Event - 16/05/15 A Fistful of Euros - The Future of Film Financing in Europe (Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France)

What money is on offer in Europe today? The European Audiovisual Observatory organised its must attend workshop around the theme of film financing in Europe this year. We'll be asking:

  •     What are the current trends in direct funding?
  •     What role do broadcasters, distribution platforms and VoD services play in film financing?
  •     What's the impact of tax shelter, credit and rebate systems in Europe?

The Observatory presented its latest market intelligence on the European film industry. A panel discussion brought together representatives from national film agencies, European decision makers, film producers and a representative of the cable operators.

Workshop programme HERE.

Film of this conference:


And here are the Power Point Presentations

Martin Kanzler Key developments in the European Film markets in 2014
Julio Talavera Current trends in direct funding
  The role of broadcasters, distribution platforms and providers of on-demand audiovisual services in the financing of film production
Maja Cappello How does legislation oblige these players to finance film production in Europe?
André Lange Comparison of the economic weight of this mandatory financing
Jonathan Olsberg The impact of fiscal incentives (tax shelters, credits and rebates)


List of our speakers for 2015


Lucia Recalde Langarica,  Head of the MEDIA unit in the Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission.

Lucia Recalde is the Head of the Media Support Programmes unit in DG CNECT. She became Head of the MEDIA unit in DG EAC in September 2014.  Working in different positions at the European Commission since 1995, she was recently the Head of the higher education, innovation and entrepreneurship unit, responsible for the European Institute of Technology (EIT). She started her career as policy officer at the Directorate of European Affairs of the Basque Government. Lucia holds a degree in Political Science and a degree in Law from the University in Madrid, as well as a Master's degree in European Studies and a certificate in business administration, both from universities in Brussels (ULB and VUB).

Andrea Occhipinti, President, Lucky Red

Andrea Occhipinti was born on September 12, 1957 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sea Inside (2004), The Family (1987) and La maison de la terreur (1983). See full bio





Caroline Van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe

Caroline van Weede has been the Managing Director of Cable Europe since December 2005.  Cable Europe is the trade association based in Brussels that connects broadband cable TV operators throughout Europe.  Before joining Cable Europe, Caroline worked for SFR where she dealt with European affairs and headed the business intelligence department. In the early nineties she worked for the European Commission's directorate general responsible for enterprise policy and at Business Europe (UNICE).  She began her career at Banque Paribas Belgium.  Caroline holds a degree in applied economics from the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain).

Mike Downey, producer and writer, F&ME

Mike Downey is the founder and CEO of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), an independent UK production powerhouse, with partners Sam Taylor and Stephen Daldry, a four-time Academy Award nominee for Best Director. Downey is Deputy Chairman of the European Film Academy and three time  BAFTA Council Member. His two volume series  ‘The Film Finance Handbook – A Guide for European Producers’ is  published by MEDIA. He is President of the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia, Artistic Advisor to the Zagreb Film Festival and Artistic Director of the Pula Film Festival.

Jacek Fuksiewicz, Adviser to the Director of the Polish Film Institute - Script Development and European Affairs

1963-1981 Jacek worked for Polish Public Television as Director of its Film Department. In this capacity he co-produced films with different European countries as well as Polish film. Among them were  first TV films of the then emerging young generation of talented film-makers among whom Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Zulawski. He taught at the Film School in Lodz. Upon introduction of the Martial Law in December 1981 he was blacklisted and forced to leave Poland. In 1994 he moved back to Poland as president of Film Plus, pay TV Canal+ Polska’s subsidiary for film production and co-production. From 2002 he worked as director of the Film and Audiovisual Media Department in the Ministry of Culture, where, among other tasks, he supervised co-productions. Upon the creation of the  Polish Film Institute in 2005 he worked as Director’s Deputy responsible for project development, production  and co-production. At present he is the Adviser to the Director of PFI for script development and European Affairs.

Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman Olsberg SPI

Jonathan Olsberg is a strategy adviser for international media, business and government clients in the film, television and digital media industries. His firm, Olsberg•SPI, delivers informed, creative and realistic solutions for public and private sector organisations through insightful and robust research, advice and reports. He has 33 years of experience as consultant, international distributor and film producer. His first career was in merchant banking.
Susanne Nikoltchev, Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory.
André Lange, Head of the Department "Information on Markets and Financing", European Audiovisual Observatory.
Maja Cappello, Head of the Department for Legal Information,  European Audiovisual Observatory.
Martin Kanzler, Film Analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory
Julio Talavera Milla, Film Analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory