Committee on Culture and Education – Study requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department – “Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its Future, the Role of Territoriality and New Models of Financing” – Presentation by prof. Bernt Hugenholtz, Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Brussels, 22 January 2019,

The films financing models currently existing in the European Union face legal and market challenges stemming from digital revolution, emergence of powerful global players and evolving consumer behaviours. The impact of these developments on the EU audiovisual sector is yet more exacerbated by EU polices aiming at achieving the Digital Single Market. In particular, the principle of territoriality as a key model of films financing in Europe in being targeted by these trends.

A presentation of the study, organized by the EP’s Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies was held on 22 January 2019 and focused on the following issues:

  • market problem analysis of fundamental issues of film financing
  • overview of EU film support policies
  • market and legal developments that challenge existing film financing models
  • key stakeholders positions

Presentation:

The debate that followed the expert’s presentation referred to, among others:

  • persisting tensions between market reality and policies aimed at stimulating EU film sector
  • policy dilemma between territoriality and geoblocking
  • challenges to the language exclusivity solution, in particular as regards small countries
  • need for flexible solutions while considering any changes to the legal EU framework on film financing
  • need for more support to be given to the promotion of EU films

Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):

 

Useful background documents:

“Research for CULT Committee: Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its Future, the Role of Territoriality and New Models of Financing”


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