Network conferences

13th Annual Conference, Paris, 2008

 

European Cinemas Adapt to the All-Digital Era

 

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Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, welcomed to Paris, on behalf of the French presidency of the European Union, more than 500 European professionals who had taken up Europa Cinemas' invitation to attend its 13th Annual Conference. Exhibitors, distributors, research groups, experts and equipment suppliers from 40 countries came together over 3 days to discuss the future for film theatres at a time when the transition to digital projection is taking place and competition is arising from other methods of film distribution, in the era of multiple platforms and the Internet.

A number of representatives of European towns, cities and regions expressed their intention of supporting cinemas that are currently taking the risk and equipping themselves with digital technology, with a view to guaranteeing the diversity of the offering, both in terms of films and venues.
All the participants agreed that the funds used to finance the transition will initially come from exhibitors from cinemas themselves, specifically in the form of the contribution made by distributors to cinemas' investments on the basis of the VPF (Virtual Print Fee). A number of distributors who were present provided examples of film releases in the two different formats and declared that they were willing to get involved and work side by side with cinemas within the framework of independent groupings.
However, this system has its limits: numerous cinemas, in particular those with just one screen, do not have sufficient resources to finance this substantial investment on their own.
Various draft economic models were therefore presented that combine private investment with public cofinancing, as is the case in Germany, Norway and Poland.
It therefore seems that numerous financing models, whether public or private, are being developed in many different countries. However, the European dimension has not been overlooked. The Commission has proposed that organisations such as the EIB (European Investment Bank) could offer supplementary mechanisms to finance the transition to digital of those European cinemas that do not generate sufficient revenues to access the VPF.
Today, digital projection is proving all the more attractive to exhibitors as they are already having to adapt the activities they offer and their marketing to new information and communication technologies, primarily the Internet. At the Conference experiences of all kinds were shared, an indication of the creativity shown by the network's exhibitors when it comes to making their cinemas places of sharing and discovery, places that are attractive to young audiences, who are major users of small-screen devices and the Internet.
The strength of this network lies in its cohesion in the service of European cinema. This dimension was underlined by Claude Miller, who congratulated exhibitors on their commitment in working alongside producers and directors, the main beneficiaries of their endeavours to develop loyalty amongst a wide audience.
The Conference concluded by considering the prospects of opening up the network on an international level, in particular in Asia and Latin America, within the framework of the future MEDIA MUNDUS programme of the European Union.
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Workshops and Presentations

 

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LAUNCH OF THE EUROPA CINEMAS CONFERENCE
Claude Miller (Director, Europa Cinemas' President)
Véronique Cayla (General Director, National Film Centre, France)
Christophe Forax (Member of the Cabinet of Mrs Viviane Reding, European Commission)
Peter Dinges (General Director, Filmförderungsanstalt, Germany)
Claude-Eric Poiroux (Europa Cinemas' General Director)
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KEYNOTE SPEECH BY GILLES LIPOVETSKY (PHILOSOPHER, FRANCE) : "CINEMA FACES THE NEW CULTURE OF IMAGES AND SCREENS"
SPEECH OF MRS CHRISTINE ALBANEL (MINISTER OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION, FRANCE)
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SESSION 1 - WHAT ARE THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL PUBLIC POLICIES TOWARD CINEMA VENUES?

  • An overview of local and regional public funding policies towards cinemas across Europe.
  • How can local and regional policies guarantee the diversity of cinemas and films?
  • Transition to digital technology: what are the local and regional measures in place to support cinema investments?
  • Developing new audiences: a matter for both exhibitors and the public sector?

Led by Michael Gubbins (Chief Editor, Screen International, UK)
Susan Newman-Baudais (Analyst, Information on Markets & Financing, European Audiovisual Observatory)
Paolo A. Rebaudengo (Deputy President, Education/Training/Employment, Province of Bologna, Italy)
Sylvie Robert (President of the Commission for Culture, Association of French Regions, France)
Calle Nathanson (Officer at the Growth and Community Development Division, Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Sweden)
Martin Soukup (Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education, Healthcare and Social Affairs, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic)
Claudia Droste-Deselaers (Deputy Director, Filmstiftung NRW, Germany)
Jean-Marie Hermand (Exhibitor, Churchill - Le Parc - Sauvenière, Liège, Belgium)
Dr. Elisabeth Vitouch (Coordinator, EDUC Commission for Culture, Education and Research, Committee of the Regions, Austria)
Pierre Godin (Policies Analyst, DG REGIO, European Commission)
Lene Løken (General Director, Film & Kino, Norway)
Jacek Wilczyński (General Secretary, the Polish Audiovisual Chamber of Commerce, Poland)
Roger Tropéano (Chairman, Les Rencontres - Association of European cities and regions for Culture)
Ignasi Guardans (Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Culture, Spain)
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SESSION 2 KEYNOTE SPEECH BY LAURENT CRETON (PROFESSOR OF CINEMA ECONOMICS, FRANCE) : "HOW ARE CINEMAS RESPONDING TO CURRENT CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY?"

WORKSHOP 1: DISTRIBUTOR - EXHIBITOR: WORKING TOGETHER IN THE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Towards which economic models is the cinema sector orienting itself? A European review.
  •  What are the solutions being developed by the independent sector?
  • What initiatives should producers take in the transition to digital technology?
  • How can digital projection facilitate the distribution of European films in small markets?

