 35 UK companies and 42 UK cinemas in the Europa Cinemas network and £5.2 million to support the distribution of 63 UK films elsewhere in Europe.
MEDIA has invested over £80 million in the United Kingdom between 2007 and 2017.
In the past UK movies such as The King's Speech, Pride, Two Faces of January, The Iron Lady and Paddington have been supported by the MEDIA programme.
During the Cannes festival the European Commission will host again the European Film Forum to celebrate Europe's talent in the film-making industry, but also to discuss the challenges it faces in an era of digital transformation and the steps it could take to come to a better representation of women.
Database of projects funded in the UK