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Euromed Audiovisual III reviews results at the Mediterranean Film Forum

The conference closed with participants composing of a plea to decision makers and institutions in the region, as well as the European Union, to continue to support the development of the region's audiovisual sector. 

 

As the European Union programme draws to a close after four years, Euromed Audiovisual reviewed its work in supporting the development of the audiovisual sector in the South Mediterrranean at a Mediterranean Film Forum in Tunis on December 2 and 3, on the sidelines of the Carthage Film Festival. The forum also sought to invite attending professionals to discuss how to sustain certain of the initiatives launched as part of the programme.

Catherine Buresi presented recommendations made by the programme's "financing working group", a group of 20 professionals from seven different countries in the region, which was set up to work on a model for a regional financial mechanism to encourage film production and coproduction. The group thus worked on a model for a fund to support film development with funding to kickstart film projects (for screenwriting and development, with training), a regional coproduction forum, and funding for pre-production to include support to take part in international film markets. The group also conducted four studies on funding methods and a census of all film coproductions in the region.

As for Sahar Ali, she presented a project to collect data on the film and audiovisual markets in the region. In cooperation with the European Audiovisual Observatory based in Strasburg, through this project, the Euromed Audiovisual programme sought to overcome a lack of statistics in the region, a considerable obstacle to the sector's development. This project produced six country reports on the film and audiovisual markets in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine. These studies provide comprehensive data on film production to exhibition, on regulatory framework to box office results or viewership.

Hakim Taousar then presented the programme's databases of copyright laws as well as audiovisual and film laws in all countries of the South Mediterranean region. These databases show the complete texts of each law or agreement in force, as well as an explanation of their concepts according to a clear, easy-to-read index. The programme's legal experts also drew up a database of clauses typical in an audiovisual contract that professionals can refer to when drafting or signing a contract. All these databases were set up in response to the region's film and audiovisual professionals expressing a need for access to legal information relevant to the sector.

Of the programme's six grant projects, four were professional training programmes for film producers and directors: ACCESSDOCmedGreenhouse and Med Film Factory. All these projects contributed to producing new films, as well as built sustainable professional networks across and beyond the region. Overall, over 70% of participants are about the finish their narrative or documentary feature film. About 60% of participants decided to co-produce their project with another partner from the region. Dia Sud Med set up a sustainable network between three film schools in the region, as poles of excellence in transmedia training. Finally, Terramed Plus set up a free video-on-demand platform online to show over a hundred hours of television programmes from six broadcasters to the north and south of the Mediterranean.

After these results were reviewed at the forum, participants divided themselves up into three workshops to discuss three themes: film distribution, data collection and funding. Participants presented their conclusions on the following day. 

The conference closed with participants composing of a plea to decision makers and institutions in the region, as well as the European Union, to continue to support the development of the region's audiovisual sector. 

To find out more about the Mediterranean Film Forum, please click here.

 

Euromed Audiovisual III (2011 – 2014), financed by the European Union, aims to enhance the sustainable transfer of knowledge and best practices in the South Mediterranean film and audiovisual sectors, through a wide set of training initiatives, the capacity building of both professionals and national authorities, and networking activities. www.euromedaudiovisuel.net

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