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How to give old films a new life? Europa Distribution Panel in San Sebastian brings you Back to the Future

by Isabella Weber In a cinematic era dominated by nostalgia, representatives of the film industry too have sometimes the tendency of looking behind thinking “those were the days”… The golden days when independent films could count on a long theatrical exploitation, when free TVs were still buying quality content and a DVD was considered a good gift for Christmas. Within the general crisis affecting the independent cinema distribution in Europe, the collapse of the DVD…

Europa Distribution is looking for an intern!

It is with pleasure that his year again, Europa Distribution, the association of independent distributors of films, will be able to welcome one intern. For students who are interested in the film industry and would like to take a closer look at how an international professional association works, Europa Distribution offers a unique opportunity to participate in the management of such a structure and to discover an essential link in the audiovisual ecosystem, the independent…

(Don’t) Burn after reading. Europa Distribution’s new workshop on Script Evaluation in Karlovy Vary

 by Isabella Weber   Immersed in the peaceful atmosphere of Karlovy Vary’s rivers and woods, thirty members of Europa Distribution took a step back from their daily working routine to acquire some new tools on Script Evaluation and share their perspectives with other distributors working in different territories.   It all started on a Monday. In partnership with the KVIFF – that on its 53rd edition counted over 13.000 accredited participants – Europa Distribution co-organized…

MEDIA programme: A success story for European film distribution

by Isabella Weber   Ever since its creation in 1991 the MEDIA programme has pursued the objective of increasing the circulation of European films within and beyond Europe. The reason is simple: such films have the ability of carrying the values of the European cultural identity. When in 2014 the programme was reshaped under the Creative Europe programme, its core purposes were reconfirmed: “to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity, to promote Europe’s cultural heritage…

FOCUS ON RUSSIA AND LITHUANIA

by Jesús Silva Following some of our previous articles about the situation of independent film distribution in countries such as Iceland, UK and Portugal, we will now take a look at the landscape of a very particular tandem of states: Russia and Lithuania. We have interviewed the members of Europa Distribution based in these countries in order to get a better insight of the current state of affairs. What are the main problems affecting independent distributors in these territories?…

Portability at a glance: Summary of the EU regulation on cross-border portability

What? With the intention of facilitating access to online content services throughout the EU, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Regulation on cross-border portability on 9 December 2016. The regulation was put in place to ensure that subscribers of European online content services would be able to access lawfully provided content from their Member State of residence when temporarily present in another EU Member State. The Regulation was then adopted by the European…

Focus on Iceland: Bíó Paradís and the challenges of releasing independent cinema

by Birgit Heidsiek   The “Seven Year Itch” turns out well for the Bíó Paradís, a cinema and distribution company in Iceland that is showing European arthouse films and U.S. independents. With “Moonlight”, the distributor released for the first time a movie that was also booked by other exhibitors in Reykjavík. “We are releasing the kind of films that other exhibitors don’t want to occupy their screens with”, says Hronn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director of Bíó…

Europa Distribution Animation Workshop at Cartoon Movie

by Isabella Weber   In the framework of the 20th Edition of Cartoon Movie, Europa Distribution organized on March 7th a workshop dedicated to those many independent distributors within the Association who are engaged in bringing independent and European animation films to local audiences. While many members are habitués of the Cartoon event, and have a long experience with animation releases, this was for others the occasion to get more familiar with the specificities of…

Everything you always wanted to know about Distribution but were afraid to ask: PIRACY

by Isabella Weber On Saturday 21 October, Europa Distribution, in partnership with MIA, gathered a panel of experts in Rome to acknowledge and discuss the elephant in the room: piracy. The roundtable, moderated by Paolo Marzano (President of the Permanent Advisory Committee for Copyright at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Italy), analysed the latest data on the impact of piracy in Europe, with a specific focus on independent films, commonly perceived as less affected by…

The Bigger Picture on Public Film Funding – Europa Distribution in San Sebastian

by Isabella Weber   Absorbed in the small, time-consuming everyday tasks, sometimes professionals find it it hard to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This is especially true for distributors when it comes to scouting for public film funds, which are essential in supporting the releases of many European titles. Up until now, film funds have tended to largely prioritise production but, lately, certain funds have come to the conclusion that…