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As the market for European pure-play arthouse films continues to shrink, the fifth edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Arc 1950 Co-production Village will turn the spotlight on projects with mainstream appeal, while also opening up financing and networking opportunities.

To this end, the fest’s professional sidebar will host a panel called the Evolution of Funding: Private Equity, Foreign Investments and Linguistic Strategy for European Films. In attendance will be Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen, general director of Zentropa; Spain’s Alvaro Longoria, head of Morena Films; and American producer Anna Kokourina, production VP at Fox Intl.

“With the falloff of Southern European markets, the financing landscape for indie European films is evolving, public funds are being drastically reduced, broadcasters are reducing film acquisitions and the box office is very unpredictable,” says fest co-founder Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, who produces via his Paris-based shingle Paprika Film.

“Producers are more than »

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