Joint statement: The future of Creative Europe Media programme

As organisations working across the European audiovisual sector, and in the context of the discussions surrounding the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, we would like to reiterate our support for the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme,

a vital component of the European audiovisual landscape, and call for an ambitious budgetary proposal to ensure the continued success of the European audiovisual sector in the future.

“Over the past 27 years, the MEDIA Programme has invested over €2.4 billion in European content, creativity and diversity. Through promoting cultural diversity, encouraging cross-border creative and financial partnerships, boosting competitiveness and providing valuable training to professionals across the film value chain, it has enabled audiences to enjoy the best that Europe has to offer in terms of its rich tapestry of audiovisual content.

It is therefore of the utmost importance that the MEDIA Programme’s budget is preserved and strengthened. Now more than ever, the Programme is in need of an ambitious budgetary proposal in order to build on its success so far in order to bolster its already efficient schemes and to keep pace with the fast-changing nature of the sector through new and innovative actions.

European storytelling has proved to be a success not only in Europe but also further afield. The MEDIA Programme has played an important role in this respect, itself a stamp of quality that raises the profile and reach of European works throughout the EU and across the globe. MEDIA represents a true European success story...”

SAA is one out of the signatories. Download the full statement below.