Is There a Sustainable Future for Independent Audiovisual Creation in Europe?

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In the wake of COVID-19, the rise of global streamers in European markets has accelerated exponentially while local production and distribution infrastructures are severely hit. In a sector which considers authorship and public funding as cornerstones of its uniquely diverse production and distribution ecosystem, these not-so-new players are challenging every segment of the value chain – including filmmakers, their creative process and their rights. As they prepare to return to work after the crisis, we’re exploring various scenarios and visions for their creative and artistic future.

Originally from Paris, France, Pauline has worked in film distribution and international sales. She joined the Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA) from her previous position as Deputy Manager in charge of European Affairs at La Société des réalisateurs de films (SRF), where she worked for five years. She is the Chief Executive of FERA since February 2014, and recently took over the European Audiovisual Observatory’s Advisory Committee Chair.

This talk is part of a series of virtual masterclasses by film and media practitioners, seeking to enable scholars and professionals in the field to share their experience and grow new partnerships. The series forms part of a strand within the newly established Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network (CIRIN) at Oxford Brookes University, which responds to the need for increased attention to the role of the creative industries in social, political and economic terms.

Each instalment of the series will seek to highlight current work undertaken in the field and suggest opportunities for growth and collaboration, while necessarily acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 crisis from across multiple perspectives within the sector. Special attention will be reserved for the role played by new media platforms of content production, distribution and consumption in the context of a seemingly endless digital expansion, struggling cinema exhibition and shortening theatrical release windows.

The format of the series will allow for dialogue with the attendees, answering questions and networking.