The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced the Lumiere film database.
Ukraine’s Most Kino is installing CinemaNext’s Sphera premium cinema concept at its theatre in the Most Shopping Mall in Dnipro. Scheduled to open this summer, Sphera at Most Kino will boast a 26-meter-wide wall-to-wall screen, making it the largest screen ever built in Ukraine and the biggest Sphera auditorium designed to date.
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) today released preliminary 2021 box office and admissions estimates for the territories covered by the organization. While these figures are based on initial estimates, the overview provided by UNIC represents the first wide-ranging assessment of the performance of the European cinema sector in 2021. More detailed final data on the performance of each individual UNIC territory will be released later in spring 2022.
The Writers Lab Europe has received support from Fremantle and HBO Max, Nordic for the first virtual script development program of its kind for women over 40. Submissions are open now until February 7. The Writers Lab, produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, is the only program devoted exclusively to script development for women and non-binary writers over 40.
Director Lasse Hallström and production company Viaplay Studios transformed Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, into 19th and early 20th century Stockholm for his latest biographical movie Hilma about Swedish artist and activist Hilma af Klint. The drama revolves around Klint’s non-traditional art and spirituality, which made her a standout Swedish artist and one of the first abstract art creators in the western countries.
The Nordic region's largest film festival is happy to return to the cinemas in Göteborg next year. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 edition of Göteborg Film Festival became a digital event. The digital edition turned out to be a great audience success with visitors from all over the country. Therefore, Göteborg Film Festival 2022 will show films both in cinemas and online from January 28 through February 6, 2022.
The Entertainment Globalization Association has released a report on consumer viewing habits of localized content versions. The EGA, working in part with Whip Media, surveyed more than 15,000 consumers from France, Italy, Germany, and Spain (FIGS) regarding their viewing habits on streaming platforms. The overall findings indicate that 61 percent of respondents encountered poor localization quality on a monthly basis, and perhaps more concerning, that nearly 65 percent have stopped watching a movie or TV show in the last year as a result.
The Arcadia Stezzano cinema has opened as part of the expansion of the Le Due Torri Shopping Center outside Milan, Italy. An investment by Piero Fumagalli, it is the first new cinema inaugurated by an Italian independent exhibitor since the global pandemic began.
Video-sharing platforms such as YouTube have created an incredible online world of content: films, music and even how-to-do tutorials are now available on a massive scale at a single click. However, they can also be a potential source of harmful content for children and other sectors of society and contribute to the spread of illegal content inciting to violence and hatred. European media law has long contained provisions to try and limit potential damage to viewers on traditional media.
Arena Cinemas, Switzerland, has converted 58 screens across all its locations to GDC’s Cinema Automation 2.0 technology. The installations and further developments in the whole complex cinema ecosystem were managed by leading systems integrator Imaculix, based in Zurich, Switzerland.