BRUSSELS, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Monday took pride in funding the film "Slumdog Millionaire," which won the Best Picture and seven other Academy Awards.
The British film was co-funded under the EU's film support program MEDIA.
Viviane Reding, EU commissioner for information society and media, congratulated the makers of the film on its success. She said: "The scale of the triumph, be it the eight Oscars or its popularity with audiences worldwide, shows that the support by the EU's MEDIA program is paying off."
"The EU's MEDIA program makes sure films made in the EU gets a chance to meet judge and jury, in the form of audiences worldwide and competing for international prestigious awards," she said.
"The success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' shows, more than ever, that MEDIA funding is money well spent, as it helps Europe's cinema spread its cultural diversity around the globe," she added.
"Slumdog Millionaire" received 830,000 euros (1 million U.S. dollars) from the MEDIA program for distribution in 2008 and 2009.The total budget of the film is estimated at 11 million euros (14 million dollars).