The world’s leading cinema operators today announced the establishment of the Global Cinema Federation, a worldwide group intended to represent cinema exhibition’s global interests. Exhibition today is a global and dynamic phenomenon, with growing annual box office returns of $38.6 billion increasingly evenly spread across the world. With the rapid development of the industry in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the operators involved recognize the extent to which the business opportunities and policy challenges they face – such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution – are shared by counterparts across territories.
Members of the International Union of Cinemas, which represents European cinema associations and key operators, today elected a new board to serve the organization for the next two years. The decision – made during the organization’s General Assembly at CineEurope, UNIC’s official convention in Barcelona – saw Phil Clapp, CEO of the UK Cinema Association, re-appointed as president and a number of other key board positions confirmed
The Hollywood Section of SMPTE and the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section will conduct a joint meeting June 22 to examine the rapidly evolving field of augmented reality. AR is creating new ways for people to experience the world. At this joint meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section and VES Los Angeles, a panel of experts will provide an overview of the AR landscape and the technologies driving it. They will also share insights into emerging business opportunities and offer advice on what it takes to get involved in this exciting new field.
The American Society of Cinematographers has re-appointed Kees van Oostrum to a second term as president of the organization, based on votes by the board of governors. The ASC board also elected its officers for the 2017-2018 term, including: Bill Bennett, John Simmons and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.
SMPTE today published two documents: the Time Code Summit Report and the Material eXchange Format Time Code Study Report. Both reports offer valuable insights into how the SMPTE Time Code standard can evolve to serve as a more useful tool in media production.
Fifty years ago the American Film Institute began its mission to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is commemorating its golden milestone today at the AFI Conservatory Commencement on the grounds of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
New York Women in Film & Television invites its members, as well as members of Women in Film chapters worldwide to submit their short films for consideration for the Women Calling the Shots showcase, which will take place at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival October 5-9.
The June meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, New York region, will be devoted to discussions surrounding two essential topics facing the video industry today – the 2110 SMPTE production standard for video-over-IP and how to optimize video signals for wide color gamut and high dynamic range formats.
The Event Cinema Association is hosting a morning of activities June 21 at the Hotel SB Diagonal Zero, across the road from the CCIB Convention Centre in Barcelona, site of CineEurope 2017. The ECA is also hosting its annual evening reception.
Cartoni president and CEO Elisabetta Cartoni has been accepted as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.