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2009 RAAM Awards Nominations Announced

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The full list of nominations in this year’s RAAM Awards to UK and Irish and Exhibition and Film Distribution were announced today. Universal Pictures Warner Bros Paramount Sony Entertainment Optimum E1 Films Artificial Eye Yash Raj and Studio 18 head the line up in film distribution nominations with Cineworld Odeon Vue Ambassador Woking Curzon Soho Plaza Truro Gaiety Cinema Group Movies@ SGC Cinemas leading the way in exhibition. RAAM gets its name from the initials of the founding directors Rob Arthur and Anthony Meehan.

Camera Operator of the Year Nominees Named

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Will Arnot (Milk) Stephen Campanelli (The Changeling) Robert Gorelick (The Dark Knight) Kim Marks (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Martin Schaer (Eagle Eye) are the finalists in the feature film category of the Annual Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Camera Operator of the Year competition. The recipient will be named during the awards celebration at the Leonard Goldenson Theater of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on February 21st.

Paramount Offers Exhibitors Direct Support for Digital Rollout

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

With its major 3D release Monsters & Aliens due out in less than three months Paramount Pictures has announced it has become the first studio to offer digital cinema support directly to exhibitors across the United States and Canada. The move is expected to accelerate the rollout of digital and 3D projection systems in theatres. Jim Tharp president of domestic theatrical distribution made the announcement.

American Society of Cinematographers Announces Achievement Nominees

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button photographed by Claudio Miranda; The Dark Knight shot by Wally Pfister The Reader by Chris Menges and Roger Deakins Revolutionary Road by Deakins; and Slumdog Millionaire by Anthony Dod Mantle are the finalists in the feature film category of the 23rd Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards competition.  Slumdog and Benjamin Button were both shot digitally. The winner will be named during the awards celebration at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 15.

Ballantyne to Install 100 Digital Projectors in Chinese Theatres

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Ballantyne of Omaha says its Chinese subsidiary has received an order to supply and install 100 NEC digital projectors in theatres around China. The order comes as a tight credit market in the United States has slowed the implementation of a planned $1 billion-plus rollout of digital technology on about 20 000 movie screens in North America a precursor to showing movies in 3D. The order was placed by China Film Group an influential state-run film enterprise. China currently has about 6 000 movie screens.

UK Cinema Admissions Increased by just over One Percent in 2008

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

British cinema admissions totaled 164.2 million last year an increase of 1.1 percent according to figures from the Cinema Advertising Association. The 2008 summer period marked the highest number of cinema admissions for 40 years with UK venues attracting more than 50 million visitors (53 642 237) between June and August an increase of 5.6 percent year on year. It was the most successful period since 1969 with July the best single month for visits. Mamma Mia!

Dalsa and Arri Unable to Make a Deal

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Dalsa Corporation is shuttering its digital cinema operations after an unsuccessful attempt to sell some of the unit's assets to German company Arris the Canadian Press has reported. A Dalsa spokesman told the Press that it has closed its cinema equipment rental facility in Woodland Hills California and terminated or redeployed the division's staff. The company has failed to reach agreement with ARRI as to acceptable terms on a definitive agreement Dalsa said in a statement.

IndiePix Sees a Nearly Six-Fold Increase in Independent Film Web Sales

Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

IndiePix has announced an almost six-fold increase in unit sales for the full year 2008 compared to 2007. The sale of fiction and non-fiction independent films significantly rose towards the end of 2008 with Q4 sales figures jumping 12 times that of the same period in 2007. During 2008 IndiePix transformed its Internet platform by enabling film fans to choose whether they want to download stream or rent a title straight to their PC or iPod a net distribution technique that is attributed to IndiePix’s strong sales growth.


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