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San Sebastian Film Festival 2021: Four EU-supported films compete for awards

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Four EU-funded films are competing in the 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which began on 17 September. Inventory by Darko Sinko, Prayers for the Stolen by Tatiana Huezo, The Crossing by Florence Miailhe and 107 Mothers by Peter Kerekes are competing within the Official Selection category. The winners of this year's festival will be announced on 25 September during the Festival Closing Gala. The EU supported these works in their development, international coproduction and distribution through the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme.

They have been coproduced by highly international teams, involving countries both within the EU (Czechia, Germany, France, Slovenia and Slovakia) and beyond its borders (Brazil, Mexico, Qatar and Ukraine). These productions will also be featured within the 30 years of MEDIA campaign, which celebrates the EU's continued support to the audiovisual industry. The campaign, besides promoting content, talent and platforms funded throughout the last three decades, highlights the functioning of the industry behind the scenes and the real impact of EU funding. The Festival will also host a livestreamed edition of the European Film Forum on 20 September: ‘The transformation of the European audiovisual ecosystem: towards a more sustainable and digital industry'.

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EU-supported film honoured at the San Sebastian Film Festival

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The winners of the 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival were announced on Saturday 25 September, with a film funded by the EU being awarded.  Noche de Fuego/Prayers for the Stolen by Tatiana Huezo took home the Horizontes award. In total four EU-supported films were competing within the Official Selection of the Festival. The EU supported these highly international works, involving several countries both within the EU and beyond, in their development, international coproduction and distribution through the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme. These and many other productions also feature within the context of the 30 years of MEDIA campaign, which celebrates the EU's continued support to the audiovisual industry throughout the decades, highlighting the work of the industry in front and behind the camera, and the true impact of EU support. The Festival, in association with Creative Europe MEDIA, also hosted a livestreamed edition of the European Film Forum: ‘The transformation of the European audiovisual ecosystem: towards a more sustainable and digital industry'.

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Venice International Film Festival: Three EU-funded films honoured

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The winners of the 78th edition of the Venice International Film Festival were announced on Saturday 11 September. Three EU-funded films were honoured. Il buco by Michelangelo Frammartino, who was competing in the Venezia 78 competition, received the special jury prize. In addition, Peter Kerekes and Ivan Ostrochovský received the Orizzonti award for best screenplay for the film 107 Mothers. The Orizzonti jury also honoured Piseth Chhun with the award for best actor for his role in White Building by Kavich Neang.

In total, six films supported by the European Union were in competition for this edition of the festival in several categories, notably the 'Venezia 78, Orizzonti, Orizzonti Extra and Orizzonti Short Films' competitions. These films have been co-produced by prestigious international teams, involving EU countries (Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden and the Czech Republic) and beyond (Norway, Cambodia, Congo , Lebanon, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Ukraine). In total, the EU has invested more than 290,000 euros, through the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe program, in the development, international co-production and distribution of these works.

These titles will also be presented as part of the “30 Years of MEDIA” campaign, which celebrates Europe's support for the audiovisual industry over decades, highlighting its achievements in front of and behind the camera, and highlighting shed light on the real impact of EU support in the sector. The Festival, in association with Creative Europe MEDIA, also hosted an edition of the European Film Forum on 6 September: 'Behind the scenes of the film industry: for an innovative and resilient industry'.

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Five MEDIA-supported films honoured in 2021 Cannes Film Festival

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Five EU-funded titles have received awards in this 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday (17 July) with a closing ceremony. Titane, by Julia Ducournau, which received EU support for its development, was the big winner of the night, being awarded with the prestigious Palm d'Or. Additionally, Compartment n.6, by Juho Kuosmanen, received the Grand Prix. Lamb, by Valdimar Jóhannsson and Prayers for the Stolen, by Tatiana Huezo, received prizes in the ‘Un certain regard' category. Furthermore, Olga, by Elie Grappe, was awarded at La Semaine de la Critique competition.

A total of 17 MEDIA-supported films were competing for awards in this year's edition of the festival in several categories, including the official competition, ‘Un certain regard', ‘Out of competition', ‘Cannes Premiere' and ‘Special screening', as well as in the festival's parallel competitions: the Directors' Fortnight and La Semaine de la Critique. Overall, the EU invested more than €2.1 million through the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme for the development and international distribution of these seventeen titles. These and many other productions will be featured within the context of the 30 years of MEDIA campaign, which celebrates the EU's continued support to the audiovisual industry throughout the past three decades, highlighting the work of the industry, both in front and behind the camera, and the true impact of EU support in the sector.

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