European distributors called for a collective approach to the common challenges presented by digitisation at Europa Distribution's 2nd Annual Conference.

70 European distributors, including 50 independents, met in Estoril Portugal, where the conference was held as a part of the Estoril film festival.

Europa Distribution also held its General Assembly and elected its new board of administration.

The director brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne took over the association's title of Presidency of Honour.

The Belgian directors said in a statement, 'We believe that the very existence of Europa Distribution is essential in order to develop a strong European film industry that combines market ambitions and cultural diversity, and also to improve the circulation of European movies in Europe. Therefore, it is for us a pleasure and an honour to take over the presidency of this network, thus showing our commitment to the cause of independent film distribution in Europe.'