The increased use and importance of co-productions is one of the major success stories of the European film sector over the last 15 or more years. Several factors have contributed to this phenomenon, including Eurimages, the MEDIA Programme and a plethora of national initiatives in direct support of greater co-production activity. This study, however, finds and demonstrates that the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (the Convention) is foremost among these underpinning initiatives. By providing a platform to make co-productions more systematic and easier to construct, the Convention’s contribution to the co-production arena, and therefore to European cinema as a whole, has been fundamental to its success.
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