The future of low production capacity countries in MEDIA Subprogramme

On Thursday, November 17th, marking the 25th anniversary of MEDIA – Subprogramme, with the event ‘This is How WE Do It!’, a panel discussion ‘Where are low production capacity countries positioned within the context of Creative Europe MEDIA – Subprogramme? In what are we successful, and what are the challenges?’ was held.
Panel participants included Soon-Mi Peten, head of the Promotions Department, Continuous Education and Festivals in the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual Politics and Culture (EACEA), and low production capacity country representatives: Kamen Balkanski, head of MEDIA Desk Bulgaria and deputy director of the Bulgarian Film Centre, Arben Papadhopulli, head of MEDIA Office Albania, Una Domazetoski, Department for International Relations coordinator at Film Centre Serbia, and Jeanne Pierre Borg, Executive Director of the Malta Film Commission. The panel’s moderator was Martina Petrović, head of Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office in Croatia.
In her introduction, Petrović elaborated on the current position of countries with low production capacities in MEDIA Subprogramme. “Some countries are on the margins due to their geographical and language positions. In two application categories, the development of individual projects and festivals, where small countries are successful, may see a change in direction, that is, application conditions, and so we need to discuss this today. These categories are important to us because they allow for easier access and that is why current directions need to remain within the context of small countries. This is especially important because we can’t even register in some categories due to the infrastructure in our countries,” Petrović explained.
Soon-Mi Peten, after presenting a statistical analysis of fund distribution in the past, announced an increase the MEDIA Subprogramme budget because the European Parliament favorably views the increase in the number of applications over recent years. She also noted her personal delight with the growth of the MEDIA family, especially since she’s been a part of the programme from its beginnings.
“Small countries are unique, they have a lot of advantages. One of them is the beautiful and profound stories you can tell. A good project with a powerful story may be selected even if it doesn’t fulfill all the conditions for co-financing. Application preparation is very thorough, from seeking from the producer, for example, detailed distribution plans, but these also serve to learn lessons that can be later applied to all their films. Producers have learnt a lot participating in our application system because we demanded from them long-term and comprehensive plans,” said Soon-Mi Peten, noting that the conditions of each category help small countries, which is their aim.
Participants then commented on potential application scoring system reforms in the MEDIA Subprogramme, expressing a wish to retain existing regulations for countries with low production capacities, and asking that conditions in some categories be improved. Speaking of the challenges small countries face in the application process, head of MEDIA Office Albania, Arben Papadhopulli, emphasized that Albanian filmmakers still do not know how to prepare good-quality applications and are not familiar with the European film scene in the industrial sense.
Kamen Balkanski offered successful examples from Bulgaria and the positive impacts the MEDIA Subprogramme has had on the local audiovisual industry, which helped adapt the local legal framework to that of Europe, and that MEDIA Subprogramme greatly helps in securing funding for films. He explained that the challenges in Bulgaria are categories for which there are no applicants, for example, sales representatives, which are non-existent in Bulgaria, as is the case with videogame production companies.
“Categories relating to television screenings are also a challenge because the conditions require three partners from three countries, which is very difficult. From a practical viewpoint, some of the conditions are not available, though they technically may be,” he said.
Una Domazetoski noted a significant increase in the number of Serbian filmmakers and videogame producers who, in December, 2015, received support for five projects. “Currently, there is a lot of interest, but many of those expressing interest do not fulfill the requirements which state that within the next two years, their project must be distributed beyond their own country,” she explained.
Malta’s representative, Jeanne Pierre Borg, emphasized a series of facts which make it very difficult for Malta to fulfill the conditions. “Malta is so small. We only have six multiplex theatres and not one distributor, we’ve made three films in the last six years, 10 percent of the population viewed our best film, and we’ve only distributed one film internationally. We have a Film Commission which has a budget of 250,000 EUR per year, while private financing does not exist. We really want to tell our stories, but because of everything said, it is extremely difficult to receive MEDIA Subprogramme financing,” said Borg.
Closing the discussion, Soon-Mi Peten announced that changes will be made in the next European Union budget talks, and there will be an attempt to find balance between encouraging the principles of diversity and stimulating competitiveness.


According to Chapter IV, Article 12 (Financing of Projects) of its status,
ANCC offers support to film projects, realized with international co-productions, where the Albanian production company is in minority at the total production.
As such are considered:
a.       Film projects with Albanian authors (from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro);
b.       Foreign film projects which guarantee at least one of the following criteria:
  • Film has an Albanian subject.
  • Part of the film will be shot in Albania.
  • At least 50% of the dialogue is in Albanian language and one Master copy will be realized in Albanian language.
c.       Foreign film projects, of particular interest, who spend a considerable amount of their budget in Albania (while   shooting or in other film production processes).
  1. Projects submitted in this category, will be funded based on the financial expert evaluation of ANCC, up to 6,000,000 (six million) Albanian Lek.
  2. At least 80% of the ANCC funds granted to these projects must be spent within the territory of the Republic of Albania. These funds should be used to meet the production expenses in Albania, and/or the expenses of Albanian cast and crew.
  3. Projects applying for this category should guarantee the following criteria:
    1. The applying Production Company must be an Albanian legal entity.
    2. A minimum of 70% of the total film budget must be secured prior to the application at ANCC.
    3. The project must be recipient of financial support from public institutions in the country of origin (valid for the region and Europe).
    4. The director should have realized at least one other film before applying.
Note: All mandatory documents must be presented both in Albanian and English:
  1. Formal Request for Funding of the project.
  2. Application Form (Sample for download)
  3. Budget Breakdown: signed by all co-producers, with specifications of the budget foreseen to be spent in Albania. (Sample for download)
  4. Final Script (Final Draft format).
  5. Short Synopsis – no more than 5 lines.
  6. Long Synopsis – up to 2 pages.
  7. Director’s Treatment/Statement.
  8. Director’s previous film/s – DVD/link.
  9. Director’s previous film/s List of Festivals and Awards.
  10. Contract of Co-production, signed by all co-producers with specified shares and appending a Budget Summary.
  11. Financial Plan with specifications on all confirmed or pending funding.
  12. Confirmation, certification, or other evidence (original or notarized copy) of the public funds secured in the origin country of the majority co-producer.
  13. Description of shooting locations, specifying the duration of shooting within the Albanian territory.
  14. Contract of the Majority co-producer on the script acquisition.
  15. Contract of the Majority co-producer with the film director.
  16. V. of the applying Production Company.
  17. V. of the Director.
  18. Statement (under personal liability) on the distribution/sales of the last films produced with ANCC funding.
  19. Statement of the applying Production Company (sample for download)
  • Location Photos, Mood-book, Storyboard, Initial Casting, or preliminary shooting that will help the Board to better understand the director’s style and vision.
  • Distribution Plan and Sales Territories (contracts/agreements from domestic/foreign distributors).
  • Any additional information helpful to better evaluate the project presentation.


