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BFI launches £20m plan to tackle UK skills shortage, workforce diversity

2 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Industry heavyweights back 10-point initiative to boost UK crews.

This evening (June 28), the British Film Institute (BFI) launched the Film Skills Strategy plan, an ambitious new programme with a 10-point plan to tackle skill shortages in the industry.

The scheme will cost £20m of lottery funding over five years.

The programme also aims to address the still chronic lack of representation and inclusion in the workforce at a time when UK film is worth an estimated £4.3bn to the British economy and inward investment is continuing to rise.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, BFI chair Josh Berger and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill were at the House of Commons for the launch of Future Film Skills - An Action Plan. 

A new BFI-commissioned report revealed significant opportunities for the film workforce with an estimated 30,000 job opportunities likely to be available over the next five years.

Despite all this activity, however, problems »

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Unic launches Women's Cinema Leadership scheme

22 June 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The programme was launched at CineEurope today.

The International Union of Cinemas (Unic) has today launched the Women’s Cinema Leadership Scheme, a one year pilot mentoring programme for women in cinema exhibition.

The programme will provide six rising female European cinema professionals with the opportunity to network with and receive one-to-one career advice from a group of senior female executives.

Professionals to have joined the scheme as mentors include Edna Epelbaum, Swiss cinema operator and president of the Swiss Cinema Association; Monste Gil, vice-president and general manager of Paramount Pictures Spain; Veronica Lindholm, managing director at Finnkino, and Dee Vassili, »

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European cinemas body Unic re-elects Phil Clapp as president

20 June 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ukca chief re-appointed head of organisation’s board.

Unic, the International Union of Cinemas, has elected a new board of directors.

The decision, made during the organisation’s general assembly at CineEurope, sees UK Cinema Association head Phil Clapp re-elected as president.

The following have also been elected for two-year terms:

Jean-Pierre Decrette (vice-president of the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français) - senior vice-presidentEdna Epelbaum (president of the association Cinématographique Suisse) - vice presidentMario Mazzetti (CEO of the Associazione Nazionale Esercenti Cinema) - vice presidentKim Pedersen (CEO of Danske Biografer) - Vice PresidentMatthias Leonardy (managing director of Hdf Kino) - vice presidentJaime Tarrazon (delegate of Federación de Cines de España) - treasurer

Phil Clapp commented: “I am delighted and humbled by the confidence that Unic members have shown in both myself and my fellow Board members to ensure that the organisation continues to provide a strong and influential voice for the European cinema sector.

“That role has »

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European Cinema Admissions Up but Box Office Slips

13 June 2017 6:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

European cinema admissions were up 2.8% last year but the region’s box office slipped, hitting €8.4 billion ($9.42 billion), about a quarter of the global total.

There were 1.28 billion European admissions in 2016 from 36 European territories, the International Union of Cinemas (Unic) said in a study released Tuesday.

“That strong performance alone underlines our belief that cinemas should remain at the center of efforts by governments and industry leaders across Europe to equip the European film sector for future business and audience growth,” said Phil Clapp, CEO of the U.K. Cinema Assn. and president of Unic.

The organization said that the 4.5% decrease in box-office receipts was caused by currency devaluations in some territories.

It added that the biggest titles in 2016 included several local films as well as a roster of global hits such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Zootopia,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “The Secret Life of Pets, »

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European cinemas body Unic appoints CEO

31 May 2017 6:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laura Houlgatte Abbott to take over from Jan Runge.

Unic, the International Union of Cinemas, has appointed Laura Houlgatte Abbott as its new chief executive.

Abbott will take over the role from August, stepping into the shoes vacated by the departing Jan Runge. She joined Unic in March 2015 as EU affairs executive. She previously worked for the British Council and the Federation of European Publishers, and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Abbott will attend the forthcoming CineEurope convention in Barcelona (June 19-22) to introduce herself to the sector.

Unic represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 36 countries in Europe and in neighbouring regions.

Phil Clapp, Unic president, commented: “I first of all want to pay tribute to the work of current CEO Jan Runge over the last six years. The increased influence and profile of Unic across Europe, as evidenced by the quality of those who applied for this role, speaks »

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CineEurope announce winner of international exhibitor of the year award

10 April 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kinepolis Group executive Eddy Duquenne will receive award in June.

CineEurope have named Eddy Duquenne, chief executive officer of Kinepolis Group, as the recipiant of their 2017 international exhibitor of the year award.

Duquenne will receive the accolade at the CineEurope awards ceremony on June 22 in Barcelona.

Kinepolis Group was formed as a cinema chain in Belgium in 1997, before expanding to France, Spain, Luxemburg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Poland. The company now has 49 sites throughout Europe with 500 screens.

Andrew Sunshine, Vice President of the Film Expo Group, said: “Eddy Duquenne and his team at Kinepolis have created one of the most innovative exhibition circuits in Europe. Central to that success has been the leadership of Eddy himself.”

Unic President Phil Clapp said: “Kinepolis have been at the forefront of recent innovations by European cinema operators in terms of the big screen experience and continue to be a standard bearer for new and exciting approaches. But they have »

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Still mainstream content only at almost all cinemas | Letters

31 March 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If only Phil Clapp’s picture of the health of UK cinema exhibition (Netflix is no mortal threat to cinemas, Letters, 27 March) reflected reality. The rising number of screens – mainly at multiplexes – conceals a decline in the number of independent venues, and therefore in choice: only 7% of screens show non-mainstream content. Rising box office receipts are due principally to increased ticket prices, and mask a decline in attendance – thought by market research company Ihs to average 18%.

The model of cinema that the 20th century left us survives because the major producers need it to promote digital distribution and to be eligible for awards. But empty screens with poor choice, worse food and no social dimension serve no one.

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