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VoD, gender equality in cinema and cash rebates for film production…

Major new research report on European cinema just published!
Strasbourg 20/11/2018
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VoD, gender equality in cinema and cash rebates for film production…

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The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, has just edited a brand new research report on European cinema with content by the members of EFARN - the European Film Agencies Research Network. This report marks the 15th anniversary of this unique film research network, whose secretariat is housed by the Strasbourg-based Observatory. This free report features 21 articles by 10 agencies (members of the EFARN) on 7 topics (including film funding and financing, distribution and exhibition, audience and also gender and diversity).

Key insights from this new EFARN report:

  • BFI insight: On demand services on the rise in the UK

As revealed by a study from the British Film Institute (BFI), 11.6 million households had access to one or more on demand services, representing over 40% of all homes in the UK.

  • Netherlands Film Fund insight: Cash rebates drive investment in the Netherlands

Based on research commissioned by the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive has boosted local production and reinforced the international competitiveness of the Dutch film industry as a whole, resulting in a total spend of EUR 288.4 million on film and TV productions between July 2014 and December 2017.

  • Swedish Film Institut insight: In 2016, Sweden achieved gender equality in film funding

According to the Swedish Film Institute, film funding has been distributed equally between female and male applicants. Women were awarded between 45% and 60% of the total funding in the 2013-2016 period.

Gilles Fontaine, Head of the Observatory’s Department for Market Information, stated that “The EFARN brings together researchers actively involved in the collection, analysis and publication of data on the European film industry. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, this publication presents a great selection of studies from its members. It’s a fascinating overview of current research topics, ranging from VOD to gender statistics.”

About the EFARN
The European Film Agencies Research Network (EFARN) brings together researchers actively involved in the collection, analysis and publication of data on the European film industry. These researchers represent a total of 46 different bodies, principally film agencies but also a number of other organisations active in this domain.

The EFARN is an informal network with two main purposes: working towards improving the availability and harmonisation of data on a pan-European level, and launching common research projects. The European Audiovisual Observatory has been in charge of the Secretariat of the EFARN since the launch of the network. It is responsible for the organisation of the annual meeting, drafts the methodological documents produced by the members and coordinates the common research projects.

The existence of the EFARN has considerably improved communication and the exchange of information among agency research units. In addition it has helped reduce data collection delays for certain key indicators, allowing much earlier publication of data such as European admissions totals, which are of interest to the group as a whole.

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Brussels conference: TV and film production in Europe – 
the state of independence? 

Conference highlights

  • What is the role and what are the challenges faced by independent TV and film producers in Europe today?
  • Can European and national regulation stimulate independent film and TV production in Europe?

The European Audiovisual Observatory presents this free access public conference. Together with an expert panel and you, the audience, we zoomed in on independent production in Europe.

Download the conference programme here.

The promotion of independent audiovisual production in Europe. Presentation by Maja Cappello, Head of Department for Legal Information.

When? Tuesday 4 February 2020
Where? Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels.
What time? Networking buffet lunch at 12.00 followed by the conference from 13.00 - 15.00.

Conference language is English only.

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MAVISE database for TV, VOD services and their licences.

MAVISE, our free access database provides information on television channels, on-demand services and licences in 41 European countries and in Morocco.
Find the licensing country and owners of audiovisual services available in Europe. Create lists of services in Europe based on your criteria. Explore the European registries of licences, and download your search results.

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The independence of media regulatory authorities in Europe

Europe’s main piece of media legislation – the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) – was recently revised and a new version entered into force.
The Observatory has a vigilant eye on European media legislation and has released, with the aid of its partner institution, the University of Amsterdam's IViR, an analysis of what the new AVMSD will mean for European regulators.

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Studies and data from the European film agencies

Yearbook Online Service 2019/2020

The BEST SOURCE OF DATA on:• television • film • video • on-demand audiovisual services in 40 European countries and Morocco

Published: 16/11/2019

► 400 tables collecting more than 25 000 data
► 40 country data sheets
► Data from 2014 to 2018


Price:  370 €

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