20/05/2013

Euromed Audiovisual and European Audiovisual Observatory publish report on Lebanon's film and audiovisual industry

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Euromed Audiovisual and European Audiovisual Observatory publish report on Lebanon's film and audiovisual industry
  • Lebanon is the country on the Southern shore of the Mediterranean with the highest number of cinema screens per individual
  • Films by Nadine Labaki (Caramel, Et maintenant on va où ?), coproduced with France, gave international exposure to Lebanese cinema
  • Television production is highly prolific


The European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory are publishing a report on film and audiovisual industry in Lebanon. This report is the third of its kind, after reports on Egypt and Morocco, in a series of country profiles prepared under the data collection project on the audiovisual and film sector in the programm's nine partner countries.


Like the previous reports, this country profile provides a comprehensive overview of the various economic aspects of the film and the audiovisual sector in Lebanon (television, on-demand services), and describes of the institutional and regulatory framework as well as the level of development of telecommunication infrastructure (TNT, ADSL television, broadband networks, mobile telephone).

In addition, the report offers available data on different aspects of the film market (production, distribution and exhibition of Lebanese films, coproduction, 2012 Box Office  results and admissions for Lebanese films in Europe (1996-2012). It draws on collected information from public institutions, professional organisations, private sources and published information in the press.


It highlights the richness and diversity of the Lebanese film and audiovisual sector:

  • 3.9 million TV households, 26 satellite channels and satellite reception duplicated with cable estimated at 94.5%.
  • With 15 multiscreen facilities, 94 screens and 16,499 seats, Lebanon has the largest operating infrastructure in the region.
  • Films by Nadine Labaki, coproduced with France, ensured exposure to Lebanese cinema, even if Where Do We Go Now? did not enjoy the same circulation and success as Caramel. In five years, 15 Lebanese films were distributed in the European Union, making 1.4 million admissions.

The persistence of film censorship in Lebanon (which is being debated and is even the subject of a satiric television series) is a factor of weakness for the Lebanese industry and hampers opportunities of growth in Europe. The ban, early April, of The Attack, by the Lebanese film director Ziad Doueri, selected in 19 international festivals, is the latest illustration of this issue.

 

Lebanese films with the highest success on the national market in 2012

Source: 2012 Local Titles - Empire, December 2012

 

Admissions to Lebanese films distributed in Europe (2008-2012)

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory / LUMIERE data base

Reports on Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon were prepared by Dr. Sahar Ali, Media Expert - Euromed Audiovisual III, under the supervision of Dr. André Lange, Head of Department for Information on Markets and Financing (European Audiovisual Observatory, Council of Europe, Strasbourg). The report may be downloaded from the websites of Euromed Audiovisual and the European Audiovisual Laboratory. Two other country profiles, on Jordan and the Palestine are being drafted and will be published in the summer.

Contacts; data collection project:
Euromed Audiovisual III: Sahar Ali,
European Audiovisual Observatory: André Lange,

Press Contacts:
- Euromed Audiovisual : Fadoua Ouerdiane
- European Audiovisual Observatory: Alison Hindhaugh

The project of data collection in the markets of the 9 Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) is implemented in the framework of cooperation between Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory. It aims at improving understanding and at reinforcing film and audiovisual markets in the region.

Euromed Audiovisual and European Audiovisual Observatory publish report on Lebanon's film and audiovisual industry


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