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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Covid-19 sees rise of smaller streaming services in UK

The UK release of independent, arthouse and foreign language films has been thrown into disarray following the closure of every cinema in the country as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. But streaming services such as Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and Mubi are throwing a lifeline to these titles and offering audiences the opportunity to support cinema at a time when it needs it most. Even 10 years ago, this would not have been possible as widespread take-up of SVOD services had yet to occur and some of these…

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Cannes Film Festival ‘confident’ in the face of coronavirus

The Cannes Film Festival and its Marché du Film have both said they are pushing on with preparations for their 2020 editions, due to take place May 12-23, in response to growing speculation that they could be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.  “We’re working on the Official Selection. Films are arriving as normal,” a festival spokesperson told Screen.  She added the annual press conference announcing the Official Selection was still scheduled to take place as normal on April 16 in central Paris. Speculation that the Cannes Film Festival might not…

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