Blockchain – Europa Distribution’s Panel at MIA

by Vittoria Scarpa   It’s all people have been talking about at film industry events, festivals and major audiovisual markets for months. The revolutionary blockchain technology and its potential applications to the film industry also made an impact at the MIA – Rome International Audiovisual Market , where Europa Distribution organised a panel on the theme: “Everything you always wanted to know about distribution but were afraid to ask: Blockchain and its application to the distribution of…

MEDIA Success Stories, Volume II: Scope100, European Film Challenge and Europa Distribution

by Isabella Weber   After analysing the role that the MEDIA programme has had in the support of European film distribution through its schemes directly dedicated to distributors over the past years (read here the article), we explore here the goals and the achievements of two projects (Scope100 and The European Film Challenge) and of one sector’s association (Europa Distribution), that all receive grants from MEDIA. Each of the them contributes to the promotion and diffusion of independent European cinema…

(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…

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…

The Constant Gardeners – What role for Distributors in the new Film Industry Ecosystem? Europa Distribution’s 11th Annual Conference in Karlovy Vary

by Isabella Weber 40 distributors, members of Europa Distribution, gathered in Karlovy Vary from the 2nd to the 6th of July in the scope of the Industry Event of the Festival. They were involved in an intense agenda of activities organised by the network and its partners for the occasion of Europa Distribution’s 11th Annual Conference. The fil rouge chosen to guide the conversation was the current state of the Film Industry and the role…

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

  411 exponents of the Film Industry, including an impressive number of Europa Distribution’s members, signed a letter addressed to Presidents Tajani and Tusk to raise the Parliament and Council’s awareness about the need for Territoriality. 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…

Sailing on legal offer streams

By Eva Morsch Kihn   In the framework of the 63rd edition of the International Film Festival of San Sebastián (Spain), Europa Distribution in cooperation with the Industry Club organised a workshop on the theme « Pushing legal offer and fighting piracy ».   “The basic pillars for films to exist online: new perspectives on discoverability, an eye-catching legal offer and a decreasing piracy” was the starting point of the workshop. Moderated by Michael Gubbins (SampoMedia, UK), this open panel…

9th annual conference at Karlovy Vary IFF 2015

by Eva Morsch Kihn   The 9th Europa Distribution annual conference, organized with the support of Creative Europe, took place from July the 5th to the 8th in the scope of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic. This event is part of a cycle of workshops organized by Europa Distribution all year round in partnership with important film festivals in Europe and beyond. The important number of distributors who participated to the conference…