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Sponsors



NEC Display Solutions’ Digital Cinema Projector Series offers the most comprehensive digital cinema solution on the market today. These 3D-capable models enable theaters to deliver stunning digital images regardless of screen size, while simplifying theater management and reducing costs. All of NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. NEC also offers full digital signage solutions, highlighted by its award-winning 32”-98” LCD displays, multimedia projectors and desktop monitors for lobbies, concessions and concourses.



GDC Technology Limited is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. In addition, GDC is the appointed worldwide certification services agent, with exclusivity in Asia to certify DTS:X immersive sound auditoriums for DTS, Inc. GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.



Unique X, Based in the UK, is a new brand for the future of digital cinema, providing intelligent autonomous solutions and content services.  Unique X operates in 65 countries globally. To date, more than 70 million GB of data have been transferred, and over 60 million advertising playlists have been delivered. Solutions include RosettaBridge TMS, RosettaNet Estate Management System, Movie Transit (DCP Content Delivery Network), Basekey (KDM management), RosettaPOS (Point of Sale), RosettaLive (Event Streaming) and our pre-show products of Advertising Accord, Ad Transit and Smart Trailering.



DCIP is the largest digital cinema integrator in the world and provides industry leading software and management solutions to exhibitors and distributors. 

Cinergy is an enterprise suite of tools that helps you track, monitor, and efficiently manage cinema operations in one centralized platform.




Dolby Laboratories develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.



Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments.



Cinionic is transforming cinema, providing comprehensive WOW entertainment solutions to movie exhibitors across the globe. We help turn imagination into reality and ensure peace of mind for our customers by offering innovative services and flexible use of capital for a new era. Combining the technology expertise and heritage of our partners, Cinionic powers exceptional experiences across the entire theater to engage visitors at multiple touchpoints in their cinema journey. 



Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is a global leader in digital cinema software and services,  offering cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.



Moving Image Technologies manufacturers and markets a full complement of cinema exhibition equipment and services to support the industry’s transition to digital cinema, including: custom engineering, systems design, integration, digital technology solutions for 3D, digital cinema, pre-feature on-screen advertising and components. Moving Image Technologies’ mission is to have the most talented, passionate people in cinema working to provide the best presentation tools for the cinema exhibition industry.



Bardan Cinema has been a leader in cinema equipment sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 40 years. With a well-established reputation and broad customer base that spans independent boutique theaters to large multiplexes, Bardan provides total solutions and services ranging from cinema design, equipment sales, installation, monitoring and VPF implementation. In collaboration with D-Cinema NOC, Bardan now offers comprehensive 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and remote support to exhibitors throughout the region.



Sony Digital Cinema 4K gives audiences an entertainment experience they’ll never forget in 2D or 3D. There’s a complete family of Sony 4K projection systems to suit every cinema operator, from small boutique screens to the largest multiplex. All our easy-to-use projectors deliver 4K resolution images that viewers love, bursting with rich colour and industry-leading 8000:1 average contrast ratio. Sony’s SRX-R500 series of projectors are also HDR-ready, meeting brightness and contrast requirements for screening the latest 4K movies mastered for High Dynamic Range presentation. Spectacular 4K images are matched by impressively low running costs. The long-lasting HPM multi-lamp array in all our SRX-R500 Series projectors is more energy efficient than traditional Xenon lamps, reducing routine maintenance and cutting the risk of revenue-threatening dark screens. A compelling choice for the big screens, our Premium Large Format (PLF) projection solution outshines costly first generation laser systems, with unrivalled 4K picture quality at light levels up to 60,000 lumens.

 





QSC Cinema is the global leader in signal processing, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for all cinema applications. Our “SystemSynergy” design approach ensures that the entire system, from source to sound, delivers an audio experience as intended by the filmmakers. Beyond cinema audio for the movies, QSC also provides complete audio systems with network control and monitoring for other areas in the cinema entertainment complex, such as lobbies, concession, food service, arcades, and bowling centers.



USHIO manufactures the highest-quality digital cinema projection bulbs available. USHIO xenon short-arc lamps boast a spectrum that is closer to natural sunlight than that of any other artificial light source. In addition to commercializing products for search and spot lights, which demand precise, powerful white beam lamps, USHIO became the first in the world to develop a xenon short-arc lamp exclusively for large scale, theater-use movie projectors.



CES+ is the premier partner in cinema solutions. For the past 35 years has been a pioneer delivering innovative first-in-market technology and will revolutionize the industry with his one-of-a-kind Cinema-as-a-Service solution offering to become the disruptive facilitator of the evolution of the modern movie theater operation. CES+ is headquartered in Miami, Florida, and serves clients globally.




