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MEDIA in the UK 2008

Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, received MEDIA Selective Scheme funding in 2008 Š Celador Films Ltd / Channel 4 Television Corporation


Contents

Looking For Eric,

Hunger,

directed by Ken Loach, received MEDIA Automatic Scheme funding in 2008

directed by Steve McQueen, received MEDIA Automatic Scheme funding in 2008

Foreword Introduction

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Distribution and exhibition Theatrical distribution Online distribution Exhibition

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Production companies Development i2i Audiovisual TV Broadcasting Interactive and games

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Skills development Film students Professional training

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Promotion and festivals Film festivals Access to Markets Promotional events Film Sales Support

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Beyond Europe

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Foreword

With this publication MEDIA Desk UK celebrates the success of UK companies, films, and the talent behind them in accessing support from the European Union’s MEDIA Programme in 2008. 2008 marks another €14 million of solid investment from Europe into UK companies and UK films. In total 149 UK companies were supported to the level of €8 million. The beneficiaries are producers, operators in interactive and new media, distributors, sales agents, VoD operators, film schools, professional training providers, and organisers of festivals and promotional events.

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For the first time Film London’s Production Finance Market joins the family of MEDIA-funded European industry events, while four UK Screen Academies deliver international training programmes with fellow films schools in Europe. A further €6 million was invested in the European distribution of 39 UK films. These include Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric. MEDIA once again played its role in bringing European films into the UK – a traditionally difficult market for foreign language films. 2008 was a good year for European releases

with Gomorrah, The Class and Waltz with Bashir enjoying major box office success for their MEDIA-supported UK releases. In 2008 MEDIA Desk UK assisted over 200 applicants in their efforts to obtain MEDIA funding and we proudly congratulate the successful companies for their contribution to building a strong, competitive European audiovisual industry. Agnieszka Moody Director, MEDIA Desk UK


Introduction

A total of 17 films selected for the Cannes International Film Festival in 2009 were supported by MEDIA in 2008, sharing over €3 million between them. They ranged from works by Europe’s finest established directors, including Pedro Almodóvar (Broken Embraces), Ken Loach (Looking for Eric) and Marco Bellocchio (Vincere), to works by new, emerging talent such as Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) and Gaspar Noé (Irreversible and Enter the Void). The Palme d’Or went to Michael Haneke for his feature film White Ribbon, making 2009 the fifth consecutive year that a MEDIAsupported film received this award (The Class won it in 2008, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in 2007, The Wind that Shakes the Barley in 2006, and The Child in 2005). But MEDIA is not only about the glamour of the red carpet at Cannes. It invests in professional training and supports the development and international distribution of various categories of audiovisual projects, including creative documentary and animation. MEDIA also increases audiences for European film by supporting festivals and investing in the development of digital technologies that enable new ways of accessing content. The MEDIA Programme has been supporting the European audiovisual industry for nearly twenty years. Now, with an expanded remit for collaboration outside Europe, it continues to further enhance the position of European screen industries worldwide.

(Left to right) Kierston Wareing, Harry Treadaway, Michael Fassbender and director Andrea Arnold at the premiere of MEDIA-funded Fish Tank during the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival (Photo by Michael Buckner at Getty Images)

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Distribution and exhibition

Theatrical distribution

Film

Award (€)

Becoming Jane

3,000

Happy-Go-Lucky

MEDIA devotes more than half of its annual €100 million budget to helping European films secure international release. This is achieved through three funding schemes: Selective, Automatic and Sales Agents. UK films funded through the Selective Scheme In 2008, several UK films had their European releases boosted by the MEDIA Selective Scheme. This resulted in a greater number of prints, more generous marketing campaigns and ultimately larger audiences. The Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire received €636,500 for distribution in 16 territories, and Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky received €581,000 for distribution in 19 territories.

581,000

My Enemy's Enemy

12,000

Slumdog Millionaire

636,500

The Broken

186,000 1,418,500

€1,418,500 Total MEDIA Selective Scheme funding awarded to UK films in 2008

Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, received MEDIA Selective Scheme funding in 2008 © Celador Films Ltd / Channel 4 Television Corporation

The Broken, directed by Sean Ellis, received MEDIA Selective Scheme funding in 2008

Happy-Go-Lucky directed by Mike Leigh, received MEDIA Selective Scheme funding in 2008

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UK distributors funded through the Selective Scheme UK distributors brought a range of European films to British screens with MEDIA funding that totalled €817,000. 2008 was a particularly successful year, with MEDIA-supported films including The Class, Gomorrah, Waltz with Bashir and Il Divo achieving considerable box office results.

