A new digital platform with the working title Cinnovate has secured € 380.000 funding through the European Union programme Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities. The effort’s partners include four of Europe’s leading arthouse cinema networks – Folkets Hus och Parker, Folkets Bio (both from Sweden), Access Cinema (Ireland) and Art kino mreža Slovenije (Slowenia) – that together count 308 screens in three territories and will be coordinated by Cologne-based video-on-demand and digital distribution experts Rushlake Media and independent consultant Jan Runge. Additional content and network partners are the Event Cinema Association (United Kingdom), Spielfabrique (Germany) and IMZ International Music + Media Centre (Austria).
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Saudi Arabia’s homegrown theatre circuit, Muvi Cinemas, has selected Cinionic Giant Screen laser projectors to power more than 25 premium Xperience auditoriums throughout the Kingdom. The first Xperience powered by CGS locations, Al Ahsa Mall, Aziz Mall, and Nakheel Mall are open now, with further sites coming soon.
Unilumin has become China's first DCI-certified LED display enterprise and gained full access to the opportunities of the cinema LED display market. The company’s cinema screen recently passed the tests of the Research Institute of DMC, Keio University, a DCI authorized agency, and officially became a DCI-certified product.
Film technology company Numero today announced the launch of its theatrical box office service into major European markets. The company currently has successful box office collection, aggregation and analytical services in 22 international territories across six continents and has now launched its service in Spain, France and the United Kingdom, with Germany to follow in the coming months.
In the early 1990s, a vast expanse of farmland in central Zhejiang, China, was procured by the Hengdian Group. The goal was to build an expansive film studio and later adding attractions to turn it in a theme park that recreated thousands of years of Chinese history and culture. Today, Hengdian World Studios is known as the largest film studio in the world, spanning over 370 hectares. Hengdian World Studios is always looking to continue to innovate and expand for the 20 million tourists which visit each year. In its latest venture, visitors are plunged into a so-called Flying Theatre, installed inside the Qin Palace set.
Christie Digital Systems is once again the technology partner of the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival, co-hosted by the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and taking place at Toronto’s Ontario Place from June 27-July 17.
The 21st annual Golden Trailer Awards ceremony will be live streamed from the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greenville, Tennessee on July 22. It is an unconventional ceremony that honors excellence in movie marketing, and this year is dedicated in appreciation of all the medical professionals, first responders and frontline workers who kept the country functioning throughout the COVID-19 economic shutdown. The ceremony will be live streamed for industry and film fans alike.
New York Women in Film & Television is proud to present the 2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined, June 22-25 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm EDT. The annual NYWIFT Creative Workforce Initiative brings together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future.
According to the latest analysis from the British research firm Gower Street, and based on operating site data from its partners at Comscore Movies, 80.2 percent of global cinemas were in operation for the June 11 weekend, one dominated at the box office by the horror sequels The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ($33.7 million) and A Quiet Place, Part ll ($28 million).
Christie is partnering with the Shanghai International Film Festival for the 13th consecutive year. This year’s festival, themed The Film Art of Centennial Glory on a Ceaseless Journey, will run from June 11-20. More than 400 films from around the world will be screened in 40 cinemas located across Shanghai during this period, including those equipped with the Cinity Cinema System and Dolby Cinema, which utilizes Christie projection.