Magazine article Screen International

Calls for Clarification of EC's Draft Cinema Communication

Magazine article Screen International

Calls for Clarification of EC's Draft Cinema Communication

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Many European film organisations have called for more clarification and precision in the European Commission's (EC) draft Cinema Communication in their responses submitted by the 14 June deadline and now obtained by Screen.

Film and Music Austria, for example, criticised the draft's seemingly arbitrary use of 'film' and 'audiovisual media', commenting that "the terminology of the paper is inconsistent in several places."

In a joint position paper, five trade organisations EuroFIA, FERA, FIAPF, IVF and UNI-MEI warned that "any well-intentioned but essentially misguided policy choices in this area [of state aid] could create serious threats to the European film and audiovisual sectors in economic, social and cultural terms. Any damage to the sector at the current crucial juncture in its transition to the digital environment would be very difficult to repair."

Their paper described the EC's analysis of the necessity for limits to territorialisation and control on a supposed 'subsidy race' as "profoundly flawed", while the European Coordination of Indepedent Producers (CEPI) pointed out that if the territorialisation proposal went through, it would create "serious difficulties" for European funding structures, "considering the majority of these film subsidies systems have been set up to last beyond 2013."

Addressing the draft's concern about a so-called 'war of incentives' to attract major foreign film productions, the European Producers Club (EPC) declared: "As we have underlined several times before, this 'war' does not exist. …

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