Distribution company

Film

Award (€)

UK box office revenue to date (£)

Artificial Eye

Birdwatchers

50,000

2009 release

Il Divo

55,000

354,295

Mid-August Lunch

25,000

2009 release

O’Horten

40,000

46,738

Revanche

25,000

2009 release

The Class Waltz with Bashir

Gomorrah, directed by Matteo Garrone, received MEDIA Selective Scheme funding in 2008

879,508 703,760 Release TBC

Atlantic Film Distributors

Involuntary

19,000

ICA Films

Delta

10,000

6,281

Metrodome Distribution

The First Day of the Rest of your Life

77,000

2009 release

New Wave Films

The Christmas Tale

50,000

64,352

Lorna's Silence

40,000

35,420

Tricks

20,000

2009 release

Gomorrah

75,000

944,511

Waltz with Bashir, directed by Ari Folman, received MEDIA Selective Scheme funding in 2008

75,000 125,000

Optimum Releasing

Paris Revolver Entertainment

Just Another Love Story

Soda Pictures

Home

70,00

144,396

25,000

2009 release

36,000

2009 release

817,000

3,179,261

€817,000 Total MEDIA Selective Scheme funding awarded to UK distributors in 2008

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Distribution and exhibition

UK films funded through the Automatic Scheme The MEDIA Automatic Scheme rewards distributors for the box office success of non-national* European films. Recipients can use funding from this scheme to invest in minimum guarantees or to subsidise the release costs of new non-national acquisitions. 34 UK films shared a total of €4,633,044 from the 2008 MEDIA Automatic Scheme. The highest awards were granted to The Secret of Moonacre, which received €702,644, Looking for Eric, awarded €526,931 and The Duchess, awarded €368,229. MEDIA support is essential for us at Optimum. To use the example of Gomorrah: We applied for the Selective Scheme which helped us increase the number of copies released, and the film went on to make nearly £1 million in box office revenue. This will now result in a healthy reward when we report on these admissions in 2009 to get our Automatic Scheme funding. 200,000 admissions in 2008 should get us nearly €100,000 further investment from MEDIA. It is reassuring that MEDIA seems to be achieving two great aims: Helping distributors with less commercial films with limited audiences, and rewarding box office success. Danny Perkins, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Optimum Releasing

Film A Bunch of Amateurs Atonement Boy A Brideshead Revisted Control Cracks Dorian Gray

Total MEDIA Automatic Scheme funding awarded to UK films in 2008

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37,304 15,395 119,010 11,200 53,830 15,600

Franklyn

242,571

Genova

15,926

Hallam Foe Happy-Go-Lucky

15,836 145,560

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

25,855

Hunger

86,181

It's a Free World

14,244

Looking for Eric

526,931

Nightwatching Red Road

9,624 26,809 3,506

Slumdog Millionaire

200,000

Son of Rambow

356,683

St. Trinian's

203,083

The Bank Job

218,239

The Boat that Rocked

213,436

The Descent 2 The Duchess The Escapist

36,621 368,229 3,017

The Meerkats

198,017

The Secret of Moonacre

702,644

The Tournament This is England Turtle: The Incredible Journey

* A film that originates from a territory different from that of the distributor.

53,091 304,168

Easy Virtue

Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution

Ken Loach’s films are largely financed with the support of regular European partners. BIM Distribuzione, our co-producer on Looking for Eric, and French distributor Diaphana could only afford to contribute to the film so generously thanks to the support from MEDIA’s Automatic Scheme. I think it is brilliant that MEDIA encourages distributors across Europe to invest in films this way. Rebecca O’Brien, Producer, Sixteen Films

10,288 335,084

Earth Five Minutes of Heaven

€4,633,044

Award (€)

24,632 7,430 33,000 4,633,044


€528,189 Total MEDIA Automatic Scheme funding awarded to UK distributors in 2008

On the basis of these admissions they were allocated the following awards in 2008: Distributor

Award (€)

Artificial Eye

123,796

Cinefile

145

Dogwoof

4,314

Metrodome Distribution

134,924

Optimum Releasing

UK distributors funded through the Automatic Scheme Every year distributors across Europe report to MEDIA about the cinema admissions to European non-national films that they have released in the previous year. These admissions are the basis for the calculation of MEDIA Automatic Scheme grants. The funding can be used to pay for minimum guarantees and release costs of non-national European films. UK distributors reported €1.2 million worth of admissions to non-national European films in 2007.

