An Italian developmentcompany is to start holding a series of EU-funded workshops and seminars across
The first of the week-longresidential MAIA workshops, which are funded by the Media Programme, will kickoff in
The second workshop, inSeptember 2006, will explore business development, focusing on European privateand public funding, distribution and co-productions.
MAIA will also hold three2-day seminars this year, the first of which will take place in April in
The MAIA workshops are aimedat new European producers, and in particular those from Mediterraneancountries,
MAIA has a budget of $215,360(Euros 180,000), with $107,698 (Euros 90,000) funded by the Media Programme andthe remaining amount by private and public sponsors, including national Italianfilm school Centro Sperimentale and Rome culturalagency Zone Attive.
The workshops are organizedby three-year-old Rome-based outfit Fabula Film,whose partners include European development agencies Aristaand ACE. Fabula, which is
Fabula recently also made itsfirst foray in film production, with a documentary on the 20th Century Italianwriter Italo Calvino, that was broadcast on RAI last year.