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Mubi’s Expanding Film Business
mubi logo How has Mubi’s SVOD platform developed in recent years, and how do they differentiate themselves from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and locally-oriented specialist platforms? Roderik Smits discusses Mubi’s business model and explains why they are now trying to break in to the distribution business. Promoting film culture Mubi started in 2007 as an information-sharing platform which introduced quality auteur films to an online audience of cinephiles.
Women’s Films Held Back in Europe by Lower Production and Distribution Support
FEMALE-DIRECTORS-large640 On International Women’s Day, Huw D Jones looks at the data for films directed by women in Europe and argues limited access to production funding and distribution support is holding back the market for female directed European films. Less than one in five (17%) films produced in Europe are solely directed by women (fig.1), according to data taken from the European Audiovisual Observatory’s LUMIERE Pro World database and analysed ...
Why Brexit is bad news for British film exports
The King's Speech German The UK is likely to lose millions in funding from the EU’s MEDIA programme because of Brexit. Huw D Jones examines what this means for British film exports. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) in last June’s referendum has provoked a particularly strong outcry amongst UK film professionals. A survey run by industry analyst Stephen Follows, for example, found that 82% were against Brexit, while only 5% were in ...
Conference report: UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing?
IMG_2083 Nathan Townsend reports from the UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing? event, organised by MeCETES and Creative Europe Desk UK at the Regent Street Cinema, London, 13 June 2016. Few conferences have such an unambiguous title, and the programme succeeded in exploring what it says on the tin, albeit with a more diverse range of European input than the headline suggested.
Roderik Smits moderates panel on sales and distribution
Roderik Smits in conversation with sales agents and distributors at the MeCETES industry event at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen on 9 September 2015. On behalf of the MeCETES York team, Roderik Smits will debate the changing nature of the film distribution business at the Film Expo South industry event in Southampton on 4 February 2016. Roderik Smits in conversation with sales agents and distributors at the MeCETES industry event at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen on 9 September 2015. Roderik will be accompanied by Michael Ryan (GFM Films), Mark Vennis (MovieHouse Pictures) and Steve ...
A New European Film and Television Culture Conference: September 9, 2015
Eurofilm Wednesday 9 September, 2015 09.00-17.30, Danish Film Institute (Bio Carl and Restaurant SULT), Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K. Summary: What are the contours of the new European film and television culture evolving through regional collaboration, EU support mechanisms and policies for a greater European market, globalization and the digital revolution? What are the main trends for production and creative, transnational cooperation, and how are the prospects of changing the fragmented European landscape ...
Huw Jones Speaks at Subtitling Event
why-you-shouldnt-avoid-subtitled-movies-header Huw Jones gave a paper on ‘The Market for Foreign Language Films in the UK’ at the Migrating Texts colloquia, Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, London, on Friday 31 October, 2014. He was speaking as part of a session on role of subtitles in fostering intercultural awareness and promoting the learning of modern foreign languages in the UK. Huw explained in his paper, available here, ...
Netflix is Changing the Way Films Are Financed
netflix-dash With the advance of Video-on-Demand (VoD) platforms like Netflix transforming the way media content is distributed and consumed, film business consultant Michael Franklin considers the implications for film financing. Independent film financing relies upon the evaluation of future revenues in order to guide investment and pre-sales. Yet the revenue streams upon which such calculations are made are in a state of flux as traditional release windows (e.g.
How Dutch distributors select films within a global market
Roderik 2 PhD research student Roderik Smits was shortlisted earlier this year for the inaugural Dr Joachim Ph. Wolff Thesis Prize, an award given by the Dutch Film Research Foundation for research that benefits the Dutch film industry.
MeCETES PhD Student shortlisted for Dutch film industry prize
Roderik presenting his research PhD student Roderik Smits was shortlisted for the inaugural Dr Joachim Ph. Wolff Thesis Prize at a special Dutch film industry event earlier this month. The prize, awarded by the Dutch Film Research Foundation (Stichting Filonderzoek) in partnership with the Dutch Association of Cinema Operators (NVB) and the Dutch Association of Film Distributors (NVF), recognizes postgraduate research that benefits ...
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