Keywords: Europe; Film Production; Film Distribution; Film Policy; Broadcasters.
The article identifies in film production and distribution the main weaknesses that are currently affecting European cinema. On the one hand, these weaknesses are related to the geographical, linguistic and cultural configuration of Europe. On the other hand, they are the result of inefficient public policies. Starting from these considerations, the article analyses and critically discusses the policies introduced by the European Union, the Council of Europe, and by national and local governments for supporting film production and distribution, and stresses how the lack of clear goals and brave decisions are preserving the problems that by long time vex the European film industry.