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26 Broadcasters Stage European Film Week

Pubcasters plan week of movie-related programming

LONDON — The European Broadcasting Union, which reps 56 pubcasters, in association with the European Film Academy, are launching Eurovision Film Week, which is described as a “film festival” on TV and radio.

In the week leading up to the European Film Awards on Dec. 7, 26 EBU members will air a range of shows about European cinema. This will include the broadcast of European films, interviews with leading European filmmakers, debates and behind-the-scenes reports.

The EBU has set up a film exchange platform, where Film Week participants can share rights-free films in broadcast quality. There are 25 films in the pool, and any participating broadcaster can air the pics.

EBU prexy Jean-Paul Philippot said Eurovision Film Week would underscore the strong ties that exist between Europe’s film biz and pubcasters.

He said: “Public service media are key partners of the film industry, in terms of financing, promotion and broadcasting of films, but also often as the commissioning parties. We want to celebrate this contribution and highlight European cinema’s close ties to public service media.

“This partnership gives rise to a very rich cultural offering, both in Europe and beyond. And at a time when funding of European cinema and public service media is under threat, we want to find ways to ensure this can continue.”

German director Volker Schlondorff, who is deputy chairman of the EFA board, added: “The big problem for European cinema is that the films are not exchanged between one country and another. Nowadays we observe that the cultural borders have been closed. Everything is nicely separated into compartments and everyone has their own national drawer. And that is a task for European films to tackle!”

As previously announced, Felix van Groeningen’s drama “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (pictured) leads the nominations race for the European Film Awards. Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 7.

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