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Women’s Films Held Back in Europe by Lower Production and Distribution Support
FEMALE-DIRECTORS-large640 On International Women’s Day, Huw D Jones looks at the data for films directed by women in Europe and argues limited access to production funding and distribution support is holding back the market for female directed European films. Less than one in five (17%) films produced in Europe are solely directed by women (fig.1), according to data taken from the European Audiovisual Observatory’s LUMIERE Pro World database and analysed ...
New Publication: The Box Office Performance of European Films in the UK Market
Volver Huw D Jones has published a new article in Studies in European Cinema on ‘The Box Office Performance of European Films in the UK Market’. The article examines two key questions:(1) why is the UK market for European film so small; and (2) how do certain European films achieve ‘breakout’ success? The key findings of the research – which is based on statistical analysis of box office data and audience ...
Why continental Europeans love Ken Loach (more than the British)
loach-europe-flag As Ken Loach’s latest film arrives in European cinemas, Huw D Jones examines why the veteran British director is more popular on the continent than in his own country. Last week saw the release of I, Daniel Blake, the latest film by veteran British director Ken Loach. Despite the intense publicity the film has attracted for its depiction of Britain’s benefits system, the Palme d’Or-winning drama is sure ...
Young film audiences: preferences and practices
sennheisercinemaconnect Following on from the European Screens Conference, MeCETES has invited speakers to write a blog about their conference paper. Here, Aleit Veenstra examines the impact of digitisation on young people’s viewing preferences and practices in Flanders. In discussing contemporary media audiences, it is common to emphasise the growing options and possibilities for access and content. Particularly capable of navigating the maze of contemporary media possibilities are those in their late teens. Having ...
New Publication: Dutch Distributors in the Film Distribution Business – Roderik Smits
poetics Roderik Smits has published a new article on Dutch distributors in the film distribution business for the journal Poetics. Here is the abstract: Gatekeeping studies in the cultural industries increasingly draw attention to transnational networks, revealing that decision-making is decentralised through gatekeepers operating from different levels in the marketplace. This brings into focus a new line of enquiry revolving around the nature of such relationships.
Safeguarding Cultural Diversity on Europe’s Screens
my-struggle-being-a-black-woman-filmmaker-in-white-hollywood-body-image-1456437423 Following on from the European Screens Conference, MeCETES has invited speakers to write a blog about their conference paper. Here, Holly Aylett examines how the arrival of US on-demand services like Netflix poses challenges for European cultural diversity. Business models are evolving fast for the audio visual industry. Opportunities are opening up at a speed, which makes it hard to imagine the future.
How SVOD is changing film production
netflix2 Following on from the European Screens Conference, MeCETES has invited speakers to write a blog about their conference paper. Here, Michael Franklin considers the interrelated potential impacts of (S)VOD on film production, its financing and distribution. The independent film business is well versed in interacting business models with imperfectly aligned values. The expansionist, multi-territory, closed data, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service is a more recent addition. To develop a clearer understanding of potential ...
Conference Report: Stakeholder in the Digital Single Market
EC Vice President Andrus Ansip speaking at DSM debate in Copenhagen. Photo: Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen EC Vice President Andrus Ansip recently visited the Danish Film Institute to discuss the European Commission’s latest proposals for the Digital Single Market. Nina Vindum Rasmussen reports. “I’m not fighting with you. I’m fighting FOR you,” the European Commission’s Andrus Ansip assured a room full of industry stakeholders at the Danish Film Institute on 16 September 2016. Ansip’s visit to Copenhagen took place just two days after the Commission unveiled ...
From movies to games: how film policy is changing
crazymonkey Following on from the European Screens Conference, MeCETES has invited speakers to write a blog about their conference paper. Here, Gertjan Willems charts how film policy in Flanders is expanding into new areas like video games and app design. While the expansion of film industry activities film to other media has a long history, media convergence has intensified this trend in recent years.
Film distribution: Beyond traditional release strategies
in cinemas and on demand Distribution windows for films are evolving rapidly, challenging traditional release strategies. How are different types of films affected by such change? Roderik Smits considers the changes taking place within the UK theatrical market. The theatrical release window has for many years been talked up as the “engine that drives the ancillary sales”, giving films an afterlife on secondary windows or platforms, such as streaming services (through forms of online VOD releasing), ...
