10-09-2009

Backing by MEDIA International for two new EFP projects in 2010


European Film Promotion (EFP) is pleased to announce the financial support by MEDIA International for two new events in 2010, taking place at the international film festivals in Toronto and Istanbul. The aim of the new MEDIA International programme is to structure and strengthen relations and networks between EU and non-EU film professionals. As the coordinator, EFP will collaborate with its partners in the respective countries to make sure that both participating film professionals and their films from Europe and abroad will benefit from new avenues of access provided by EFP and its partners.

Producers Lab Toronto

EFP has long collaborated with the Toronto International Film Festival in presenting new European cinema at the festival. In extending this 13-year partnership to include a new initiative in 2010 with two additional partners, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), EFP intends to facilitate meetings and discussions involving producers from EU countries and Canada, to exchange projects, ideas and knowledge. EFP plans to invite selected European producers from the "Producers on the Move" programme; the Canadian producers will be selected by the local partners.

Bridges Europe/Turkey

2010 will see Istanbul take on the role of European Capital of Culture, which provides a unique background for a special programme of European and Turkish films to be screened during the 29th edition of the Istanbul International Film Festival. EFP, in close cooperation with the festival authorities, will organise and present a programme of new European and Turkish films with the aim of facilitating and improving the distribution of European films in Turkey and, at the same time, those of Turkish films in European countries. Bridges Europe/Turkey also aims to raise public awareness by organising information and publicity campaigns.

According to Éva Vezér, EFP President: "The MEDIA Programme has been a long-standing and vital supporter of EFP activities. As international co-productions are increasing, it is the right time to provide the opportunity of supporting the collaboration of professionals, as well as the promotion of films, from both inside and outside of Europe. We are ready to work with our new partners on the two very promising events."

Contact:

Jo Mühlberger, EFP Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +49 40 390 6252
Mareen Gerisch, EFP Head of Press, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +49 40 390 6252

EFP is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and by its member organisations. In addition, promotion and PR activities are backed by the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'image animée (CNC) as well as by private sponsors. The Hamburg-based office is financially supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Department for Culture, Sports and Media of the City of Hamburg.