Dardenne Brothers ask the European Parliament for help

Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

The Belgian film directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and other known film creators ask the European Parliament for help. Addressing more than 87 members of the European Parliament in an e-mail today (below), Dardenne Brothers and other renown film directors  expressed their concern about the change in EU Commission policies regarding the support of film production in Europe and request their support.


Dear Member,

On behalf of the film directors who have joined us, find enclosed a joint statement expressing our very serious concerns about the Cinema Communication that the European Commission intends to impose on the Member States.

Yours Sincerely,
Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

(contact: eurocinema@eurocinema.eu)



Communication from the Commission on State aid for films and other audiovisual works

We, European creators, are worrying about the new Cinema and Audiovisual Communication.

Recalling that the 2001 Cinema Communication has provided enough flexibility to Member States to administrate State aids to cinema and audiovisual creation, that no complaint or no distortion has emerged since, we ask the Commission and the Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Mr. Almunia Vice-president of European Commission, to reconsider their position particularly regarding the territoriality criteria in order to give to Member States enough flexibility in their subsidy policy, allowing them to determine the way and means to make flourishing cultural diversity and to respect the right of Member States to conduct in the future, as much as they do today and as successfully as it is, their own cultural policy related to cinema and audiovisual creation.

November 4th, 2013

Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

Pedro Almodòvar
Roberto Andò
Laetitia Antonietti
Lucas Belvaux
Claudio Giovannesi
Marco Tullio Giordana
Abdellatif Kechiche
Joachim Lafosse
Ken Loach
Nicolas Refn
Wim Wenders

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