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Industry Report: Europe and the Rest of the World

What can Europe learn from the world's countless other film industries, and what can it offer them?

Industry Report: Europe and the Rest of the World

What can Europe learn from the world's countless other film industries, and what can it offer them?

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Yoav Abramovich • Joint director general, Israel Cinema Project - Rabinovich Foundation

“We believe Israeli cinema has much more to offer to the world, and that co-productions and collaboration are the best way to enable this”

Yoav Abramovich • Joint director general, Israel Cinema Project - Rabinovich Foundation

We found out more about the role of the fund in Israeli cinema, the importance of co-productions for the local industry, and the significance of collaborations between Israel and Europe  

15 February 2021

Zhu Dan • Producer, Shanghai Film Group

“The biggest challenge was to enable the Western audience to understand the story”

Zhu Dan • Producer, Shanghai Film Group

At its sixth Sino-European Project Lab, Bridging the Dragon met up with Zhu Dan, producer at Shanghai Film Group, one of the largest film groups in China  

07 December 2020

Sino-European interaction takes the stage in the virtual space at the sixth Sino-European Project Lab

Bridging the Dragon 2020

Sino-European interaction takes the stage in the virtual space at the sixth Sino-European Project Lab

The tastes of Chinese audiences, co-production opportunities and Chinese box-office results were at the centre of discussions at the event, which took place from 25-29 November  

02 December 2020

Alaa Karkouti • Distributor, MAD Solutions

“The good part of this situation is that we have the luxury of time”

Alaa Karkouti • Distributor, MAD Solutions

We talked to Alaa Karkouti, CEO and co-founder of MAD Solutions and co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center, about some aspects of the Arab film market  

22 October 2020

Enrico Chiesa • Clap ACP coordinator, International Organisation of La Francophonie

“The goal is to encourage South-South co-productions by giving them the means to be more solid”

Enrico Chiesa • Clap ACP coordinator, International Organisation of La Francophonie

Enrico Chiesa tells us about Clap ACP, a project financed by the European Union to support South-South co-productions  

14 September 2020

Antoine Zeind  • Distributor, A-Z Films

“If a foreign film doesn’t work in Quebec, it is very tough to release it anywhere else in Canada”

Antoine Zeind • Distributor, A-Z Films

We chatted with Canada’s A-Z Films founder and CEO Antoine Zeind to discuss the challenges of releasing European and foreign-language films in Canada  

27 August 2020

Paul Wiegard and Vera Herchenbach  • CEO and acquisitions executive, Madman Entertainment

“We embrace competition because it helps to develop the market and to cultivate the taste of the audience”

Paul Wiegard and Vera Herchenbach • CEO and acquisitions executive, Madman Entertainment

We talked to Paul Wiegard and Vera Herchenbach, CEO and acquisitions executive of Madman Entertainment, about the particularities of distributing European films in Australia and New Zealand  

23 July 2020

China Next assesses the current Chinese-European connection at the Marché du Film

Cannes 2020 - Marché du Film

China Next assesses the current Chinese-European connection at the Marché du Film

CANNES 2020: The success of the event co-organised by Bridging the Dragon proved how the Chinese market is still very relevant for international professionals despite the tough circumstances  

25 June 2020

Albert Yao  • Distributor, Swallow Wings

“I think the European sales agents are surprised that we are still releasing films”

Albert Yao • Distributor, Swallow Wings

We spoke to Albert Yao, head of acquisitions at Taiwanese distribution company Swallow Wings, which hasn’t stopped working during the pandemic  

25 June 2020

Cai Gongming  • CEO, Road Pictures

"The pandemic will change the landscape of the Chinese film industry"

Cai Gongming • CEO, Road Pictures

BERLINALE 2020: Sino-European producers' association Bridging the Dragon caught up with its board member Cai Gongming, CEO of Beijing-based distributor Road Pictures, as he attended the Berlinale  

05 March 2020

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya wins the first Arab Critics’ Award for European Films

Cairo 2019

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya wins the first Arab Critics’ Award for European Films

The joint initiative between European Film Promotion and the Arab Cinema Center, aiming to promote European cinema to the Arab world, handed out its award at the Cairo Film Festival  

26 November 2019

Li Ning  • CEO, New Classics Media, producer and distributor

“Clarifying the target audience of the film is the first step to success”

Li Ning • CEO, New Classics Media, producer and distributor

At the fifth Sino-European Project Lab in Beijing, we caught up with Li Ning, CEO of the successful Chinese entertainment group New Classics Media  

25 October 2019

Paul Brett  • Producer, Flying Tiger

“Chinese producers want to make sure that their movies resonate with the local audience”

Paul Brett • Producer, Flying Tiger

The Chinese Bridging the Dragon market met up with Paul Brett, head of Flying Tiger, one of China's leading media-market research companies for the entertainment industry  

17 January 2019

Jeffrey Chan  • Producer and distributor, Bona Film Group

“Successful films tell stories that the Chinese audience can relate to”

