Remaining independent to preserve creative diversity, Tuesday 25th January

Remaining independent to preserve creative diversity, Tuesday 25th January

23 January 2022
Visuel PFUE - salle de cinéma
After the adoption and entry into force of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) over three years ago, it is time to launch new regulatory initiatives for the European audiovisual industry. In a global context marked by increasing competition and an unprecedented public health crisis, this symposium will be an opportunity to address the new challenges for the coming years: safeguarding strategic cultural assets, defining “European works” and ensuring their independence, and increasing social and environmental responsibility in the sector.

At a time of economic upturn and as new platforms take their place in the creative ecosystem, the European audiovisual industry is faced with new challenges. Production companies and their catalogue of works, cinemas, historical national distributors and video game studios are all strategic cultural assets at the heart of European creation. They represent the European identity for the audiences of the Member States. These assets are liable to be the target of predatory acquisitions by companies outside the EU that may not have the same cultural objective and may therefore undermine their value. Does the current legislation guard against such a risk? Over time, how can these strategic cultural assets be protected?

Defining European works is essential to preserving the uniqueness, diversity and heritage value of European creation. In a post-Brexit context, is there a need to revisit this definition in order to facilitate the circulation of works throughout the European Union.

The European audiovisual industry must also continue the work already begun by the Commission, governments and national funds for films, in terms of the environment, gender equality and combatting all forms of violence and discrimination.

Lastly, to see these initiatives through, the assessment of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and prospects for its implementation must also be examined. This Directive has served to strengthen the obligations to contribute financially to audiovisual and film production by including new stakeholders. Should further steps be taken and Member States be given new tools?

All of these questions will be addressed during the Audiovisual and Cinema Conference that will be held online, in partnership with the Angers European First Film Festival (Festival Premiers Plans), on Tuesday, 25 January.

Discussions from the day will inform the work of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Remaining independent to preserve creative diversity

Online event

Tuesday January 25th, 2022

Simultaneous translation will be provided in French, English and German.

A connexion link will be sent to you a few days before the event, and once you have applied for accreditation (procedure to follow below).



Conference hosted by: Cyril Lacarrière, journalist.

(CET, Paris time)

09:00 – 09:30 am
Opening speech by Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture


09:30 – 09:40 am
The City of Angers and Premiers Plans, partners of the conference

With the participation of

  • Christophe Béchu, Mayor of Angers
  • Claude-Eric Poiroux, Managing Director of Premiers Plans Festival

09:45 – 09:55 am
Intervention by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market


10:00 – 11:30 am
Panel “How to preserve our strategic cultural assets ?”

Hosted by: Pascal Rogard, SACD Director general

With the participation of:

  • Christian Braüer, President of International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE)
  • Sidonie Dumas, CEO of Gaumont
  • Olivier Henrard, Deputy CEO of the CNC
  • Odile Limpach, Professor at the Cologne University of Technology (Cologne Game Lab) and co-founder of SpielFabrique
  • Petar Mitric, Assistant Professor in Film Studies
  • Chiara Sbarigia, President of Cinecittà

11:40 – 11:55 am
Presentation of the “Action Plan!” and conversation on the topic “A green and carbon-free audiovisual industry”, with Leslie Thomas, General Secretary of the CNC and Aurélien Bigo, researcher on the energy transition of transport


12:00 – 12:20 pm
Presentation « Cinema and theatrical distribution » – by Gianluca Farinelli, President of Cineteca di Bologna


(12:30 – 01:30 : Lunch break)


01:30 – 02:00 pm
Screening of short films selected at the 34th edition of Premiers Plans Festival


02:00 – 03:30 pm
Panel “The European work to foster the European creativity”

Hosted by: Daniela Elstner, Director General of Unifrance

With the participation of:

  • Mariela Besuievski, Productor, Tornasol Films
  • Laurence Farreng, Member of the European Parliament, Renew group
  • Agnieszka Holland, Director, President of the European Film Academy (EFA)
  • Bruno Patino, President of ARTE France and Arte GEIE
  • Marc du Pontavice, Productor, CEO of Xilam
  • Nicholas Yatromanolakis, Deputy Minister of Culture & sports, Government of the Hellenic Republic

03:35 – 03:45 pm
Presentation “Promoting gender equality in a changing industry – by Lucia Recalde Head of Unit Creative Europe – MEDIA, European Commission


03:45 – 04:00 pm
Conversation on the topic “The young audience in Europe” – with Julien Marcel, CEO of AlloCiné and The Boxoffice Company (Webedia).


04:00 – 05:30 pm
Panel “Implementing the AVMS Directive: assessment and perspectives”

Hosted by: Karim Mouttalib, IFCIC Director General

With the participation of:

  • Madeleine de Cock Buning, Vice-president of “Public Policy” for Europe, Middle East and Africa, EMEA Netflix
  • Delphine Ernotte, President of European Broadcasting Union and President of France Televisions
  • Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, Director General of Media and Cultural industries, French ministry of Culture
  • Gudny Hummelvoll, President of the European Producers Club (EPC)
  • Karim Ibourki, Vice-President of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)
  • Roch-Olivier Maistre, President of the French regulation authority (ARCOM)

05:30 – 05:45 pm
Closing remarks by Dominique Boutonnat, President of the CNC


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    • Delegation: AUDIOCINE.Participants
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