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Introduction

On 14 March 2012, the Commission launched the second public consultation of its review of the Cinema Communication by publishing its draft text of the 2012 Communication. This was the latest step of a review of the criteria used to apply EU state aid rules to Member States' financial support for making and distributing films. The Commission's first round of public consultation was launched in June 2011 on the basis of an issues paper.

Draft Communication

The draft Communication text has been published in all languages on the public consultation web page. The text is reproduced on this wiki to facilitate future editing.

Contributions

The contributions received during the second public consultation are being added on the following pages, divided between the type of contributor:

{Citizens' contributions} {Public authority contributions} {Registered organisation contributions} {Unregistered organisation contributions}

The contributions for the first round of public consultation can be found here.

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  • 28 Feb 2011 - Actor Gareth Reeves on NZ film tax incentives and Lord of the Rings - "... the main parts were protected for American actors and New Zealand actors got to be monsters, elves and things like that."
  • 31 May 2011 - The European Strategy: Send money to the US (Part Un) - "... the EU acts under a basic misapprehension in regard to IP policy. ... it acts like an IP exporter in the audiovisual and software fields, when it in fact is an IP importer and might be better served by the IP importer’s traditional posture of low IP protection and enforcement.  In practice, this misapprehension means that European IP policy essentially pursues the interests of the US and its IP exporting film, music, and software industries."
  • 2 Jul 2011 - The modern movie-making movement (Free, 100-page book) - "Independent filmmaking is changing. To help you survive and thrive, ten of the world’s most prominent filmmaker thought leaders have come together to share modern filmmaking ideas."
  • 27 Jul 2011 - Direct-to-fan marketing for Sundance Artist Services - "Here’s the problem I see: Filmmakers have been taught to be wholesalers, not retailers. Film-makers make films — so the teaching goes — and then it is the job of distributors to market and distribute films. … It’s time to stop calling the best-case, long-shot, home-run option "the model"."
  • 4 Aug 2011 - Vue in discussion with studios to relax windows - "UK cinema chain Vue is in talks with the US studios to relax the theatrical window at certain times of the year."
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  • 10 Aug 2011 - Don't remake Baby into a corner - "... for a film like a Dirty Dancing remake to work, it needs to engage that teenage cinemagoing audience, and convincing 13-year-old girl in 2012 to go to the cinema because a 40-year-old loved the film decades ago isn’t going to do that."
  • 13 Aug 2011 - Dogwoof Films: Who needs cinemas anyway? - "... Dogwoof ... recruits “ambassadors” ... for their films who will agree to screen them in their local communities ... . "Unfortunately, [cinemas] can’t and don’t show many of our films. Yet we have direct demand from consumers to watch them, so we came up with the ambassador scheme to cater for the lack of cinema bookings."
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  • 14 Mar 2012 - EC launches public consultation on rules for state film support schemes- "The European Commission publishes 12-page draft Cinema Communication which “intends to create a level playing field between member states and to encourage cross-border productions.”" - Screen Daily
  • 14 Mar 2012 - Europe rethinks film subsidies - "The European Commission has proposed caps on how much public subsidy money can be used to tempt foreign film production to the region. The aim is to prevent European countries from using subsidies to compete among themselves for prestigious Hollywood projects." - Variety
  • 15 Mar 2012 - Cinéma Bruxelles veut réviser les aides - "La Commission européenne souhaite revoir les critères d’attribution des 3 milliards d’euros d’aide au cinéma. Elle considère qu’une trop grande part va dans les superproductions américaines en Europe." - Les Échos
  • 15 Mar 2012 - Europe proposes subsidy cap - "US Studios send a lot of VFX work to the UK to take advantage of artificial pricing because of a 25% government rebate. Animation studios like Illumination Entertainment send their work to France to take advantage of a 20% rebate. Now this is a proposal that isn’t set in stone and won’t go into effect until 2015. However studios have to plan in advance where post-production work will be done  and this will probably be taken into account. If it does, mark my words: watch how fast the VFX industry leaves. When huge subsidies were passed in Canada and the UK it was as though projects were lost overnight in California. The studios will place pressure on the UK facilities to send work to locations that offer huge subsidies like Canada or perhaps even Louisiana." - VFX Soldier blog post See also subsequent comments on the article.
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  • 23 Mar 2012 - Movie theaters: The last unconnected screen - "We are in the midst of a vast transformation driven by the Internet that is radically changing how we view visual entertainment. Every screen we use daily, be it a phone, a computer, a tablet or a TV is hooked up (or about to be hooked up) to a high speed data network that sends us moving images. ... Yet there is one screen that is not getting connected, where there is little innovation and where the future is being delayed. ...  I am, of course, referring to the last screen to be connected to the Internet—the screen at your local movie theater." - Tribeca Future of Film
  • 24 Mar 2012 - State film incentive wars: what is the exit strategy for "Anytown"? - "How on earth states expect to build film industry infrastructure by funding productions instead of infrastructure is beyond me.  Productions use infrastructure, they don’t build it.  This not to suggest any state should invest in infrastructure.  They shouldn’t.  All of the talk about “building” a new industry needs to stop." - Stop Runaway Production
  • 26 Mar 2012 - Film subsidies are a flop - "So Michigan spent more money than the film incentives created in economic activity. Does that sound like a good deal to anyone except those who are financing the films? It certainly seems there are much more efficient ways for the state to bolster economic activity than spending $37.5 million to generate $21.1 million." - Maryland Public Policy Institute blog
  • 3 Apr 2012 - Spanish film suffers worst of funding cuts - "El Fondo de Protección a la Cinematografía -de donde salen las ayudas a la producción- ha caído un 35%, de 76 millones a 49, como adelantó este periódico en la edición impresa de hoy. El Instituto de de Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales pierde otro preocupante 35,4% (de 106 millones a 68,86 millones)." - El Pais

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