Europa Distribution at Lumière 2011
The Lumière festival will be playing host to the annual Europa Distribution conference to be held in Lyon October 6th - 9th 2011.
Founded in 2006, Europa Distribution brings together over a hundred independent European distributors from 26 different countries. A think-tank and an organization for defending independent distribution, the group’s ambition is also to be a voice in debates on the future of the film industry, as well an independent professional network essential for all its members.
At this year’s conference in Lyon, questions on digital changes and new commercial models will be under discussion. In this way, it will give independent distributors an opportunity of expressing their views on present European debates and their burning issues.
Régine Vial, president of Europa Distribution, comments: “Working with the Lumière Institute, a place of memory for cinema enthusiasts, seems to be an obvious, natural choice. All the distributors who are members of our network have chosen our profession on account of their passion for films, irrespective of whether the films are from yesterday, today or tomorrow. Moreover, it is an honour for Europa Distribution to be received by Thierry Frémaux whose Cannes selection is on the same wave length as our members' projects. It must not be forgotten that 80% of the films competing at Cannes are purchased by independent distributors".
For Bertrand Tavernier, president of the Lumière Institute: "Receiving Europa Distribution, means recognizing the work and energy of everyone who is in favour of, and who fights for, the existence and development of independent film-making in Europe. For a young festival like the Lumière festival, which endeavours to promote an encounter between past and present, this also means giving support to professionals, who believe that enhancing the value of a classical repertoire, restoration, the heritage of films as well as transmitting this culture to the general public is a guarantee for the future of film-making in general."