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San Sebastian’s Workshop Analyzes Day-and-Date Releases

Organized by distrib network Europe Distribution, film industry event runs Sept. 22-24

Aimed to give industry players more insight on a trend that gains ground in the film business, Europa Distribution organizes a three-day workshop at the San Sebastian Film Festival, focused on the practices of day-and-date releases throughout Europe.

The E.U. backed indie distributors network, which represents more than 140 members from 28 countries in Europe and beyond, is a think-tank and lobby group that regularly stages panels on film distrib trends and challenges across the main European film summits.

“The San Sebastian workshop attendees will have some concrete feedback on day-and-date releases all over Europe and benefit from their colleagues’ experience,” said Olivia Le Dain, project coordinator at Europa Distribution.

Event will tackle day-and-date’s pros and cons, difficulties and opportunities, both for the exhibition and distribution sector, analyzing aspects such as how day-and-date can attract new audiences for films or sector’s need of a constant adaptation to an evolving environment.

“In certain cases, day-and-date may be a new way to attract audiences, sometimes younger ones, but it is also impacting so much the traditional relationship with the industry professionals, the media chronology, etc… That it should be carefully thought about and thought together with the exhibitors,” Le Dain said.

Current European film landscape presents a mosaic of trends, according to Le Dain.

“There are countries that start to have quite a long experience of releasing day-and-date, such as the U.K. or Sweden, some that are in an experimentation phase – Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands – and some others that are completely closed to this practice – Norway, Switzerland, Germany, for instance,” she added.

Running Sept. 22-24, the workshop will be composed of a panel, open to all industry delegates, a case studies session, which will take place over Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and a round-table session.

Speakers at Monday’s round-table include Spain’s Coro Odriozola, manager of Basque exhibition group Sade Cinemas; Mathias Holtx of Sweden’s Folkets Hus Och Parker, Jan Nohac at Czech Republic’s arthouse exhib-distrib Aerofilms, Eduardo Escudero, head of business development at Spain’s indie distrib-producer A contracorriente, and Johannes Glaumann, sales co-ordinator of Swedish distrib Non Stop Entertainment.

Michael Gubbins, founder of London-based film analyst and consultancy outfit SampoMedia, will moderate the round-table.

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