26/03/2013

Towards a better understanding of film and audiovisual markets in the South Mediterranean

Brand new report on Morocco released by Euromed Audiovisual and the European Audiovisual Observatory

Programme Activities, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon

Towards a better understanding of film and audiovisual markets in the South Mediterranean
  • The Moroccan public authorities have launched an aid plan to support cinema renovation and structuring.
  • One of the goals of Moroccan audiovisual policy is to improve transparency in the sector, especially in the relationships between public distributors and independent producers.

The Euromed Audiovisual III programme of the European Union in collaboration with the European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a report on the film and audiovisual sector in Morocco. This report follows an earlier report on Egypt published in 2012 and is the second of a series of monographs prepared in the context of data collection on the audiovisual sector in the 9 partner countries.

According to the Ambassador E. Landaburu, « those monograph reports are not meant to help evaluate national film and audiovisual systems nor to provide recommendations, but to offer valuable information enabling professionals in the countries in question and Europe to have a better understanding of the situation in order to facilitate regional partnerships.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the various economic aspects of the audiovisual sector in Morocco (television, on-demand services, film), and also provides a description of the institutional and regulatory framework and of telecommunication infrastructures (DTT, IPTV, broadband networks, mobile telephone). It provides data on the different aspects of the sector and draws on information collected from public bodies, professional organizations, private sources and the press.

Following the most recent decisions announced in January 2013, the Moroccan film agency (Centre cinématographique marocain – CCM) established two commissions to support film festivals and to contribute to the modernization and digitization of cinemas. Furthermore the Ministry of Communication has announced the creation of a web portal dedicated to project submission. It aims at ensuring greater transparency between public distributors and independent production companies.

Wolfgang Closs, Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory, explained that «this report has already made a positive impact. It has enabled the Executive Council of the Observatory to be aware of the tremendous work achieved by the Moroccan authorities to improve transparency in the sector and face the challenges of digitization. Remarkable progress was made, especially with regards to film data collected. Last November, our Executive Council agreed to the accession of Morocco to the Observatory. This procedure should be completed in the course of 2013 with a decision by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe ».

Towards a better understanding of film and audiovisual markets in the South Mediterranean


At the occasion of the 19th edition of the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival, Euromed Audiovisual presents the report on Morocco, on March 29, 2013 at 10:30 am under the panel "Co-produce in the Mediterranean".

 

Download the presentation (FR)

 

 

Reports on Egypt and Morocco were prepared by Dr Sahar Ali, Euromed Audiovisual III Expert, under the supervision of André Lange, Head of the Department for Information on Markets and Financing (European Audiovisual Observatory, Council of Europe, Strasbourg).


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Data collection project contacts:

Euromed Audiovisual III : Sahar Ali

European Audiovisual Observatory: André Lange

Press contacts:
- Euromed Audiovisuel : Fadoua Ouerdiane

- European Audiovisual Observatory: Alison Hindhaugh

 

More information on the project " Collect and analyze statistical data on the film and audiovisual market "

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