27/05/2014

Euromed Audiovisual launches first comprehensive report on film and television in Algeria

This study is the sixth national report to be published as part of a project to collect and analyse data on the film and television sector

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Euromed Audiovisual launches first comprehensive report on film and television in Algeria

The European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory have launched a new report on the film and audiovisual sector in Algeria. After five other reports on the film and audiovisual industries in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, this study is the sixth of its kind to be published as part of their project to collect and analyse data on the film and television sector in nine partner countries in the South Mediterranean region.

With the emergence of satellite channels that foster considerable freedom of expression and films subsidised by the state that win awards at regional and international festivals, Algeria’s audiovisual sector is undergoing significant development:

  • The Algerian television landscape is made up of 36 channels, including the public channels
  • More than 170 films (feature films, documentaries and short films) funded by FDATIC and AARC were produced between 2007 and 2013
  • 75% of Algerian films are co-produced with Europe, 11% with Africa and 9% with Asia

Since the enactment of Institutional Law No. 12-05 of 12 January 2012 relating to information, the Algerian television scene has undergone significant changes. In March 2013, there were 31 private satellite channels of various genres (general-interest channels, news and current affairs channels). In spite of their status as companies subject to foreign law, the private channels are trying to promote an audiovisual landscape that meets Algerian viewers’ expectations. Law No. 14-04 of 24 February 2014 on audiovisual activities aims to regulate the audiovisual field and, for the first time, to permit private television channels to be set up in Algeria itself.

Film production in Algeria, its characteristics and prospects are analysed from the point of view of the existing infrastructure and individual and collective initiatives aimed at promoting Algerian cinema. The state’s interest in film-industry activities can be seen in the annual budget of DZD 200 million (EUR 1.8) allocated to production, specific measures and an ambitious programme plan implemented by the Ministry of Culture in order to promote national production, renovate the cinema stock and remedy the weak links in distribution and exploitation.

The financial support provided by the state, through the Fund for the Development of the Arts, Techniques and the Film Industry (FDATIC) and the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence (AARC), plays a key role in the promotion of national production. Between 2007 and 2013, FDATIC subsidised 98 films (feature films, documentaries and short films). In mid-2013, AARC had already supported a total of 78 films, including 42 feature films, 6 short films and 30 documentaries.

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According to the European Audiovisual Observatory’s LUMIERE database, 41 Algerian films were distributed in Europe between 1996 and 2013. 21 films in this repertoire are Algerian-French co productions. Indigènes (Days of Glory) (2006) and Hors la loi (Outside the Law) (2010) by the director Rachid Bouchareb are two films in this repertoire that recorded the highest number of admissions in the European Union, with 3,172,612 admissions for Indigènes and 474,722 for Hors la loi.

Like the previous monographs, this report provides a complete overview of the various economic aspects of the audiovisual sector in Algeria (cinema, television, on-demand services), together with a description of the institutional and regulatory framework and the development of the telecommunications infrastructures (DTT, ADSL television, broadband networks, mobile telephony). The report also provides the data available on the various aspects of the film market (production, distribution and exploitation, co-production, and admissions to Algerian films in Europe (1996-2013), as well as on issues of copyright and neighbouring rights and on issues related to combating piracy. It draws on information collected from public bodies, professional organisations, and private sources and on information published in the press.

The report on Algeria has been drawn up by Dr Sahar Ali, Media Expert with the Euromed Audiovisual III Programme (CDSU), under the supervision of André Lange, Head of the Department for Information on Markets and Financing at the European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe, Strasbourg).

 

To download the report on the audiovisual and film sector in Algeria, please click here.

To download the five other reports on Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and the Palestine, please click here.

 

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