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The AV sector alerts the European Parliament and the Council about the need of territoriality

  The letter addressed to Presidents Tajani and President Tusk to raise the Parliament’s and Commission’s awareness about the risks of Portability was signed by 411 members and associations of the European Film Industry. Absolute territorial exclusivity is the cornerstone of creativity and investment in European audiovisual works and other protected content – Communication from AV sector representatives across Europe regarding the proposed Regulation on country-of-origin licensing of certain online services by broadcasters. Read here…

Dial A for Audience. Europa Distribution at the 14th Sofia Meetings

by Isabella Weber This year Europa Distribution celebrated the 7th anniversary of its partnership with the Sofia Meetings, bringing over 20 distributors to the 21st edition of the Sofia International Film Festival from March 16 to March 19. Besides attending the festival’s activities, the members of Europa Distribution gathered on Friday 17th to discuss the new forms of collaboration between Film Festivals and distributors in a private workshop entitled “Dial A for Audience. How can…

European Distribution : Focus on Portugal

by Ernesto Leotta In the fast changing, unpredictable audiovisual world of today, running a successful distribution company can be quite a challenge. When you live in Portugal – where one “big fish” controls the quasi-totality of the “little pond”, and has its “fins” in the exhibition field – it becomes an everyday struggle. However, little fishes can prove to have the right strategies to stay relevant and keep their small but grounded positioning in the…

Effective Communication in Professional Negotiations: Europa Distribution’s Workshop in Marrakech

by Isabella Weber For the 3rd consecutive year, Europa Distribution organized a workshop on Professional Interactions and Negotiation in the framework of the Marrakech International Film Festival. In a time when the number of films distributed everywhere in Europe keeps increasing, while the number of the cinema theatres remains the same, the ability to effectively communicate with all parts of the Industry chain, to give visibility to non-mainstream films, becomes especially crucial.   From the…

European Distribution : Focus on Scandinavia

 by Birgit Heidsiek   Spotlight on Scandinavia: All about audience access for arthouse films   Since decades, the Scandinavian countries have had the highest number of average admissions in Europe. Although the Icelanders don’t go thirteen times per year anymore to the cinema as they used to do it in the early 1980’s, the insular state Iceland is still holding the record with more than four cinema ticket purchases per inhabitant. “Illegal downloads don’t really…

Everything you wanted to know about distribution and were afraid to ask : Presales & Coproductions

Written by Ernesto Leotta Saturday 22 October afternoon saw a huge crowd filling Hotel Boscolo Exedra’s Michelangelo Hall in Rome, eager to hear the latest about distribution in the European Union, thanks to a panel powered by Europa Distribution and MIA – Cinema. The latter is a branch of MIA, Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo (International Market for Audiovisual), the first Italian Market converging all the segments of the audiovisual industry. In the frame of Rome Film…

Europa Distribution on the VoD Gold Rush in San Sebastian

by Isabella Weber Celebrating the 10th edition of its San Sebastian workshop in partnership with the San Sebastian Film Festival, Europa Distribution proposed this year a panel on the promotion of independent films on VoD,  open to all Industry accredited of the festival. Is VoD the new Gold Rush? How can independent films hope to dig some gold out of it? The crowd who filled the Function Hall of the San Telmo Museum on September…

European Distribution : Focus on Italy

by Isabella Weber   Looking at the stats on Italian admissions for the first trimester of 2016, one is tempted to cheer about the 24% rise registered in comparison to the same period in 2015. Especially considering that the balance for 2015 was already quite positive in terms of admissions, which had increased by 8.9% from 2014. But looking more closely at the numbers, one would discover that the success concerned mainly US titles, while…

“C” for Cinema? The ABC of Film Education

Europa Distribution in Karlovy Vary – “C” for Cinema? The ABC of Film Education by Isabella Weber   The International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary hosted again this year the largest annual gathering of the members of Europa Distribution who, from July 3 to July 7, got together to address several critical topics for independent distribution today, focusing especially on the current situation of Film Education in Europe.   With the cinema spectators growing older…

Releasing non-European films with ACM Distribution

ACM Distribution is part of World Cinema Support (Aide aux Cinémas du Monde in French, or ACM), a fund founded by the CNC dedicated to the international distribution of the films supported at the production stage. With the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme, this selective support is open to European companies that offer innovative international distribution and promotional strategies for one or several ACM films in at least three territories (one of…