MEDIA supported films at Locarno Film Festival
Nine films supported by the European Union’s MEDIA programme for cinema will be screened at the 66th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland (7-17 August). Five of the films are in competition and four will be shown in the 8 000 capacity Piazza Grande, one of the world’s largest open-air screens. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for the MEDIA programme, will attend the festival this weekend.
Some 150 000 cinema-goers fans are expected in Locarno over the course of the festival, as well as 3 000 professionals from the film world and nearly 1 000 journalists.
MEDIA has allocated €755 million in funding under the 2007-2013 EU budget. Around half of this sum has supported the distribution of foreign films in the participating countries and 20% has gone to producers and directors developing new film projects.
For more information and the list of MEDIA supported films at Locarno Film Festival: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-763_en.htm