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Culture 2000: First European Community Framework Programme in Support of Culture (2000-2004)

Proposed on 6 May 1998 by the European Commission, Culture 2000 will cover a period of five years, starting 1 January 2000 and ending 2004, and aims at contributing to the promotion of a cultural area common to the European people and supporting co-operation between creative artists, cultural operators and the cultural institutions of the Member States in order to enforce the wording of Article 128 of the Treaty on the European Union. The proposal intends to rationalize and strengthen the effectiveness of cultural cooperation actions within a single financial and programming instrument to replace the former Kaleidoscope, Ariane and RaphaŽl programmes. The proposed budget allocation is 167 million ECU over the five years. Support will be given along three Action lines:

Action 1 - Integrated projects covered by structured and multiannual and transnational cultural cooperation agreements (e.g., co-production of exhibitions and festivals, measures to develop training and mobility in the cultural professions, congresses and meetings on cultural topics of European importance). The financial support for each project may not be less than 200,000 or more than 350,000 ECUs a year.

Action 2 - Major projects with a European and/or international dimension (e.g.,European City of Culture, broadcasting of major cultural events, an EU cultural festival of the Presidency). Twenty such major actions should be undertaken each year. The Community support for such projects may not be less than 200,000 or more than 1 million ECUs.

Action 3 - Specific, innovative and/or experimental projects within the Community and/or in non-member countries (e.g., easier access to culture and wider cultural participation by the people of Europe, support for the creation of multimedia tools making artistic creation and heritage more visible and accessible, promotion of the profile of European cultures in third countries). One hundred such actions should be launched each year. Community support for specific measures may not be less than 50,000 or more than 100,000 ECUs each.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Jean-Michel Baer, European Commission - DGX - 200, rue de la Loi, B-1040 Bruxelles, Belgium, tel.: 32-2/296 92 60; fax: 32-2/299 48 04; http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg10/culture/index-en.html

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Euroscript Film Story Competition

Deadlines 30 April and 31 October 1999

Euroscript is a continuous distance training project to develop and promote EU scripts. It is a project of the European Union's MEDIA II programme, an initiative for film and TV training aiming to reinforce and encourage the European audio-visual industry by funding projects through covering training, production and distribution. Euroscript offers support and distance learning material to help EU screenwriters develop scripts and run screenwriters' groups.

Presented by the London Screenwriters' Workshop (LSW), a registered charity formed in 1983, which has become the largest European screenwriters' association offering a programme of courses, industry seminars, and script development workshops, Euroscript helps film and television screenwriters through a competition to develop scripts, script reading, EU workshops, promotion of selected writers and scripts, and support of writers' groups.

Through its distance script development programme, Euroscript develops 20 film and TV stories into scripts each year free of charge. To help select the scripts, two Europe-wide screenplay competitions are run each year. Stories are read in any EU language. Winning writers are given ongoing help from a script editor to develop their scripts. Euroscript will give industry standard feedback in a comprehensive report, including analyses of characterization, plotting, structure and dialogue.

Selection is based on a grading of originality, technical craft, power of characters and story, and commercial viability.

Euroscript also offers copyright registration and active promotion to production companies and agents in press releases and via a web script bank, seeking production development for approved screenplays through MEDIA II and with independent production companies. The organization has recently launched a match funding development scheme for writer/producer teams.

Advice and material to help establish and maintain writers' groups networking are provided, and international workshops and seminars are held in different EU countries each year.

In addition to its Distance Learning and Script Reading Services, Euroscript will soon be offering an on-line database of frequently asked screenwriting questions, tips and techniques, and sample layouts.

To receive an entry form, please contact: Euroscript, 114 Whitfield Street, London W1P5RW, England, tel./fax: +44 (0)171 387 5880; e-mail: euroscript@netmatters.co.uk; http://www.euroscript.co.uk/