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COVID-19 – EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES

26 March 2020
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COVID-19 – EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES

The exceptional health and safety measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 are having a profound impact on the film industry worldwide. Festivals are cancelled, cinemas are closed, shoots are postponed, and many production, distribution and sales companies have been obliged to move to teleworking.

Like other film funds, Eurimages has in turn been affected by these measures.

- the meeting of the Eurimages Board of Management due to take place from 17 to 20 March 2020 in Zagreb has been cancelled:

  • Producers whose projects were due to be examined at this meeting have been informed, as have distributors and exhibitors affected by this cancellation.
  • As soon as a decision has been taken on when and how the submitted projects can be examined, we will inform applicants.

- In the meantime, the Eurimages staff are teleworking and can be reached by email. We continue to work normally with producers on new applications and supported projects.

- For the moment, the 16th April co-production project submission deadline is maintained. Projects submitted at the deadline will be examined at a date to be confirmed.

To assist producers during this time, Eurimages has put in place special measures:

Change to theatrical release requirements

Delegate producers of projects supported by Eurimages and whose theatrical release has been cancelled or indefinitely postponed due to the closure of cinemas, are asked to please note that the ‘force majeure’ clauses of the Support Agreement signed with Eurimages will apply. Therefore, Eurimages will, during this period only, accept other forms of presentation to the public, such as VOD, TVOD or d-cinema, in both majority and minority co-producing countries. Should your supported project be in this situation, please contact your Eurimages project manager by e-mail, who will advise you how to proceed.
 
Signature of Eurimages’ Support Agreements and other contractual documents

We are preparing alternative means of signature of the Eurimages Support Agreement and other contractual documents, such as the List of Deductions, to replace the circulation of hard copies, as previously required. Producers currently in the contracting and second payment phases will be informed how to proceed as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do not send material (signed Agreements, DVDs, publicity material) to our offices in Strasbourg as it may not reach us due to transport restrictions.
 
Interruptions to principal photography

In the case of interruptions, provided the Eurimages Support Agreement has been or can be signed, release of the first payment of the Fund’s support can be made on presentation of a declaration confirming the start of shooting. The interruption will be considered as falling under the ‘force majeure’ clause of the Eurimages Support Agreement, and therefore accepted by Eurimages as a valid reason for the break in production. However, should production be definitively abandoned, producers are asked to inform without delay their Eurimages project manager by e-mail.