In the framework of its promotional activities aimed at fostering cinematographic co-productions from the initial stages of a project, the Eurimages Fund decided to create three new Co-production Development prizes which will be awarded in the co-production markets of San Sebastian Film Festival, Transilvania International Film Festival, and Cartoon Movie.
These three prizes, of €20,000 each, will be awarded to projects designed from the outset as international co-productions for cinema release. Projects should be initiated by a lead producer based in a Eurimages country willing to cooperate with other partners internationally. The lead producer should aim to involve at least one other producer from a Eurimages country. The award, which takes the form of a non-reimbursable subsidy, must be used by the producers to cover development expenses of the project.
To be eligible, projects must be selected by Cartoon Movie, the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum of San Sebastian Film Festival, and the Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS) initiative of the Transilvania International Film Festival in Romania.
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award is currently presented in the co-production of the Rotterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen (CPH:DOX, €15,000 for documentaries), Sarajevo, Rome, Amsterdam (Cinekid), and Tallinn (Baltic Event) film festivals.
Eurimages is a support fund for cinema co-production, theatrical distribution and exhibition established by the Council of Europe in 1988. Since its creation, it has supported 1834 European co-productions for a total amount of approximately €545 million.