Euro Media Group, a leading European global provider of media services, has expanded its digital services division with the purchase of new SubtitleNext licenses to support major productions. The SubtitleNext platform is used for captioning offline content in real time and is embraced by a growing number of film industry professionals across the globe.
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European cinema trade grouping, has announced that IMAX Corporation and Vista Group take on the role of principal sponsors of its flagship Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, already in its fifth year. At the same time UNIC launched a call for mentors and mentees to take part in the next 2022-23 edition.
Christie cinema RGB laser projectors will be used for the first time at the Malaga Film Festival, one of Spain’s biggest film events, to be held from March 18-22. marking its silver anniversary. The Christie partner Sercine, an official festival collaborator, is looking after the integration and support for the event’s projection.
The median average budget of a European theatrical fiction film released in 2019 was €2.07, according to a new report that tracked the actual budget analysis of 651 European live-action fiction films released in 2019. The largest financing source was clearly direct public funding which contributed 28 percent of the total financing volume, followed by producer investments and broadcaster investments, both of which accounted for 18 percent of total financing. The percentage share of direct public funding in film financing decreases with increasing market size and budget volume.
In support of Ukraine, the Göteborg Film Festival is teaming up with Story, Draken Film and Folkets Bio to host screenings of Simon Lereng Wilmont's festival winner A House made of Splinters, set in a children's home in Eastern Ukraine. The screenings will take place in cinemas throughout Sweden and online via Göteborg Film Festival’s streaming service, Draken Film. All money raised from the screenings will go in full to the organization Voices of Children in Ukraine.
The Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas, the trade body representing the interests of cinema operators across 39 European territories, has today issued a statement expressing its solidarity not just with Ukrainian exhibitors but also the Ukrainian people as they look to repel the attack on their country by Russian forces. The statement, issued on behalf of UNIC’s board of directors, reads as follows:
The European Cinema trade group the International Union of Cinemas today announced that Imax Corporation and Vista Group take on the role of principal sponsors of its flagship Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme, already in its fifth year. At the same time UNIC launched a call for mentors and mentees to take part in the next 2022-23 edition.
The data company Hammerspace has expanded its European presence to provide organizations with ability to consolidate datacenter and cloud storage while orchestrating global data to decentralized applications and users. Today, more than 35 percent of the Hammerspace customer base is in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. EMEA growth has been fueled by the availability of the Hammerspace software in local regions of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. The company says the addition of a London-based hub, local sales team, and a new distribution partner enables it to support its EMEA customers most effectively and accelerate business in high-growth markets.
Omniplex Cinemas, Ireland’s largest cinema chain, has signed an agreement with Showtime Analytics to provide it with customer analytics and communication for its 33 theatres. Spanning two markets, Omniplex Cinemas has theatres in most major cities and towns in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Based on preliminary data the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that cinema attendance in the European Union and the United Kingdom increased to 383.2 million tickets sold in 2021. This is 83.8 million admissions more than in 2020, representing a year-on-year growth of 28 percent. The rebound was less pronounced in the European Union only (EU27), where ticket sales increased by 21 percent to 309.2 million admissions, 53.8 million visits more than in the previous year.