Commissioner Gabriel’s project of a creating an online directory of European films has received large support by the audiovisual sector last week in Cannes. Further to a roundtable organised in the context of the Cannes festival on 15 May 2018 on this subject, a number of organisations signed a manifesto supporting the project.

The manifesto states that “the visibility of European films is still insufficient and there is still an important margin for improvement on distribution, promotion and findability on online platforms. In particular, despite constant efforts on the regulatory side, European films are still poorly represented in the online environment - only 47% of the cinema releases of European films are followed by a release on VOD.”

It therefore supports the setting up of an online directory of European films to increase the visibility of European films. The core of this infrastructure will be built by the European Audio-visual Observatory - a public body providing reliable statistics and research – and will add up to the already useful Lumiere database. A prototype of this directory will be released in October 2018.

By signing the Manifesto, organisations committed to facilitate the setting up of reliable and constantly updated data on the availability of European films online in the VOD services in the different Member States. They also agreed to explore how to complete this infrastructure with the development of new tools, offering access to the films searched, either directly or by creating bridged with VOD services. The directory will thus initiate the progressive setting up of a whole ecosystem of services around its core database

List of the Signatories of the Manifesto

  • EFADs
  • l'ARP
  • Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna
  • EuroVOD
  • CNC
  • European Film Academy
  • Studio Canal
  • Bertelsmann
  • SAA
  • filmDoo & Fassoo
  • SACD
  • ARTE 
  • Universciné Belgium 
  • Film Fund of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles
  • Europa Distribution
  • Europa International

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