There is no other way to view this past week than as a mixed bag for the cinema industry. It began with the news that the first-ever National Cinema Day was a success in the United Kingdom, North America and Ireland. Admissions and box office were up significantly in each territory accounting for a total of 9.5 million tickets sold across all territories.
Yet before the high could wear off from that accomplishment came the news that Cineworld had officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US. Rather than provide our thoughts in the Marquee about what it will mean for the sector to have the world’s second largest movie theatre operator in financial distress, we’ll be providing details and analysis on the CJ website in the days to come.
Instead, with the Venice and Telluride film festivals having just wrapped, and with the Toronoto International Film Festival now underway, we thought it might be a better use of this space to highlight the many industry-related events that are happening between now and the end of the year. We do this at our own peril since there are so many events in various parts of the world that we are bound to overlook one.
In fact, rather than provide an entire run down of the multitude of fall film festivals which will be featuring awards contenders making their way into movie theatres, let’s just stick with the endless list of trade shows, conventions and conferences on the calendar. To be sure, if you can attend most of these, your frequent flier status will skyrocket.
First up is the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Fall Summit which takes place in Beverly Hills, California between 19-22 of September. Those in Europe have a choice over the same time frame; they can either head to Deauville, France for the 77th annual Le Congrès put on by the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français (FNCF) or to Leipzig, Germany for the 22nd Filmkunstmesse held by the AG Kino Gilde Deutscher Filmkunsttheater. Overlapping all of these events is Expocine in São Paulo, Brazil starting on 20 September and ending on the 23rd.
There is no rest for the weary because the following week everyone is headed to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Geneva Convention, being held the 27-29 September. Thankfully the Film Expo Group allowed a few weeks respite before we’re all headed out to Miami, Florida for ShowEast from 17-20 October. After a week in Miami, keep heading east to, well, the Middle East where the fifth edition of the META Cinema Forum will take place in the United Arab Emirates on 25 and 26 October. Stay on for the new META Film Festival taking place from 27-29 October.
The META Cinema Forum then heads to Accra, Ghana on 21 and 22 of November for its first conference in Africa. Finally, CineAsia will be taking place for the first time in four years on 5-8 December in Bangkok, Thailand. If that seems like too many events in such a short period of time, keep in mind that two years ago we were all attending these conferences from our couches thanks to the COVID pandemic. Thankfully, we seem to have moved past that period. Still, travel safe and stay healthy. Otherwise you won’t be able to attend the ICTA Los Angeles Seminar Series in January!
Of course, you won’t need to travel anywhere to attend the CJ Cinema Summit next week on 15 September with our guests from Warner Bros. Pictures and Gower Street Analytics.
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