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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).

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