Magazine article Screen International

Eurimages Mulls Border Extension

Magazine article Screen International

Eurimages Mulls Border Extension

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Pan-European production fund Eurimages is mulling how it can extend cooperation beyond the borders of its 36 member states, executive director Roberto Olla revealed at a Film Forum panel on the body on Wednesday.

"We have set up a study group to reflect on how to extend relations to other non-European countries. We're considering the possibility - the if and when - of cooperating with non-European countries," he said. "No decision has been taken as yet but we're certainly interested otherwise a study group would not have been created but of course the implications are many and complex."

He was speaking at a presentation of the Strasbourg-based fund which gap finances some 30 to 40 films a year up to [euro]500,000. Under current rules, projects must have two member state producers accounting for 70% of the budget attached and 50% of the budget in place.

The body is currently holding its end-of-year board meeting at DIFF - at which it will select the fourth and final round of projects for 2012. …

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