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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…

The Sound of Documentaries : Europa Distribution workshop in Nyon

by Isabella Weber   Gone are the days when the word “documentary” would only evoke tiny lions and gazelles running on your TV screens. Over the past years, documentary films have been knocking at bigger and bigger doors and gained access to “class A” film festivals, getting at the core of their official competitions and up on stage with golden awards, right next to fiction films. This phenomenon finds an echo in theaters, where documentaries…

Joining resources to grow stronger together : Europa Distribution’s workshop in Sofia

by Isabella Weber   Far from being prerogative of do-gooders dictionaries, expressions such as “sharing economy,” “co-creation,” “open data” define today very concrete business models. So when it comes to indie film distribution, what can be shared?   20 distributors, 1 transmedia architect, 1 cultural centre manager and 1 representative of the Lux  Film Prize were gathered in Sofia by Europa Distribution in the framework of the Sofia Meetings, to discuss the potential of collaborative…

European Distribution: Focus on France

by Claire La Combe Is the French ecosystem broken? We’ve been hearing a lot of worried professionals about the state of the French films market lately…Concentration of entries in major circuits, overexposure of certain films, faster rotation of films on screens, higher promotion costs, with some art-house films which don’t even reach exhibition. Cases of the “system” dysfunction are numerous. Still, France stays the Europe biggest market for cinema with more than 200 million admissions…