Jeffrey Chan • Producer and distributor, Bona Film Group

Bridging the Dragon met up with Jeffrey Chan, executive vice-president of Bona Film Group, one of the leading distribution and production companies in China  

17 December 2018

Cai Gongming  • Producer and distributor, Road Pictures

“The Chinese film industry is concentrating intensely on European content now”

Cai Gongming • Producer and distributor, Road Pictures

Road Pictures’ Cai Gongming chatted to us about the Chinese film market at the latest Bridging the Dragon event, which unspooled from 11-14 November in Beijing  

14 December 2018

Nawara Shoukry  • Cinema and distribution manager, Zawya Cinema and Distribution

“Commercially produced titles tend to fall short on the artistic front”

Nawara Shoukry • Cinema and distribution manager, Zawya Cinema and Distribution

At the Venice Film Festival, where she attended a training seminar organised by CICAE, we talked to Nawara Shoukry about film distribution in Egypt  

20 September 2018

Philippe Lacôte • Director

"Run has been driving the renewal of the film industry in Ivory Coast"

Philippe Lacôte • Director

Cineuropa met up with Franco-Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte, who has just obtained an advance on earnings from the CNC for his second film, La Nuit des rois  

24 May 2018

Wanuri Kahiu • Director

Interview

Wanuri Kahiu • Director

CANNES 2018: Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu talked to us about her film Rafiki, presented in this year's Un Certain Regard section  

22 May 2018

Mohamed Ben Attia • Director

Interview

Mohamed Ben Attia • Director

CANNES 2018: Tunisian filmmaker Mohamed Ben Attia talked to us about his new film, Dear Son, selected in the Directors' Fortnight  

22 May 2018

Meryem Benm'Barek • Director

Interview

Meryem Benm'Barek • Director

CANNES 2018: Young Franco-Moroccan filmmaker Meryem Benm'Barek talked to us about her first feature, Sofia, awarded with the Best Screenplay prize in the Un Certain Regard  

19 May 2018

A.B. Shawky, Dina Emam • Director, producer

Interview

A.B. Shawky, Dina Emam • Director, producer

CANNES 2018: We met up with A.B. Shawky, whose first feature film, Yomeddine, has been awarded a place in this year’s Competition, and with the film's producer Dina Emam  

14 May 2018

The state of cinema in French-speaking Africa

Cannes 2018 – Industry / CNC@Cannes2018

The state of cinema in French-speaking Africa

CANNES 2018: The CNC has held a panel in Cannes to discuss the distribution and consumption of cinema in French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa  

11 May 2018

Qumra readies its fourth edition

Industry – Middle East

Qumra readies its fourth edition

Doha, the Qatari capital, once again aims to become a meeting point for emerging and established professionals both from the region and from further afield  

08 March 2018

The fourth Bridging the Dragon Sino-European days draw to a close in Berlin

Berlinale 2018 - Market

The fourth Bridging the Dragon Sino-European days draw to a close in Berlin

Bridging the Dragon co-hosted a series of activities with the EFM, aimed at connecting the European and Chinese film markets  

06 March 2018

Hend Sabry  • Actress

"Art, film and culture also help in the fight against other stereotypes"

Hend Sabry • Actress

At the Cairo Film Festival, of which she was a sponsor, Cineuropa met up with actress Hend Sabry to talk about intercultural dialogue  

17 January 2018

Daniel Ziskind  • Producer

“Europe must open up to Arab cinema”

Daniel Ziskind • Producer

Cineuropa met up with producer Daniel Ziskind at the Cairo Film Festival, giving us an opportunity to discover a booming market  

17 January 2018

Ahmed El Fishawy  • Actor

“We can’t judge on the basis of religion or colour, or even nationality”

Ahmed El Fishawy • Actor

At Cairo, Cineuropa got the chance to meet Ahmed El Fishawy, the lead actor from Sheikh Jackson, who spoke about radicalisation and mutual understanding  

09 January 2018

Amr Salama  • Director

“I feel that saying that some people lack humanity is not right”

Amr Salama • Director

At the Cairo Film Festival, Cineuropa talked to Amr Salama, the director of Sheikh Jackson, which premiered at Toronto and is the Egyptian entry for Best Foreign-language Film at the Oscars  

12 December 2017

Osamah Sami  • Scriptwriter and actor

“It is important to share our stories with the world”

Osamah Sami • Scriptwriter and actor

Cineuropa met up with Australian scriptwriter and actor Osamah Sami at the Cairo Film Festival to discuss whether cinema can change people’s mentalities  

08 December 2017

Marco Müller and Jia Zhangke  • Organisers, Pingyao Film Festival

“The idea was to promote a constant East-West exchange”

Marco Müller and Jia Zhangke • Organisers, Pingyao Film Festival

The men behind the first edition of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, Marco Müller and Jia Zhangke, discuss its “year zero”  

07 November 2017

Clément Magar  • General Manager, IM Global's Beijing based subsidiary, Go Global

