Photo: Ken Loach with Paul Laverty and Rebecca O'Brien at the Cannes award cermemony. (c) Valéry Hache/AFP

Awards for 11 Creative Europe-funded films in Cannes

Of the 23 Creative Europe-supported films screening at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, 11 have taken home prizes.

The festival's most prestigious award, the Palme d'Or, went to British director Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake. To date, the film has received close to €100,000 from Creative Europe to support its development and distribution, including as part of a Slate development grant awarded to UK production company Sixteen Films in 2015.

I, Daniel Blake is Ken Loach's second Palme d'Or-winning title, and the fifteenth MEDIA-backed winner of Cannes' top prize since 1991.

It was also a successful night for Creative Europe films across the rest of Europe, with the following supported films taking home prizes:

  • The Best Director award was shared by Romanian former Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu for Graduation (Baccalauréat) and French director Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper.
  • At the Director's Fortnight The Aquatic Effect (L’Effet aquatique), by Sólveig Anspach won the SACD Prize while Wolf and Sheep, by Shahrbanoo Sadat took home the Art Cinema Award.
  • The Grand Prix Nespresso went to Spanish/Moroccon/French co-production, Olivier Laxe's Mimosas in the Semaine de la Critique competition.

Creative Europe films also claimed various independent awards linked to the festival including:

  • The FIPRESCI prize for Toni Erdmann, by Maren Ade in the official competition and Grave, by Julia Ducourna in the Semaine de la Critique competition.
  • The Special Mention of the Oecumenical Prize went to Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake, while both Cannes soundtrack awards went to Ma Loute, by Bruno Dumont, and The Neon Demon, by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Altogether, €531,000 has been invested in the 11 films awarded in Cannes events. Take a look at the European Commission website for more information.

Photo: The Sixteen Films team - Ken Loach with screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O'Brien at the Cannes award ceremony. (c) Valéry Hache/AFP