Legacy Empire Management has announced that the first Africa Cinematography Festival will take place in Lagos, Nigeria in the second week of November. “The ACF will provide a platform for film equipment manufacturers to reach the desired market with their latest offerings and technologies.” Said Legacy Empire’s CEO Henry Emenike. “Quality filmmaking is tied directly to good technologies; sadly, there is a huge gap in this aspect among film makers.”
Distribution & Exhibition
Coming off the heels of a successful inaugural Anime Movie Night screening event this spring, Crunchyroll, which calls itself the destination for anime and manga, working with Screenvision Media and Kaos Connect, will screen the first three episodes of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, a series adapted from the wildly popular manga of the same name.
CJ 4DPlex has announced the films that will be released in its 4DX immersive cinema-seating format through the end of July.
Metropolitan Theatres has signed Vision Media to oversee installation and on-going management of circuit-wide digital signage and media systems. “Our partnership with Vision Media will further our efforts to enhance the movie-going experience. The investment in digital signage enables highly impactful communication that is flexible to best serve our customers,” said David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theatres.
CJ 4DPlex has announced that Nordisk Film Cinemas will bring nine additional 4DX immersive seating screens to Scandinavia by the end of 2021. This agreement comes on the heels of a successful run at Nordisk’s first 4DX theatre in Oslo, the Nordisk Ringen. During full time screenings of eight Hollywood titles since March 10, the theater has seen an overall occupancy rate of 72 percent.
SF Studios, Stockholm, has signed an agreement to begin using Unique Digital’s Movie Transit system to deliver digital cinema packages electronically into cinemas across the Nordic Territories. Movie Transit will enable SF Studios to deliver quickly, securely, and reliably across four different territories, providing digital delivery access to nearly 1,000 cinema sites.
The International Union of Cinemas has launched its Women’s Cinema Leadership Scheme, a one-year pilot mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition. The program will provide six rising female European cinema professionals with the unique opportunity to network with and receive one-to-one career advice from a group of senior female executives recognized for their leadership and business success across the wider cinema landscape.
Vista Group International has agreed to pursue a partnership with German independent cinema operator Yorck Kinogruppe, Berlin’s premier art house cinema chain. Yorck Kinos plans to work with two Vista Group companies: Vista Entertainment and Movio. Yorck Kinos is Movio’s first German customer.
CinemaNext today announced a new technology licensing agreement with US-based Adaptive Technologies Group for its PS Box boothless cinema system. Under this exclusive agreement, Adaptive will manufacture the PS Box at their factory in southern Los Angeles and sell it in select territories including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Australia & New Zealand.
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.