The 148th Session of the Board of Directors of Eurimages was opened



Republic of Macedonia is hosting the 148th General Assembly of the Board of Directors of Eurimages, which is being held from October 16th to October 20th, organized by the Macedonian Film Agency and attended by over 60 representatives of the member states from all over Europe and Canada.

Today (October 19th) at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skopje, starting at 9 am, in the presence of the President of Eurimages, Mrs. Catherine Trautmann, Executive Director of Eurimages Roberto Olla, Deputy Executive Director of Eurimage Enrico Vennucci and the national representatives of the Eurimages Member States, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Robert Alagjozovski opened the 148th Session of the Board of Directors of Eurimages, and on this occasion he noted that it is a special honor and pleasure for Macedonia to host Eurimage. In addition, the Minister expressed his confidence that this session will result in successful co-productions, thus contributing to the promotion of international cooperation, taking advantage of the opportunity to thank for the supported Macedonian projects so far. At the same time, he emphasized the importance of Eurimage as the largest European fund for co-productions, without whose support could not be realized top European cinematography works, and expressed the desire in the future to realize more successful films and co-productions that will be seen not only by the regional audience but also wider.

At this General Assembly of Eurimages, in addition to the Decisions on Support of European Co-productions, part of the agenda is also dedicated to the strategic determinations of Eurimages, which will be discussed at a separate plenary session. Eurimages has developed four funding programs for supporting co-productions, distribution, promotion and film screening. The fund supports feature-length, animated and documentary films. The main condition for obtaining support is for the project to be a co-production between at least two Eurimages member countries, but non-member countries can also be part of these co-productions.

The Fund was established in 1989 within the Council of Europe and has a clear, cultural goal that is complementary to the MEDIA program of the European Commission. Currently, the fund has 38 member states, and the Republic of Macedonia is a member since 2003.