Led by David Hancock (Head of Film and Cinema, Screen Digest, UK)
Peter Dinges (General Director, Filmförderungsanstalt, Germany)
Rolv Gjestland (Technical Director, Film&Kino, Norway)
Patrick Brouiller (President of the French Association of Arthouse Cinemas, France)
Phil Clapp (Chief Executive, Cinema Exhibitors' Association, UK)
Harri Ahokas (Head of Domestic Distribution, The Finnish Film Foundation, Finland)
Fiona Deans (Head of Digital Cinema, Arts Alliance Media, UK)
Serge Plasch (CEO and Managing Director, XDC, Belgium)
Jean Mizrahi (President Chief Executive Officer, Ymagis, France)
Patrick Vanhoudt (Economist, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg)
Gerald Miersch (Acting Head of Unit Antitrust & Medias, DG COMP, European Commission)
Thierry Delpit (Head of Development, CN Films, France)
Christine Eloy (Distributor, Cinéart, Belgium)
Carole Scotta (Producer, Distributor, Haut et Court, France)
Rita Linda Potyondi (Coordinator, Proton Cinema Ltd, Hungary)
Roberto Bassano (General Director, Microcinema SpA, Italy)
Antoine Virenque (General Secretary of the FIAD and President of the European Digital Cinema Forum, France)

WORKSHOP 2: THE PLACE OF EUROPEAN CINEMA IN THE ERA OF IMAGE-FLOOD AND INTERACTIVITY

  • How to modernise the image of our cinemas? New concepts and identities.
  • Are audience choices conditioned by market saturation and the shortage of films?
  • How can cinemas join forces to better promote and tour European films?
  • Developing young audiences' "taste for cinema": the role of theatres, film libraries, festivals and DVD editions.

Led by Michael Gubbins (Chief Editor, Screen International, UK)
Thierry Decuypere (Architect of the Cinema Sauvenière, Liège, Belgium)
Maretta Dillon and Neil Connolly (Exhibitors, Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland)
Rickard Gramfors (Project Manager, Digital Cinemas, Folkets Hus & Parker, Sweden)                               
Andre Ceuterick (Exhibitor, Cinema Plaza Art, Mons, Belgium)
Barbara de Wijn and Dagan Cohen (Project managers, Upload Cinema, The Netherlands)
Eric Vicente (Exhibitor, Distributor, Sophie Dulac Distribution, France)
Andrea Occhipinti (Producer, Distributor, Exhibitor, Lucky Red Distribuzione, Italy)
Thomas Matlok (Distributor, Pandora Filmverleih, Germany)
Rob Kenny (Operations Director, Curzon Artifical Eye Cinemas, UK)
Jean-Yves Bloch (General Director, Universciné, France)
Ian Christie (Film Historian, Europa Cinemas' Vice-President, UK)
Mark Higham (Chief Executive, Filmclub, UK)
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WORKSHOP CONCLUSIONS BY DAVID HANCOCK AND MICHAEL GUBBINS

SESSION 3 - EUROPA CINEMAS:  PERSPECTIVES AND KEY DATES IN 2009

  • MEDIA Programme: Network evolution and perspectives for the Guidelines, Joint Activities and support 2009/2013
  • MEDIA MUNDUS / MEDIA International: Opening to outside MEDIA countries, including Asia and Latin America / support to distribution and exhibition.
  • Eurimages - Euromed Audiovisual II: Results of the support activities in Eastern and Central Europe and in the Mediterranean area.
  • Miscellaneous and debate.

CONCLUSION OF THE CONFERENCE BY CLAUDE MILLER



2008 Europa Cinemas Awards

 

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On Friday 14 November, actress Jeanne Moreau and directors Claude Miller and Radu Mihaileanu presented the 2008 EUROPA CINEMAS AWARDS to 4 European network exhibitors during an evening event at Publicis Cinémas.   
- Award for Best Programming: Arthouse Kinos, Zurich (Switzerland), run by This Brunner.
- Award for Best Initiative for Young Audiences: Kino Centrál, Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), run by Leos Kuèera.
- Award for Best Entrepreneur: Light House Cinema (Dublin, Ireland), run by Neil Connolly and Maretta Dillon, and access>CINEMA (Ireland), run by Maeve Cooke.
The presentation of the awards was followed by the digital projection of British film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE by Danny Boyle, winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.

 



Preview screenings of European films

 

The Conference began on Thursday 13th with the screening of 10 European films:
Bahrtalo! (Good Luck!) by Robert Lakatos (Hungary) - Europa Cinemas Label Karlovy Vary 2008
Hooked (Pescuit Sportiv) by Adrian Sitaru (Romania)
Bullet in The Head (Tiro en la cabeza) by Jaime Rosales (Spain)
Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) by Ruben Östlund (Sweden)
Louise Michel by Gustave de Kervern & Benoît Delepine (France)
Machan by Uberto Pasolini (Italy / UK) - Europa Cinemas Label Venice Days 2008
No Pop-corn on The Floor (Une saison sans pop corn) by Gaël Mocaër (France)
Jerichow by Christian Petzold (Germany)
Revanche by Götz Spielmann (Austria) - Europa Cinemas Label Berlin Panorama 2008
Pranzo di Ferragosto by Gianni Di Gregorio (Italy)

Programme of the screenings

Programme of the trailer's presentation

 

The participants had the opportunity to watch a program of European films trailers. It was a chance to have a look on latest productions from all Europe: 33 Scenes from Life, The Broken, Berlin Calling, Just Another Love Story, A Woman in Berlin...

Detailed Programme 

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