Magazine article Screen International

Could the UK Rejoin Eurimages Following Brexit?

Magazine article Screen International

Could the UK Rejoin Eurimages Following Brexit?

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The UK leftEurimages, the Council of Europe's fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema in 1996.

However, following last week's Brexit referendum, the possibility of the UK re-joining the organisation may be explored again in a bid to safeguard some official ties with European partners.

Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages, which has 37 member states and an annual budget of euro25m, has this week again re-iterated that the UK would be very welcome to come back aboard the fund.

"The UK is welcome to come back any time they consider right," Olla said.

"Should the UK decide to leave the Council of Europe as well (as the EU), then joining Eurimages would be a little bit more complicated but not impossible," Olla cautioned.

Eurimages and Council of Europe members include Norway and Turkey, neither of whom are EU members.

If the UK wants to rejoin Eurimages, the country will be obliged to pay a membership fee. This amount is set by a complicated formula taking into account population, GDP and the number of co-productions it makes every year.

"Considering the UK does not make that many co-productions, I don't think the entry fee would be that big at the beginning. …

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