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European Audiovisual Observatory announces this year's Cannes workshop

The place of women in today's film industry is the focus of this year's European Audiovisual Observatory annual Cannes workshop. The workshop entitled:


will take place on the first Saturday of the Cannes Film Market (17.5.2014) from 11:00 to 13:00 in the Salon des Ambassadeurs on the 4th floor of the Palais des Festivals.

The Observatory will provide its traditional round-up of market intelligence for the world film markets as well as looking at recently adopted European film rules (the new cinema communication) before moving on to the theme of this year's workshop.

Three major market studies on the contribution of women to today's film industry will be presented. In its own brand new study, the Strasbourg-based Observatory will be looking at admissions, percentages of women directors and genre issues. Studies by the French CNC and the British Film Institute will also focus on the place of women on the film industry and on female screenwriters respectively.

These studies will be followed by a panel discussion which will ask what can be done to even up the odds for women working in film today. The Observatory will be bringing together film makers, producers and decision makers at a political level in order to examine possible solutions such as positive discrimination in order to encourage women film makers.

As every year, this workshop is open to all Marché du Film and Festival as well as press accreditations.

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, will have its stand in the same place as last year for the duration of the Marché du film at level 01 in the Palais des Festivals. Our stand number is 18:02.


(Free access to Film Market, Festival and Press accreditations)

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Press contact in Cannes:

Alison Hindhaugh, alison.hindhaugh@coe.int

Tel: + 33 6 84352743

Cinema admissions in the European Union down by 4.1% in 2013

On the occasion of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival the European Audiovisual Observatory releases its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2013. The Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union1 dropped by 4.1% to 908 million tickets sold, around 39 million less than in 2012 (947 million). This would mark the second lowest admissions level in the EU since the turn of the century.

More than two thirds of EU markets experienced a decline in admissions, while admission levels increased in only 8 out of the 26 EU territories for which provisional data were available. The cumulative admissions drop in the EU was however driven by the significant decline in four out of the five largest EU markets: Spain (-15.2 million; -16%), France (-10.8 million; -5.3%), the UK (-7 million; -4%) and Germany (-5.4 million; -4%). Only Italy withstood the general downward trend with admissions estimated to have grown by 6.6% to 106.7 million tickets sold. Apart from Italy, year-on-year growth in cinema attendance of over 1% could only be achieved in six Central and Eastern European member states, led by Bulgaria (+16.7%), Romania (+13.8%) and Lithuania (+6.8%).

As often in the past years, significant growth was only achieved outside of the EU. With admissions growing by 10.5% to 173.5 million tickets sold in 2013 the Russian Federation overtook the UK as the second largest European market in terms of admissions. Box office records were also broken in Turkey, with cinema attendance growing by 14.8% to 50.4 million admissions, the highest level in the past few decades.


Cinema attendance in the European Union 2004-2013 provisional
in millions, estimated; pro-forma calculations taking into account new member states


Source: European Audiovisual Observatory


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