In 2015 “Creative Europe” supported a record number of films at the Cannes Film Festival – 25. Five of those received awards at the French film festival.

The Cannes Film Festival main prize, the Golden Palm, was awarded to Jacques Audiard’s social drama Dheepan (France). The film is about attempts of a Tamil soldier beginning a new life in France. Supported by Creative Europe (the MEDIA sub-programme), the firm was shown in the UK, Greece, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. By the way, this is not the first picture by this director to be supported by the EU programme. His Un prophète (A Prophet), the Cannes Film Festival 2009 main prize winner, and De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) highly rated by Cannes film critics in 2012, were funded earlier as well.

The festival jury prize went to The Lobster, an anti-utopia film by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. The picture was supported by Creative Europe at the development stage.

Two ladies at once won the Best Actress nomination: Rooney Mara for Todd Haynes’ Carol and Emmanuelle Bercot for Maïwenn Besco’s Mon roi (My King). Both pictures were backed by Creative Europe at the development and distribution stages.

Finally, Croatian director Dalibor Matanić got the Jury Prize for his film Zvizdan (The High Sun) screened in the “Un Certain Regard” section. The picture was also given a grant from Creative Europe.

The complete list of films supported by Creative Europe in 2015 may be found here: http://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/news/25-media-funded-films-cannes

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