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European Film Market reports a successful online edition

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A total of 504 exhibitors were represented at 264 virtual booths from 60 countries

The online edition of the Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM) came to a successful close. On five market days, up to 12,000 market participants from 131 countries took part daily in numerous activities at the EFM, one of the most important trade platforms for audiovisual content worldwide. The majority of participants was from Europe, followed by the USA, Canada, Russia, Japan, Brazil, China and South Korea.

“We’re pleased that the online version of the European Film Market was so well-received by the industry, and that the EFM concept for this special year was a success”, comments EFM director Dennis Ruh. “The strong interest in the online platform, the bustling activity of sales businesses, the high demand for the Online Market Screenings, and the extensive use of the conference programme and active networking formats show that the industry actively immersed itself in the market during the EFM week. It’s especially encouraging to see the number of completed films and films currently in production that were registered as sold during the market, and that we got such positive feedback on the quality of the films offered by international sales agents.”

A total of 504 exhibitors (2020: 564) were represented at 264 virtual booths from 60 countries. 215 of those businesses were first-time exhibitors at the EFM.

A total of 821 films (2020: 732) were shown in 1,452 Online Market Screenings, including 578 market premieres (2020: 525).

“EFM Industry Sessions”

The comprehensive “EFM Industry Sessions” conference programme – with around 90 talks, seminars, round tables, pitches, podcasts, presentations, keynotes, workshops, think tanks, masterclasses and showcases – was followed live by thousands of market visitors, and reached 130,000 views. Most of the “EFM Industry Sessions” are still available to Online Market Badge holders for viewing on demand until April 15.

The “EFM Industry Sessions” opening event kicked off the framework for this year’s conference programme, whose three main content focuses were “Digitising the Business”, “Social Sustainability” and “Diversity & Inclusion”. Over 80 international representatives from various areas of the industry participated in the three think tanks, where these themes were looked at in depth during the week of events.

The main results of this very active exchange were presented and discussed at the closing event on March 5, in order to share the important ideas with the whole industry, and are now available at www.efm-berlinale.de.

“EFM Goes Global”

The programme of global market screenings, “EFM Goes Global”, celebrated premieres in Tokyo, Melbourne, São Paulo and Mexico City. 19 films from the official Berlinale selection – including nine films from the Competition section, the heart of the festival – were shown in these four key film distribution territories. The screenings were only accessible to film distributors from the regions. Approximately 180 distributors in total took advantage of the opportunity.

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Campaign and showroom to highlight the best of Portugal’s decoration and lifestyle products

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The campaign will inform about the quality of Portuguese products via a 360º Virtual Showroom with a sample of the products

With a campaign to be launched simultaneously in SpainFrance, the United KingdomGermanythe United States and Canada,  a brand new international advertising campaign for the home and construction materials sectors will showcase the best of Portugal’s decoration and lifestyle products.

The aim of the digital “Made in Portugal naturally” campaign, an initiative by AICEP – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency – is to capture the interest of international customers, presenting innovation, anchored in quality and tradition, of Portuguese products and its differentiating value offer.

The campaign will inform about the quality of Portuguese products via a 360º Virtual Showroom with a sample of the products of the two sectors and promotional videos.

“The United Kingdom is one of Portugal’s main clients in these sectors, valuing such attributes as sustainability, creativity, tradition, functionality, authenticity and quality. Values that differentiate and promote the confidence of this market in Portuguese products, which are, naturally, ‘premium’ and customised, designed to satisfy demanding customers”, says AICEP chairman, Luís Castro Henriques.

The Home Cluster is marked by tradition in the art of craftsmanship, quality and customer focus. It incorporates the furniture, lighting, home textiles, houseware, decorative ceramics, cutlery, glass and crystal sectors and is recognised for its ability to innovate, create trends and, above all, for the confidence its heritage of craftsmanship inspires in the international market.

Portuguese Construction Materials is committed to innovation and technology, following new trends and providing a varied, high performing and sophisticated, including ornamental stones, ceramics, wood, cork, metals, cement, plaster, concrete and its related works, plastics, paints and glass.

