Second Emerging Cinema Markets Conference to be held November 19-21 in Istanbul

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Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

The Emerging Cinema Markets Conference will be held for its second year November 19-21 in Istanbul. Building on the success of last year’s event, this year special focus sessions will be held on Turkey, Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and other emerging countries. There will also be an update on the Gulf Cooperation Council cinema industry hosted by The Big Picture Cinema Consultants.  Keynote speakers and the full schedule will be announced over the coming months.

“When ECM2018 was launched we had no idea it would be a catalyst for the industry,” Rob Arthur, founder & director, DCS Events and partner at The Big Picture.

“The Emerging Cinema Markets Conference focuses on Africa, Central Asia, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the GCC and Turkey, countries and regions that are crucial to the development of global box office revenues,” Arthur said. “The Emerging Cinema Markets Conference 2019 will follow on from the successful introductory event hosted in Istanbul in late 2018.”

He said that ECM2019 will provide industry stakeholders including trade suppliers, exhibitors and content providers from the region a unique chance to come together at #ecmistanbul to explore, discuss and learn about the key developments, technical challenges and innovations that are central to the cinema industry today and looking ahead to the future. 

“Interest in ECM2019 has been overwhelming,” he said. “We promise that it is going to be a very informative and interesting event and one that also offers a unique chance to network with industry experts and professionals.”

“With the growing saturation of established cinema markets and the proliferation of alternative technology platforms for viewing films, the need for cinema industry to discover new growth territories is crucially important,” said Arthur. “But we also know that finding and understanding the specific dynamics of an emerging cinema market is a difficult task, and often an expensive challenge.

Kene Mkparu, president and CEO of KomWorld Limited said,  “This is where the ECM Conference is super important to the industry, with its specific focus on those markets with new and potentially significant additions to global admissions and box office revenues. It gives a distinct platform for the world to learn directly from experts from emerging cinema markets across the world. I was pleased to have the opportunity at ECM 2018 to showcase to the world some positive data analytics from the Nigeria cinema market that the world did not previously know or understand, as well as the business opportunity that exists untapped within. I look forward to attending the 2019 edition.”

Arturo Guillen, Comscore’s vice president for the EMEA and India said, “Movie going keeps growing year after year globally. But this growth is even more so internationally. The Emerging Cinema Markets is a perfect opportunity to focus in places with untapped audiences and great appetite to enjoy the cinema experience, sometimes for the first time.”

Delegate costs will be kept at the same level as last year - €995 for the three days activities. Industry body membership discounts and selected partners rates will be available.  The venue will be announced soon.

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