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  • 22 Feb 2016 11:50 AM | Anonymous
    Dear Members,

    We are extremely proud that 3 EPC Members were awarded at the Berlinale this year!

    Our sincere congratulations to:

    • Rémi Burah from ARTE FRANCE CINEMA - coproducer of:

    - "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea ) by Gianfranco Rosi, awarded with the GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM ; 

    "L’ avenir" (Things to Come), awarded with the SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR - Mia Hansen-Løve 


    • Henning Kamm/Fabian Gasmia from DETAILFiLM - coproducer of:

    "L’ avenir" (Things to Come), winner of the SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR - Mia Hansen-Løve 


    ·       Frans van Gestel from TOPKAPI FILMS - coproducer of:

    "Kollektivet" (The Commune) by Thomas Vinterberg, winner of the SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS - Trine Dyrholm


    And our warmest encouragements for all our Members to keep up with their hard work!

    We hope to see you in Cannes very soon.

  • 11 Feb 2016 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    We are extremely proud that 7 EPC Members are selected at the Berlinale this year!

    So, congratulations to:


    • Frans van Gestel from TOPKAPI FILMS - coproducer of: 
    THE COMMUNE, by Thomas Vinterberg, selected for the Golden Bear in the Official Competition and 

    AUF EINMAL (ALL OF A SUDDEN), by Asli Özge, also selected at Panorama


    • Henning Kamm/Fabian Gasmia from DETAILFiLM - coproducer of:
    THINGS TO COME, by Mia Hansen-Løve, selected for the Golden Bear in the Official Competition



    • Romain Le Grand from PATHE - distributor of:
    ALONE IN BERLIN, by Vincent Perez, also selected for the Golden Bear in the Official Competition



    • Boris Chouchkov from CHOUCHKOV BROS - coproducer of:
    ANI VE SNU! (IN YOUR DREAMS!), by Petr Oukropec, selected in the Generation 2016 Category



    • Paula Vaccaro from PINBALL LONDON - producer of:
    UNCLE HOWARD, by Aaron Brookner, which is having its international Premiere at Panorama



    • Patrick Quinet from ARTEMIS PRODUCTIONS - coproducer of 
    - DES NOUVELLES DE LA PLANETE MARS, by Dominik Moll, selected at Berlinale Out of Competition



    • Rémi Burah from ARTE FRANCE CINEMA - coproducer of:

    FUOCOAMMARE, by Gianfranco Rosi, selected in the Official Competition

    CARTAS DA GUERRA, by Ivo M. Ferreira, selected in the Official Competition 

    THINGS TO COME, by Mia Hansen-Løve, selected in the Official Competition

    - SOY NERO, by Von Rafi Pitts, selected the Official Competition

    - and many other films selected in the various parallel categories…


    Again, our sincere congratulations to those 7 Members, and our warmest encouragements to all our EPC Members for their hard and beautiful work!


  • 22 Dec 2015 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    The EPC would like to warmly congratulate our two Members selected at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival:

    Paula Vaccaro, from PINBALL LONDON, for the film "UNCLE HOWARD" (directed by Aaron Brookner), selected in the US Documentary Competition;

    Johannes Rexin, from HEIMAT FILM, for the film "WILD" (directed by Nicolette Krebitz), selected in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

    Congratulation to both of you and our best words of encouragement to all the EPC Members for their hard work throughout the almost finished year!

  • 09 Sep 2015 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Film pirate gets four-year jail sentence



    Significant prosecution for internet film piracy in Northern Ireland

     

    An internet pirate in Northern Ireland was today sentenced at Londonderry Crown Court to four years imprisonment.

    Paul Mahony, 30, from Carnhill had pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to defraud, one of acquiring criminal property and one of converting criminal property. More than $125,000 (£82,000) seized from his home has been confiscated.

    In the largest case of its kind in Northern Ireland, led by the Police Service in Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Mahony admitted running a website which facilitated the illegal accessing of films from the internet.

    He admitted running a website from his bedroom which enabled visitors to search for a particular film, click on a weblink to a third party website and watch the streamed movie on their computer. The third party sites are unlawful because they facilitate the viewing by the public of illicit copies of films.

    Mahony made money by charging for advertising on his website and by uploading new films to the third party websites. Police seized more than $125,000 (£82,000) in cash when they searched his home in May 2011 along with three computers.

    PSNI investigating officer Detective Constable Yolande Healey said: “Mahony had been running this illegal website for years. He thought he could collect substantial amounts of advertising revenue from his site and distance himself from the actual hosting of an illicit copy of a film by using unrelated third party websites.

