Euromed Audiovisual to reveal data for South Mediterranean audiovisual and film markets

Euromed Audiovisual will present results for its data collection project on the film and audiovisual markets of the South Mediterranean at the COPEAM regional audiovisual operator conference in Marrakesh this weekend, from March 29 to April 1. Dr. Sahar Ali, in charge of the project, will give participants an update on the methodology and progress in gathering figures for Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, the occupied Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia, with a particular focus on results for the audiovisual and film markets in Egypt.

This data collection initiative, launched last October and for which initial results were presented at the Euromed Audiovisual III’s first regional conference last November, brings together Euromed Audiovisual III with the European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe, Strasbourg), who conduct similar research in Europe.

The main objectives of this initiative are to:
·       understand the information market’s needs for statistics on the audiovisual industries in the Mediterranean area;
·       pinpoint regular sources of information (both national and international), in the public and private sectors, to cover film, television, video, production capacity, distribution infrastructure, audiovisual piracy, and public funding policy;
·       identify existing sources of data to develop necessary data collection to structure and develop the markets in question;
·       provide technical support to government bodies and the professional film and audiovisual sectors in the Mediterranean, by raising awareness of the importance of collecting statistics to promote complementarity and regional integration;
·       identify opportunities to ensure that data collection is sustainable and on-going.
Discussions will focus on 'Change in Euro-Mediterranean societies: Media on the move'. The conference will explore how media, particularly public media, have responded to changing societies in the region to update their socio-cultural mission, particularly in terms of governance and editorial policy. They will discuss ethics in the media, the evolution of public service broadcasters, as well as the free circulation of media and citizens in the Euro-Mediterranean, in a changing political, social and cultural context.

These issues will in particular be discussed during three plenary sessions on March 31, with internationally renowned speakers from European and Arab institutions as well as public broadcasters, academics, and experts from the whole region attending. 

The Euromed Audiovisual III programme aims to contribute to the development and strengthening of the capacity of the film sector in the ENPI South region (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia) and to contribute significantly to mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, in line with the Strategy for the Development of Euro-Mediterranean Audiovisual Cooperation, approved by Euromed culture ministers in Athens in May 2008. (ENPI Info Centre)
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