Éclair, Ymagis Group’s content services business unit, today announced a strategic alliance with the Art House Convergence, USA’s premier non-profit association in support of independent film exhibition and distribution. This new alliance was sealed during AHC’s 10th Anniversary Conference held just prior to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Showtime Documentary Films has signed on as a premier sponsor of the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, partnering with the festival to make possible a wide range of diverse and compelling content, events and film industry opportunities.
The American Film Institute released a statement today regarding award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who will not attend this year’s Academy Award ceremonies because of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Iranians from entering the country. Farhadi, who received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation, is nominated again in the same category this year.
Hussein Hassan, the director of the award-winning Iraqi film Reseba – The Dark Wind, has withdrawn his visa application to the United States Consulate for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival. Festival director Jaie Laplante said the Festival will proceed with the screening of Reseba – The Dark Wind as scheduled, but with a deep sense of loss and disappointment.
Arts Alliance Media is providing theatre management system software and support to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. For the duration of the Festival, running in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah, from January 19-29, Sundance Institute will deploy AAM’s Screenwriter TMS at six Sundance Film Festival screening locations, where it will enable staff to schedule content and monitor all screens from one easy to use interface.
Arri will support the 2017 Berlinale Talents program with several events focusing on technical innovation in image and light design as well as digital post-production. These include, among others, a workshop with leading experts at the camera studio and a case study on a large TV drama series production.
The Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who twice received The Palme d'Or, are being awarded the Honorary Dragon Award at the 40th Göteborg Film Festival.
At this month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica, WCPMedia Services will demonstrate its cloud-based media-management platform, WCPWeb App. Used by producers, distributors, film festivals and others worldwide. The market runs through November 9.
Last July PostWorks New York announced that it had formed a new digital film distribution service, PostWorks Digital Cinema, and hired industry veteran Greg Fornero to lead it. The plan was to work with indie film producers and distributors, international film festivals and independent digital intermediate facilities to provide digital cinema package duplication, drive set rentals and sales, KDM management and broadband content delivery services. To get a progress report on the new service I recently visited the PostWorks’ facility in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood to meet with senior vice president for theatrical services Clark Henderson.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Hollywood Professional Association have announced the winners of the second annual SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival.