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Industry Report: Directors Talk II, Berlinale World Cinema Fund Day

Short film production support institutions in Europe

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- Organised by the company Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage in Clemont-Ferrand in February 2009, Euro Connection is the first European short film co-production forum. The forum played a unique role by providing detailed information about film productions, institutions and financial opportunities as well as general statistics of 10 partner countries.

Short films are a fertile ground for renewed creativity, visual experimentation and emerging talents. They stand for the future of cinematographic and audiovisual creation in Europe. Making short films is also a training ground for directors and producers who will go on making feature films or television productions.
Responding to contemporary challenges for producing short films in Europe, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market is proud to launch Euro Connection, the first European short film co-production forum.
For this occasion, a survey has been made to list the different short film production support institutions in Europe. For this first edition, the 10 partner countries of Euro Connection (Belgium, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania and Switzerland) were studied as well as the Netherlands – 2009 Festival guest of honor.
For each country the national context of short film production and national and local financial opportunities have been set out. General information concerning the population, linguistic characteristics and also data on the national cinematographic business come from national institutions or European Audiovisual Observatory.
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