3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
Trans-border exchanges with Serbia and Montenegro have been almost non-existent, due to political obstacles between the two countries. In recent years, Albania has tried to foster these exchanges with FYROM and Kosovo. With the latter, there has been distinguished progress, with cultural festivals, joint book fairs and exchange of concerts and drama tours. The current government has announced a plan to change an existing cultural centre into a theatre, with support from the Greek government, in the form of EUR 2.5 million to finance the project.
Drama, opera and ballet have received grants from mandated agencies such as the Alliance Française, the Italian Institute of Culture, the German Embassy, and the Austrian Embassy.
In the film industry, the French foundation Fond du Sud has played a key role, financing half of Albanian feature film productions.