Data e fundit për dorëzimin e projekteve është 15 Mars 2017.

Prishtina International Film Festival dhe Prishtina Film FORUM  (PriFORUM) ka kënaqësinë të shpall të hapur thirrjen për aplikim në Best Pitch 2017.  Përmes kësaj thirrjeje ftojmë për aplikim projektet e filmit artistik të metrazhit të gjatë në fazën e zhvillimit apo të financimit nga filmbërës nga Ballkani (shtetet qe mund te aplikojne jane: Shqiperia, Mali I zi, Maqedonia, Serbia, Kosova, Bosnia Hercegovina, Bullgaria, Kroacia, Sllovenia, Turqia) që e kanë vepër të parë apo të dytë projektin që e dorëzojnë. Projektet filmike të përzgjedhura do të marrin pjesë në ciklin 4-ditorë të zhvillimit të projektit që konsiston nga: 

1. Pitch Training të realizuar nga eksertët e Torino Film Lab 
2. Seancë kokë-më-kokë me ekspertin financiar të EAVE në temën Planifikimi biznesor dhe strategjik I kompanisë në industrinë e filmit, strategjia e financimit dhe bashkëprodhimit për projektin filmik 
3. Seanca zhvillim skripte me ekspertët e Script Circle Berlin 
BEST PITCH ka karakter garues, andaj seanca e pitchingut do të vlerësohet nga Juria Ndërkombëtare dhe vota e publikut të përbërë nga mysafirët e akredituar të festivalit (koproducent, fonde filmi, distributor dhe agjent shitjeje). Këtë vit do të përzgjidhen më shumë se një projekt fitues dhe do të garohet për çmimet si vijon: 

– Vanessa Redgrave Award – Çmimi tradicional i BEST PITCH dhe shuma monetare prej 1000 € 
– Post Production Prize – Çmimi për shërbimet e Post Produksionit të projektit filmik fitues qe ofrohet nga Deepend Post Production – kompani partnere nga Afrika e Jugut 

Të gjitha projektet e përzgjedhura për Best Pitch do të kenë mundësi të marrin pjesë edhe në Prishtina Rendezvous pas seancës së pitchingut. 

Për të aplikuar në Best Pitch ju lutem klikoni në link: dhe plotësoni aplikacionin.

PriFORUM është platformë zhvillimore e industrisë së filmit, pjesë integrale e PriFest – Prishtina International Film Festival, që do të ketë edicionin e 9-të në Prill 20-27, 2017 në Prishtinë, Kosovë. Ndërkohë datat e PriFORUM janë 22-24 prill. 

Përvec Best Pitch, PriFORUM përmban në vete edhe dy module tjera: 

PRISHTINA RENDEZVOUS, është fundjavë e dedikuar distributorëve ndërkombëtar të filmit dhe agjentëve të shitjes. Prishtina Rendezvous ka për qëllim që të mbledh së bashku talentët nga Ballkani duke u dhënë shansin që të takohen me disa nga kompanitë më të rëndësishme botërore të distribuimit dhe shitjes së filmit, të cilët ftohen në këtë fundjavë që të gjurmojnë projektet filmike nga regjioni I Ballkanit në fazën e tyre zhvillimore. Filmbërësit do të kenë shansin të artikulojnë idetë dhe storjet e tyre në ‘speed date style’ / takime individuale kokë-më-kokë. 

E lidhur me cështjet e industrisë së filmit, e përbërë nga diskutime në panel, prezentime nga ekspert ndërkombëtar në tema të ndryshme që kanë të bëjnë me industrinë e filmit si: distribuimi, shitja, bashkëprodhimi, financimi, si dhe workshope për aktorët dhe studentët. Filmbërësit nga regjioni ftohen të jenë present dhe të kenë mundësi të takojnë disa nga emrat e rëndësishëm të industrisë së filmit në Europë. Në një ambient më intim që e ofron PriFest, për dallim nga festivalet dhe marketet e mëdha të filmit, vëmendja e të gjithë mysafirëve ndërkombëtar është në projekte të Ballkanit dhe në këtë mënyrë ofron më shumë mundësi network-u dhe bashkëpunimi. 

Mbi 200 producent, distributorë, representative të marketeve të filmit, kompani dhe agjent shitjeje, fonde filmi nga regjioni, profesionist filmi nga Europa si dhe përfaqësues të festivaleve të rëndësishme të filmit pritet të marrin pjesë në këto vit. I gëzohemi pranimit të projekteve tuaja në afatin e lartëpërmendur. 

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