7 | Appendices
About MEDIA Programme
MEDIA Programme belongs to a number of European Union support programmes. It aims to support the development, distribution, and promotion of European audiovisual works.
MEDIA Programme was established in 1991 as MEDIA I and from 1996 – 2000 was implemented as MEDIA II. The current programme, MEDIA Plus, came into force by a Council Decision in 2001 and will run until 2006. Following the changing needs of the audiovisual market, a new generation of MEDIA programmes – MEDIA 2007 – will be created to run from 2007 to 2013. The budget approved for MEDIA 2007 is EUR 755 million.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (from 1 April 2006), United Kingdom.
MEDIA and the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic joined MEDIA Programme on 30 July 2002 by signing the Memorandum of Understanding. On the national level, MEDIA Programme is represented by MEDIA Desk Czech Republic. The office is operated by the Czech Film Chamber.
MEDIA Programme supports independent European audiovisual companies. It is implemented as direct financing of development of audiovisual works or as financial support to companies and organizations which distribute and promote these works – e.g. distributors and market and festival organizers. | The financial support is allocated through financial schemes covering the main areas of the audiovisual industry.
development of audiovisual projects
distribution of European films, TV broadcasting, support to cinemas
film festivals, markets, pitching forums, databases of audiovisual works
continuous training of film professionals
exploiting new technologies in screening and distribution of audiovisual content
support of certain financial costs incurred during production of audiovisual works