There are a number of legal obstacles that hinder filmmaking co-production opportunities. These obstacles have been well documented and deemed priorities in the various meetings of the CBCC from 2008-2009. Key issues and priorities identified in the Kiev Initiative include:

 

  • copyright law
  • film-producers’ rights (how are these regulated, is he/she protected)
  • co-production (as related to CoE conventions and Eurimages)
  • subsidy systems
  • tax incentives

 

Within the scope of these issues, DAB project will revive earlier efforts initiated in the Kiev Initiative to help bring Eastern Partnership countries more in line with European standards.

 

The first step towards harmonizing the film sector in the Eastern Partnership Region is to have a more thorough and up to date base-line assessment of the situation. To this effect an international consultant will complete an earlier initiative started through CBCC to research and analyze the current film legislation and policies of the states of the Eastern Partnership for possible reform and harmonization. The analysis will include an assessment of:

 

  • Baseline study of the economic impact of cinema in each country- percent of GDP, people employed, etc.
  • Film subsidy law, including bilateral and multilateral (co-production) treaties;
  • Copyright law with regard to film productions;
  • Other key legal texts affecting film production such as film copyright registers (such as exists in France) employment law requirements.

 

The international consultant will work hand-in-hand with a local counterpart from each country to complete the analysis. Once completed (late 2013), the results of the analysis and recommendation will be presented at conference discussion in Tbilisi which will be attended by public and private stakeholders from the Eastern Partnership countries. During the conference the stakeholders will discuss how to move forward with recommendations and draft an action plan to be implemented over the next 18 months.

 

DAB will organize the conference with direct collaboration of the Armenian National Assembly.  The Speaker of the National Assembly and Cultural Affairs Secretary of the National Assembly have deemed the project of important relevance to the people of Armenia and will facilitate the implementation of related activities.
 

The analysis will greatly contribute to this road map by outlining possible steps toward Harmonization and, importantly, making others (film industry people) and legislatures aware of the issues at hand, and the cultural and economic benefits and solutions of taking action.