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Future of Cinema

The Series came to life in Cannes 2007 was followed by events and panels every year since, in Cannes then Locarno.
What Is the Future of Cinema? Few know, some Share: we dare do both!

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VoD vs. CINEMA? Panel in Cannes May 19: the "minutes"

VoD vs. Cinema?

European Audiovisual Observatory Afternoon Workshop in Cannes breaks all records

Links to the presentations of the conference:
Cinema admissions in Europe
Video on demand in Europe
Les enjeux de la vidéo à la demande et de la vidéo en ligne
Digital rights management systems (DRMs)
Audiovisual Archives and the Inability to Clear Rights in Orphan Works
Making Possible the Access to Our Film Heritage on VoD

Over 350 film professionals crowded into the Palais des Festivals in Cannes to attend the European Audiovisual Observatory's workshop on VoD on Saturday. This broke all attendance records compared with previous workshops organized by the Observatory in Cannes.

The Observatory's Executive Director, Wolfgang Closs, said that the ever increasing number of film professionals attending the Observatory afternoon in Cannes was a proof of the respect accorded to the work of this organization. Closs also felt that "the chosen theme of VoD clearly hit the right note as the hot topic of this year's film market."

Wolfgang Closs
Aviva Silver

André Lange


Stef van Gompel

The conference was very ably moderated by Serge Siritzky, Managing Director of French Trade "ECRAN TOTAL".

Aviva Silver, Head of the Media Programme, European Commission, opened the proceedings with her reflections on the opportunities which VoD will offer to producers and potential new projects. Regarding the title of the workshop, Silver rather felt that VoD was "for" cinema as opposed to "against". She mentioned the inevitable influences which this new method of distribution would have on the chain of values and stated that "MEDIA has always been close to the rights holders." She concluded that it would be necessary to take into account this form of digital technology and the new opportunities it would offer for the future.

Left: Serge Siritzky

The Observatory's traditional cinema attendance round up of the previous year was then presented by Susan Newman-Baudais from the Observatory's Department for Information on Markets and Financing. Overall attendance had risen in 2006, she noted, in relation to a disappointing 2005. Newman demonstrated that, over the last 50 years, the development of new technologies has clearly had an influence on cinema going figures. The key question would clearly concern the admission figures registered in 2007. [Download Susan Newman's presentation here ]

Susan Newman-Baudais

Top rigth and left: Conference attendees

A brand new report  - "Video on Demand in Europe" - was then presented by André Lange, Head of the Observatory's Department for Information on Markets and Financing and Laure Kaltenbach, Head of the Office of Economic Evaluations of the  French Direction des Médias (DDM). The report was drafted by NPA Conseil in collaboration with the Observatory and the Direction des Médias.

Laure Kaltenbach

Ruth Hieronymi

André Lange stated that with more than 150 services operational in Europe, VoD now exists as a segment of the market even if the general absence of data makes it difficult to estimate its real importance. However, we can hope that in the long term the long tail effect of VoD will benefit European films." [Download André Lange's presentation here ]

Laure Kaltenbach emphasised that « 70% of the most watched content on YouTube is content protected by copyright." This was the cue to hand over to the legal section of the workshop. [Download Laure Kaltenbach's presentation in French here ]

Francisco Cabrera-Blazquez from the Observatory's Department for Legal Information dealt with the use of Digital Right Management in this field [see IRIS Plus 2007-01]. Stef Van Gompel from Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law dealt with VoD distribution of orphaned works. Van Gompel stated that, according to a survey carried out by the European Association of Cinematheques, "over 50,000 titles in European archives can be classified as orphaned works."
[Download Stef van Gompel's presentation here and IRIS Plus 2007-4 ]

Ruth Hieronymi, the European Parliament's spokeswoman for audiovisual matters, presented the latest state of play concerning the Television without Frontiers Directive. She stated that the revision of this legal framework comes "just in time" and that this legal framework for the EU support of non linear services will represent "a chance for all EU producers". Hieronymi also insisted on the duty to ensure correct interoperability between all services provided and felt that, at the moment, insufficient interoperability is ensured.

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About Future of Cinema

Chatelin Bruno


This blog explores the future of Cinema, from production to Distribution.

Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes 2011 after its successful 2007 introduction and following installments in Cannes and Locarno.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FESTIVALS Wednesday May 15th, 2011, The Estonian Pavilion, 3:00PM - 8:00PM
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