To find out more about the campaign, visit: www.portugalnaturally.pt

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Live rolling news channel for global motorsport set to launch

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The world’s first live motorsport and automotive rolling news channel is set to be launched by Motorsport Network, the digital market leader in motorsport and automotive coverage with a 56 million-strong monthly audience.

Motorsport.tv Live will deliver breaking news as it happens from around the globe on the Network’s OTT platform Motorsport.tv. The service will be hosted from studios in London and Miami with bulletins on the hour and the half hour, framed by additional content in between. Similar to other popular live news channels, a constantly updating lower-third ticker will carry the latest headlines, breaking news and quotes from newsmakers.

As part of Motorsport Network’s global coverage of motorsport and automotive, the Live channel will cover news from around the world, focusing on major motorsport series and events such as Formula 1, Formula E, 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR and IndyCar. It will also put a spotlight on topics of interest from other categories.

Soft launching with pilot bulletins from the week of Monday March 29, following the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain, the Live channel will be rolled out over the following months. Live bulletins will begin in April and the full rolling Live news service will start from late summer.

As well as the live stream on the Motorsport.tv platform, the channel will utilise the embeddable Motorsport.tv player. Through this tool, clips and short videos from the Live service will be embedded into relevant posts on Motorsport Network’s class-leading websites Motorsport.comAutosport.comMotor1.com and Inside EVs and pushed to social channels.

The Motorsport.tv platform has seen significant growth over the last 12 months, becoming the online destination for motorsport and automotive fans. There has been a steady stream of leading brands and series launching official partner channels like Mercedes, NASCAR, Porsche, FIA World Rally Championship, Audi, Lamborghini, Jaguar Racing, BTCC, RCCO World eX and many more, all supported by content and distribution house Motorsport Studios. It is also able to leverage the class leading Motorsport Images library, the world’s largest motorsport image archive that has 26 million images including unbroken coverage of Formula 1’s 70 year history, with images of every Grand Prix.

Motorsport.tv Live will be fully integrated into the Motorsport Network digital ecosystem, which reaches 56 million monthly unique users. Direct-to-consumer content has grown rapidly in popularity, and Motorsport Network continues to listen to its audience and place itself at the heart of the audience’s needs.

There are plans to extend the coverage, giving live news coverage of sports, live race weekends and open up to personality-led news feature shows. Further developments into full 24 hour live coverage with hosting in Asia or Australia and additional language versions are also envisaged.

James Allen, President of Motorsport Network says:

“We always promise to move fast and be distinctive and this latest initiative from Motorsport Network takes our class leading digital coverage of motorsport and automotive to the next level. There are several pillars to the strategy for this: It provides a rolling live news service on a streaming platform that fans can easily access on any device for the latest news. Additionally, the regular output of relevant topical video clips from the service that we will take across to embed in our racing and automotive websites and social channels will also significantly increase the amount of short form video content we can provide users on those platforms.

“Interactivity with the audience, social media and social listening are all baked into the proposition from the start. I’ve worked in TV since the early 1990s and what we are able to do today in this space, with the remote operations technology and software that has been developed out of necessity during the pandemic, is amazing.”

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Film director Spike Lee reconfirmed as Cannes 2021 jury president

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The Cannes Festival will take place from July 6 to 17 in France | Photo credit: © V. Hache / AFP

Film director Spike Lee is set to preside over the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place from July 6 to 17th, becoming the first Black president of the festival’s jury.

Prevented last year due to the health crisis, the Festival de Cannes inaugurates this new decade with an outstanding President of the Jury, one of the greatest directors of his generation, as well as a screenwriter, actor, editor and producer. For 30 years, Spike Lee has been an astute chronicler of the questionings of his time, with a contemporary approach that is never without a dash of levity and entertainment.

“Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us. This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times”, says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival.

“His enthusiasm and passion for cinema has given us a huge boost of energy to prepare the great Festival that everybody has been awaiting for. The party will be great, we simply can’t wait! “says Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.

From July 6 to 17, 2021 on the Croisette, these 12 summer days will be a celebration of art and creativity, and full of long-awaited reunions. Preparations are in full swing with a large numbers of films being viewed by the selection committee.

The Official Selection and the composition of the Jury will be unveiled in early June and the Palme d’Or will be awarded to outstanding productions and professionals at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, July 17.

 

Photo credit: © V. Hache / AFP

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