     “We were contacted by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) about Mahony’s activities and began a lengthy and complex investigation which resulted in his arrest and subsequent admissions.

     “From his bedroom in Carnhill, Mahony thought he could make money from advertisers who were attracted by the volume of traffic from across the world on his website. He thought his form of cyber-crime was untouchable. He was wrong. Working with partner agencies, police will investigate any reports of criminality online.”

     FACT Director General Kieron Sharp said: “This is an important case. Committing crime using the internet is viewed by some as being less serious than more ‘traditional’ offending, which is particularly true of film and television piracy. This prosecution and sentence show that you cannot hide behind the supposed anonymity of the cyber world and that you will be identified, caught and convicted. “

     Detective Inspector Conor McStravick, from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: “This is not a victimless crime. The film industry is an important and growing employment sector in Northern Ireland. Illegal activity which reduces revenue streams to the industry has the potential to adversely affect people’s jobs and the local economy.” 

     sources: http://www.screendaily.com/news/film-pirate-gets-four-year-jail-sentence/5092663.article

  • 09 Sep 2015 11:18 AM | Anonymous


    Pirate Party Offers Uncensored

    DNS to Bypass Pirate Bay

    Blockade


    The Norwegian Pirate Party has made a big statement by launching a free DNS service which allows Internet users to bypass the local Pirate Bay blockade. The party advocates a free and open Internet for everyone and believes that the recent website blockades set a dangerous precedent.
    Last week Norway became the latest country to block access to The Pirate Bay.

    A local court ordered Internet providers to block users’ access to several large ‘pirate’ websites in the hope that it will decrease online copyright infringement.

    The local Pirate Party is now vigorously protesting the ruling and has decided to fight back. Since the sites will be blocked on the DNS level the party is countering by providing their own DNS servers.

    “We want a free and open Internet for everyone. The copyright industry’s fight for control over culture has put us in a situation where this is no longer the case in Norway,” Pirate Party co-chairman Øystein Middelthun tells TF.
    “The censorship is easy to bypass, by simply changing your name server, so we decided to practice what we preach and offer such a service to all those affected by the problem,” he adds.

    Indeed, since the sites’ IP-addresses are not blocked the blockade can be easily circumvented by changing the DNS settings on one’s device or computer. The Pirate Party is not the only company offering alternative DNS, OpenDNS and Google have a similar service.

    The Pirate Party’s DNS has added benefits though, as it supports additional Top Level Domains including .geek or .pirate, and the Namecoin based .bit. In addition, it operates from Norway with minimal logging to guarantee users’ privacy.

    The Pirates note that the order will have minimal effect on people’s sharing habits. However, Middelthun is concerned about the slippery slope, where companies and the authorities get to dictate what people are allowed to see online.

    “The blocking order is yet another sad step down the road towards the dystopic world imagined by George Orwell. At the same time it achieves absolutely nothing of what the plaintiffs are hoping for,” he tells TF.

    “The dangerous thing about it is that it sets a precedent. It is easy to imagine how the scope could be expanded to include other websites somehow considered immoral, and while the current technical implementation is easy to circumvent, hardening it is equally easy once society has accepted censorship in the first place,” Middelthun adds.

    The DNS service is not limited to Norwegians. Everyone who wants an unfiltered DNS service is welcome to use it.

    Previously the UK Pirate Party ran into trouble when they launched a Pirate Bay proxy in response to a local blockade. The Norwegian Pirates don’t expect that their DNS will be targeted, but if it does they are prepared to fight back.

    “Running a public DNS service is fully legal, so we do not expect any legal trouble. A scenario to consider is if the copyright industry, or surveillance hungry politicians, started pushing for strictly regulating DNS- and/or VPN-services,” Middelthun says.

    “If this scenario came true, we will fight it with everything in our power. It is paramount that the Internet remains free, or society would suffer greatly,” he concludes.

    sources: https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-party-offers-dns-to-bypass-pirate-bay-blockade-150907/
  • 27 Aug 2015 11:58 AM | Anonymous
    This year's selection at the Venice Film Festival features great movies among which our member's works.

    We are thus very proud to reveal the titles of the chosen ones.


    Once again congratulations to all of you!

    In the Official Competition, congratulations to:

    • Rai Cinema, coproducer of ‘Blood of my Blood’ by Marco Bellocchio, and ‘Per amor vostro’ by Giuseppe M. Gaudino.
    • Fidélité Films, coproducer of ‘Marguerite’ by Xavier Giannolli.
    • Indigo Films and Pathé Productions, coproducers of ‘L’attesa’ by Piero Messina.

