A handbook on “European Union Funding for the Neighbourhood and Russia”, compiled by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre and available in English, French, Arabic and Russian, has been released today. The latest of the Info Centre’s series of handbooks seeks to demonstrate how some of the funding for the Neighourhood works, who is involved and where they can find out more.
The handbook is divided into: the funding instruments, how EU Delegations deliver cooperation, the Thematic Instruments, How Funds are Allocated, Grants and Contracts, Budget Support and Cross Border Cooperation. It also looks into how governments in the Neighbourhood partner countries are supported to bring about the change. The handbook also looks at institutions offering lending, like the European Investment Bank, and lists some ongoing funded projects giving the reader an idea of what’s available.
The handbook also includes a glossary of EU funding terms, with links to where one can find out more. Spread over five pages, the EU Funding Glossary can be printed out separately making it a stand-alone product.
Also available on the Info Centre website is an online Neighbourhood Glossary, in an A to Z format (English, French, Arabic, Russian) and a separate glossary for each region, East and South, in pdf format.
The Directors Across Borders (DAB) project funded under the Eastern Partnership culture programme, is currently accepting applications for a Story Development Workshop for feature films which will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, from 6-10 May, 2013. The deadline for applicants is 22 March. The Workshop will focus on the creative aspects of story development and will help to provide emerging scriptwriters, producers and directors the fundamental skills to create more engaging cinematic stories and package them in ways that will make them more competitive in the global film market.
The workshop will focus on strengthening the skills and knowledge of the participants in two areas of story development: (1) creating more dynamic and engaging stories, (2) packaging these stories to attract the financial and other forms of support necessary to bring them to the screen.
The workshop will be composed of lectures, case studies, group work and one-to-one meetings. Topics covered will include:
- characters and dramatic structure, writing genre;
- script analysis;
- storytelling in the era of converging media;
- adapting novels and short stories for the screen;
- the business of development and funding opportunities;
- managing creativity/creative management, the art of packaging and pitching.
The Story Development Workshop is part of the DAB project supported by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and implemented by the GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development in Armenia and its partners. The goal of the project is to foster the development of conditions and structures through which cinema can be a vector for sustainable economic, social and human development within and between EaP countries. Throughout 2012-2014, the DAB project will provide a series of workshops, trainings and networking opportunities for film industry professionals for the EU Eastern Partnership region and beyond.
The €12 million Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims at assisting the partner countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the region. It seeks to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries’ cultural networks and actors. (EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)