91,055

Pathé Distribution

95,962

Pathé Scope

37,548

Soda Pictures

40,445 528,189

Funding for UK sales agents The Sales Agents scheme allocates €1 million a year and is linked to an agent’s performance in selling European films. The funding awarded depends on the amount of cinema admissions generated by the films sold in the previous calendar year. The funding can be used for acquisitions (sales guarantees) as well as the promotion and marketing costs of non-national European films. Five UK sales companies took advantage of this scheme in 2008, sharing €229,774 of MEDIA investment.

The Class, directed by Laurent Cantet, is distributed by MEDIAsupported Artificial Eye

Sales agent

Award (€)

ContentFilm International

64,212

HanWay Films

63,491

High Point Films & Television

25,000

Taskovski Films

30,253

The Works

46,818 229,774

Genova, directed by Michael Winterbottom, is sold by the MEDIA-funded company HanWay Films

€229,774 Total MEDIA Sales Agents funding awarded to UK sales agents in 2008

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Distribution and exhibition

Online distribution

Exhibition

Since 2007, MEDIA has been supporting online content distribution via the VoD/DCD scheme, which funds video-on-demand services and the digital delivery of film to cinemas. In 2008, €6 million was invested in 18 platforms that offered European content on demand to audiences worldwide. One UK VoD operator successfully secured MEDIA VoD/DCD funding: MercuryMedia was awarded €200,000 for the documentary platform www.joiningthedocs.tv.

Europa Cinemas is a MEDIA-funded network of cinemas which screen significantly more European films, and in particular non-national European films, than most cinemas. The average percentage of European programming in Europa Cinemas is 58%. The network has become a trusted brand that clearly signposts access to European cinema for filmgoers.

Company

Project

MercuryMedia

joiningthedocs.tv

Award (€) 200,000 200,000

There are 45 member cinemas in the UK, and between them they shared €771,000 in 2008, including €130,000 for digital screenings. UK member cinemas include the Curzon Mayfair in London, the Cornerhouse in Manchester, and the Glasgow Film Theatre. Recipient 45 cinemas in the UK

Award (€) 771,000 771,000

€200,000 Total MEDIA VoD/DCD scheme funding awarded to UK services in 2008

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The mainstay of exhibition at Curzon Soho is European film. Londoners expect this cinema to show the best and most challenging European films, especially as these films are difficult to find elsewhere. The financial support we receive from Europa Cinemas allows us a more diverse programme. Being part of the international network is also very beneficial to us and the latest addition of funding for digital screenings is very welcome. Rob Kenny, Operations Director, Curzon Cinemas

€771,000 Total MEDIA funding awarded to UK Europa Cinemas members in 2008


UK cinemas in the Europa Cinemas network Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge • Barbican Cinema, London • BFI Southbank, London • Broadway Cinema, Nottingham • Cameo, Edinburgh • Chapter, Cardiff • Chichester Cinema at New Park, Chichester • Ciné Lumière, London • Cinema City, Norwich Cornerhouse, Manchester • Curzon Mayfair, London • Curzon Soho, London • DCA Cinema, Dundee • Derby Quad Cinema, Derby • Duke of Cornerhouse, Manchester

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne © Sally Ann Norman, 2008

York’s Picturehouse, Brighton • Eden Court Theatre, Inverness • Filmhouse, Edinburgh • Forum Cinema, Northampton • Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow • Hollywood Cinema, Ipswich • Hull Screen Cinema, Hull • Hyde Park Picturehouse, Leeds • ICA Cinema, London • Light House, Wolverhampton • Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow • Phoenix Arts, Leicester • Phoenix Cinema, London • Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool • Pictureville, Bradford • Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast • Renoir, London • Richmond Filmhouse, Richmond Rio Cinema, London • Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden • Showroom, Sheffield • Stoke Film Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent • Strode Film Theatre,

Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool Ciné Lumière, London

Somerset • The Barn Cinema, Dartington • The Belmont Picturehouse, Aberdeen • The Gate, London • Tricycle Cinema, London • Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne • Waterman Arts Centre, Brentford Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton

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Production companies

Development

€2,240,956

In 2008, UK production companies secured €2,240,956 worth of MEDIA Development Funding.

