6,500 signatures on the petition to save MEDIA Programme

At the close of the last edition of CARTOON MOVIE in Lyon, the European animation film industry came out in large numbers to strongly express its support of the European Union’s MEDIA Programme and to keep it as it exists today.

More than 6,500 professionals from 35 European countries signed a petition addressed to Mr. Barroso, President of the European Commission, to express their deepest fear that the MEDIA Programme will see its specific resources reduced in the future and diluted within a cultural programme with a larger scope.

The directors of European animation films have signed this petition include Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit), Luc Besson (Arthur and the Minimoys), Marjane Strapi (Persepolis), Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist), Jacques-Remy Girerd (Mia and the Migoo), Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me), Patrice Leconte (The Suicide Shop), Michel Ocelot (Kirikou), Ben Stassen (Sammy’s Adventures).

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