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‘Dunkirk’ Helps Push U.K. Cinema Admissions Past 100 Million by End of July

‘Dunkirk’ Helps Push U.K. Cinema Admissions Past 100 Million by End of July
Christopher Nolan’s depiction of the events at “Dunkirk” has helped rescue the U.K. box office in 2017 after a mid-year slump. A strong July performance, boosted by “Dunkirk’s” July 21 opening, has taken British cinema admissions for the year to more than 100 million – the first time since 2010 that that number has been exceeded after the first seven months of the year.

Overall U.K. cinema admissions reached 102 million by the end of July, a 6.6% rise compared to the same period in 2016 and the best performance since 2009, when 103.5 million ticket were sold in the same period.

At the end of July, “Dunkirk” had already earned £28.4 million ($37 million) at the U.K. box office, ranking eighth among all titles for the year despite only being on release for 11 days, according to comScore. Admissions for individual titles are not available in the U.K.

Nolan’s spectacular war film has since gone on to surpass “Despicable Me 3,” July
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BFI launches £20m plan to tackle UK skills shortage

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BFI launches £20m plan to tackle UK skills shortage
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 BFI will invest £20m of lottery funding over five years into the scheme. It is anticipated this investment will leverage match funding from the industry’s own Skills Investment Fund to fund the action plan.

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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.

Continue reading...
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Tallinn: Digital Single Market is "right on track"

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The second half of the Eff explored the progress of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.

Speaking during the second half of the European Film Forum in Tallinn on Monday (Nov 21), Jorgen Gren, advisor to Andrus Ansip, European Commission (EC) Vice President for the Digital Single Market, said the strategy was “right on track.”

Gren sketched out the current state of play for the Dsm following the previous unveiling of proposals for portability and a package of measures for copyright, including increasing cross-border access to content, stepping up the reduction of piracy, and developing tools for producers to conduct negotiations with platforms.

¨The Vice President [Andrus Ansip] is somebody who likes to go according to plan. The only thing not out yet is the one on data, and that will come out at the beginning of January,¨ Gren explained.

He also pointed out that negotiations on these proposals will now be proceeding with the institutional partners of the
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The Revival of the Cinema Experience

It wasn’t long ago that the future of cinema seemed to be not so much in doubt but verging on the downright bleak.

After all, renting movies on DVD was cheaper and easier – and that was before the emergence of streaming and downloading films via the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime; even faster, more convenient and certainly more affordable. With the latest films available and accessible to watch, within seconds, from home, why would anyone bother to hike to an out of town cinema and pay around £10 a ticket to watch the same movie in the company of a bunch of complete strangers?

For families in particular, it felt as if a trip to the cinema – once just a staple activity during a weekend afternoon, was being priced out of range bar all but special occasions. Yet far from being under threat, cinema has boomed. According to stats from the UK Cinema Association,
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Merlin Cinemas' Geoff Greaves to be feted at Screen Awards

Cinema owner will receive the Exhibition Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony.

Geoff Greaves, owner and operator of the UK’s Merlin Cinemas chain, will be presented with the honorary Exhibition Achievement Award, sponsored by the UK Cinema Association, at this year’s Screen Awards.

Starting his career at ABC Cinemas and Cinema International Corporation, Greaves began his own business in 1990, renovating the Savoy Cinemas in Penzance. Today, Merlin Cinemas operates 42 screens across 14 sites across the UK.

He will be presented with the honour at this year’s ceremony on October 20 at The Brewery in London.

Commenting on the announcement, Greaves said: “I am honoured to accept this award, not just for myself, but at least as much for the people who have surrounded me and shared my vision as I have looked to build Merlin Cinemas since its inception.”

The Ukca’s Phil Clapp added: “I am delighted that we are making this Award to Geoff
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Nfts sets former Curzon exec to lead Ma programme

Nfts sets former Curzon exec to lead Ma programme
Distribution exec will lead the inaugural programme, commencing in January 2017; Noel Clarke to host first BAFTA Open Day.

The National Film and Television School has appointed Deborah Rowland to lead its inaugural Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition Ma, which is supported by the UK Cinema Association.

Previously, Rowland has held marketing and distribution positions at Koch Media, Artificial Eye, Curzon Cinemas, Icon, Contender Entertainment (now eOne), Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Medusa Pictures and The Pearson Group.

She commented: “It is a privilege to run the new Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition Ma at the Nfts, which has an incredible reputation for building careers and industry pioneers.”

The course is focused on teaching students how to pre-sell, market, distribute, retail and exhibit films, television shows and games in the digital age.

The UK Cinema Association will award two scholarships to students on the Ma programme to support them through their two-year courses.

Phil Clapp, UK Cinema
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MPAA boss rails against Digital Single Market plans

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Motion Picture Association of America chairman-chief excecutive Christopher Dodd confirms opposition to Digital Single Market proposals in CineEurope keynote address.

At the opening ceremony of the CineEurope exhibition conference in Barcelona, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) chairman-chief excecutive Christopher Dodd delivered his strongest battle cry yet against EU proposals for a digital single market.

Backing up comments he made in Berlin in February, the former Us senator declared that “this issue is critically important to the survival of this industry. While the proposals for the digital single market are laudable, offering greater choice for European consumers and strengthening cultural diversity, in reality these ideas could very well do the exact opposite of what they claim to be their goals, causing great harm to Europe’s film industry”.