Qube Cinema is committed to creating a seamless world of Digital Cinema with products that are innovative, powerful, reliable and cost-effective. Qube Cinema is a company with a passion for cinema and a thorough understanding of film, video, audio and computer technology along with vast experience in the production, post-production and exhibition industries - a unique combination of expertise that has helped in the development of the company's digital cinema technology.



Cielo is true proactive monitoring and support. Customers can access Cielo from any device connected to the internet, giving them the freedom to manage the customer experience outside the confines of their offices. Customers have circuit wide visibility into their theater operations so they are able to solve problems more efficiently.

Industry



For more than a century, the people of SMPTE (pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. 



The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants, and other industry stakeholders.
 




The International Cinema Technology Association is a global network of professionals in the motion picture industry. Members of the ICTA are those companies that manufacture, service and create the equipment that goes into movie theatres. Our members are on the cutting edge of new technologies and have been the driving force in digital, 3D, immersive sound systems, high frame rates and lasers. The ICTA promotes technological advancements in the motion picture industry through educational seminars and programs. The ICTA logo stands for excellence and professionalism and when on a member’s letterhead signifies that the company is reliable, competent and committed.



The EDCF is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that aims to act as a "Forum" to discuss key issues surrounding Digital Cinema in Europe. The purpose of EDCF is to provide a basis of common understanding across all European territories of the business and technical matters of digital cinema. 

Shows & Events



CineAsia 2018, held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on December 10-13, 2018.  Attendees will get the chance to hear about the current trends and new state-of-the-art technologies in the motion picture industry. Nowhere else in Asia can you accomplish as much in a short period of time to sustain, and help grow, your business in the year to come. Join your cinema exhibition, distribution, and motion picture industry colleagues to network; and see product presentations and screenings of major Hollywood films soon to be released in Asia. Attendees will also get the opportunity to visit the Trade Show where you will find the latest equipment, products, and technologies to help make your theatre a must-attend destination.





CinemaCon, held April 1-4 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is expected play host to more than 6,000 motion picture theater industry professionals. Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is truly a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.



Emerging Cinema Markets Conference, to be held November 20 -22, 2018 at the Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul. The Emerging Cinema Markets Conference will focus on Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans and Africa and will include key speakers and presenters to outline opportunities and issues for the industry. The Emerging Cinema Markets in Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East, Balkans and Africa are at an early stage in their growth and development, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry


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Dubai—Oct 16, 2018

Middle East Set to Add 500 Cinema Screens in 3-5 Years as Mena Cinema Forum Gears Up to Host 450 Delegates

Number of cinema screens in the Middle East set to jump 38.4 percent to 1,800 in the next 3-5 years, up from 1,300 currently
Photo Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director, Knauf, Middle East and India
  • Middle East region will see the addition of 500 new cinema screens in the next 5 years
  • The Middle East region currently hosts 1,300 cinema screens
  • The first-ever MENA Cinema Forum to be held at Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai – to be participated by 45 speakers and experts, 450 delegates and 90 sponsors 
The number of cinema screens is set to jump 38.4 percent to 1,800 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the next 3-5 years, up from 1,300 at present, according to a research by PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC), one of the world’s leading professional services firms and the Knowledge Partner of the MENA Cinema Forum.
 
“There are around 1,300 cinema screens in the MENA region and the number is growing,” said Dr. Martin Berlin, Partner and Global Deals Real Estate Leader at PWC. “We expect 500 new cinema screens to be set up in the MENA region and the majority will be in Saudi Arabia.
 
The number of cinema screens has crossed 150,000 globally, including about 50,000 in China and more than 45,000 in the United States – the world’s two biggest cinema markets. China is expected to have over 60,000 cinema screens by 2020, making it the world's largest film market, according to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT).
 
Although the number of cinema screens in the MENA region remains way too low, the growth potential, however, remains very high.
 
“The biggest opportunities will come from the opening of the Saudi market, followed by the opportunity from sophisticated pricing mechanisms where cinema operators offer price differentiations based on particular timings and days – to help increase box office revenues. Additionally, premium screening is another way of optimising revenues,” Dr. Martin Berlin said.
 
There are just 23 screens per million Chinese, compared to 125 per million in the U.S., according to IHS Markit, a London-based market researcher.
 
