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Lessons for the post-EU British film industry from the collapse of the Soviet Union

Almost a week on from Brexit we have begun to see the ramifications of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, both financially and politically. Very little attention has been paid, however, to the effect this vote has had on the cultural industries in Britain. Of course, any changes in the arts sector will occur […]

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Brexit could threaten the Irish film industry warns IFB boss: ”Anything that prevents free trade or free movement is a problem’

David Kearns The spectre of Brexit is threatening to derail much of the hard work that has seen the Irish film industry enjoy its most successful 12 months ever, industry experts have said. The warning came from the Irish Film Board (IFB), which said it has concerns over any changes to the common travel area […]

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Why the EU’s plans for a single market in film need to be opposed

Rebecca O’Brien If we prefer thought-provoking European films to formulaic blockbusters, we must halt this attempt to buffer the power of monopolistic players   Ken Loach’s second Cannes Palme d’Or for his new film, I, Daniel Blake is the ultimate accolade for a politically engaged film-maker, whose body of work has consistently challenged establishment politics and the […]

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Italian Film Industry Condemns Paramount’s EU Antitrust Deal

by Ariston Anderson Leaders in the Italian film industry say Paramount’s proposed actions will threaten the very core of the European audiovisual industry. The Italian film industry has condemned Paramount for offering concessions to the EU in an ongoing antitrust case. It joins the ranks of leaders in the European audiovisual industry who claim that the […]

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Tax incentives for film and TV production around the world

By REUTERS MADRID, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Many countries around the world offer tax rebates or tax credits to attract foreign film or TV productions, as well as animation or video game projects, which can boost local economies. Spain is trying to catch up, with a 15 percent rebate for international production costs up to a […]

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European Film Industry Declares New Commitment to Gender Parity; Your Move, Hollywood

by Carolyn Cox Talk might be relatively cheap, but that doesn’t mean it’s not cause for optimism. During a conference on gender issues at the Sarajevo Film Festival, attendees from various film funds and ministries of culture agreed to declare a new commitment to advocating for policies that will correct the current gender gap in the […]

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EU Files Antitrust Charges Against U.S. Film Studios

Regulator objects to licensing deals struck with Sky UK By TOM FAIRLESS BRUSSELS—Europe’s antitrust regulator took aim at Hollywood on Thursday, filing formal charges against six major U.S. film studios and pay-TV broadcaster Sky UK Ltd. over alleged illegal licensing agreements. The European Union accused the companies of violating competition laws by using clauses that […]

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Independent films in Egypt, Middle East: coproductions and agendas

As a part of Hybrid Reels programme, Mostafa Youssef of Seen Film Production led a discussion about film co-production as a source of funding Marwa Morgan Every weekend, cinemas in Cairo are filled with audiences eager to see the biggest releases, which have been advertised on billboards all over the city. Given this enthusiastic audience, […]

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Europe’s Film Industry Unites to Increase Distribution in Europe

CANNES: European film industry associations are joining forces to improve the circulation of films in Europe. Four associations representing professionals from the entire film creation chain, the European Producers Club, Europa International, Europa Distribution and EuroVoD, announced the launch of a focus group to develop higher accessibility, distribution and circulation of films in Europe. The group will meet during summer […]

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‘Netflix will destroy the ecosystem of film production in Europe: Andre Lange, EAO

By ET Bureau Netflix chief content officer Ted Saran dos defended his company against accusations at the Cannes Film Festival that the streaming service is hurting Europe’s subsidised film industry. During a question-and-answer session, Sarandos was challenged by Andre Lange of the government backed European Audiovisual Observatory for not paying into the system that provides […]

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