The first Eurimages prize, awarded at this year’s Annual Award Ceremony of the European Film Academy, to be held on Saturday, 1 December 2007 in Berlin, will go to two important producers who have distinguished themselves by contributing in an important manner to the development and promotion of European cinema, notably through co-production: Margaret Menegoz and Dr. Veit Heiduschka.
Margaret Menegoz and Dr. Veit Heiduschka have on many occasions co-produced European cinematographic works, most of which having been supported by the Eurimages Fund.
Margaret Menegoz is a producer, distributor, exporter and since 1975 managing director of Les Films du Losange, established in 1962 by Barbet Schroeder and Eric Rohmer. She has produced various films by renowned directors such as Wim Wenders (The American Friend), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Chinese Roulette), Volker Schlöndorff (Swann in Love), Helma Sanders (The Future of Emily) and Michael Haneke (Hidden). President of Unifrance, member of the French-German Film Academy, the Association of Film Exporters and the “Conseil d’Administration de la Cinémathèque française”, Margaret Menegoz has constantly worked for the promotion of European cinema.
Following his studies in industry and commerce, Dr. Veit Heiduschka studied philosophy, psychology, philology and theatre before working on several executive productions and becoming manager of various production companies. In 1980, he founded the company Wega Film where he has worked until now as managing director and with which he has produced a large number of films for both television and the cinema and often in co-production with other companies. He has notably produced most of the films by Michael Haneke. Dr. Veit Heiduschka is also a director and scriptwriter and chairs a certain number of organisations, including the Austrian Film Commission, the « Verwertungsgesellschaft für audiovisuelle Medien » (VAM) and the Association of Austrian Film Producers.
The Prix Eurimages will be presented by the Serbian film director Stefan Arsenijević, director of films such as Plum Tree, Night Porter, Little Morning Story, and (A)torsion for which he received a Golden Bear in Berlin and the European Film Academy’s award for European Short Film 2003 – Prix UIP. Stefan Arsenijević has also directed the co-production between Serbia, Germany, Austria and Slovenia which received Eurimages support, Love and Other Crimes.
Further information is available at www.coe.int/Eurimages.
EURIMAGES is a support fund for co-production, distribution, exhibition and digitisation of European cinematographic works, established by the Council of Europe in 1988 (*). Since its establishment, EURIMAGES has supported 1165 European co-productions for a total amount of more than 343 million Euros.
(*) Since 29 May 2007, EURIMAGES comprises 33 member States: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey.
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