Total MEDIA Development funding awarded to UK producers in 2008

Slate Funding Several established film and television companies won significant bids to support slates of projects, including the Recorded Picture Company, MentornMedia and Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Films. Smaller UK production companies also received substantial MEDIA Slate funding, including VeryMuchSo Productions, Third Films and Borderline Productions. Production company

Award (€)

Borderline Productions

138,172

Ecosse Films

130,000

MentornMedia

190,000

Recorded Picture Company

190,000

Revolution Films

190,000

Third Films

135,816

Tigerlily Films

124,370

VeryMuchSo Productions

70,000 1,168,358

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We are a European film company and as such we need to principally rely on sources within Europe. Development is a necessary and difficult moment in a film's life, and the support we receive from MEDIA enables us to address important new film subjects with European filmmakers. Jeremy Thomas, Film Producer and Founder of the Recorded Picture Company

VeryMuchSo is a small, Sheffield-based independent production company with big international ambitions. MEDIA funding allowed us to build on our reputation for making ambitious feature docs (The Game of their Lives, A State of Mind, Crossing the Line) and increase the company’s focus on development. MEDIA has had a positive impact on the company and its future, both creatively and financially, and thanks to its support VeryMuchSo has built a solid platform for sustaining investment in development. MEDIA has provided a sound basis for the production of future projects as well as the continued growth of the company. Dan Gordon, Producer/Director, VeryMuchSo Productions


Single Project Funding The 2008 Single Project Funding scheme saw a diverse group of successful UK applicants, including those from the animation, documentary and drama sectors. The 26 companies funded included Chris Curling’s company, Zephyr Films, who are working on a family Christmas film entitled Dickens, and Bigger Pictures, who are developing the kung-fu thriller Glendragon. The Bungalow Town Productions documentary The City, directed by Marc Issacs and produced by Rachel Wexler, also received funding. Other MEDIA Development Funding recipients included: Rise Films, who are developing Inside a Muslim School, and Diverse Production with the documentary Mrs Mandela. Animation projects that received funding included Acamar Films’ Bing Bunny, the Brothers McLeod project The Isle of Spagg, and the Illuminated Film Company’s Anna Spud.

Production company

Project

Acamar Films

Bing Bunny

Award (€) 60,000

Barzo/Studio of the North Productions

The Baby and Fly Pie

24,970

Bigger Pictures

Glendragon

60,000

Borough Film

Costa Rica

60,000

Bungalow Town Productions

The City

20,000

Cross Street Films

Sex, Death and the Gods

48,766

Cyclops Vision

Babes of Baghdad

60,000

Diverse Production

Mrs Mandela

56,269

Endboard Productions

Mind the Gap

25,000

February Films

Charlie Pepper

25,000

Flying Scotsman Films

Renegade

60,000

Hungry Hamsters

Hungry Hamsters

60,000

IFF Films

The Rabbit Catchers

60,000

Illuminations

Lost Utopias

39,595

Mindful Films

Waynedance

25,000

Mortal Coil Media

Lunik IX

19,742

Pesky Productions

Dodo is Go!

60,000

Redwave Films

Bel Ami

25,000

Rise Films

Inside a Muslim School

24,947

Té Papa Films

Three Minutes to Midnight

25,000

The Brothers McLeod

The Isle of Spagg

51,193

The Christmas TV and Film Company

We Need to Talk about Matthew

12,117

The Illuminated Film Company

Anna Spud

60,000

The Wonderland Cinema

Children of the Revolution

25,000

Utah Films

Aftermath

25,000

Zephyr Films

Dickens

60,000 1,072,598

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Production companies

i2i Audiovisual UK producers successfully applied to the MEDIA i2i Audiovisual scheme to help with the costs of financing their film projects. Film & Music Entertainment’s feature-length documentary Turtle: The Incredible Journey received substantial MEDIA support, as did the feature film Unmade Beds. The production companies Box TV and Parallax were also successful in their applications. Production company

