Three Arab films supported by Sanad, the development and post-production fund of twofour54, have won awards at the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival held this month in Germany. Mohamed Ben Attia, director of Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi), supported by Sanad in development and post-production, received the Best First Feature Award (50,000 euros) during the official closing ceremony, and the film’s lead actor Majd Mastour received the Silver Bear for Best Actor as part of the official competition awards.
Distribution & Exhibition
Gravitas Ventures and Incognito Pictures have entered into a licensing agreement for North American distribution. Incognito Pictures has established a Film Finishing Fund for independent films and documentaries in need of completion and distribution. For films that meet the requirements, Incognito will acquire and complete the projects and in turn, Gravitas will release these films in theaters and/or VOD.
UFO Moviez India has launched a franchise brand called Nova Cinemas under its subsidiary Valuable Digital Screens Private Limited. With this asset light initiative, VDSPL aims to recreate the screen growth in non-metro regions across India. Under Nova Cinemas, VDSPL will encourage local entrepreneurs to own and operate Nova branded theatres in various parts of the country.
Movio has signed Vue Entertainment for its Movio Cinemaplatform. Vue is part of Vue International, one of the largest cinema groups outside the United States. Implementation will begin in February at all Vue cinema locations in England and Ireland. Sarah Lewthwaite, Movio’s strategic partnerships director for the EMEA Region, and Dominic Rowell, commercial director at Vue, made the announcement.
MediaDirect Norway has chosen Unique Digital’s Advertising Accord to provide advertising sales & pre-show management systems. Advertising Accord went live with MDN February 1.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is seeking proposals for technical papers for the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition October 24-28 in Hollywood, California. The proposed papers must be informational and address technical theory, research, innovations, applications, or practices specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry. Initial abstracts must be submitted online no later than April 22.
Dolby Laboratories, Christie and Necsel were honored this week at the 2016 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation with an award in the Displays & Lighting category for the firms’ collaboration on the Dolby Vision laser projection system.
CJ 4DPlex said today that the company has installed more than 30,000 seats as of this month. The company claims that it is well ahead of any other 4D movie theater brand in the world with nearly three times the number of seats than the closest 4D-cinema competitor. In addition, the company said, 4DX theaters have the capacity to accommodate almost 55 million moviegoers per year, currently reaching 228 auditoriums in 37 counties.
Golden Village Multiplex will be Singapore’s first local cinema operator to support Barco’s Auro 11.1 audio format. The first screening in Auro 11.1 will be director Jack Neo’s full-length feature film Long, Long Time Ago, at Golden Village Suntec City theatre.
Fandango has acquired Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, including the professional movie critic rating tool, the Tomatometer, from Warner Bros. Entertainment. The addition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, along with Fandango’s recent acquisition of on-demand video service, M-Go, will expand the company’s theatrical ticketing business and create the industry’s premier digital network for all things movies.