GDYNIA: The 45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia will take place from 8 to 12 December 2020. Among the new events at the festival will be the launch of a third competition section for micro-budget films.

BRUSSELS: The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has issued a statement urging support for a ‘cinema first’ strategy and warns that new content must be released in cinemas first and observe a significant theatrical window, both elements being essential for the survival of the European cinema industry after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brussels: 5 August 2020 – The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing cinema trade associations and operators across 38 European territories, has issued the following statement:

As European cinema operators finally emerge from a period of extended closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak and work hard to welcome audiences back, the focus of the entire industry must be on ensuring that recovery can happen and that audiences return to enjoy the unique experience of watching films on the big screen.

While many on the distribution side have indicated that ‘we are all in this together’, recent events make it clearer than ever that this sentiment must be backed by actions as well as words.

Specifically, new content must be released in cinemas first and observe a significant theatrical window, both elements being essential for the survival and health of every part of the European (and indeed global) cinema industry.

A ‘cinema first’ strategy for film releases – accompanied by a significant period of theatrical exclusivity – is a proven business model, and crucial for ensuring that audiences can enjoy a diverse range of films. This system was the foundation for a record-breaking 2019, with 1.34 billion admissions and €8.7 billion earned at the box office in Europe alone.

The entire sector faces unprecedented challenges. More than ever, decisions across the industry need to be made with a long-term perspective. If our studio partners oblige cinemas to wait until the sector emerges from the crisis in the U.S. before supplying new content, it will prove too late for many European cinemas and their dedicated workforce.

All who depend on the success of the film industry should commit to ensuring the future health of the whole sector. By doing so, they will ensure that the wider film industry and European cinemas – from one-screen independents to art-houses and multiplexes – will recover and return from this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever.

About UNIC

The Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 38 countries in Europe and neighbouring regions.

FNE has teamed up with Bucharest-based Film in Frames to bring you in depth news and reviews about the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). 

 Click HERE for the review of Deerskin by Quentin Dupieux.

TARTU:  Thirteen feature films and four documentaries will screen at the 15th Tartu Love Film Festival aka Tartuff from 10 to 15 August 2020. For the first time in the history of the festival organised by the team at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival most of the films will also be available online.

Anca Mitran, the General Director of the Romanian Film Centre, spoke to Romania’s Films In Frame about why is so difficult to change the Film Law and other hot topics in the Romanian film industry.

PULA: The 67th Pula Film Festival , which was earlier called off a few days before it was due to start on 18 July 2020, will eventually take place from 29 August to 4 September 2020 within strict measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

WARSAW: Magnus von Horn’s sophomore feature Sweat has been acquired by the streaming platform MUBI for USA, Latin America, India and Turkey. This Polish/Swedish coproduction was selected in Cannes 2020 Official Selection. The Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales is handling the sales.

BUDAPEST: The Upthrown Stone (1968) by Sándor Sára and Late Season by Zoltán Fábri have been selected in 2020 Cannes Classics and Venice Classics of the 73th Cannes Film Festival and the 77th Venice IFF. Almost 100 Hungarian classic films have been restored so far within the programme launched by the National Film Institute (NFI) in 2017.

When East Meets West,
CineMart and New Nordic Films

are happy to announce
brand new partnership
with Marché du Film Online
!

For the very first time, Marché du Film will showcase a line-up of 20 international projects previously presented in one of three markets, and will offer them a series of Co-Production Speed Meeting Sessions with potential co-producers, decision makers and financiers.

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