The Future of Film Financing in Europe is the theme of this year’s Observatory workshop in Cannes. This workshop will take place May 16 in the Salon des Ambassadeurs, Palais des Festivals, Cannes. Entry is free to all accreditations to the Marché du film or Festival. The registration form can be downloaded here.
This year’s Observatory conference will give film professionals a valuable European overview of the current state of film financing in Europe. Kicking off with the usual round-up of key developments in last year’s world film markets (presented by Martin Kanzler), the Observatory will then give its analysis of the state of film funds in Europe (trends in direct funding presented by Julio Talavera Milla). The financial role of broadcasters, distributors and VoD services in film financing will be examined from a legal point of view (their financing obligations will be presented by Maja Cappello) as well as from an economic point of view (the actual volume of this financing will be explained by André Lange). Jonathan Olsberg of Olsberg•SPI will round off the first part of this workshop with an analysis of tax shelters, credits and rebates in Europe.
Having given a complete round-up of film financing in Europe today, the Observatory will ask “where do we go from here?” with a panel of experts all involved in film finance in Europe. The panel discussion will include Jacek Fuksiewicz, Advisor for European Affairs at the Polish Film Institute, Caroline Van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe and representatives from the European Commission and film producers.
“If you’re looking for money, you’ll come to the right place” said Susanne Nikoltchev, Executive Director of the Observatory. She added that this year’s Observatory conference would offer a “one stop shop analysis of the state of film financing in Europe” as well as asking the key questions about the future.
The European Audiovisual Observatory will be present throughout the Marché du film on its stand (number 18.02 level 01) on the central alleyway leading to the cafeteria. Journalists and market or festival participants are very welcome to drop by in order to sign up for our workshop, receive a demonstration of our free databases or hear about the Observatory’s latest film market intelligence.
Observatory team members will be presenting their market analyses at other conferences during the Festival and Market and these will be announced in the coming weeks.