Italy – Croatia / 26th COPEAM annual conference

COPEAM

COPEAM, the Conférence Permanente pour l’Audiovisuel Méditerranéen, is a non-profit organization dedicated to dialogue and cultural cooperation across the Mediterranean region, involving the principal players of the broadcasting industry, including the public radio and television companies from 27 countries in the sector. Every year it organizes a conference which questions the role of the media …

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Algeria / Death of the Algerian producer Youcef Goucem

Youcef Goucem

Youcef Goucem, head of the production company GoFilm, succumbed to his injuries on January 24th at the Douera hospital in the suburbs of Algiers. Two and a half weeks earlier, on January 7th, the Algerian producer set fire to himself in the offices of the private television channel Dzair TV. According to a friend, director …

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Lebanon / Nadine Labaki’s “Capharnaüm” nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film

On January 22nd the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the films nominated for this year’s Oscar ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on February 24th. Capharnaüm, directed by Lebanese film-maker Nadine Labaki, is one of five films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. It will be in competition against Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s …

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Spain / Slight drop in cinema audiences in 2018

Cinema Spain

The Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports has published its data on attendance at cinemas in early January. Audiences fell by 2% in 2018, with 97.7 million people going to the cinema, generating €585.7 million. The top of the box office ratings table …

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Serbia / The documentary “The Most Beautiful Country in the World” wins the InCE award

The Most Beautiful Country in the World

On January 22nd Serbian director Želimir Žilnik received the CEI award (Central European Initiative) at the Trieste Film Festival, an event dedicated to films from Central and Eastern Europe. This annual award, worth €3,000, is for films which look at our contemporary world and focus on dialogue between cultures. In 2018 the award went to …

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Italy / RAI unveils its business plan for 2019-2021

RAI

RAI’s board of directors, chaired by Marcello Foa, met on January 24th together with the group’s CEO, Fabrizio Salini. On the agenda was a review of the business plan for the next three years. Fabrizio Salini presented the outline of his ambitious plan, which he had worked on for six months, and which must be …

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