Project

Award (€)

Box TV

Affinity

50,000

Film & Music Entertainment

Turtle: The Incredible Journey

42,523

Parallax

I Know You Know

41,623

Three Pillows Films

Unmade Beds

50,000 184,146

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€184,146 Total MEDIA i2i Audiovisual scheme funding awarded to UK producers in 2008

Turtle: The Incredible Journey, produced by Film & Music Entertainment, received MEDIA i2i Audiovisual funding in 2008

Unmade Beds,

Producing an international feature documentary was an incredible experience for us at Film & Music Entertainment. As a truly European co-production between the UK, Germany and Austria, Turtle: The Incredible Journey required sturdy financial engineering and fine-tuning throughout its long production period. i2i Audiovisual provided us with assistance in structuring the financing. The MEDIA money came at the crucial point in the production process and helped us bear the burden of the financing costs incurred from discounting German, Austrian, Swiss, Spanish and Portuguese pre-sales. The result is a wonderful film which has already started to attract a wide, international audience. Mike Downey, Founder of Film & Music Entertainment

directed by Alexis Dos Santos, received MEDIA i2i Audiovisual funding in 2008


TV Broadcasting

Interactive and games

MEDIA also helps to produce television programmes for international distribution. In 2008, UK TV producers received nearly €2 million to co-finance international drama, documentary and animation programmes. These included the award-winning director Eugene Jarecki’s new project Ghetto, Welsh animation company Calon TV’s Igam Ogam, and Brook Lapping’s Turning China Upside Down. Production company

Project

B.L.T.V

Brave New Artworld

Brook Lapping

Turning China Upside Down

100,000

Calon TV

Igam Ogam

268,000

Charlotte Street Films

Ghetto

115,000

Diverse Production

Mrs. Mandela

200,000

Mike Young Productions

Chloe’s Closet

300,000

October Films

The Glorious 7th Cavalry

Seventh Art Productions

The Boy Mir

The Foundation TV Productions

Waybuloo

Tigerlily Films

Naples 43-48

Touchpaper Television

Human

€1,914,000 Total MEDIA TV Broadcasting funding awarded to UK producers in 2008

Award (€) 70,000

45,000 48,000 350,000 1,914,000

Developer

Project

1bit Garden

The Great Builder

Award (€)

AirPlay

Super Yum Yum

Fuse Games

Haunted House Party

Mark Grindle Associates

Wildlife

10,000

Rebellion

Fugitive

100,000

Shimmer Productions

R&J

95,536 54,600 100,000

25,000 385,136

Igam Ogam, produced by Calon TV, received MEDIA TV Broadcasting funding in 2008

68,000 350,000

MEDIA's most recent scheme helps to develop innovative audiovisual interactive programmes with strong narrative elements. In 2008, nearly €400,000 was invested in six UK interactive media companies, including AirPlay, Mark Grindle Associates and Fuse Games.

€385,136 Total MEDIA Interactive Projects funding awarded to UK companies in 2008

Super Yum Yum, developed by AirPlay, received MEDIA Interactive Projects funding in 2008

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Skills development

Film students MEDIA recognises the vital role that training plays in the film industry, and annually invests €1.6 million to encourage networking and shared projects among students of various European film schools. In 2008, the Initial Training scheme was warmly embraced by UK Screen Academies who became leading partners in three MEDIAsupported European consortia. Organisation

Training scheme

Edinburgh Napier University

Engage

London Film School

A Fistful of Euros

Award (€)

National Film and Television School Passion to Market

150,000

Passion to Market Passion to Market is led by the National Film and Television School in partnership with France’s La Fémis and the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School. In 2008, Passion to Market offered graduates the chance to take part in international trade events including Rotterdam’s CineMart, Berlin’s European Film Market and MIPCOM in Cannes, all of which were underpinned by a programme of lectures from established industry professionals including Stewart Till and Duncan Kenworthy.

