Cinema Opera Lyon. Photo by Sylvain Gllm on Unsplash

French distributors juggle schedules with fears cinemas might not fully open until July

Hopes of an early spring reopening for cinemas in France have been dashed by a Covid-19 surge over the last two weeks that has led to new restrictions in 19 regional departments, including Paris and the Ile-de-France, until mid-April.  “We’re now in a situation in which infections are very high but the expectation is that a month from now, things will be clearer at which point the government will be able to announce a calendar,” says Marc-Olivier Sebbag, managing director of the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF). Alexis Mas…

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Curzon Cinema foyer from outside

Curzon calls for UK government funding to support all UK cinemas

Philip Knatchbull, CEO of UK exhibitor, distributor and streaming platform Curzon, has called for state support during the pandemic as UK cinema exhibitors also issue an impassioned call for further government funding to keep the sector alive. “We feel that we have fallen between every stool that there is,” Knatchbull told Screen,“We don’t qualify for the BFI’s Cultural Recovery Fund because we are not considered as an independent cinema. We don’t qualify for the [government’s] business interruption loan because of the structure of the business. We don’t qualify any more…

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Future of MENA cinema market panel 2019

Dubai: META Cinema Forum to cover Africa for first hybrid event

META Cinema Forum, the biggest cinema conference in the Middle East and Africa, is to go ahead as a hybrid event for its third edition from October 27-28. The event, previously known as the MENA Cinema Forum, has also been retitled to reflect its coverage of the entire African continent following a pact with the Pan African Film Consortium (it previously only covered North Africa). The two-day conference will maintain a physical presence at Dubai’s VOX Cinemas, where exhibition executives from the region will deliver presentations and participate in panel…

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