Continuing a partnership that started back in 2007, Europa Distribution is hosting a distribution workshop at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Industry Club once again. About 20 independent distributors members of the network are participating in these work sessions that began on Sunday September 20th and will continue till Thursday September 24th. The sessions are focusing on how to push the legal offer and fight piracy online.
The participants will reflect on how piracy is spreading nowadays and what action they may undertake, how to engage audience with legal offer, what are the tools that exist in doing so, and what still needs to be developed. Distributors from the network will share their experience and expertise through the presentation of case studies and roundtables.
The basic pillars for films to exist online: new perspectives on discoverability, an eye-catching legal offer and a decreasing piracy. The session that took place on Monday September 21st was moderated by Michael Gubbins (Sampo Media and Chair Ffilm Cymru Wales). Panelists included Lucia Recalde from DG Connect – Head of MEDIA Unit (EU), Estela Artacho Garcia-Moreno from Me Siento de Cine/Fedicine (Spain), Chris Anderson from MUSO (UK), Kobi Shely from Distrify Media (UK) and Joachim Keil from Daredo (Germany).
Europa Distribution also presented a common session with the EFADs. On Monday 21st, about 10 representatives from various European film agencies joined the distributors to discuss together how to push the legal offer and decrease piracy. Both Europa Distribution and the EFADs feel that it is essential to develop the collaboration between industry, film agencies and supranational institutions and to work hand in hand to find ways to enhance the circulation and legal consumption of European films.
Attending distributors have also participated in other festival activities, including Cine en Construccion (works in progress), a selection of Latin American films in post-production stage. Cine en Construccion’s aim is to raise the interest of the industry audience on these upcoming movies.