Babelmed nominated at Prix Europa
babelmed - 19/09/2007
Around 1000 media professionals from about 40 countries are expected to come to Berlin for the 21st edition of the biggest tri-medial festival in Europe . From 255 nominations they will be selecting this year's best European Television-, Radio- and Internet productions during the festival week from 13 until 20 October 2007 . It is hosted by the German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB). Partners of the festival are European broadcasters, the European institutions, the Länder Berlin und Brandenburg , and their common bodies Medienanstalt (mabb) and Medienboard.
Broadcasters and producers answered with a record number of entries from 36 countries to this year's call for entries. This meant hard work for the pre-selection juries, consisting of European television critics and media professionals who met in Berlin in August. " Europe is a very rich world of documentary-making, we had a choice between a variety of excellent documentary programmes. What a shame that they can't all be shown in October", said Eduardo Cintra Torres, O Público, .
The same applies to the TV Fiction productions, which include very good serials as well as many outstanding television movies. "The quality of programmes we are getting from across Europe has increased notably and it is evident that it has been realised in many countries that programme has to be able to travel. The number of quality co-productions in television, radio and internet has also struck me this year", said Susanne Hoffmann, festival manager.
Probably the most distinguishing characteristic of PRIX EUROPA is the unique open Jury system. Programme makers and managers are as important as their productions and are therefore essential to the festival. Authors, directors, producers, dramatists, editors, camera people and others may register as voting jury members or "Delegates" . This means, they all have (a chance) to spend a week viewing or listening to all the selected European productions of one category together, jointly discussing them and voting on them in a secret ballot vote. It is unique way of getting to know colleagues from across Europe and finding inspiration for your own work.
PRIX EUROPA 2007 with its motto " Europe in Berlin " is opening up to the public for the first time with a series of special events during the festival week. These include a big multicultural opening concert "Muhabbet and the Capital Dance Orchestra", Public Screenings in three cinemas, an Open Day with a Television Crime Marathon, Speed-Dating for Onliners and a Hungarian After Work Lounge.
The Awards Ceremony on 20 October will take place in Berlin - Mitte in the headquarters of the Deutsche Telekom, with President of the European Parliament and PRIX EUROPA Patron Hans-Gert Pöttering.
With its total of 78,000 Euros award money the competition belongs to the financially most well-equipped festivals in Europe . And, last but not least, if a production has won a PRIX EUROPA Award it is likely to sell much better on the European market.
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