Euro producers slam Acad, MPAA

EFCA angry over screeners ban

BRUSSELS — Influential European film org the European Film Companies Alliance has added its voice to the chorus of disapprival surrounding the compromise on the videotape screeners ban reached by the MPAA and AMPAS.

Org, which represents European indie producers like AB Svensk Filmindustri, CLT-Ufa and UGC, argues that the deal’s members-only stance will severely limit the independent film community’s access to the Oscars.

Spokesman Philippe Kern told Variety that it also sets a dangerous precedent for other awards ceremonies around the world. While sympathizing with the need to eradicate piracy, EFCA does not believe it should be used to “discriminate in favor of the big budget studio blockbusters.”

It describes the move as “evidence of the MPAA’s sheer arrogance and of its ignorance of the richness of world cinema.”

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