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  • 29 Mar 2017 5:03 PM | Anonymous

    The following is the official letter that has beensent to the G7 Ministers of Culture  to ensure the continued success of the entertainment sector across the G7 countries and beyond. Click to download a PDF version below and feel free to share the document with fellow producers and producer associations.

    CEO Culture Ministers piracy letter 29 March 2017.pdf
  • 20 Feb 2017 6:20 PM | Anonymous

    As The Berlinale 2017 edition is now closed  the European Producers Club is very proud to announce its members selected and awarded this year :

    Johannes Rexin from RexinFilm (previously Heimat ), who is the co-producer of The Silver Bear Alfred Bauer winner, Agnieszka Holland's SPOOR, (POKOT).

    Arte France  also for the other 5 following films. In the official competition, THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE by Aki Kaurismäki received the Silver Bear for Best Director, Sebastiàn Lelio’s A FANTASTIC WOMAN has been awarded with the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and also the Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury. In the Panorama category, Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO also received a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury beside the Audience Award for the Best Documentary. In the same category, CENTAUR by Aktan Arym Kubat received the CICAE Prize. Finally Raed Andoni’s GHOST HUNTING received the “Glashutte Original” Prize for Best Documentary Feature and the third Award from the Audience.

    Our members who were nominated:

    Pandora Da Cunha Telles from Ukbar Films for Marcelo Gomes’ JOAQUIM in the Official Competition,

    Hartmut Köhler from Ziegler Film for Volker Schlönerff’s RETURN TO MONTAULK in the Official Competition,

    Ardavan Safaee from Pathe France for Guindu Chadha’s VICEROY’S HOUSE in the Berlinale Special in the official Competition,

    Rudolf Biermann from In Film Praha for Julius Sevcik’s MASARYK (A PROMINENT PATIENT ) in Berlinale Special section,

    José Maria Morales from Wanda Vision for Fernando Pérez’s LAST DAYS IN HAVANA nominated in Berlinale Special Section.

    Dariusz Jablonski from Message Film for THE TRIAL.STATE OF RUSSIA VS OLEG SENCOW by Askold Kurov nominated in  Berlinale Special.

    Our warm encouragements for our members to keep making the European cinema.

  • 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.” 


  • 09 Sep 2015 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    Pirate Party Offers Uncensored

    DNS to Bypass Pirate Bay


    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.

  • 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...

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