Verzió Film Foundation has won a 27 000 euro grant from the Creative Europe scheme for the15th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, organized in cooperation with Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) at Central European University (CEU). The festival will take place in Budapest, Pécs and Szeged, from November 6 – 11, 2018.
The purpose of the Creative Europe programme is to stimulate interest in European audiovisual works and in cinematographic film heritage through the promotion of events, films, literacy and festivals in particular among young audiences. This year, 31 festivals from 18 countries receive funding from the Film Festivals scheme. The grantees include 18 global festivals, five documentary festivals, four short film festivals, three animation festivals and one event dedicated to young audiences.
Four festivals receive funding for the first time including Gijón International Film Festival (Spain), Go Short International Short Festival (the Netherlands), Cork Film Festival (Ireland) and Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary). The scheme supports festivals that programme a majority of European films from at least 15 countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and in particular those that demonstrate a commitment to developing new audiences and increasing levels of film literacy through various outreach activities.