Euro distributors to attend San Seb confab

Formats, social platforms, business models on agenda

MADRID -- Independent distributors from 10 different European countries will discuss the potential of new technical formats, social community platforms and business models at the "European Distributors: Up Next" two-day conference at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The third edition of the event, hosted by the festival and European Film Promotion (EFP) and financed by the EU's MEDIA program, brings together participants from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K., which have films like Claudia Llosa's "The Milk of Sorrow," Susanne Bier's "Brothers," or Jan Sverak's "Empties" in their international portfolio and have been selected by the EFP and the festival.

"Distribution these days is confronted by enormous changes," said EFP managing director Renate Rose. "It is a great challenge deciding which will be the successful way of distribution for the future and how to improve international circulation. EFP sees the need to support the discourse among these professionals who must operate with creativity, courage and sensibility in order to strengthen their position in a complex market dominated by the major studios."