South Mediterranean cinema experts recommend regional data collection network

Following a Euromed Audiovisual meeting in Casablanca, South Mediterranean film professionals make recommendations for a regional network to collect and disseminate data on the region's film sector

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South Mediterranean cinema experts recommend regional data collection network

The European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory, in collaboration with the Moroccan Film Centre (CCM), brought together cinema experts from around the South Mediterranean region in Casablanca on June 20 and 21.

These Arab film professionals met representatives of international bodies working on statistics in cinema, and successfully developed recommendations (see link below to download) for a permanent South Mediterranean network to ensure systematic collection and exchange of data on the region's film sector. These recommendations, to be presented to South Mediterranean states, professional organisations and companies, and the European Union, underline the importance of economic transparency and the need for permanent data collection.

Southern Mediterranean film landscape:

Sources: Chamber of Film Industry / Moroccan Film Centre (CCM) / National Film Centre (Lebanon), 2012


These two days have been a real moment of exchange of data, analyses and proposals.
 The level of organisation for data collection and dissemination on the film sector is very different in each country of the region, but needs are similar and the will to find a common solution is clear”, explained André Lange, expert at the European Audiovisual Observatory and advisor to the project. "All experts wished to obtain data on classic indicators on funding, production, distribution, exhibition and other forms of film dissemination, including television, videos, and video-on-demand. More qualitative analyses of the markets were also requested."

The most urgent issue is certainly that of information on the transition to digitisation. While the digitisation of cinemas in Europe is making significant progress with over 70% of cinemas now digital, the process has barely begun in the countries of the region. This is likely to increase the difficulty of the circulation of films between Europe and the Arab countries, which is already low.

Participants recognised the leading efforts of the Moroccan Film Centre (CCM) to provide comprehensive sets of statistics on film production and distribution in the country. The presentation of a project for an Arab Film Database (AFDB) was received with great enthusiasm. Participants also stressed the endemic problem of piracy and the necessity of a comparative study on the modalities of film classification as well as on censorship in Europe and the Arab countries.

A feasibility study to be published at the end of 2013 will make proposals to set up this permanent network of regional experts to continue with data collection in the region.

The Euromed Audiovisual III programme has been working on the initiative to collect and publish data on the film industry in the South Mediterranean region in collaboration with the European Audiovisual Observatory since October 2011. So far, the project has produced reports for Morocco, Lebanon, and Egypt. Reports on other countries from the region are expected by the end of the year.

The data collection project is only one of several projects conducted by the Euromed Audiovisual III programme, whose aim is to reinforce the film and audiovisual sectors in the South Mediterranean region. The programme also focuses on key areas such as training, co-production, production, and distribution, and regularly updates a legal database on copyright laws and coproduction agreements in each of the partner countries.


To download the recommendations for a South Mediterranean data collection network, please click here, (EN).

To find out more, please contact:

Expert in Information and Communication - Euromed Audiovisual
E-mail: fouerdiane(at)euromedaudiovisuel(dot)net

Press officer - European Audiovisual Observatory
E-mail : alison(at)coe.int

Click  to download the presentations of the speakers.

Download presentations of the speakers:

Presentation of regional collect processes

  • CNC statistical machinery
    Louis Gauthier, International studies Office at the Department of studies, statistics and forecasting of CNC, France

Current status of film policies and markets in the Arab countries of the Mediterranean region

  • Algeria

Distribution of Algerian films abroad: Current status, constraints and challenges facing the development of local production in Algeria
Ali Malek, MD Ciné

  • Morocco

Moroccan Cinematographic Center – CCM statistics tool
Mohamed Kamal Mouline, Technical Advisor of CCM General Director,

  • Tunisia

Cinema in Tunisia: issues and stakes of film production-distribution
Mohamed Abdellatif Layouni

Protection of copyright – digital cinema – international trade

Methodological aspects (One exemple of questionnaire)
Julio Talaver, Film Analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory

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