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The European Commission adopts the MEDIA MUNDUS international cooperation program in the audiovisual sector

The European Commission has announced the adoption of MEDIA MUNDUS, a broad international cooperation program for the audiovisual industry aimed at strengthening cultural and commercial relations between Europe's film industry and filmmakers in third countries. The EU will provide €15 million of funding from 2011–2013 for projects submitted by audiovisual professionals from the EU and third countries.

The proposed new MEDIA MUNDUS program will—

  • Boost the exchange of information between professionals, particularly through training activities and scholarships that make networking between European and third country audiovisual professionals easier. This will improve access to foreign markets and build trust and long-term commercial relationships.
  • Improve the competitiveness and transnational distribution of audiovisual works worldwide by making international coproductions easier.
  • Improve circulation and exposure of audiovisual works worldwide and increase public demand, especially among young audiences, for culturally diverse audiovisual content.

For more information on this program, which will run from 2011–2013, please consult the press release available at Europa.