Some of the rich and diverse European movies that
the film world celebrates at Cannes each year couldface
anexistential threat, thanks to new laws being proposed by the European
If you're not familiar with the commission’s Digital Single Market
strategy, you're not alone — but you can expect to hear a lot from the European
independent film community in the near future about how some of the plan's
proposals could be devastating for both filmmakers and consumers in Europe….
"We have concerns about these plans and about any attempt to
undermine the territoriality principle, which is so vital for the financing and
distribution of films and TV shows, whether they’re European or
international," Christophe Tardieu, Deputy CEO of France’s National Cinema
Centre, told the room at Cannes. "Sometimes, we feel reassured when we
hear the commission pledging that they will protect the value of licenses, but
other times we are deeply worried in particular when we look into the
legislative proposals they are considering."