Magazine article Screen International

Canada Primed for Eurimages Membership

Magazine article Screen International

Canada Primed for Eurimages Membership

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Canada is expected to become the first country outside of the European continent to join the Eurimages Fund (the Council of Europe's Cinema Support Fund).

The announcement was made by Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla during the Toronto International Film Festival industry panel Evolving Borders: Co-Productions & Europe at the Toronto Film Festival.

Following a lengthy discussion process, the application was made in Berlin earlier this year, and is now in its final phase. Member states of the fund must next unanimously accept the decision by the end of this year.

Canada would be the 38th country to join the European Cinema Support Fund, which would allow them to act as lead producer as opposed to third party producers.

As lead producer, the country would have more reciprocal opportunities, including European productions shooting in Canada and Canadian stories extending outward to Europe.

"27 years ago [before Eurimages was created], countries had a very domestic focus," said Olla.

"We wanted to change this, to give film-makers the ability to work with people in other countries. And it's working. We now have 50-60 productions per year."

Icelandic Film Centre's director Laufey Guojonsdottir and Irish Film Board's chief executive James Hickey both discussed the importance of co-productions from a "tiny island" perspective.

Guojonsdottir reiterated the increased opportunities for their talented pool of film-makers, while on the flipside, the chance for other countries to film in the country's unique landscape. …

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