The 10-day “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” starting Friday on YouTube, will feature new and classic movies, talks with directors, and music and comedy curated by 21 festivals including those in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and New York. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of multiple cultural events where independent movies are first launched.
At a time when Hollywood studios have delayed, amended, or scrapped plans to debut major movies, IFC Films has decided to keep release dates and continue rolling out films as scheduled. It’s allowed the company to carve out a prime position at the few moviegoing venues — most of which are drive-in theaters — that have been able to safely remain open during the coronavirus outbreak.
Yetee Records has released more than 50 records and cassettes, including a seven-inch of music from Octodad sequel Dadliest Catch, a 12-inch of the score from 80s Konami arcade classic Gradius, and the soundtrack for TumbleSeed, a two-dimensional game in which a tottering seedling ascends a mountain pockmarked with holes and traps.
Musicians have explored different ways to use online games to interact with their fans, from playing them at FIFA (Boy Pablo) to having their own Fortnite island (Weezer). But the success of Scott’s Fortnite takeover stands as a stark reminder – especially for artists struggling to lure in 50 people to a live Instagram stream – of how difficult the crossover between gaming and music can be.
To ensure the Frankfurt community can still engage in business-to-business activity, the fair is developing several online programs. These, said Boos, include a one-day professional conference, as well as numerous seminars and activities. In addition, Boos said the fair will use IPR License, the online rights trading platform it acquired several years ago, to help facilitate rights activity.
Closely watched by the world publishing industry, the decision to move forward with the 72nd iteration of the world’s largest book trade show has become a symbol of the book business’ struggle during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. A topic of speculation for many weeks, the news that a major undertaking will be mounted stands as both a symbol of Germany’s commitment to its place in the international industry and, for many, a signal of light at the end of a terrible tunnel.
The company’s new streaming service, which will allow for three concurrent streams, is positing itself as a human-first platform — the opposite of Netflix’s strategy. As streaming becomes more of a centerpiece in people’s homes and more platforms find their way to people’s television sets, focusing on improving the actual curation system subscribers use is just as important as available content.
Russian film promotion body Roskino has unveiled the program for its digital Key Buyers Event, a virtual content market that will present over 300 projects from more than 120 leading Russian companies to international buyers. Buyers and producers from more than 40 countries are slated to take part, including RTL Group, AMC Networks, CGV Mars, Wild Bunch, Beta Film, and Chinese streaming service iQIYI.
The festival announced last month that it wouldn’t be able to go ahead due to the pandemic, marking its first cancellation in almost 70 years. The online Marché will instead fly the flag this summer. Registration for the event opened last week. It’s a comprehensive offering including online screenings, virtual pavilions and industry conferences. Confirmed keynotes so far include HBO Max and Quibi. Participants will also be able to connect via the market app Meet&Match.
As some states begin to partially reopen their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Screen Media’s Afghanistan war film The Outpost is planning a brief theatrical run on about 500 screens starting July 2. Fathom Events, owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark and Regal Cinemas, on Friday said that it would distribute the Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom film nationwide for a weeklong run in theaters.