Leading cinema software company Arts
Alliance Media (AAM) and the prestigious San Sebastian International Film
Festival (SSIFF) have renewed their partnership for a second year, with AAM
providing cinema software to manage all content and scheduling of screenings
during the festival.
The partnership involves AAM’s Screenwriter Theatre Management
System (TMS) being installed at each of the six different venues across the
city that are used for the festival so that cinema managers can view and manage
all content on their screens, see warnings of any errors that might threaten
shows, and benefit from time-saving automation. Screenwriter is also designed
to be equipment agnostic and work across different types of equipment, so no
matter which projectors and servers the sites use, they can be reassured of a
At the festival head office, enterprise content management system
Producer is being used to connect each individual site and give a bird’s eye
view of everything happening on each screen, in real time, across the festival.
Screenwriter and Producer are specifically built to handle large
numbers of titles over multiple screens with ease, and SSIFF, with around 200
titles and over 250 prints played over 10 days, is a great showcase for the software’s
key features. Festival organisers can view all content across all sites from
one central point with Producer, as well as being able to access and control
any screen directly. Last minute content and schedule changes can be easily
managed with simple drag and drop, with automatic content transfer to ensure
the right content is on the right server when it is needed.
KDM management for festivals can be a time-consuming test of
logistics, but with Screenwriter venue and festival managers can see in advance
any shows which may have KDM problems, while there is plenty of time to fix the
issue. KDM delivery is also made simple, with the ability to upload KDMs
centrally and have them automatically sent to the right screens.
Eric Stevens, Commercial Director of Arts Alliance Media added “It’s
an honour for us to be asked to partner with San Sebastian once again, and it’s
a real testament to how useful the festival found the software last year that
they now see Screenwriter and Producer as an integral part of ensuring a great
experience for festival-goers.”
AAM software has also been used to power other film festivals
including Toronto, Moscow, Filmfest Munich and Leipzig’s Filmkunstmesse.