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Founded in 2002, Rain Network is a Brazilian company that has created a solution for independent cinema market by interconnecting theaters in a digital network. With offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York and London, the company currently transmits, by satellite, films in digital format to more than 120 screens. In December 2005, Rain Network has joined forces with Emerging Pictures (www.emergingpictures.com), to form Rain US, a collaborative venture for digital distribution and exhi...

The New Frontiers of Digital Distribution

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Friday, June 16----The new frontiers in distribution of documentary films has been a running theme at the SILVERDOCS International Documentary Conference. While other topics such as film financing, working with non-profits and foundations, and producing for public television are rather evergreen and non-changing from years past, the arena of distribution is on fire, with a number of panels pointing to incredible new opportunities for documentary filmmakers to reach wider audiences. On Thursday ...

Cannes Meeting of Europa Cinemas exhibitors

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In the presence of Mrs Viviane Reding and Mrs Véronique Cayla 2005: European films progress notably in the Europa Cinemas network In the context of falling cinema attendance, exhibitors belonging to the Europa Cinemas network succeeded in increasing the proportion of European films on their screens.In 2005, almost 60% of screenings were reserved for European films. Progress was apparent above all in the proportion of European films distributed outside their country of origin, which increased fr...

Cannes Meeting of Europa Cinemas exhibitors

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In the context of falling cinema attendance, exhibitors belonging to the Europa Cinemas network succeeded in increasing the proportion of European films on their screens.In 2005, almost 60% of screenings were reserved for European films. Progress was apparent above all in the proportion of European films distributed outside their country of origin, which increased from 34 to 37%. It was therefore diversity which gained ground in this network, and this did not concern the European continent alone...

Movie downloads an evolutionary idea?

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i have a bad feeling about this article – it is going to seriously date me. Yesterday, five of the major Hollywood movie studios announced that consumers could download movies from the internet – for a price and with restrictions, but never-the-less an evolutionary move.Movielink and CinemaNow will offer download-to-own sales of feature films at the same time as the studio’s pre-established home video release window.Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, MGM and Lionsgate titles will be availab...

What is changing in the cinema with the advent of digital?

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What is changing in the cinema with the advent of digital? And what are the effects on exhibition? The second day of the exhibitors’ training course “DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas”, taking place at the moment in Kuurne, Belgium, goes right to the heart of the matter. The exhibitors’ voices, with their questions and their expectations, were heard thanks to Jan Van Dommelen, representing Unic (the federation of national exhibitors’ associations) and Enrico Chie...

DigiTraining Plus courses: New Technologies for European Cinemas

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DigiTraining Plus courses: New Technologies for European CinemasThird Edition: Kuurne, Belgium, 5 – 9 April 2006MEDIA Salles has prepared a 5-day course offering a full overview of the financial, business and technical issues surrounding digital transition: Change to digital: why? Will I be able to increase my cinema’s potential? What problems will I encounter and who will help me solve them?Unique opportunity to exchange opinions with other exhibitors in an international setting, bring your...

Europe: after experimentation Panorama on D CInema status in Europe

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Editorial by Elisabetta Brunella, Secretary General of MEDIA SallesAt the Berlin Film Festival, MEDIA Salles kept its appointment with the cinema community that pays the closest attention to economic and technological developments in the sector, presenting the 2005 final edition of the “European Cinema Yearbook”.As well as the first previews of the overall results of cinema-going in Europe in 2005, the prominent data in the Yearbook includes the situation of screens equipped with DLP CinemaT...

MEDIA Salles: for the first time at Berlin with data on cinema-going

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For the first time MEDIA Salles anticipates the publication of data on cinema-going in Europe in 2005 at the Berlin Film Festival, including it in the “2005 final edition” of the “European Cinema Yearbook”.The interpretation of this data shows that the last few months of 2005 – which saw a general recovery in cinema-going – proved unable to change the fate of a year marked by negative results. Throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Rim there was a decided decrease in audiences. On a...

What will happen to movie going experience?

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Movie theater audiences have steadily shrunk over the past 50 years. This brings a very important concern to the forefront: will movie theaters continue to exist among all the new media and technology? With so many different ways to distribute a film, it is a matter of sociology as to why one would want to go into a dark movie theater and experience a film with a group of strangers or even alone in the dark.Several of these topics were addressed at a recent Sundance Film Festival panel I attende...

1,750,000,000 theater tickets sold in 2004 in Europe (up 6.7%)

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The MEDIA Salles’ “European Cinema Yearbook – 2005 advance edition”at Capri Hollywood 2005The main results published in this new edition show that the number of spectators who crossed the threshold of cinemas in Europe and the Mediterranean Rim in 2004 was 1 billion, 75 million.This was an exceptionally good year: 68 million more tickets sold compared to 2003, with a 6.7% increase.Western Europe (19 countries, from Iceland to Austria, Portugal to Finland) continued to have the lion’s s...

Technicolor Digital Cinema test plans with Century Theatres

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Thomson through its Technicolor Digital Cinema business, announced it has reached a strategic understanding with Century Theatres, Inc., one of America’s largest national theatre circuits, to install DCI-compliant digital projection systems in Century-owned and operated screens. Under the terms of the understanding, Technicolor Digital Cinema will install digital projection equipment beginning with a beta-test deployment of 90-120 screens in the first quarter of 2006. It is Thomson’s intent...

