Magazine article Screen International

EU Backs EFP's First Russia Push

Magazine article Screen International

EU Backs EFP's First Russia Push

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European Film Promotion will make its first foray into the Russian market with a European film event in Moscow this autumn.

The European Union's MEDIA Programme is set to support European Film Promotion's (EFP) plan to make its first foray into the Russian market with a European film event in Moscow this autumn.

The Programme's Evaluation Committee has recommended $77,000 ([euro]59,000) support for this event which would present around 12 European feature films over a six-day period at Moscow's 35mm Cinema, the first Russian member of the Europa Cinemas network.

The screenings would bring the films' sales agents together with prospective Russian distributors, and the initiative - which will be supported by EFP's newest member, the Russian Cinema Fund - aims to build awareness of European cinema for Russian audiences.

The largest single sum of $224,000 ([euro]175,000) has been recommended by the committee for the 26th European Film Awards which are to be held this year in Berlin on December 7.

MEDIA funding for CineLink

Almost $157,000 ([euro]123,000) may be paid out to Sarajevo's CineLink co-production market, although the committee noted that this selection will be "pending the formalisation of the participation of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the MEDIA Programme".

If this funding goes through, this would be the first time that CineLink has received direct support from MEDIA.

Previously, the market had been a partner with the Sofia Meetings in the Sofia CineLinks Sarajevo initiative which had been backed by MEDIA International, the predecessor of MEDIA Mundus, in 2009 and 2010.

Other events recommended for funding with almost $1.2m ([euro]1m) to promote market access include Locarno's Industry Days, London-based Good Pitch Europe, Rome's Business Street and the New Cinema Network and the Galway Film Fair.

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Participants included producers Pascal Judelewicz, Anneli Ahven, Jean de Forets, Ivo Felt, Tudor Giurgiu and festival representatives from Cannes, Locarno, Cottbus, Warsaw, San Sebastian, Bratislava, Cluj and Belgrade.

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