55,488 190,000 395,488

€395,488 Total MEDIA Initial Training funding invested in UK projects in 2008

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Film is truly an international business. Providing film professionals with an international focus right at the start of their careers is vital. Passion to Market prepares outstanding graduates from Europe's leading film schools and helps them better understand the worldwide film industry. Film is a competitive business but I'm pleased that the programme is already enabling its participants to enjoy real success. Stewart Till, CBE, Deputy Chair, Skillset

Participants at Passion to Market 2008


Engage Engage is an initiative for writers, directors and producers, and is open to European final year film students and recent graduates. It is run by the Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University in partnership with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Ireland, the Baltic Film and Media School in Estonia, and the University of Art and Design in Finland. A Fistful of Euros Led by the London Film School in partnership with the University of Drama, Film and Television in Hungary, La Fémis in France and The National Film School in Denmark, A Fistful of Euros is a showcase, conference and graduate training workshop focusing on sharing the best ideas in low-budget filmmaking across Europe.

EAVE received MEDIA Training funding in 2008

Professional training MEDIA supports approximately forty international professional training programmes every year, all of which prepare European professionals to work internationally. UK participation in these courses is very high, with 200 people taking advantage of them every year. Courses include ACE Producers, Media Business School and EAVE.

Media Business School received MEDIA Training funding in 2008

The UK training provider Performing Arts Lab secured €100,000 of funding in 2008 for their course in screenplay writing for children’s programmes, Pygmalion Plus. Organisation

Training scheme

Performing Arts Lab

Pygmalion Plus

Award (€) 100,000 100,000

Participants at Engage in 2008

€100,000 Total MEDIA Vocational Training funding invested in UK courses in 2008

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Promotion and festivals

Film festivals

€88,696 Total MEDIA funding invested in UK festivals in 2008

By annually awarding approximately €3.5 million of funding to festivals devoted to showcasing European audiovisual content, MEDIA helps to encourage audiences for European film. The funded festivals take place all over Europe and the UK examples include Sheffield Doc / Fest, the Leeds International Film Festival, and the Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival. Organisation

Festival

Award (€)

Diamond Bullet Films European Independent Film Festival

15,000

Leeds City Council

Leeds International Film Festival

35,000

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest

26,269

Sheffield Media & Exhibition Centre

Showcomotion Young People's Film Festival and Showcomotion Children's Media Conference 12,427 88,696

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Young audiences are essential for the future of cinema. In a fast-moving, digital world with a wealth of entertainment options literally at our fingertips, developing the audiences for film is extremely important. We are happy to welcome MEDIA as a supporter of our mission. Kathy Loizou, Director, Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival

Participants at Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival in 2008


Access to Markets €2.5 million is invested annually in the MEDIA Access to Markets scheme, which aims to improve European professionals’ access to industry events. The support can take various forms, for example the MEDIA Stand, which offers its services on a shared basis at major film markets in Berlin and Cannes. MEDIA also co-finances several specialist markets, including Cartoon Forum, the Amsterdam Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries and CineMart in Rotterdam. In 2008, two UK organisations received grants to organise promotional initiatives. These were MeetMarket, an industry networking event that runs alongside Sheffield Doc/Fest, and, for the first time, Production Finance Market, held in London during the Times BFI London Film Festival. Organisation

Event

Film London

Production Finance Market

Sheffield Doc/Fest

MeetMarket

Award (€) 47,767

€135,718

Participants at Cartoon Forum, 2008

Total MEDIA Access to Markets funding invested in UK events in 2008

Film London launched the annual Production Finance Market in October 2007 in a bid to bring commercial film financiers together with independent producers, and to encourage filmmakers to engage more directly with the 'hard' end of the market. This year, on the back of a successful application to MEDIA’s Access to Markets fund, Film London is now in a position to fully realise the Production Finance Market’s European potential. MEDIA support provides Film London with the unique role of exposing European producers to commercial film finance. Angus Finney, Production Finance Market Project Manager, Film London

The MEDIA Stand and meeting area at MIPTV 2008 in Cannes, France

87,951 135,718

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Promotion and festivals

Promotional events The MEDIA Access to Markets scheme also funds European Film Promotion (EFP), an umbrella organisation that facilitates working relationships between Europe’s national film promotion organisations. EFP organises many events, including the European Film Awards, Shooting Stars (a showcase of Europe’s acting talent at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Producers on the Move, held at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Cannes 2008 was a great experience. There was a lot of buzz around Hunger throughout the festival and in the end we were all thrilled to win the Camera d’Or. The Producers on the Move programme enhanced this experience further by offering us access to valuable industry contacts as well as attention from the international press. Laura Hastings-Smith, Producer, Hunger (and the UK’s 2008 Producer on the Move) Hunger director Steve McQueen accepts the European Discovery award at the 2008 European Film Awards

Recipients of Shooting Star Awards on stage at the Berlinale-Palast in 2008 © Eric Vernazobres

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Film Sales Support Another EFP scheme, Film Sales Support, enables producers and sales agents to promote their films at key festivals and markets around the world. The Sundance Film Festival in the USA and the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea are just two of the festivals that have been focused on in the past.

