Filmmakers protest: “New audiovisual law addresses linguistic quotas but not gender quotas”


A lack of support for productions directed by women and the uncertain definition of an independent production company underpin the project that will be voted on in Congress on Thursday.

CIMA President Christina Andreu.
CIMA President Christina Andreu.Xavier Ecczareta
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The plenary session of the Congress of Deputies will vote this Thursday on the Common Law Project on Audiovisual Communication, the norm that will govern the production and transmission of cinema and television in Spain. the text that the deputy will approveAs it became known after the closure of the amendments, two wonderful dark areas unattainable. First, the quotas provided to encourage women-directed presentations are not what the government announced to its interlocutors during the drafting of the law. And second, the definition of the concept of an independent production company is so confusing that it leaves it without content.

CIMA, the Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media (CIMA), has condemned the first oversight of the new law: Articles 113 and 114, which were to set a quota of 40% for the broadcast and catalogue of films and series directed by women. , they have completely ignored that demand. Later, Articles 116 and 117, wherein content platforms and general television channels claim quotas of 40% of investments for productions made by women, should be collected, has been in a quota of quota quota, The law only estimates that 30% of investment in independent productions is directed essentially at women. “This gives us 21% of the total investment that we have today,” explains Christina Andrew, president of CIMA.

A clarification: Since 2009, the audiovisual law provides that public and private television channels and content platforms invest between 5 and 6% of their gross income in the production of films and fiction series as part of their responsibility. We do. European standard. “Other European countries have an audiovisual council that regulates support for women’s work. In Spain, that council does not exist, so We needed a law to collect feesAndrew explains.

Why ignore this? Andreu explains that the Ministry of Economy responsible for the new law does not have the codes to understand their demands. “We raised this quota because we want women to work and also because we believe that women contribute to our vision. That’s the only way to fight against stereotypes … that, at the Ministry of Culture, they called it well understood but i doubt what in economics they don’t handle these criteria, But we also have a equality law that applies to all ministries…

At CIMA he had favorable promise from the PSOE, the parliamentary groups of United We Can and the leftist and nationalist deputies who supported the government. However, for nationalist groups, the priority was quotas promoting production in Catalan, Galician and Basque. ,The reality is that language quota is in the law and gender quota is not.“Andrew says.

Another area not covered by the law relates to the inadequate definition of an independent production company. To prevent investment in film and television from becoming a reinvestment policy, regulations defined the independent production company figure and established the obligation to diversify projects in them. The conflict came to the fore when the sector was alerted to the presence of companies that were created for the measurement of television and platforms. of false independent producers,

Now, the new law includes Amendment in the definition of an independent company Which, by region, facilitates fraud.

Article 110.1: “For the purposes of this Chapter, an independent producer is deemed to be a natural or legal person who is not engaged in a common business strategy with an audiovisual communication service provider in a stable manner that is obliged to comply with the provisions of Articles 115 to 117 and who undertakes, coordinates and assumes the economic risk of the production of audio-visual programs or materials on its own initiative or on request, and makes them available for the said consideration in exchange for a consideration [antes un] audiovisual communication service provider

The apparently minimal change has received criticism from almost all associations in the field: AEcine, PROA, PIAF, PROFILM, MAPA, Diboos… This afternoon, producer Maria Zamora Will read on his behalf at the Cannes Film Festival A statement condemning the government’s policy, backed by its European allies.

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