"We ensure films gain recognition at festivals and that they have a strong marketing campaign"

Clément Magar • General Manager, IM Global's Beijing based subsidiary, Go Global

Beijing-based Clément Magar, of Go Global in China, discusses strategies for the distribution of European films in the Asian country  

03 October 2017

EFADs and CAACI highlight the importance of strengthening Euro-Latino collaboration

Industry - Europe/Latin America

EFADs and CAACI highlight the importance of strengthening Euro-Latino collaboration

The two bodies published a common statement on the promotion and preservation of film diversity and territoriality, in the light of the digital changes  

29 September 2017

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun  • Director

“I wanted to focus on the private life of the refugees”

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • Director

TORONTO 2017: We caught up with Chad’s Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, whose new film, A Season in France, has just world-premiered in the Special Presentations section  

11 September 2017

Vivian Qu  • Director

“In China, we don’t talk about sex”

Vivian Qu • Director

VENICE 2017: In Angels Wear White, Vivian Qu, the only female director in the main competition at Venice, lifts the lid on society’s dirty secrets  

09 September 2017

Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza • Director

Interview

Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza • Director

VENICE 2017: Colombian director Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza brings the Giornate degli Autori to a close in Venice with his Candelaria, which he talks to us about  

08 September 2017

Pengfei • Director

Interview

Pengfei • Director

VENICE 2017: Chinese director Pengfei is back in Venice's Giornate degli Autori with his sophomore feature, The Taste of Rice Flowers  

07 September 2017

Lucrecia Martel  • Director

"I'm not crazy about filming, and nor is it the most interesting thing in the world to me"

Lucrecia Martel • Director

Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel talked to us about her new film, Zama, and about how it fits in with the rest of her body of work and her idea of cinema  

03 September 2017

Shirin Neshat • Director

Interview

Shirin Neshat • Director

VENICE 2017: Iranian artist Shirin Neshat talks about her new film Looking for Oum Kulthum, in competition in the Giornate degli Autori  

02 September 2017

Pen-ek Ratanaruang • Director

Interview

Pen-ek Ratanaruang • Director

VENICE 2017: Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang is presenting Samui Song, his new film co-produced with Germany and Norway, as the opening film of the Giornate degli Autori  

30 August 2017

Philippe Lacôte  • Director

"There are a lot of young talents in Africa today"

Philippe Lacôte • Director

CANNES 2017: Cineuropa met up with French-Ivorian filmmaker Philippe Lacôte after the workshop on French-speaking countries organised by the CNC  

31 May 2017

Reza Mirkarimi  • Director, Fajr International Film Festival

“It is the right time to start co-productions between Iran and Europe”

Reza Mirkarimi • Director, Fajr International Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi has been working as the director of the Fajr IFF in Tehran since 2015. Cineuropa chatted to him at the gathering about how the festival has changed over the years  

05 May 2017

Fabrice du Welz • Director

"Shooting in LA is like being in another world”

Fabrice du Welz • Director

Cineuropa caught up with Belgian director Fabrice du Welz, who is back with his American production, Message from the King, at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival  

18 April 2017

Maysaloun Hamoud  • Director

“Hypocrisy is everywhere, not only in the Muslim world”

Maysaloun Hamoud • Director

We met up with Maysaloun Hamoud, the young Palestinian director of In Between, which hits Italian screens on 6 April and is released in France on 12 April  

05 April 2017

Ma Heliang, Yang Fengwei • Founders, Just Film Festival

Just Film Festival, a link between China and Europe

Ma Heliang, Yang Fengwei • Founders, Just Film Festival

Cineuropa met up with Ma Heliang and Yang Fengwei, two of the founders of the Just Film Festival, the first genre festival in China, which is open to European movies  

15 March 2017

Asghar Farhadi • Director

“One thing that I'm sure I'll never do is deliver messages through cinema”

Asghar Farhadi • Director

Asghar Farhadi spoke to the press at Doha's Qumra about both his recent Oscar win and the Spanish project he has in the works, produced by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem  

10 March 2017

Doha, a crossroads for world cinema

Industry – Middle East

Doha, a crossroads for world cinema

The third edition of the Doha Film Institute’s gathering for emerging and established international film-industry players will take place from 3-8 March  

02 March 2017

Europe and Latin America come together at the EFAD/CACI meetings at Cinélatino

Europe and Latin America come together at the EFAD/CACI meetings at Cinélatino

Nine Latin American countries and eight European ones were represented at the event, which took place from 15-16 March in Toulouse during the film festival  

25 March 2016

Report indicates shifting and expanding media industries in Middle East

Report indicates shifting and expanding media industries in Middle East

One of the findings' highlights: France plays a central role in independent Arab film  

09 March 2016

Cinema's new voices make themselves heard in Doha

Industry – Middle East

Cinema's new voices make themselves heard in Doha

The second edition of Qumra, organised by the Doha Film Institute, kicks off today in the Qatari capital  

04 March 2016

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