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Around the selection 2008


The Festival de Cannes will host the 6th Europe Day on May, 19th, 2008.
The Culture and Audiovisual Ministers of the European Union will meet at the invitation of Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, and Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival.

On the eve, in a symbol of community unity around its cinema, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner of Information Society and Media, and the European Ministers of Culture will climb the red Steps for the screening of the Italian film Gomorra directed by Matteo Garrone.

The winner of the 2008 "European Nouveau Talent" prize will be announced before the climbing of the Steps. The prize awards each year a project developed within the MEDIA training programme. Launched in 2004, the first prize was awarded to the British director Duane Hopkins for his project Best Things, selected this year at the International Critics' Week.

Hosted by Cristian Mungiu, the Europe Day will reunite both professionals and European Culture Ministers around the theme: "Cinema, Dianying yan, Kino, Chalchitra, Cine: building a world of exchanges" allowing them to consider the ways to intensify interaction in the audiovisual field between EU countries and major film markets, be they well-established or just emerging, on other continents. The conclusions of the debates will be presented by European Commissioner Viviane Reding at a press conference at 12.30 p.m.

At 3 p.m., in the salon des Ambassadeurs, a MEDIA INTERNATIONAL information meeting will host all industry professionals and international press interested in the programme. The program involves three areas of activity: ongoing training, promotion and cinema theatre networks.


Sunday, May, 18th 2008

" Montée des Marches " of the European Culture and Audiovisual Ministers with Viviane Reding

Monday, May, 19th 2008

Informal meeting of the European Culture and Audiovisual Ministers about "Cinema, Dianying, yan, Kino, Chalchitra, Cineé: building a world of exchanges".

12.30 am: Viviane Reding press meeting

3 pm: Media International information meeting

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