Nov 13 2015

A time to refocus

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(NG) The Luxembourg Film Fund presented its conclusions on the film industry Wednesday during the second edition of its “Assises du cinéma luxembourgeois” conference dedicated to the sector. The first conference of its kind was held in 2010.

Changing support of the Film Fund

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Film Fund. One of its future goals will be determining how to do more with the means already available while also exploring other avenues, such as co-productions with other countries and private initiatives. Selective aid for full-length features and short films should decline about 10-15 percent in the near future, but the film industry isn’t getting smaller: “The cake isn’t growing, but we still have to share it,” Director Guy Daleiden said.

With around 1,000 people working in the Luxembourg film industry and about 40 production companies, “If we didn’t receive support, we would disappear.”

Promotion and visibility of national talent

Daleiden emphasised that, while the industry has seen directors and technical crew gain international recognition and Luxembourg continues developing both national and international ideas, “We don’t want to forget our actors—they should have the possibility to have an international presence.”

Yet even if films are exported, they also still need to receive local support and be shown in Luxembourg. One step to improve visibility will be the creation of a video-on-demand platform which should be available in spring 2016. Daleiden also added that he hoped collaboration for the local cinema distribution of Luxembourg films would continue in light of the recent acquisition of Utopia Group by the Kinepolis Group.

The Luxembourg film industry indeed does its part in nation branding, considering Luxembourg films have already made their mark at the international level. In 2014, “Mr Hublot” took home an Oscar for best animated short film. But it doesn’t stop there: Luxembourg films have received nominations at the film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Venice, among others.

Improved training and collaboration

As Daleiden put it, “We are confronted with images all the time, but we should continue promoting education [in this area].” Continuous training should be developed with the CNA as it has been in the past.

The Film Fund also expressed its desire to make audiovisual careers a priority and create synergies with other channels in, for example, gaming and ICT and through other channels, such as the RTL Group or networks like ARTE.

LUXEMBOURG FILM INDUSTRY: KEY FIGURES

1,000
Est. number of people working in audiovisual sector

409.6 million
Aid contributions provided by the Film Fund

600
Total number of audiovisual productions, thanks to its aid programs

40
Number of production companies (+/-20 active at international level)

25
Years the Film Fund has existed

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

(NG) The Luxembourg Film Fund presented its conclusions on the film industry Wednesday during the second edition of its “Assises du cinéma luxembourgeois” conference dedicated to the sector. The first conference of its kind was held in 2010.

Changing support of the Film Fund

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Film Fund. One of its future goals will be determining how to do more with the means already available while also exploring other avenues, such as co-productions with other countries and private initiatives. Selective aid for full-length features and short films should decline about 10-15 percent in the near future, but the film industry isn’t getting smaller: “The cake isn’t growing, but we still have to share it,” Director Guy Daleiden said.

With around 1,000 people working in the Luxembourg film industry and about 40 production companies, “If we didn’t receive support, we would disappear.”

Promotion and visibility of national talent

Daleiden emphasised that, while the industry has seen directors and technical crew gain international recognition and Luxembourg continues developing both national and international ideas, “We don’t want to forget our actors—they should have the possibility to have an international presence.”

Yet even if films are exported, they also still need to receive local support and be shown in Luxembourg. One step to improve visibility will be the creation of a video-on-demand platform which should be available in spring 2016. Daleiden also added that he hoped collaboration for the local cinema distribution of Luxembourg films would continue in light of the recent acquisition of Utopia Group by the Kinepolis Group.

The Luxembourg film industry indeed does its part in nation branding, considering Luxembourg films have already made their mark at the international level. In 2014, “Mr Hublot” took home an Oscar for best animated short film. But it doesn’t stop there: Luxembourg films have received nominations at the film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Venice, among others.

Improved training and collaboration

As Daleiden put it, “We are confronted with images all the time, but we should continue promoting education [in this area].” Continuous training should be developed with the CNA as it has been in the past.

The Film Fund also expressed its desire to make audiovisual careers a priority and create synergies with other channels in, for example, gaming and ICT and through other channels, such as the RTL Group or networks like ARTE.

LUXEMBOURG FILM INDUSTRY: KEY FIGURES

1,000
Est. number of people working in audiovisual sector

409.6 million
Aid contributions provided by the Film Fund

600
Total number of audiovisual productions, thanks to its aid programs

40
Number of production companies (+/-20 active at international level)

25
Years the Film Fund has existed

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