Fest devotes four-day confab to co-prod'n conundrums

ROME — Closer collaborative efforts between Europe’s increasing number of regional film funds as a means to engender more European co-productions is the dominant theme of Turin’s European Cinema and Audiovisual Days, to be held in the northern Italian city Nov. 9-11.

The four-day confab – concurrent with the Turin Film Festival, which is dedicated to emerging international indie helmers – will include a day devoted to fostering a closer Italo/Gaul rapport, in particular between the nascent Piedmont film fund and the neighboring Rhone-Alpes fund.

Industryites in attendance at Turin’s Euro Days are to include Gallic auteur Robert Guediguian (“The Last Mitterrand”), who will hold a master class, Annecy toon fest topper Tiziana Loschi, Turin/Piedmont film commish topper Stefano Della Casa, and Jonathan Davis, strategy adviser for the U.K. Film Council, who will preside a panel on “Why is it so difficult for continental Europeans to co-produce with the U.K.?”

Meanwhile, the 24th edition of the Turin Film Fest – which runs Nov. 10-18 – will feature the world preem of the second series of Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series, with helmers Dario Argento, and John Carpenter in attendance.

Other expected guests of the fest are Giullermo Del Toro whose “Pan’s Labyrinth” is unspooling, Walter Hill, who is presenting his epic Western “Broken Trail,” and Claude Chabrol, who is being feted with a complete retro.

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