BRUSSELS, May 12 (Xinhua) -- More than 20 films supported by the European Union's Creative Europe MEDIA program will be screened at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival (14-25 May), including seven films in competition for the top prize, an EU's statement said Monday.
Creative Europe is the EU funding programs supporting the cultural and creative sectors. It combines the EU's MEDIA and Culture programmes.
The 21 EU-funded films to be screened at Cannes represent a variety of European countries, languages, genres and talents. They have received a total of more than 1.3 million euros (around 1.8 million U.S. dollars) in funding from MEDIA.
Among the MEDIA-supported films selected is the movie chosen to open the festival, Grace de Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood heroine who married a prince.
"I am delighted that European films selected for funding from MEDIA are once again in the Cannes spotlight. This investment is a guarantee of cultural and linguistic diversity, greater choice for cinema-goers and a more competitive industry," said Commissioner Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for culture.