EURIMAGES GOES IT ALONE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL.
ACCORDING to Roberto Olla, Executive Director of Eurimages – the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution, exhibition and digitisation of European cinematographic works –, the big news for Cannes 2016 is the brand new Eurimages stand. “Regulars at the Festival will recall that Eurimages has for many years had its own stand within the larger Creative Europe pavilion. Well, this year we’re moving to our very own pavilion in the Village International. As every year, the Eurimages space is the hub for its team to meet with producers, distributors and exhibitors interested in learning more about the support the organization has to offer. On Friday 13 May, Eurimages hosts a Women In The Cinema Industry event for two hours from 5 pm, during which it will announce a new award that will celebrate the talents of women directors. And on Tuesday May 17, the winners and organisers of the annual Eurimages Awards will celebrate with a glass of Crémant, a sparkling wine from the Alsace region of France where the structure’s offices are located. With an annual budget of €25m, Eurimages supports fiction films, animated films and documentaries destined for theatrical release and has been involved in some of Europe’s most successful films, both in commercial terms and in terms of festival honours. “Just to mention a few titles, last year’s surprise success at Cannes, the film Mustang, which the Fund supported, went on to become France’s official entry for the foreign-language film Academy Award,” Olla said. “Another foreign-language Oscar winner, La grande bellezza, was also a film selected for financing by us. Palme d’or winners are also part of our portfolio – including Michael Haneke’s Amour, Blue is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche and most recently Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep. And, of course, we also have 10 new films in the various sections at Cannes this year.” Eurimages is a co-production fund covering 37 European countries. As part of the Council of Europe, it aims to support diversity of offer in European cinema and to encourage co-operation among film professionals across national boundaries. “The films we support are generally auteur works, the kind of films that in many countries are difficult or even impossible to finance on the market,” Olla said. “That said, we’ve also supported many big-name directors, from Joachim Trier to the Dardenne brothers, from Susanne Bier to Paolo Sorrentino.” So why should people come to visit the Pavilion? “Because the Eurimages team are amazingly cuddly… but seriously, if you’re interested in co-production, the Eurimages Pavilion provides great opportunities to meet likeminded colleagues. But we’re also expanding our activities through a new series of awards to experimental and avant-garde projects. So we’d love to meet some cutting-edge filmmakers over a glass of Crémant. And let’s not forget that we always have some of the best goodies on offer in the Village!” Julian Newby
Zeynep Atakan (Zeynofilm) and Roberto Olla (Eurimages).