The Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund has joined forces with coproduction markets in Rotterdam (CineMart), Sarajevo (CineLink), and Rome (New Cinema Network) to confer the Eurimages Co-production Development Award. According to the press release:
“This €30,000 cash prize was created to promote the fund’s mission to encourage European co-production at every stage.
To be eligible, a project must be designed from the outset as a European coproduction—and not solely in financial terms—between at least two member states of the Eurimages Fund.
The prize will be awarded for the first time at the forthcoming Sarajevo Film Festival during the CineLink event held July 28–31, 2010.
Eurimages is a fund supporting the coproduction, distribution, and screening of European films. It was established by the Council of Europe in 1988 and has since supported 1,320 European co-productions with a total of approximately €397 million in funding. Since September 1, 2009, Eurimages has had 34 member states: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.”