Introduction to the Media 2007 Programme
What is the Media Programme?Media is a programme of the European Union that seeks to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries and to increase international circulation of European audiovisual works.
The aim is to enhance the level of competence, strengthen the pre-production phase, stimulate the marketing and distribution of European films, television programmes and multimedia productions, and to build new networks and industrial infrastructures.
The MEDIA 2007 started on 1st of January 2007 with a seven year programme lasting until 31st of December 2013.
With a budget of 755 million euros, MEDIA 2007 supports:
Professional training: screenwriting, management and new technologies
What does Media offer?Independent production companies and distribution companies can apply for development and distribution funding. Financial assistance is available for training providers and organisers of markets and festivals. Cinema owners can apply for support for the digitalization process of their screens. Individuals may also benefit from subsidised places on training courses and international markets.
Who can apply?The applicants can be film, television, animation or new media production companies, distribution and sales companies and also organisations such as training bodies and film schools, cinemas, promotional events or festival organisations.
How do I apply?There are deadlines for the various schemes throughout the year. The schemes are called "Call for proposals". You can download the schemes from this site or contact Media Desk Finland. Applications must be sent to the Education and Culture Agency in Brussels.
MEDIA DESK FINLANDAll countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) that participate in the Media Programme have a Media Desk which is an information and guidance office whose main task is to keep professionals in the field of film, television and multimedia informed about the MEDIA Programme. The Media Desks act as central distributors of information and as knowledge banks in their home countries, and are in themselves a unique network for the European audiovisual industry.
MEDIA DESK FINLAND is housed by the Finnish Film Foundation in the centre of Helsinki, in the Katajanokka district.