HDFEST High Def Festival highlights

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The schedule for HDFEST, the world's only high definition film festival, was released today. Staged at the ETC Digital Cinema Lab at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre and the Dolby Laboratories' Larry Umlang Presentation Theatre II in Burbank, the festival will include screenings of High-Def movies, panels on High-Def filmmaking, festival parties and the HDFEST 2005 Deffie Award Ceremony.HDFEST Los Angeles is the final event in the 2005 HDFEST World Tour, which included previous events this year in ...

Undiscovered Gems receive theatrical distribution in the US

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While an astonishing number of American independent features and documentaries are receiving at least a token theatrical distribution in US theaters, there are many deserving films that are falling through the cracks. These films may have won a slew of awards at prestigious festivals, been invited all over the world to screen outside their home country, and even secured enthusiastic reviews in the trade press, but in the end, they go undistributed.A group of six of these “Festival orphans” a...

New York Video Festibval returns to Manhattan

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) announces its return to Manhattan for eight days of film screenings, world premieres, musical performances, industry panels and after-parties. The festival, known as the voice of independent film, will showcase 300 film features, shorts and documentaries and host filmmakers from more than 30 countries. The festivities kick off on November 10th with an opening night networking party for filmmakers, musicians and artists at l...

Fox to supply digital film for D Cinema

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Fox has signed a deal to provide its films for Christie/AIX, the joint venture between Christie and AccessIT.Disney was the first studio to cut a similar deal with Christie.In its first long-term commitment to digital cinema, Twentieth Century Fox (“Fox”) has reached an agreement to supply its feature films to digital cinema projection systems deployed by Christie/AIX, a unit of Access Integrated Technologies (“AccessIT”) (AMEX:AIX). For Fox, this “first-of-a-kind” distribution arran...

DCI finalizes D Cinema system requirements and specs

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Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI)venture was formed in March 2002. The purpose of DCI is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for Digital Cinema components that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality control.DCI members include Disney, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) has completed the final overall system requirements and specifi...

Digital Projection impressive roll out plans in the UK

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CHRISTIE KEY PROJECTION PARTNER IN WORLD'S LARGEST DIGITAL CINEMA ROLL-OUTArts Alliance Selects a Series of Christie CP2000 Digital Cinema Projectors in Groundbreaking United Kingdom InitiativeChristie, a leading provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, announced that the company's CP2000 series 2K resolution Digital Cinema projector has been chosen by Arts Alliance Digital Cinema (AADC), the pioneer provider of Digital Cinema services, to be an integral part of the...

Satis opens to international

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New sectors at next SATIS (Nov 3-5, Paris Porte de Versailles). Offering a more clearly defined, more comprehensive offer.BRITISH PAVILIONBritish manufacturers, supported by their government, are present on the French market and grouped together within the same area.PRODUCTIONFilm set and TV studio lighting, cameras, lenses, accessories and machinery dedicated to the Cinema and Television markets.AUDIO-RADIOA world represented by more than 150 trademarks offering all of the solutions and applica...

Satis opens to international

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New sectors at next SATIS (Nov 3-5, Paris Porte de Versailles). Offering a more clearly defined, more comprehensive offer.BRITISH PAVILIONBritish manufacturers, supported by their government, are present on the French market and grouped together within the same area.PRODUCTIONFilm set and TV studio lighting, cameras, lenses, accessories and machinery dedicated to the Cinema and Television markets.AUDIO-RADIOA world represented by more than 150 trademarks offering all of the solutions and applica...

Russian cinema program in Moscow

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VIVA LIFE!The Russian cinema program at the Moscow International Film Festival does not merely offer a panorama of its present state, it provides, so to speak, a formula of its condition at the moment, its detailed, full-fledged portrait.The panorama of new Russian cinema still bears the title «Russia, which we regained» and probably for the first time in recent years the name reflects the real state of affairs in our national cinema. First of all it is because during the past year alone our c...

Ultra Star to deploy 20 DLP cinema projectors

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UltraStar Cinemas and American Cinema Advertising Network to deploy 20 new DLP Cinema™-based projectors.UltraStar becomes first circuit to employ DLP Cinema™ technology for exhibition of all media.UltraStar Cinemas of San Diego, California, and American Cinema Advertising Network of San Jose today announced they have reached an agreement by which all UltraStar theaters, beginning with 20 screens in selected sites, will be converted from film to DLP Cinema™ projection technology between now...

DigiTraining Plus: D- Innovation for European Cinemas

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"DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas" Kuurne, Belgium31 March - 4 April 2004Dear friends, the Barco headquarters in Kuurne, Belgium, just saw the closure of the specialized course for cinema exhibitors: "DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas", organized by MEDIA Salles, that was specifically dedicated to digital cinema. A highly positive evaluation of the course emerged from the more than 40 participants and experts, arriving from 13 European countries, fr...

President of Media Salles on Europe Enlargment

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Jens Rykaer - President of MEDIA SallesAs of 1 May 2004, the European Union will consist of 25 countries with 450 million inhabitants. Whilst welcoming these new members - and in particular all those who work in the world of the cinema - I should like us to remember that the strength of this new and increasingly far-flung Europe,lies in its diversity, as the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has emphasised on several occasions. Diverse peoples and diverse cultures that must fin...

Digitraining Plus latest D- Initiative from Media Salles

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"Technological innovation is a crucial factor for economic development and it is even more so regarding digital technology applied to the cinema sector, an activity that involves both economic and cultural values”. These were the words of Gianni Profita, Director General for the Cinema of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs, commenting on the course on digital cinema promoted by MEDIA Salles, on which he affirmed: “It’s very significant for Europeans working in the cinema sector to r...
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