Magazine article Screen International

European Co-Production Treaty Set for Radical Overhaul

Magazine article Screen International

European Co-Production Treaty Set for Radical Overhaul

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The European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production, one of the key tools for coproduction in Europe, is set to be overhauled.

Discussions are at an advanced stage for the convention to be opened to non-European countries.

The proposed changes were confirmed by Roberto Olla, the executive director of Eurimages, the European Film Fund based in Strasbourg.

"The idea behind (this) is that most of the instruments of the Council of Europe are now open to non-European countries," Olla commented.

A committee of experts from the 43 current signatories of the Convention has drafted the text for the new convention, which will be called The Council Of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production.

There will be a debate about the new convention at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council Of Europe. A draftwill then be sent to the Committee of Ministers. A final text should be ready by April/May.

One key point is that every time a non-European country wishes to join the treaty, it will require the unanimous approval of every other country that has already signed and ratified the convention.

In the short term, it is likely that the current convention and the new, reformed one will co-exist. …

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