23-24 November 2016
University of Copenhagen,

Keynote Speakers
Roberto Olla, Executive Director, Eurimages
Ib Bondebjerg, Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen


The European Co-production Symposium will explore co-production as the expression of a complex political and economic apparatus, and aims to bring to light the intricacies of producing a film across national borders with different production cultures and policy environments. The major objective is to identify and discuss issues confronting the European co-production system following a decade marked by three major challenges: 1) the global financial crisis; 2) the emergence of the Digital Single Market and new digital release windows; and 3) the trend towards the globalization of co-productions.

An associated aim of the Symposium is to establish a broader network of researchers working in the area of European co-production, with a view to pursuing future collaborative projects and publications. Scholars from the world of film studies, but also film history and economics, political science, as well as cultural studies and sociology are invited to participate. Scholarly papers will be complemented by industry roundtables, case studies and screenings, thus facilitating a dialogue between the academic and film industry spheres and creating a space in which the various facets of European coproduction are considered and debated.

Topics may include:
•    Historical and contemporary perspectives on European identity and transnational production practices
•    Co-productions in light of the financial crisis of 2007/2008
•    Co-productions in the context of the Digital Single Market
•    Financial joint ventures versus official co-production
•    Public support mechanisms and how these enable and/or inhibit co-production
•    The interface between financing and filmmaking
•    Education and training in the practice of international co-production
•    Case-studies on regional cinematic collaboration, as well as co-production from the perspective of individual European countries
•    Challenges specific to European co-production
•    Collaboration with non-European countries
For more information, see www.cemes.ku.dk.

Organising Committee
Petar Mitric (University of Copenhagen): xmd999@hum.ku.dk
Julia Hammett-Jamart (CinEcoSA):  julia.hammett.jamart@gmail.com
Ben Harris (University of California Los Angeles): bharris@tft.ucla.edu