Sarajevo Forum Lays Out New Coproduction Minimums

By Pavlina Jeleva

    {mosimage}The third Sarajevo Film Festival Regional Forum (www.sff.ba) outlined proposed reforms to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production that will ease the way toward expansion eastward.

    Based on a study requested by the Council of Europe (www.coe.int), executed by Olsberg SPI (www.o-spi.com), and introduced by Eurimages (www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages/default_en.asp) Executive Director Roberto Olla, the changes could include a change in the point system, increasing role of film directors and adding new forms of creative expression. Another, would decrease the minimum coproduction participation from 10% to 5% (for multilateral coproductions) and from 20% to 10% (for bilateral coproductions). The maximum financial participation coproduction participation would decrease from 80% to 70%.

    Olla pointed out that the study was the start of a long consulting process between authorities in the countries participating in the Coproduction Convention. "The public consultations will be carefully carried out and any changes, if there is consensus on them, would not enter into force before a couple of years," he told the Forum audience.