(28 November 2014) – Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute published a comprehensive report on the dissemination of European films in Europe and in the world.
At a time when the European Commission has just announced its new Creative Europe programme, with a budget of €1.46 billion over seven years (2014-2020), and the application of the territorialised funding principle has been confirmed, a report by Josef Wutz, which was commissioned by the European think tank Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute, along with the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA) and UniFrance films (the French film export agency), aims to take stock of the dissemination of European films in Europe and in the world from 2002 to 2014.
To do so, it takes all those working in the film industry into account: filmmakers, distributors, cinema operators, but also video content providers and public bodies providing funding to films. It focuses on four countries: Germany, Spain, France and Italy.
The report then makes recommendations aiming at raising the profile of the European film industry:
- Balance out production and distribution funding;
- Assist cinema operators in imposing, in return, regulation of the programming of European films in Europe;
- Stimulate new distribution channels taking account of digital technology;
- Take the cultural contribution of films into consideration in Europe’s image.