Since the pandemic, attendance at darkrooms has plummeted, worrying the profession, which is sounding the alarm. According to the CNC, darkrooms had a black September with 7.32 million entries, the lowest since the 1980s and the start of statistics, except for 2020.
Part of the French cinema, gathered in Paris on Thursday, asked “general statesworrying about the future of a unique financing system in the world.
This informal group made up in particular of independent directors, producers, distributors and technicians is concerned that public administrations, which have massively supported the sector financially since the start of the pandemic and avoided bankruptcies, prefer “support the industrial tool rather than the creation mechanisms“.
Small structures and auteur cinema are the first victims of public disaffection. About a third of viewers are still missing from theaters. Another threat: the still burning issue of media chronology and the integration of platforms in the French system. East “chronologygoverns the dates on which movies can be broadcast, streaming and on television in particular, in the months following their theatrical release.
In full renegotiation of the file, Disney threatens to deprive French cinemas of receipts for their next blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverr, which is due out on November 9 but could go straight to Disney+.
In this context, “it was time to sound the alarm in the name of love of cinema“said producer Judith Lou Lévy (Les Films du Bal), explaining that “These concerns are not new“.”It’s not rational to work so hard on our films if we’re not sure of releasing them in three or five years… We are! It will lack money, independent distributors, theaters…“, Elisabeth Pérez (Chaz Producciones) abounded.
When the world has never had so many”i need stories“, “movies in the cinema have more and more difficulties to edit, or at least at the union level, and platforms such as televisions ask us for stories in a simple format, written and produced as quickly as possible, sent to forty decision makers“, stressed the actress, screenwriter and director Agnès Jaoui.
“We come to warn about a system that has kept cinema alive in France for decades, and from which we extract a little more oxygen every day.e,” added director Axelle Ropert (little solange). “There are many signs to question our options and goals for the future.“cinema but also”culture and cultural policy” usually.