Parisian Screenings biz slow

With budget cutbacks, an overall decline in European production and attendance down, Paris Screenings officials are considering changing tactics next year.

“We’re in discussions now over the possibility of creating a rotating European-wide Screenings,” said Sylvie Brauns, organizer of the three-day event that ended Wednesday.

“The German Screenings attendance was down this year, and so was London. We’re looking at combining into a Euro Screenings.”

The event would be held in late November or early December and include Dutch, Scandinavian and possibly Italian interests, Brauns said.

Though the Paris Screenings suffered a 25% reduction in the government stipend, it wasn’t apparent to buyers and sellers. “It was about the same business as last year despite fewer buyers,” said System TV’s Peter Hercombe.

Oddly, the biggest complaint was the absence of American buyers and French politicians. “It’s very funny,” observed an attendee. “All they talk about is expanding sales for French products and, in the end, they cut down the support budget for one of their most productive methods.”

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