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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

European Distribution: Focus on Belgium

 by Isabella Weber While the debate on the “Digital Single Market” is still a hot topic of discussion for the whole European Film Industry, Europa Distribution continues its internal survey to explore the current situation of Film Distribution in each European country. Belgium. A split territory surrounded by bigger markets At first sight the Belgium film market presents the same overview as most of European markets with a significant predominance of American films over everything…

European Distribution : Focus on Germany

European Distribution: Focus on Germany  „Der Untergang“   by Birgit Heidsiek   For the very first time in the history of mankind, we can observe the rise and fall of a whole art form. The experience of watching a high quality piece of art in a cinema, be it a master piece from the silent movie era of the 1920‘s, or be it a milestone from the 1970‘s or 1980‘s, will be replaced by seeing these…

European Distribution : Focus on Spain

European Distribution : Focus on Spain Distribuidores al borde de un ataque de nervios?  by Birgit Heidsiek   Due to the economic crisis, the tremendous increase of ticket prices, the lack of a young target audience and not least piracy, it has become difficult to release European art house films in Spain. The total number of cinema admissions keeps dropping constantly since ten years. While in 2004 there still were 147m tickets sold, the number…