Commissioner Gabriel in Berlin to participate in the #Berlinale International Film Festival supported by €1.7 million in EU funds

| February 11, 2019

This year’s Berlinale film festival and its parallel competitions, Panorama, Generation and Berlinale Special, will feature 24 films co-financed by MEDIA, the EU’s support programme for the European audiovisual industry, with more than €1.7 million.

The five MEDIA-supported films competing this year to win the Golden Bear are Gospod postoi, imeto i’ e Petrunija (God exists, her name is Petrunija) by Teona Strugar Mitevska (Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France); Elisa y Marcela by Isabel Coixet (Spain); Gareth Jones (Mr. Jones) by Agnieszka Holland (Poland/United Kingdom/Ukraine); Ut og stjæle hester (Out Stealing Horses) by Hans Petter Moland (Norway/ Sweden/Denmark) and The kindness of strangers by Lone Scherfig (Denmark / Canada/Sweden/France/Germany). 

A new edition of the European Film Forum will take place at the same time, focusing on subtitling and dubbing as essential components for the circulation of European works. Ahead of her opening speech on Monday 11 February, Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said: “I am very proud that Media-supported movies are again very well represented in the Berlinale International Film Festival. The programme MEDIA has consistently supported cultural and linguistic diversity and has helped develop a ‘European film’ genre that never existed before. It has also contributed to accomplish our policy objectives towards a Digital Single Market. MEDIA is a jewel and we will continue to ensure the programme is fit for the challenges we face ahead”.

The Commissioner will also organise a round table on gender in the future MEDIA programme, where she will discuss with key stakeholders the necessary actions to improve gender balance in the European films production sector. In the margins of the festival, and on the initiative of the German Safer Internet Centre, the Commissioner will visit a German school with the award-winning filmmaker Wim Wenders, to discuss online safety issues with the pupils.

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