The EuroMediterranean Conference which was created in 1995 in the wave of the Barcelona Agreements for the creation of a free trade area in the Mediterranean, represents one of the most prestigious cultural event of the Venice Film Festival.
It is organized in collaboration with the European Parliament, the Italian Committee of CICT-UNESCO and the Council of the Cinematographic Events in the Mediterranean (MCM).
It is an opportunity of dialogue among the main stakeholders in the fields of culture, cinema and ICTs. The Conference promoted and supported relevant initiatives in the Mediterranean, such as: the Euromed Audiovisual programme for the policies that support cinema; the Copeam (Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators) for public television; the Film Festivals of Tirana, Ohrid, Zagreb, Beirut, Gaza, Kouribka, Kalamata, Menorca; the rencontres cinèma of Hammamet; the relaunching of the Festival of Antalya, in Turkey, that is the first Euro-Asiatic festival. It is now engaged to creating the Union for the Mediterranean.
Among the most important initiatives promoted in these years, it is relevant to mention the MediTirana project in Albania; the “MedEcrans” project in Morocco, in collaboration with the Moroccan National Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO Rabat Office and the Ministry of Higher Education. Other iniziatives took place in Turkey, through the support of the Izmir and Antalya film festivals and the collaboration with the Word Mass Media Research Foundation in Ankara; in Egypt under collaborative arrangements with ERTU (Egyptian RadioTelevision) and in Tunisia with ERTT (Etablissement de la Radiodiffusion Télévision) for the promotion of Egyptian and Tunisian cinema through Euro- Mediterranean television channels; in Spain through the promotion of the Minorca Festival and the collaboration in the Audiovisual Archives project launched by the San Pablo CEU University in Madrid; in Lebanon through the the collaboration with TéléLiban and the promotion of the first Beirut Film Festival; in Cyprus through the Euriopos Centre for the promotion of Mediterranean cultures; in Palestine through collaboration with the Palestinian Television; in France through collaboration with France Television 2-3 and the Centre Méditerranéen de la Communication Audiovisuelle (CMCA) for the promotion of Mediterranean audiovisual media; in Israel through collaboration with the Jerusalem and Haifa Festivals; in Croatia through collaboration with the Zagreb Film Festival; in Ethiopia through the project to explore the possibility of setting up a national film library and theatre; in Malta through cooperation with the International Foundation of Malta.