European film industry

Female directors in European film productions. State of play and evolution between 2003 and 2012

Authors: Julio Talavera Milla

Published: 18/09/2014

This first-of-its-kind pan-European analysis of films by female directors reveals that only 16.3% of the European films produced between 2003 and 2012 were shot by female directors. This percentage is even lower when it comes to the share of admissions, with European films by women directors accounting for 8.9% of the total admissions in Europe during the same period.  More

Mandatory contributions and mandatory investments by the various stakeholders in Europe – the new challenges of the digital era and globalisation

Authors: A. Lange, OBS

Published: 13/06/2014

At the occasion of a workshop organised by the European Audiovisual Observatory and the Ministerio dei beni e delle attivita culturali e del turismo in Rome on 12 June 2014, André Lange made a presentation on the role for new players in the funding for film and audiovisual production.  More

Box office down in the European Union in 2013 but first quarter of 2014 shows promise

Published: 09/05/2014

Provisional Q1 figures from 11 EU markets indicate that admissions in the European Union increased in the first three months of this year, compared to Q1 2013. Quarterly admissions increased significantly in 3 out of the 5 big EU markets, namely in France (+18.9%), Italy (+13%) and Spain (+8.7%), outweighing smaller decreases in Germany and the UK. On a cumulative basis admissions in these five markets increased by 5.6%.  More

Réunis à Paris, les centres du cinéma européens s'accordent sur une feuille de route pour réinventer la politique audiovisuelle à l'échelon européen

Authors: CNC

Published: 04/04/2014

Le réseau des centres européens du cinéma (EFAD - European Film Agency Directors), s'est réuni le 3 avril à Paris, en amont du Forum de Chaillot "Avenir de la culture, avenir de l'Europe" organisé par la ministre française de la Culture et de la Communication.  More

Lack of choice driving demand for film downloads

Authors: European Commission

Published: 06/02/2014

Nearly 70% of Europeans download or stream films for free, whether legally or illegally, according to a new European Commission study on audience behaviour.  More

Decline in admissions in the European Union in 2012 but European films' market share on the up

Published: 07/05/2013

In 2012 attendance for EU films grew by 12% year on year, amounting to around 313 million admissions, boosted by 'Skyfall', the latest instalment of the James Bond franchise. The British secret agent's latest outing, a majority UK co-production, brought the market share of European films within the EU to 33.6%, the highest level of the century.  More

Cinema admissions in Europe in 2012 down overall, but some countries make big strides

Published: 08/02/2013

Overall, European cinema admissions are estimated to have fallen by 0.9%, but a number of territories, particularly the Nordics, Russia and Turkey showed strong gains.  More

European Union box office inches to record high in 2011 as European comedies provide welcome relief and 3D matures

Published: 14/05/2012

2011 was a year of stabilisation at the European box office as the marked upward trend of GBO of the past two years slowed down significantly, resulting nevertheless in an overall year-on-year increase.  More

3D drives EU gross box office to record high in 2010 as market share for European films drops in 2010

Published: 09/05/2011

Based on provisional data available, the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that 2010 gross box office takings in the European Union increased by 5% year-on-year to around EUR 6.45 billion, the highest level on record. In contrast to 2009 box office growth was exclusively driven by an increase in average ticket prices as admissions actually decreased by 1.6% to 966million tickets sold.  More

FOCUS - World Film Market Trends

Published: 01/02/2013

Focus contains all key figures of the film industry in the most important countries. It provides a concise analysis of results and tendencies country by country, together with recent figures.

Published since 1998 by the Marché du film (Cannes, France), Focus is realised by the Department Markets & Financing Information of the European Audiovisual Observatory:

Latest edition:

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Focus 2003

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FOCUS 1999
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and the very first one: Focus 1998