Production company

Film

Event

Celluloid Dreams

Better Things

Sundance Film Festival

Award (â‚Ź) 3,609

Ealing Studios

Easy Virtue

Toronto Film Festival

5,000

Ealing Studios

The Other Man

Toronto Film Festival

5,000

Fandango Portobello Sales

A Perfect Day

Toronto Film Festival

5,000

Gaumont

The Broken

Sundance Film Festival

5,000

Goalpost Film

The Escapist

Sundance Film Festival

5,000

HanWay Films

Genova

Toronto Film Festival

5,000

Intandem Films

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Toronto Film Festival

5,000

Salt

Donkey Punch

Sundance Film Festival

5,000

The Works

Unspoken

Toronto Film Festival

5,000

Velvet Octopus

The Secret of Moonacre

Toronto Film Festival

5,000 53,609

â‚Ź53,609 Total EFP Film Sales Support funding invested in UK companies and films in 2008

Donkey Punch,

Better Things,

directed by Oliver Blackburn, was supported by Film Sales Support in 2008

directed by Duane Hopkins, was supported by Film Sales Support in 2008

A festival launch is a costly business, so the EFP contribution was warmly received. It meant we were able to bring an additional two young cast members from Donkey Punch to Sundance. And despite rumours to the contrary, the form-filling was extremely painless. Samantha Horley, Managing Director, Salt

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Beyond Europe

In 2008, the first round of MEDIA International funding was made available. €2 million was awarded to 18 initiatives, each of which encourages Europe’s audiovisual industry to collaborate with international partners. UK-based training provider Pygmalion was one of the

€30,000

selected initiatives with the EIMAGES course, which offers development, financing and marketing workshops for industry professionals from Europe, India, Lebanon and Indonesia. Other initiatives available to UK professionals include EAVE Puentes, a co-production workshop Organisation

Project

Pygmalion

EIMAGES

between European and Latin American producers, and Transatlantic Partners, a series of workshops for European and Canadian producers.

Award (€) 30,000 30,000

Total MEDIA International funding invested in UK initiatives in 2008

Participants at the EAVE Puentes co-production workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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MEDIA in the UK 2008 is a MEDIA Desk UK publication. MEDIA Desk UK is an information and promotion office of the MEDIA Programme in the UK. It is hosted and co-funded by the UK Film Council. Together with the Antennae in Glasgow and Cardiff it provides information, advice and services about the MEDIA Programme. The MEDIA Programme is an initiative of the European Union and has three main aims • to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries;

• to increase international circulation of European audiovisual product; • and to preserve and enhance European cultural diversity. To achieve these aims MEDIA support is targeted at five priority areas: training, development, distribution, promotion and digital technologies. MEDIA 2007, the fourth round of the MEDIA Programme, began in January 2007 and will run up to December 2013. It has a budget of €755m.

For more information, please contact: MEDIA Desk UK Agnieszka Moody c/o UK Film Council 10 Little Portland Street London W1W 7JG Tel: 020 7861 7511 Email: england@mediadeskuk.eu

MEDIA Antenna Scotland Emma Valentine c/o Scottish Screen 249 West George Street Glasgow G2 4QE Tel: 0141 302 1776/7 Email: scotland@mediadeskuk.eu

www.mediadeskuk.eu

MEDIA Antenna Wales Judy Wasdell c/o Creative Industries 33-35 West Bute Street Cardiff CF10 5LH Tel: 029 2043 6112 Email: wales@mediadeskuk.eu

MEDIA in the UK 2008  

The releases of UK projects Slumdog Millionaire, Hunger and Looking for Eric all benefited from MEDIA funding in 2008, along with a range of...

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