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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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
Conference report: UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing?
IMG_2083 Nathan Townsend reports from the UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing? event, organised by MeCETES and Creative Europe Desk UK at the Regent Street Cinema, London, 13 June 2016. Few conferences have such an unambiguous title, and the programme succeeded in exploring what it says on the tin, albeit with a more diverse range of European input than the headline suggested.
Film distribution event, London, 13 June
Impression MeCETES and Creative Europe Desk UK present: UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing? A one-day event on the changing nature of UK film distribution 12-5pm, Monday 13 June 2016 Regent Street Cinema, London W1B 2UW Film distribution is changing. The traditional windowing model, whereby films open exclusively in cinemas before they are introduced to the home video market, and thereafter on television, is being undermined by new release strategies.
What makes European films travel?
European box office by market share The question of what makes European film travel is currently high of the agenda for industry professionals and policymakers. Huw D Jones argues the most successful European film exports tend to have elements audiences are already culturally familiar with. At the Cannes Film Festival next month, industry figures are meeting to discuss what makes European films travel.
Beyond the Box Office: What European films are most popular on TV, DVD and VOD?
film-on-ipad-and-Iphone While cinema admissions data is publicly available, viewing figures for European films on TV, DVD and VOD is harder to come by. Huw D Jones examines how to overcome this problem. One of the main challenges researching the market for European film is determining what Europeans actually watch. While the European Audiovisual Observatory’s LUMIERE database provides pretty accurate data on cinema admissions across Europe, ...
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