Magazine article Screen International

Europa Distribution Warns of Single Digital Market 'Catastrophe'

Magazine article Screen International

Europa Distribution Warns of Single Digital Market 'Catastrophe'

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Europa Distribution has warned that the European Commission's proposed single digital market would be a "catastrophe" for the independent film sector.

Speaking to ScreenDaily at the Rome International Film Festival (Oct 16-25), where the indie distribution network held its annual general meeting, general manager Christine Eloy said: "The big topic of our AGM was the single digital market, which would be a catastrophe for the whole audiovisual sector, not only the distribution sector, if it comes to pass."

EC politicians believe that that too many barriers still block the free flow of online services and entertainment across national borders.

The EC's recently published Digital Agenda aims to 'update EU single market rules for the digital era' with the ambition of 'boosting the music download business, establishing a single area for online payments, and further protecting EU consumers in cyberspace.'

However, according to Europa Distribution the Commission's proposed pan-European digital market could have devastating effects on European independent distributors and on audiences.

Recently appointed Europa Distribution co-president Laurent Dutoit of Agora Films explained the sector's fears: "The main problem is that this model will concentrate attention on only a few titles [leading to many distributors going out of business].

"It will be impossible to make films by successful independent directors known in certain territories if the distributor isn't in business to do the job. …

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