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All eyes on Warsaw for European Producers Club

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At the 2006 European Film Awards in Warsaw, the European Producers Club (EPC), headed by Jean Cazès, will hold a Co-production forum on Friday, December 1 and continue – after San Sebastian and Rome – its Tour of Europe initiative that explores the numerous production and co-production opportunities in Europe. The funding systems of Eastern European countries and their most recent developments will form a morning series of conferences open to non-member professionals of the Club.

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Polish Film Institute Director Maciej Karpinski will analyse the new Polish film law, which in the future could make the territory a privileged partner for European co-productions. This analysis will be completed by producer Ewa Puszczynska (Opus Film).

Hungarian director Peter Miskolsci (Eurofilm Studio) will then analyse last spring’s changes to the attractive Hungarian system, while the Czech situation will be the focus of an analysis by Pavel Strnad [Negativ Film Productions and the APA producers association president (see interview in our Focus on Something Like Happiness [+see also:
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Lastly, Cornelia Palos (Artis Films Romania) – who participated in the drawing up of the new Romanian law – will provide more up-to-date information on the potential of her country, whose future EU accession could change the current geographical landscape of film production in Europe.

The afternoon of the event, organised by the EPC, will be devoted to individual meetings during which film projects selected by the Club will be discussed. These projects will be presented by their producers to their European partners, as well as to investors, international sales agents, distributors and television representatives. Only companies having made at least two features will be considered eligible.

To register (with or without a project) and for further information, please e-mail forums.epc@wanadoo.fr.

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(Translated from French)

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