“This is not mere rhetoric,” he added. “These concerns are very, very real.”

As the organisation representing the six Hollywood studios, the MPAA’s stance has been a welcome
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Nfts gets UK Cinema Association backing

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Sponsorship deal includes support for new Ma.

The National Film and Television School has tied up a sponsorship deal with trade body the UK Cinema Association, with the latter now on board to support initiatives including a new two-year marketing, distribution, sales and exhibition Ma, which is due to start next year.

The Association has become an Nfts ‘key partner sponsor’ and will work with the school to promote understanding of the exhibition sector among students.

The deal will be supported by a fundraising preview of a major new title, which will be announced in due course.

UK Cinema Association chief executive Phil Clapp said: “On behalf of UK cinema operators, I am delighted that the Association has become a key sponsor of the National Film and Television School. For over forty years and more, films involving graduates from the Nfts have entertained many millions of UK cinema-goers.

It is therefore only right that the sector gives something
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Fact faces uncertain future following Mpa funding pull

Fact faces uncertain future following Mpa funding pull
Anti-piracy body is set to lose 50% of its funding within six months.

The UK’s leading trade body working to combat piracy – the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) – faces an uncertain future following the decision of one of its largest members to withdraw its support.

The Motion Picture Association (Mpa), which represents the international interests of the six major Hollywood studios, recently informed Fact that it will not be renewing its membership in six months’ time, bringing to an end a 30-year relationship between the two bodies.

The Mpa’s contribution to Fact represents 50% of the organisation’s total budget, with the remaining 50% made up from members including the UK Cinema Association, the Film Distributors’ Association and broadcasters such as ITV.

Speaking to Screen, Stan McCoy, the Mpa’s president and managing director for Emea, explained that it had withdrawn its funding from Fact as part of a wider strategy to focus its operations in regional hubs rather
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Picturehouse exec Clare Binns calls for diversity shake-up

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Picturehouse exec Clare Binns calls for diversity shake-up
This year’s Screen Awards Exhibition Achievement Award winner also called for more women in top jobs.

Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisitions for Picturehouse Cinemas and Picturehouse Entertainment, issued a rallying cry for greater diversity and gender equality in the film industry at the Screen Awards last night.

“We live in a country where the audience is diverse and we don’t properly reflect that, either behind the camera, in distribution or exhibition,” she said to applause from the guests at the awards in London.

“This needs to change not by saying the words but by doing the deeds.”

Women in top jobs

Binns, who started out as an usher and projectionist at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema and is now one of the most influential and respected figures in the UK film industry, continued: “We also, of course, need a lot more women in top jobs.

“It’s pretty criminal that after 40 years it’s still
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Clare Binns to receive exhibition honour at Screen Awards

The Screen Awards set to take place in London next month.

Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisitions at Picturehouse Cinemas and Picturehouse Entertainment, is to receive the Exhibition Achievement Award - sponsored by the UK Cinema Association - at this year’s Screen Awards on Oct 22.

Binns has more than 40 years experience in the industry. She joined Picturehouse Cinemas in 2003 and is now responsible for programming five of Picturehouse’s London venues, including new, flagship location, Picturehouse Central.

Responding to today’s announcement, Binns said: “I am honoured and delighted to be rewarded for doing something I love and to be recognised by my peers. I am still energised every day by film and trying to bring the best of World Cinema to local audiences.

“It is an honour to play some small part in this vibrant industry, and to receive this award feels like a confirmation that it is indeed possible to balance film culture
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EC's "ill-conceived idea" under fire from exhibitors

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The European Commission has come under fire from exhibitor associations for the introduction of a new bonus payment scheme in the Europa Cinemas network’s deadlines to promote partnerships between exhibitors and online distribution platforms.

The conditions for this bonus include the prerequisite that a non-national European production is released on at least two platforms, including in the cinemas, and that this release is simultaneous or staggered (with a maximum interval of two weeks).

According to the guidelines, “for exhibitors who meet the above conditions and show a film for two consecutive weeks, each screening will count twice for calculating the cinema’s percentage of non-national European screenings and the corresponding support.”

The Europa Cinemas’ main support for the members of its network is awarded in increments ranging from €15,000 for one screen to €45,000 for 15 screens or more, with 80% of that support being granted for a programme of predominantly non-national European films.

In addition
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Orange Wednesdays to relaunch as Meerkat Movies, new offer to run Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April

After Orange Wednesdays with Ee and Orange ended last month, many cinemagoers were left with the reality that their trips to the movies may well decrease in 2015. But today, cinema patrons can rest a little easier after a new offer has been announced in its place.

ComparetheMarket.com has agreed a deal for Meerkat Movies, the new name for the 2-for-1 offer. Since 2003, Orange has offered ticket deals for Wednesdays, but under the new deal Tuesdays will be added, so fans can enjoy two days a week of essentially half-price tickets.

The new deal, which runs for a year, will see Compare The Market, famed for its advertisements with a family of meerkats team up with Cinema First to bring the deal to cinema chains, and will be available through a code on the new Meerkat Movies app for all Compare the Market customers. The deal will also be available
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