UK distributors receive over €200,000 to release European films

The second set of results from the MEDIA sub-programme’s Selective Distribution scheme (call reference EACEA/13/2015) has been published, with a total of €5.3million awarded to distributors across Europe to release films from outside their home countries.

Six UK distributors are among those successful, receiving a shared total of €201,300 to release the following European films:

  • Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) – winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016, Fire at Sea is an Italian/French documentary about the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it. Curzon Film World had already released the film on 10 June with a grant of €35,700.
  • Slack Bay (Ma Loute) (France, Belgium, Germany) – a quirky, dark comedy revolving around an investigation into a series of mysterious disappearances on the beaches of northern France. New Wave Films receive €35,700 to support the release of the film in collaboration with MUBI, next March.  
  • United States of Love (Poland, Sweden) – set in Poland in 1990, just as the Soviet bloc is crumbling, Tomasz Wasilewski’s third feature is a visually striking portrait of four unhappy women who decide it’s time to change their lives and fight to fulfil their happiness. Matchbox Films is awarded €22,800 to help with its release on 18 November.
  • The Innocents – at the end of the Second World War in Poland, 1945, a young French Red Cross doctor discovers several nuns in advanced stages of pregnancy and is drawn into their struggles as beliefs and harsh realities clash. Picturehouse Entertainment release the film on 11 November with support of €35,700.
  • Graduation (Bacalaureat) (Romania, France) – looks at the dysfunction of society through the story of a doctor who plays the system to ensure his daughter scores high on her final school marks. Curzon Film World receive €35,700 to release the film on 3 March 2017.
  • The Unknown girl (La fille inconnue) (Belgium, France) – follows Jenny, a young GP, as she sets out to discover the identity of a girl who has been found dead, after earlier refusing to open the doors of her surgery to her. Curzon Film World release the film on 3 December with the help of a €35,700 grant.

Robert Beeson of New Wave Films says: “We are very pleased that with the assistance of this grant we will be able to bring the film to many more screens than would have been the case without the support.”

As for support for British films, Creative Europe invests €863,700 into the release of Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake in 26 other European countries.

Another film receiving a large investment in this round of funding is LUX Prize short-listed film Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade. €647,800 goes towards its release in 28 countries.

Read the full set of results on the EACEA website and find out more information about the Selective Distribution scheme, and its upcoming deadline, on our website.

News about the results from the first deadline of this scheme and an interview with successful beneficiary Kaleidoscope Entertainment are in the news section of our website.  

Image: The Innocents by Anne Fontaine is being released in the UK by Picturehouse Entertainment with the support €35,700 from Creative Europe.