FOCUS ON RUSSIA AND LITHUANIA

by Jesús Silva Following some of our previous articles about the situation of independent film distribution in countries such as Iceland, UK and Portugal, we will now take a look at the landscape of a very particular tandem of states: Russia and Lithuania. We have interviewed the members of Europa Distribution based in these countries in order to get a better insight of the current state of affairs. What are the main problems affecting independent distributors in these territories?…

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…

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…

The fight against piracy: response and responsibility

  “The film industry has to come up with new strategies to fight piracy“, says Torsten Frehse, CEO of Berlin-based distribution company Neue Visionen. Since films can be reproduced digitally, piracy is no longer an issue that only affects the major studios. Independent European distributors report growing damages because their art house titles are pirated. “The dubbed German version of the Norwegian comedy A Somewhat Gentle Man by Hans Petter Moland was streamed illegally between…