On 30 January 2017, on the occasion of the 46th International Film Festival of Rotterdam Pierre-Louis Lorenz, ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in The Hague (Netherlands), signed the revised European convention on cinematographic co-production.
The new convention is based upon the very successful 1992 European cultural convention – of which Luxembourg was already part of – and offers an updated legal and financial framework to facilitate the cooperation in the production of a movie between producers from different countries.
The new text aims at ensuring a higher level of flexibility to the producers when they are working on a international co-production. It also updates the procedures of the attribution of the film's nationality in the countries involved in the co-production. Furthermore, the scope of the convention has been increased to also benefit countries that are not European. The recent opening of the Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe to countries which are far beyond Europe, such as Canada, is the best example.
The countries which have participated at the signing ceremony are, besides Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The other members of the Council of Europe should also be signing the new text within a year, elevating the number of acceding countries to 47.
Guy Daleiden, director of the Film Fund Luxembourg, also present at the ceremony, was pleased with the upcoming implementation of the new convention. Its flexibility will be very helpful for Luxembourg, which is focused on international co-productions and is an active member of the Eurimages Fund. The agreement will definitely facilitate easier cross-boarder collaborations.
(Source: press release by the National Support Fund for Audiovisual Production)