The ambitions of the Copenhagen-based international cross-media training course Eucroma were high when The National Film School of Denmark established the program in cooperation with European partners in December 2011.
During a six-month course, several hundred students from all over Europe would gather in Copenhagen to learn about creating innovative gaming experiences, and within the first three years this would result in five to ten new game companies being established in Denmark, as well as inspire international game developers to establish local branches in Denmark.
However, expectations and reality have proven to be two very different things. According to Danish it website Version2, Eucroma has not only had trouble attracting students and inspiring them to start businesses in Denmark – the financing behind Eucroma is also failing.
“We have to acknowledge that some of the ideas we had at the beginning have proven difficult to realise. We have only had half as many students as expected,” Eucroma project manager Gunnar Wille tells Version2.
Wille had expected that Eucroma would have spawned more business based on the experiences from the successful DADIU program. Not only has it been difficult to attract international students, according to Wille, the ones that did enroll went back home afterwards.
Beside student tuition, Eucroma has been financed by funds from The Capital Region of Denmark and EU’s Media Programme. However, the EU funding is no longer available for film schools, and The Capital Region of Denmark is still in the process of negotiating budgets – making the future funding of Eucroma an unknown.
For these reasons, Eucroma will only accept a very limited number of students in 2016.
Read the full article at Version2 (in Danish) here.