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04 March 2008




Taking from the culture around us to make new things is what culture is about. Culture is that which we use to communicate. Who owns pictures? When your camera opens its aperture and greedily gobbles all the light reflecting off the surfaces of buildings, faces, t-shirts, paintings, sculptures, movies, and photos, are you breaking the law? Does your camera's mic infringe when it captures the perturbations made by speech, song and soundtrack?

If these seem like silly questions, blame the law, not the questions. Copyright, a system that is meant to promote creativity, has been hijacked. Today, copyright is as likely to suppress new creativity as it is to protect it.

During this week's European Media Event a meeting on Fair Use will be held to discuss and share documentary-makers', producers', and broadcasters' thoughts on the future of copyright. The meeting will take place in Brussels on Thursday March 6th.

Under the headline "Is Copyright Helping or Killing Creativity?" the meeting will start with an introduction to the concept of Fair Use and questions concerning copyright. Afterwards a discussion on the future of copyright will be initiated and documentary-makers are encouraged to bring their own experiences to the discussion and DVD's with examples.

During the meeting there will be a presentation of the Resolution on Free Speech and Information in Documentaries and an announcement of a European study on copyright in the documentary practice.

For more information, click here

funding application



Getting European co-production partners on board your project is one way to get your feature doc funded. For starters, these co-production partners can access funds from EURIMAGES.

Eurimages’ first objective is cultural, in that it endeavours to support works which reflect the multiple facets of a European society whose common roots are evidence of a single culture.

The second one is economic, in that the Fund invests in an industry which, while concerned with commercial success, is interested in demonstrating that cinema is one of the arts and should be treated as such.

Bearing this in mind, Eurimages has developed four funding programmes:
- Assistance for co-production
- Assistance for distribution
- Assistance to cinemas
- Assistance to digitisation for Eurimages funded projects

EURIMAGES supports full-length feature films and animation as well as documentaries of a minimum length of 70 minutes.

Because the support is for co-production, all projects submitted must have at least two co-producers from different European member States of the Fund.

The participation of the majority co-producer must not exceed 80% of the total co-production budget, and the participation of the minority co-producer must not be lower than 10%.

The conditions concerning the European origin of projects are fundamental. This is evaluated according to the provisions in the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production and the sources of financing.

If you have a documentary project that meets these criteria, click here to download application details.

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