Magazine article Screen International

Eurimages Confirms Canada and Israel in Talks to Join Fund; Gulf Countries Could Follow

Magazine article Screen International

Eurimages Confirms Canada and Israel in Talks to Join Fund; Gulf Countries Could Follow

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Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (The Council of Europe's film fund) has again raised the possibility that Eurimages will become a fund "that goes beyond the geographical limit of Europe."

Speaking from Venice, where Eurimages has a stand at the inaugural Venice film market, the Eurimages boss painted a future in which countries from all over the world will participate in the Fund.Olla [pictured] confirmed that Canada and Israel are already in discussions to join Eurimages. Other possible new entrants include Montengro, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.The news of the Fund's possible expansion comes as applications are continuing to rise."We've witnessed an increase in the number of projects we receive," Olla said. He attributed this to the financial crisis, which "is pushing producers even more so to knock on the doors of public funds." Now, Olla suggested, even broadly commercial projects that would once have expected to find their financing on the open market are turning toward Eurimages.The Fund is also putting feelers out to the Gulf countries. Underlining its increasing reach beyond Europe, Eurimages will be holding a board of management meeting at the Dubai Festival in December.Olla stated that the European Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction is likely to be overhauled.The Convention (a key instrument for European coproduction) is now set to be "exported" beyond Europe. The Council of Europe commissioned a study of the Convvention by Olsberg SPI. …

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