     

    For the Fiction selection, congratulations to:

    • Rai Cinema, coproducer of ‘Non essere cattivo’ by Claudio Caligari.
    • Wanda Vision, coproducer of ‘La Calle de la Amargura’ by Arturo Ripstein.

     

    In the Non Fiction selection, congratulations to:

    • Rai Cinema, coproducer of ‘Gli uomini di questa città io non li conosco’ by Franco Maresco.

     

    And finally for the Horizons selection, congratulations to:

    • Artémis Productions, coproducer of ‘Taj Mahal’ by Nicolas Saada.

     

    If we have failed to mention any other member, please accept our sincere apologies and don’t hesitate to mention it to us.


  • 09 Jul 2015 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    The vote was held today, the report was adopted.

    more coming soon...

  • 29 Jun 2015 6:14 PM | Anonymous

    Today, a delegation of the European Producers Club met Andrus Ansip, Vice-president for the Digital Single Market at the European Commission.

    The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the copyright and DSM issues, in order to find solutions that would satisfy both the industry and the Commission.

  • 23 Jun 2015 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Creative Europe set for 8% budget boost in 2016

    EXCLUSIVE: European Union plans to increase Creative Europe’s budget by 8% for 2016.

    The European Commission (EC) plans to increase the budget for its Creative Europe framework budget by 8% for 2016.

    According to a EC working document for the European Union’s Draft Budget, the so-called commitments for the MEDIA and Culture sub-programmes, and the cross-sectoral strand could increase from 2015’s $200.4m (€177.7m) to $216.3m (€191.8m) next year.

    Meanwhile, the payments could rise year-on-year by 18.7% from this year’s $186.3m (€165.2m) to $221.5m (€196.4m).

    “Commitments” refers to the funding that can be agreed in contracts in a given year (with some of the money only being paid in subsequent years), while the term “payments” is used to describe the money actually paid out in that year and also to honour past commitments.

    The budget’s proposed breakdown for the various action lines and the foreseen number of supported projects in the MEDIA sub-programme is as follows:

    • $7.9m (€7m) for 48 courses/workshops/events for new skills and networking
    • $37.2m (€33m) for the development of 350 audiovisual projects, including TV production
    • $1.58m (€1.4m) for five co-production funds
    • $10.4m (€9.2m) for 56 market access actions (audiovisual markets, promotion tools and stands)
    • $33.5m (€29.7m) for 677 distribution campaigns of European non-national films
    • $11.3m (€10m) for one network of cinemas screening a majority of European films
    • $3.3m (€2.9m) for 77 film festival and events
    • $2.4m (€2.1m) for 14 film literacy initiatives
    • $6.1m (€5.4m) for 17 new marketing and advertising tools (such as film community platforms).

    In addition, 2016 will see Creative Europe’s much trumpeted Guarantee facility for SMEs, micro, small and medium-sized beneficiaries in the cultural and creative sectors coming into operation with $16.7m (€14.8m) in “commitments”.

    A total of $15m (€13.3m) have been allocated for an envisaged 281 loans to be provided by banks to beneficiaries and a further $1.7m (€1.5m) for seven capacity building workshops.

    Moreover, $5.4m (€4.8m) has been budgeted by the EU as its contribution to the financing of the network of Creative Europe desks in the 28 Member States.

    The EU’s seven-year Creative Europe framework programme was launched last year with a $1.65bn (€1.46 bn) budget for the cultural and creative sectors, with the aim of raising the sectors’ share of EU gross domestic product (GDP) to 4.8% by 2020 from the current 3.3%-4.5%, and bringing the share of employment to 4.8% from the present 3.8% of Europe’s workforce.

    In addition, the programme’s specific objectives for 2020 include creating 8,000 transnational partnerships involving at least three countries, having 240,000 professionals with learning experiences, and 145m people in the EU member states accessing non-national European audiovisual works (122m in 2009).

    Written in ScreenDaily, by Martin Blaney, the 17th of June 2015.

    Source : http://www.screendaily.com/news/creative-europe-set-for-8-budget-boost/5089490.article


  • 02 Jun 2015 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    We are extremely glad to see that the press relayed about the creation of the Working Group, launched at the Cannes Film Festival in partnership with Europa Distribution, Europa International and EuroVOD, in order to improve the circulation of films in Europe and answer the producers' concern on the Digital Single Market.

    Below are the links to the Medias relaying the info!

    Variety Screen Daily Cineuropa

    Film New Europe Creative Europe Desk


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