There are straws in the wind about possible changes to the framework for cinema support within the European Union. If past experience is anything to go by I imagine that any proposed changes will favour producers, sellers and businesses in the film industry rather than the makers of films and their audiences.
The European Audiovisual Observatory (part of the Council of Europe) is hosting discussion on the proposed changes during the Cannes festival in a few weeks time.
LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD?
Towards New European Rules for Film Funding
Saturday 19th May, 11:00 - 13:00,
Salon des Ambassadeurs, Palais des festivals
This year the Observatory is looking at the new rules for film funding in Europe currently under discussion. As Brussels overhauls the current rules, a major public consultation is underway on these changes. We’ve invited the European Commission, film funders and key industry players to ask if these new rules can:
-Reduce the obligations to spend funding in any one country
-Control the subsidy race between countries
-Improve audiences for European films
In addition, the Observatory will be presenting its latest intelligence:
-Key developments on the European film market in 2011
-Latest facts and figures on public funding in Europe
-Introduction to the current debate on the new funding rules: the European Commission’s proposal for a new Cinema Communication