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Films made for a cinema release remain the prime means by which any country can retain its cultural identity in cinema, and reflect its cultural diversity. This is particular important as in most countries cinema screens are dominated by American films.

The Cinema Communication should be extended to specifically include support for cinema exhibition. Films are made to be seen in cinemas and the economics of cinemas other than multiplex or multi-screen cinemas in major population centres, especially in rural areas, are often, if not usually, precarious.

The switch to digital projection is enabling cinemas to show audio-visual content that is not made primarily for cinema exhibition, chiefly theatrical productions such as opera. Some content is live but much is recorded and this wider definition of audio-visual content should be recognised as a legitimate function of cinemas.

Consideration should be given to retaining the majority of the world's film archive on film rather than attempt to digitise everything. 35mm film is still the only proven archival medium and therefore 35mm laboratory, editing and projection facilities should be maintained indefinitely. For over 100 years films were made on 35mm film and designed to be seen in cinemas. These films should always be available in this way to future generations

An increasing number of European countries have accepted that public funding is necessary if the switch to digital projection is not to force cinemas to close. This switch has been forced on cinemas by the major Hollywood studios and the only way that some can afford to switch to digital projection is with state or public aid.

Innovation and experimentation should be a support criteria but I do not see any need to provide aid for 3D production. 3D films are not universally liked - or accessible for many sight reasons - and entirely able to be self-financing. 3D is a specialist sector best left to commercial cinema.

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