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Press Release: Important signal for European film industry

Press Release: Important signal for European film industry

Press release, November 11th 2020

CICAE on the agreement on the EU budget
Important signal for European film industry
Demand: Recovery plans budget should be doubled in the crisis

The International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) salutes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council on the next long-term budget (2021-2027) and NextGenerationEU, the temporary recovery instrument, with a package of a total of €1.8 trillion.

This will include an increase of €600 million for the Creative Europe budget from €1.4 billion to €2.2 billion, including also support for European cinema co-productions, film festivals and markets, as well as for the distribution and sales of feature films, and for cinema theatres.

“Increasing the budget for Creative Europe is an important signal that the diversity of European cinema will be ensured. We thank all those who have worked to achieve this goal. Creative Europe MEDIA programme with its Europa Cinemas network is one of the success stories of the European Union and a special example of European integration in action,” says CICAE President Dr. Christian Bräuer.

The pandemic has affected the film industry seriously. The rapidly changing announcements and decisions taken in relation to the security measures in place have forced exhibitors to continuously invest in their cinemas at a time of uncertainty, fear, and lack of fresh film offer. The recently ordered closures reinforces a vicious cycle pushing the independent venues, film distributors and festivals ultimately on the verge of their existence.

The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, providing €672.5 billion of financial support for the crucial first years of the recovery. Member States are to submit the draft of their recovery and resilience plans to benefit from these.

It is good that clarity has now been achieved in relation with the EU budget“, continues Bräuer. “This ensures continuity and secures the funding for 2021. Unfortunately, there was no decision taken to guarantee at least 2% of the resources of the Recovery Fund for the cultural and creative industries. We therefore call on the Member States to give targeted and appropriate consideration to the film industry and cinemas in their national recovery plans“.

In order to at least begin to mitigate the distortions and damage to cinemas the CICAE calls for a doubling of the budget dedicated to Europa Cinemas from the Recovery fund.

For further information contact Boglárka Nagy, General Delegate:

boglarka.nagy@cicae.org

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