European Film Promotion cultivates talent

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Hamburg, Germany-based support agency European Film Promotion has updated the brand and created a new slogan: “EUROPE! Films. Talent. Spirit.” The updated look and language, as well as the resulting good vibes, will be presented for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“More than ever, we want to emphasize the importance of the European idea and celebrate the very diverse energy of the national film cultures represented in a common spirit by our 38 member organizations.” EFP’s recently appointed managing director, Sonja Heinen, also noted how the design unites all projects of the organization under one label “to distinguish them at first glance at festivals and film markets worldwide.”

It makes good sense to launch the label in Toronto, where EFP has once again opened an European Umbrella for 13 of its members (AFC, Austrian Films; Croatian Audiovisual Centre; Czech Film Center; EYE International, The Netherlands; Film Center Serbia; Film Fund Luxembourg; Flanders Image and Wallonie Bruxelles Images, Belgium: Greek Film Centre; ICA-Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, Portugal; Irish Film Board: Lithuanian Film Centre; and Polish Film Institute). A total of 23 European countries are present at the TIFF Industry Centre, including a further 11 EFP members with booths of their own. Together, these member companies and organizations support no less than 160 European films and co-productions presented across various sections of the festival.

Also of note, several festival sections host five films by former participants in the EFP “Producer on the Move” (POM) program on their schedule.

51 Titles Compete for European Film Awards

For the 30thAnniversary edition of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy (EFA) also created a new logo, as well as deeming 51 films from 31 countries eligible to compete in 2017. “The list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema,” organizers noted. You can see them here, including several films submitted by their home countries to the 2018 Academy Awards.

Some of the bigger and/or internationally better-known titles are A Monster Calls (Spain; director: J.A. Bayona), Frantz (France/Germany; François Ozon), Happy End (France/Germany/Austria; Michael Haneke), Lady Macbeth (United Kingdom; William Oldroyd); Return to Montauk (Germany/France/Ireland; Volker Schlöndorff); The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Ireland/U.K.; Yorgos Lanthimos), The Square (Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark; Ruben Östlund), and Tom of Finland (Finland/Germany/Sweden/Denmark; Dome Karukoski).

In the 20 countries with the most Academy members, one national film was voted directly into the selection. To complete the list, a committee including the EFA board and “invited experts” from six countries chose additional films. In the coming weeks, over 3,000 EFA members will vote in nominations for the categories of European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. A seven-member jury decides on awards for European Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Hair and Make-up Artist, Composer and Sound Designer. These winners and all other nominations are announced during the Seville European Film Festival in Spain on Nov. 4. Scheduled for Dec. 9 in Berlin, Germany, the EFA Awards will return to where it all began.

Reviving the Aurora in Rostrevor

Cinema Aurora in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, may have closed after four decades of surviving what the Belfast Telegraph deemed “some of the toughest times for picture houses,” but for the countrywide Cinema Day on Bank Holiday Monday (August 28), Aurora’s spirits were revived with a presentation of John Wayne as The Quiet Man. Now based in the village Parish Meeting Rooms, the special showing at Rostrevor Aurora Community Cinema was part of the annual and countrywide celebration of cinemagoing.

Supported by the British Film Institute Audience Network, Film Hub NI presented additional films and events in 21 venues overall, including the Picture House in Ballyclare. For a tour inside and out, click here.

“Film Hub NI exists to grow audiences for film across Northern Ireland,” the organization notes. “Watching a film in a crowd is always a memorable experience. Whether you’re a film buff, love nostalgia, want to support your local cinema or just ready to try something different, we’ve got it covered with a wide range of community film screenings.”

Alcons Achieves Gold Standard with RSB

RSB Cinemas recently opened four luxury auditoriums that are ever so aptly named, Cinema Gold, in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Featuring large, comfortable seats and tables with seat-side call-button service, the quality of sight and sound is equally golden.

Tom Back of Dutch audio pioneer Alcons calls the quality “spectacular,” in fact, “thanks to Alcons pro-ribbon 7.1-channel surround sound systems and Barco flagship laser projectors.” Adds RSB Cinemas senior marketing manager Joop Hamers: “We are all about giving our guests a quality experience with the personal touch. It was very important for us to offer an identical quality experience in each room. Guests just want to see their chosen movie. They don’t want to have to think about whether it will sound better in one room or another.”

To further that need, Alcons C-series pro-ribbon systems offer scalable solutions. Three Cinema Gold auditoriums feature three CR3 systems each, including CB181 shallow subwoofers and up to 24 CCS8 two-way full-range units for main floor and balcony surrounds. The smaller room, also with main level and the balcony club, features three CR2 units, two CB181 subs and 20 CCS8s surrounds. All systems are powered by Sentinel3 four-channel amplified loudspeaker controllers, Alcons notes.

When Roma Bioscoop opened in mid-2016, RSB Cinemas’ triplex in Wijchen laid the groundwork for Cinema Gold. “We decided to use Alcons after doing listening tests at a cinema with a different audio setup in each of its screening rooms,” Joop explains. “We experienced that difference ourselves at Hilversum, which convinced us that Alcons was the ideal system for our new, high-quality venues.”

High quality means high attendance. Within two weeks of opening, Cinema Gold welcomed its 10,000th guest for a total of over 30,000 moviegoers in less than three months.