MEDIA-funded film il capitale Umano

We all love stories: MEDIA celebrates 25 years at Cannes

This year’s Cannes Film Festival celebrated the 25th anniversary of MEDIA and the best of European cinema with industry events including a European Film Forum conference on 'Financing European works in the digital age'. The line-up included a public workshop co-hosted with the European Film Agency Directors group entitled 'How to foster online distribution of European works across the EU'. A showcase of MEDIA-funded projects ran alongside the festival’s film programme, which this year featured 23 Creative Europe-backed titles including nine in the official competition.

Since it was launched in 1991, the European Union’s MEDIA programme has invested over €2.4 billion in European creativity and cultural diversity, and continues to do so in its new guise as Creative Europe.

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said: “The MEDIA programme has become a quality label for European films. I am proud to see that almost half of the films in competition for the Palme d'Or this year have been supported by MEDIA. It is also constantly adapting to the needs of the sector. In June, we will launch a €121 million guarantee facility for the cultural and creative sectors, expected to generate more than €600 million worth of bank loans.”

Find out more about MEDIA’s 25th anniversary:

  • Follow #MEDIA25 and @MEDIAprogEU 
  • Visit the European Commission website for full details of activities, discussions and events
  • Browse through 30 factsheets for a snapshot of the film industry in each country participating in the MEDIA programme 
  • Watch a series of videos putting the spotlight on producers, actors and distributors from across Europe who have benefitted from the programme.

Image: Il capitale umano (Human Capital), by Paolo Virzì was released in the UK with the support of Creative Europe.