The newly launched Mediterranean and European Programme for Audiovisual Development, dubbed Medea, has unveiled the details of its application and awards process. The programme will dole out up to 900,000 Euros annually to 25 feature film and documentary projects from countries in the European Union and Mediterranean region.

Medea, which is funded by the European Commission and spearheaded by the regional government of Andalusia, Spain, has just opened the applications process for subsidies worth a maximum of 15,000 Euros for documentaries and 36,000 Euros for feature films.

First-year projects will be announced next December, with subsidies awarded in four installations during four required training seminars running from February to November of 2001. Medea will initially run for three years, during which time programme director Carmen Illana says more than 500 "Euro-Mediterranean" professionals will have been involved.