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Diversity and the Film Industry: An Analysis of the 2014 UIS Survey on Feature Film Statistics

By UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2016, 39 pages, ISBN 978-92-9189-190-0

The report Diversity and the Film Industry analyses the results of the 2014 UIS Feature Film Statistics Survey, which provides data for the years 2012 and 2013 for 97 countries, with an emphasis on the relationship between cultural diversity and the functioning of the film industry. Additionally, the report presents some selected indicators for the period 2005 - 2013, with the goal of enabling a better understanding of the recent evolution of the film industry at the global level.

The notion of audiovisual diversity is broken down for consideration into three component aspects: (i) diversity of sources (diversity of content producers and distributors and diversity of the labour employed by companies); (ii) diversity of and in feature films (diversity of film genres, demographic diversity, diversity of ideas); (iii) diversity of audience exposure to feature films. Making the principle of equitable access upheld by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions reality involves diversifying and strengthening the fabric of feature film production centres, changing the structures governing the distribution of films at international scale, and implementing policies to encourage diversified film consumption.

The report is available on the UNESCO website at www.uis.unesco.org/Library/Pages/DocumentMorePage.aspx?docIdValue=943&docIdFld=ID&SPSLanguage=EN