In total, the films have so far received nearly one million euros from the MEDIA programme, which aims to boost diversity and competitiveness through its funding for film development, promotion and the distribution of European films outside their country of origin.The MEDIA Programme helps the European Union film and audiovisual industries with financial support in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. MEDIA also supports four of the festival´s main attractions: the ´Shooting Stars´, presenting the 10 hottest young actors in Europe, the Berlinale Talent Campus, Co-Production Market and Berlinale Residency.
The Berlin International Film Festival is celebrating its opening today February 7, 2013 at 7.30 pm. After a few words of greeting from Minister of State for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann and Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, the Festival will be officially opened by Jury President Wong Kar Wai (Hong Kong, China) and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. The International Jury – whose other members are Susanne Bier (Denmark), Andreas Dresen (Germany), Ellen Kuras (USA), Shirin Neshat (Iran), Tim Robbins (USA) and Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece) – will also be introduced during the gala. Anke Engelke will again host the evening. This year’s music will be provided by Ulrich Tukur & Die Rhythmus Boys. 3sat will be broadcasting the opening live.
The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival will close on February 17, 2013. The Award Ceremony will be held on February 16, 2013.