13/12/2013

Euromed Audiovisual's financing working group to work on international co-production guide in Brussels

Members to review case studies of international co-productions, as part of their ongoing recommendations to support the film sector in the South Mediterranean region

Programme Activities, Legal DB

Euromed Audiovisual's financing working group to work on international co-production guide in Brussels

After last meeting in June in La Rochelle to discuss improving the distribution of independent fiction and documentary films from the South Mediterranean region on television, the Euromed Audiovisual III programme's financing group is again to meet in Brussels on December 16 to 18 for a workshop to review case studies for a guide of best practises for international film co-productions.

Since Cannes 2012, Euromed Audiovisual's financing working group has been working on recommendations for a regional financial mechanism to enhance film production, with a special focus on encouraging South-South film co-productions to reach the regional and international markets.

The Brussels meeting will allow these audiovisual professionals from the South Mediterranean region to present their recommendations -- one of which is this international co-production guide -- to the European Commission, represented by Chrystelle Lucas, and to further plan how to implement them.

Drawn up by legal expert Michel Gyory and financial expert Daniel Zimmermann, this guide of best practises for international co-productions, analyses and recommends good practices in international film co-productions from both the legal and financial point of views. It aims to help South Mediterranean producers to negotiate and draw up successful international co-production contracts.

The financing working group is also expected to further explore possibilities for cooperation between regional broadcasters to air the region's independent audiovisual productions, and to discuss the sustainability of its activities, especially in view of new European developments presented by Irina Orssich, from the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme, and Joelle Levie, from Online Film Financing.

Member of the European Parliament Malika Benarab-Attou will also attend the meeting.

The financing working group is only one of the Euromed Audiovisual III programme's activities, which also include several grant projects to develop skills of South Mediterranean film professionals and encourage promotion of Mediterranean audiovisual works, South Mediterranean film distributor network MEDIS, a legal database, data collection on the region's audiovisual and film markets to provide reliable data to encourage sound policy making and investment in the sector, and a new catalogue of South Mediterranean films to promote them at relevant film markets and events.

 

For more information about the financing working group and its members, please click here

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