As someone close to the philosophy of Eurimages (the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe. Established in 1989, currently numbers 36 of 47 member states), that is not the EU, I am happy to bring this message from yesterday’s award ceremony:
For the second year running the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €15,000 was awarded for the best project pitched at CPH:FORUM – CPH:DOX’s international financing and co-production event.
The winner is ‘On Screen Off Record’ by Rami Farah (photo) and Lyana Saleh produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen of Final Cut For Real. The project is a reflective film about the Syrian conflict in a media-conscious manner. It focuses on how we act and interact with media in current time, especially in a conflict that was over mediatized and little comprehended.
The jury has chosen ’On Screen Off Record’ for the following reasons:
”For the way familiar footage was presented, allowing deeper understanding of the complexities of the conflict that affects us on so many levels, for the quality of the project and the team, the organic co-production structure the Eurimages Co-production Development Award goes to ‘On Screen Off Record.’”
The film has been developed with support of IMS, Danida and Timbuktuprisen and it is produced by Final Cut for Real, in partnership with the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University.
Eurimages is a support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, established by the Council of Europe in 1988. Since then, Eurimages has supported 1488 European co-productions for a total amount of approximately 451 million EUROS.