A brand new “Canadian Indie Film Series” is being launched in 2015 helmed by Canadian cinema event distributor Mei Group and Canadian Indie distributor A71 Entertainment.
The team has secured a commitment from Landmark Cinemas Canada - 17 screens across the country to host "Canadian Indie Night" the first Wednesday of every month beginning in March 2015. The series will also utilize Mei's growing Canadian Alternative Cinema Network of theaters for event and limited run showings.
“The goal of the series is to provide audiences and film fans with wider access to the growing number of internationally recognized indie films that are being produced in this country," says Chad Maker
, President of A71 Entertainment. "There's a new breed of extremely talented storytellers emerging in Canada and this series has the ability to celebrate and promote them to audiences across the country..”
"We are extremely delighted to bring Canadian films to audiences through Landmark and our growing list of alternative cinemas," adds Thomas Miller
, President of Mei. "We have had great success with our opera, ballet, Shakespeare, art and concert series, and are excited to now include Canadian feature films to the Mei stream of content."
"It's Landmark's 50th year as an exhibitor in Canada and we have a number of exciting things planned for this year, so adding the “Indie Film Series” to our anniversary celebration is a great fit. As supporters of Canadian Film, and independent film, we think this is a very exciting venture," said Kevin Norman
, Vice-President, Filmed Entertainment Landmark Cinemas Canada.
The series will launch with a web portal in January geared towards film-goers and indie theater owners, as well as in-theater promotion and trailers highlighting the upcoming titles for 2015. A71 and Mei are currently in discussion with several Canadian independent distributors and producers to secure additional titles for the series.
About Media Events International (Mei Group):
Mei Group is a Canadian distribution company dedicated to bringing unique alternative programming to its network of over 40 independent cinemas, performing arts centers, and colleges and universities as well as over 30 Landmark Cinemas Canada across the country. Mei specializes in all the major categories of the performing arts – including opera, ballet, theater, art, concerts and now Canadian feature films.
About A71 Entertainment Inc.:
A71 Entertainment Inc. is a new distributor on the Canadian feature film landscape. The company, founded by Chad Maker
, David Miller
and Kirk Comrie
in 2013, is focused on bringing high-quality festival films to theaters. Its fourth release, "It Was You Charlie
," launched in August of this year. A71 has also released "Blackbird
,""The Husband" and "Algonquin." Upcoming releases include the award-winning "Siddarth" and the recent Tiff Top Ten selection "In Her Place"
.About Landmark Cinemas Canada:
Landmark Cinemas Canada is the second largest motion picture theater exhibition company in Canada, and 10th largest in North America. Landmark Cinemas Canada owns and operates 48 theaters with 331 screens, including five IMAX®, four 'Extra' and the new extra large 'Xtreme' screen theater, featuring the first installation in Canada of Barco's Auro 11.1 3D immersive sound. Landmark Cinemas provides state of the art digital movie going experiences, including the best box office hits and alternative content. Located now throughout Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon Territory, we are proud of our ability to be engaged in our communities at the local level.