May 16, 2011

NEWS: EC Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou Has Growth Plan for MEDIA

Program funds and supports development and distribution of European films

CANNES -- The European Union’s MEDIA program will continue after 2013 and, if EC commissioner Androulla Vassiliou gets her way, will get even bigger.

Vassiliou, the EC commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth told The Hollywood Reporter in Cannes she wants to continue and, if possible, expand the MEDIA program, which provides hundreds of millions in funding and support for the development and distribution of European films.

“We want to be certain that the MEDIA program will continue and will retain its identity and its independence,” Vassiliou said. “We, in fact, want to expand it, both in terms of budget and also in scope.”

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