Written Question: Funding for independent film festivals under the MEDIA sub-programme

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 16 February 2021

Question for written answer E-000924/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Victor Negrescu (S&D)

Subject: Funding for independent film festivals under the MEDIA sub-programme

Film festivals currently play a pivotal role when it comes to promoting and raising awareness of European films, disseminating culture and knowledge and nurturing fresh talent. The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe is of vital importance to this endeavour.

However, a group of Romanian film-makers has recently drawn to our attention the fact that funding is now to be earmarked for film festival networks alone and not for individual festivals. Such a development would risk undermining the range and diversity of European films, depriving the programme of its substance and drawing European works and talents ever further away from their countries of origin.

In view of this, what measures are being envisaged by the Commission to ensure continued funding for individual film festivals?

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