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"In the most extreme case, this ...
"In the most extreme case, this could mean that the licensing of film rights and other copyright-protected content within the EU will no longer be possible on a territorial basis, which would mean that an essential element of financing for films would no longer exist," said Christiane Stuetzle, Head of the German film law practice at Morrison & Foerster specializing in copyright and media law, who moderated the discussion, together with Bertrand Moullier of Narval Media.
Setting the ball rolling was Mr. ...
Setting the ball rolling was Mr. Bertrand Moullier, Senior Advisor, International Affairs,FIAPF who spoke on the topic, "The Pros and Cons of Co-production Treaties.
Fests Play by New Rules
"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
FIAPF - International Federation of Film Producers Associations
FIAPF President Andrés Gomez, Director General Bertrand Moullier and members of FIAPF's Executive Committee are to hold a meeting in Cannes with a cross-section of its accredited international film festivals' directors.The meeting will be an opportunity for FIAPF to present some conclusions from an open consultation with festival directors, which started at the Berlinale this year (see story below) and to outline it proposals for substantive changes to its International Festivals' Regulations.
"We made good progress since Berlin", said FIAPF
Director General Bertrand Moullier
: "the consultation with the accredited festivals has been frank and open and we've opened up to new festivals too.We've also spoken to industry and have listened to their concerns very seriously, particularly around the need to protect films from piracy."FIAPF
intends to have its new Regulations approved by its Members on time for Festivals
preparing their 2005 editions in the latter part of this year, to avail themselves of the new rules."We don't need to change everything at once", adds Moullier
For further information, please contact the Director General, Bertrand Moullier
Bertrand Moullier, advises companies, governments, and nongovernmental organization on competition strategies in the film and television industries through the London-based firm, Narval Media.
Mr. Moullier is the former director general of the International Federation of Film Producers Association and he is a consultant regarding international affairs to the British Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television.
Mr. Moullier began his career in television journalism for French television first channel TF1, and subsequently moved to London in 1985.
He was a senior researcher for the British commercial channel ITV until 1988, when he joined the independent television and film production sector.
During those years, he
was attended to a whole range of issues affecting the production business, with an emphasis on the roll out of new intellectual property legislation for the audiovisual content sector.
Mr. Moullier joined the British Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television at its inception in 1991, and he successively held the role of director of research and deputy chief executive.
was involved with the alliance's main policy work, helping to bring about new tax incentives for inward investment in film and the channeling of National Lottery funds
into indigenous production.
Mr. Moullier was the organization's main representative in European and international affairs and was involved in EU discussions about the rental right and copyright directives.
From 2002 to 2005 Mr. Moullier was director general of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, which has members from Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Japan, and Korea as well as Europe and the United States.
tenure there he
primarily focused on World Intellectual Property Organization affairs, the fight against audiovisual piracy, and relationships with nascent audio-visual industries in the developing world.