CineRegio members backed 59 titles from the Cannes selection
- Over half of the competition, Un Certain Regard and the Directors' Fortnight films are supported by the network, which states "decentralised public film funding is key to cultural diversity"
The 75th Cannes Film Festival is a chance to celebrate the impact of the work of CineRegio and its members. Despite being present in less than half of EU Member States, regional funds make a vital contribution to European cultural diversity. This year, CineRegio members have backed 59 titles, including 12 of the films in this year’s Competition line up (57% of selected films), 11 titles in Un Certain Regard (equivalent to 55%) and 12 feature films in the Directors' Fortnight (equivalent to 52%). Find the complete list of supported titles here.
Regional funds have been essential in the creation of some of the most important works in Europe and, just as importantly, in developing diverse talents and ideas that will be at the heart of European culture for years to come. The funds have also helped develop a rising generation of diverse talent, taking risks on fresh voices and first features.
Charlotte Appelgren, General Secretary of CineRegio, says: “The 59 titles selected – including many first features - underline the importance of selective funding schemes for the European film sector and the significant role and financial contribution by regional film agencies. I am proud that Europe’s film regions and the political leadership in these territories have consistently stepped up to encourage the discovery of young talents, quality storytelling and creative voices. The commitment to cultural diversity and European values is now more pressing than ever before.
However, it is a lost opportunity when only 12 of the 27 EU Member States has regional film funds. To ensure the development of a strong, dynamic and truly diverse sector and for film culture to flourish, there is a crucial need for decentralised public funding. It is our experience that decentralised film policy and decision-making strengthen culture, engages communities, recognises social and cultural diversity, most effectively fosters new talents, and encourages new voices and relevant and exciting storytelling.
Therefore, what we need is more EU Member States to set their creative industries free, to empower regional communities and let culture, and indeed democracy, grow. We challenge these Member States not to be afraid to co-finance decentralised decision-making and to encourage more selective funding opportunities for independent producers. Especially, at a times when cultural diversity and open society is under pressure in many Member States."
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