Cinema: the future of European cinema in the era of modern technology. Piotr Borys MEP

Cinema: the future of European cinema in the era of modern technology. Piotr Borys MEP

The Report by Piotr Borys MEP, 'European Cinema in the Digital Era', adopted today unanimously by the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, presents challenges for the future of European cinema. This is the first EP Report concerning the cinema industry since 2002.
 
The main challenge facing this branch of European industry is the need to meet the demands of modern technology and the necessity of transition to digital projection systems. On one hand, the digitisation will create a more competitive market for cinema at global level, on the other it will facilitate European citizens' access to European films.
 
There are approximately 30,000 screens in the European Union. Currently, the cost of equipping cinemas with digital projectors is estimated at €100,000 per screen. It is a high cost, which may particularly affect small cinemas, especially in less-developed areas. Therefore, the Report emphasises the need to provide more financial input in order to avoid the closure of cinemas.
 
"To this end, the European Parliament should include its support in financing the digitisation of cinema in the new financial perspective 2014-2020 and provide a strong financial support for the MEDIA Programme. The European Investment Bank should facilitate the availability of preferential credit rates offered to cinemas. One cannot forget that cinema is an important branch of European industry. In the long-term, those investments will produce tangible results. The costs of producing a celluloid tape reaches up to €2000, the costs of a digital copy at about €200. Moreover, it widens the scope of film distribution", said Piotr Borys MEP.
 
The Report also underlines the cultural purpose of cinemas, which, by broadening knowledge in the world and promoting multilingualism, creates a European identity. "This is why it is so important that Member States introduce film education to their national teaching programmes. The potential of European cinema is enormous and we can spare no effort in promoting it. I vividly encourage including European films in screening programmes and organising special events and film festivals", concluded Piotr Borys.