European Screens Conference – programme released
Front page - conference We are delighted to announce that the final programme for the European Screens Conference at the University of York, 5-7 September 2016, has been released. You can download a copy of the conference programme from our conference website along with abstracts. Organised by the HERA-funded project ‘Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens’ (MeCETES), the European Screens Conference brings together academics, policymakers and industry professionals to discuss some of the ...
Why Brexit is bad news for British film exports
The King's Speech German The UK is likely to lose millions in funding from the EU’s MEDIA programme because of Brexit. Huw D Jones examines what this means for British film exports. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) in last June’s referendum has provoked a particularly strong outcry amongst UK film professionals. A survey run by industry analyst Stephen Follows, for example, found that 82% were against Brexit, while only 5% were in ...
Crime drama in Flanders: programming trends
Filip Peeters as police inspector Paul Gerardi in Salamander. Are European TV schedules dominated by US shows? Elise Favere examines the situation in Flanders, focusing on the example of crime series. The US dominance of the global trade in television programmes has long raised concerns in Europe about the ‘Americanisation’ of TV schedules. At the same time, drawing on theories of ‘cultural proximity’, many academics note that European audiences still tend to prefer local and national television programmes to American ...
Is there a real flowering of Basque-language cinema?
Flowers In the run up to the European Screens conference, MeCETES has invited speakers to write a blog on their conference paper. Here, Miren Manias examines the role of film policy in the revival of Basque-language cinema. It was in 1989 when the last film fully shot in the Basque-language was screened at commercial cinemas. Ke arteko egunak (1989) attracted an audience of 51,600 people.
Die Stadt und die Macht: A Production Study of a German mini-series
Politician Susanne Kröhmer (played by Anna Loos) in Die Stadt und die Macht In the run up to the European Screens conference, MeCETES has invited speakers to write a blog on their conference paper. First up is Florian Krauß (University Siegen) on the complex production history of German miniseries Die Stadt und die Macht. Susanne Krömer fights her way through Berlin policy. Surprisingly, the idealistic lawyer becomes the city’s mayoral candidate.
BFI launches consultation amid concerns over Brexit vote
BFI This week the BFI launched a public consultation on its next five-year strategy. Huw D Jones reports from the Leeds roadshow event. Following in the wake of last week’s dramatic Brexit vote, BFI chief Amanda Neville sought to reassure workers in Yorkshire’s creative sector that she remained ‘confident about the future’ of the UK film and television industries.
Debate on the implications of Brexit for UK film and TV – European Screens conference (Uni of York, 5-7 Sept 2016)
brexit Debate on the implications of Brexit for UK film and TV – European Screens conference (University of York, 5-7 Sept) University of York, 5-7 September, 2016 The British voters’ decision to leave the European Union is likely to have multiple consequences for the film and television industries in the UK and beyond. MEDIA/Creative Europe funding, UK/European co-productions, the availability of British content on EU screens and EU content on ...
New publication: Ken Loach’s UK/European co-productions – Huw D Jones
Looking for Eric Dr Huw D Jones has published a new article on ‘UK/European Co-productions: The Case of Ken Loach’ in the Journal of British Cinema and Television. The article comes out of the MeCETES project research into European film: Ken Loach stands out as one of the few British directors whose films are regularly co-produced with European partners. Of the nineteen films he has directed since 1990, fourteen have been UK/continental European co-productions.
Book Review: European Cinema and Television: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life
European cinema and TV The MeCETES publication European Cinema and Television: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life (edited by Ib Bondebjerg, Eva Novrup Redvall, and Andrew Higson) has received two positive reviews in the academic press. Jonathan Hardy (University of East London) in Transnational Cinemas writes: “The collection is particularly strong in mapping and illustrating more complex patterns of cultural production, content, circulation and consumption….
New publication: Midsomer Murders in Copenhagen – Eva Novrup Redvall
mmcopenhagen28 Dr Eva Novrup Redvall has published a new article on ‘Midsomer Murders in Copenhagen: the transnational production of Nordic Noir-influenced UK television drama’ in the journal New Review of Film and Television Studies. The article comes out of the MeCETES project research into European television: While the international interest in subtitled Scandi crime series, or ‘Nordic Noir’, is a phenomenon of the 2010s, UK detective series, such as the ‘comfy crime’ drama ...
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