About 35 film-related projects are to receive a total of five million euro in funding from the MEDIA Mundus programme – the European Union's international cooperation and exchange programme for the audiovisual industry.
The projects will help to strengthen the distribution of European films in non-European markets and vice-versa.
"Everyone loves to see good films in the cinema and on TV. MEDIA Mundus – the global version of our successful MEDIA programme – encourages international co-productions, boosts worldwide distribution and makes the audiovisual industry more competitive. The idea is to give audiences more choice and the chance to see films made all over the world," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
Among the 35 projects selected for co-funding is Docstories, a training workshop which aims to develop creative documentary projects and innovative non-fiction programmes in the Black Sea region: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Armenia. Docstories will also create a network to encourage the circulation of documentaries and exchange of best practices.