European Distribution : Focus on Czech Republic and Slovakia

by Isabella Weber   Moving towards East, Europa Distribution’s enquire on the current state of indie film distribution continues; after Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain it is time for Czech Republic and Slovakia to unveil their distribution scenario.   Two Countries, One Market?   Up until 1992, Czech Republic and Slovakia were united in the Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia and today the two countries still share an important cultural heritage. Looking at the big…

European Distribution: Focus on the Netherlands

by Claire La Combe Whenever the film market of the Netherlands is mentioned, it is very often associated with its neighbour Belgium, as part of the “2nd rank markets” – those who fully participate in the general trend of the EU film Market, without being a dramatic player. Indeed, in terms of trends, it gently follows the global EU market’s ones: number of admissions has remained over the past years almost perfectly stable (around 30…

The EU Copyright Consultation: The Nightmare before Christmas

The public consultation on the European copyright framework which was launched by the EU right before Christmas has alarmed authors, producers, distributors, exhibitors all over Europe. The efforts regarding the revision and modernization of the copyright affect the territorial rules in the single market, the harmonization, restrictions and exceptions of the copyright in the digital age as well as the fragmentation of the copyright market in the EU.   So far, the flexible European copyright…