Where’s my film? Availability and visibility of European films on VoD platforms

by Isabella Weber   Over the past six years the expansion in Europe of big international VoD players such as Netflix and Amazon has started an irreversible process that is changing – and, according to some, disrupting – the whole film market. While it is true that those consumers who know what they want can get it “here and now” far more easily than in the past, it is also true that in the maze…

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…

TV Sales in Europe : the end of film exploitation as we know it by Birgit Heidsiek

Due to the acquisition stop of various European TV stations, even very successful European art house distributors are facing a difficult situation. The circumstances are quite similar in the different parts of Europe. „We still try to sell our films to the national television and if I make a statement about how impossible it is, than they are not going to buy anything from us ever“, says a distributor who prefers to remain anonymous In…

Cinema Communication: Consultation Round 3, time for Knock Out? by Claire La Combe

On April the 30th, the European Commission has launched a third public consultation for reviewing the state aid criteria it uses to assess national support schemes for films and other audiovisual works. After two years of discussion and tensed negotiations with stakeholders and Member states, this consultation is meant to be the last. Indeed, regarding the revised roadmap of the Commission, there is a pressing need for the definitive text to be adopted before the…

EU/US Trade negotiations : The European film is at stake by Birgit Heidsiek

The digitization that leads to new distribution channels, business models and marketing strategies with own rules and restrictions is only one part of all the changes and challenges the European film industry is confronted with. While the green paper was promoting multi-territorial licensing and intended to leave no place for national theatrical distributors, the European Commission suggested for the new Cinema Communication to repeal the release windows that are contractual in the funding guidelines. Another…

Filmmakers’ Petition to Preserve Europe’s cultural exception in the EU/US trade negociations / April 22 2013

Eurocinema, Europacinema, EuropaDistribution, Europa International, FIAD, SAA and UNIC declare their support for a petition launched by European film-makers. The petition aims to exclude audiovisual and cinematographic services from the negotiation mandate of the European Commission for the trade negotiations between the USA and Europe. These organisations, standing alongside the film-makers who have already signed this petition, encourage the European Member States to make substantial amendments to the negotiation mandate proposed by the European Commission.…