EFAD Meeting: May 20, 2012
Cannes May 20, 2012 - During its traditional meeting at Cannes, the European CNC network (European Film Agency Directors - EFAD) signed a statement addressed to the European Commission concerning the possible repercussions of its "Cinema Communication" on the sustainability of public cinema and audiovisual financial support – the essential, primary condition for the existence of European cinema.
Above all, the EFAD questions the relevance of new rules aiming to reduce the requirements concerning the territorial breakdown of expenses included in the current aid systems. Such limitations would in fact reduce or even eliminate the leverage effect of national aid and discourage public authorities from supporting the sector. The EFAD regrets that the Commission did not take its own impact study into account, which showed that the current aid systems have no negative impact in terms of the production and circulation of European films.
photos : Agence Cathy Berg / Eric Bonté / CNC