Magazine article Screen International

European Commission Wants Catalonia to Open Up Distribution of Non-Spanish Films

Magazine article Screen International

European Commission Wants Catalonia to Open Up Distribution of Non-Spanish Films

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The European Commission (EC) has requested Spain to put an end to the discriminatory rules in the Catalan Law on Cinema, which hurts the distribution of non-Spanish films.

According to the EC, the legislation which requires 50% of films to be distributed in Catalonia in Catalan (including original, dubbed and subtitled versions) is incompatible with the European Union's rules on the free movement of services.

The law had had the effect of making the circulation of non-Spanish European films in Spain more expensive and thus more difficult.

While Spanish films in their original Castilian version have been exempt from this obligation, distributors of non-Spanish European films were faced with additional costs of between [euro]25,000 and [euro]77,000 for dubbing or between [euro]2,000 and [euro]5,730 for subtitling.

This Law on Cinema had provided for a derogation for films distributed on less than 16 prints, but more than half of the non-Spanish European films distributed in Catalonia are still affected. …

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