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2nd Asia-Europe Film Development Plan Meeting

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28 Jan 04 - 31 Jan 04 ASEF Culture Department Asia-Europe Film Meeting Culture



Venue:
Göteborg (Sweden)

OVERVIEW

This meeting brought together European film distributors and Asian representatives of independent cinema to discuss issues relating to film distribution and suggest recommendations for improvement.

THE ISSUES

- How to facilitate the distribution of Asian independent movies in Europe beyond the European Film Festivals

- How to improve distribution channels from commercial Asian movies to more artistic ones

THE RECOMMENDATIONS

- Create a market for independent cinema and educate audiences in Asia (more film festivals, independent film screenings) and Europe (more Asian film screenings)

- Develop film distribution through such channels as TV and DVD (DVDs represent a big potential market for artistic films)

- Encourage governments and national film commissions to support independent local cinema

- Support Asian filmmakers' participation in European film festivals

The meeting also saw the launch of the SEA Images website, which hosts information on improving the Asia-Europe film exchange, as well as details on cinemas, funding agencies, and film production and distribution companies in Asia and Europe.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Goteborg Film Festival