"The idea is to codify what kind of behavior should be acceptable," FIAPF director general Bertrand Moullier said in an interview.
"It is complicated because competition between festivals is only going to increase -- not decrease -- but it's worth a try."
The new rules have so far been sent to festivals that take place in the first six months of next year to give them time to prepare.This includes Berlin and Cannes.Later events will receive the new regulations in the coming months."I suspect there may be some tweaking between now and the end of the calendar year," Moullier
In order to comply, festivals sometimes lower the bar to get fresh films, Moullier
said the change to festival classification is simply acknowledging the disparity between the festival aristocracy, represented by Cannes, Berlin and Venice, which some might consider are devalued by sitting in the same category as such events as Cairo and Mar del Plata.
Other festivals accredited on FIAPF's so-called A-list include Locarno, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Moscow and Shanghai.Moullier
pointed out that the A-list category is in fact a misnomer because the list is purely descriptive of these events' competitive status and makes no qualitative distinction between them."We're not scrapping anything -- what we're doing is the reverse," he
You cannot write off Toronto and London as minor events," Moullier
said."We believe it will be more useful and won't actually damage the standing of more modest festivals."FIAPF
hasn't yet defined precise criteria of any subsequent categories.
On piracy, Moullier
said there is little hard evidence that festivals are especially leaky."But it's to festivals' advantage to be exemplary," he
said that FIAPF
may even persuade one of its most resilient potential members to join its ranks: Sundance."The difference between now and two years ago is that (now) we're talking," he