The PWC research, to be released at the inaugural two-day MENA Cinema Forum – the first ever business conference of its kind for the regional market will be held at the Grand Hyatt from October 28-29 – will offer a detailed research on the current situation and future growth potential of the cinema industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
 
The expansion of the region’s cinema screens and the industry’s evolution provides massive opportunities – many of which will be addressed at a MENA Cinema Forum.
 
More than 45 speakers will discuss cinema-related issues – challenges and opportunities – in front of an audience of 450 industry professionals, businessmen, over 90 sponsors and delegates from 45 countries across the world.
 
Leila Masinaei, Managing Director of GM Events, organiser of the MENA Cinema Forum, said, “The 38.4 percent additional cinema screens will help the entertainment market to grow faster as additional capacities will be high enough to meet the growing demand that is expected to come from Saudi Arabian market.
 
“The recent liberalisation and reform initiatives in Saudi Arabia have opened up a lot of opportunities for industry that will see the biggest boom in the entertainment and cinema industry. Saudi Arabia will soon emerge as the fastest growing market for entertainment.”
 
More than US$3.54 billion investment in cinema screens across the Gulf is expected to help the region’s cinema industry expand manifold following Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open up the sector 35 years after cinemas were banned in the Kingdom.
 
P.V. Sunil, Managing Director of Carnival Cinemas said, “Carnival is an emerging group and after attaining a significant screen-count in India, we have started our overseas business in Singapore (in 2016) and by the year end we will have over 100 screens in MENA region.”
 
He said, the aim is to provide entertainment for all globally. In India, Carnival Cinemas has a strong presence in Tier II and III cities along with metro and Tier I cities.
 
“We are planning to replicate the same model here as well by taking the world class cinema experience to all possible locations including smaller cities and even labor camps. Simultaneously there will be an organic development plan also and we have already selected few locations for that,” Sunil said.
 
“Our goal is to provide 360 degree entertainment solutions in the sphere of production, distribution and exhibition. Our content strategy will involve promoting Indian content as we have developed great partnerships with leading studios and production houses accompanied by Hollywood and regional GCC content. We are strengthening our businesses by delivering to audiences the industry's best cinematic experience.”   
 
Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, CEO of Novo Cinemas, said, “We currently have 118 screens across UAE and Bahrain in 11 locations with a total of 18208 seats. We will open a significant number in the coming three years across UAE, Bahrain and of course KSA.
 
“We are already committed to a number of exciting projects and looking at more growth opportunities in the coming 3-5 years as well.
 
“The Middle East cinema market is doing very well, resilient because of the price point, but still very affordable family entertainment even during tough times. However, it all comes down to content, if we have great content then customers will come to watch the movies.
 
“This is a great opportunity for all exhibitors, although to be sustainable we believe the current ticket pricing will need to come down, cinema needs to open for the majority not just a privileged few and therefore pricing needs to be affordable.”
 
Knauf Middle East, a major player in the supply of cinema systems, is optimistic about the growing prospects of its business in the GCC.
 
“We have been very active doing major projects in KSA for many years and are looking forward to bringing our expertise to KSA,” Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director, Knauf, Middle East and India, said.
 
“We have experience in installing over 200 cinema projects across the Middle East including UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. Knauf has a specialized technical team for the cinema segment to design and specify tailor made solutions. Our products and systems are fully tested and certified to the highest standards ASTM, DIN, ENBS
 
“Cinema projects are technically challenging therefore we ensure cinema projects are technically challenging therefore we offer full support from design stage, right through to completion.  Our dedicated team works with the necessary contractors and the consultants to ensure the acoustic performances are achieved.
 
“The correct detailing and installation of our systems is also paramount to ensure there will be no delays and loss to the developer,” he said.
 
Knauf has a manufacturing facility in the UAE to support and meet the demands of the GCC market. “Our strategically placed manufacturing plant and research and development in UAE makes us a logical choice for our KSA customers,” he said.
 
Eranna Yekbote, Chief Architect of Era Architects, who designed more than 1,200 cinema screens in the last 19 years, said, “Out of these, about 400 screens are in the MENA region and we have about 250 screens from 30 projects in pipeline on our drawing boards in office.
 
“MENA region has always been fast growing cinema industry with bigger scale of shopping malls with large cinema formats coming in and now with KSA opening its door for cinemas. It gives good business opportunity for all the people in this industry.”
 
Some of the key topics that will be tackled at the MENA Cinema Forum include the transition through digital disruption and the economic impact of the growing cinema industry as well as the effect of the Saudi Cinema market across the region.
 
MENA Cinema Forum, the only dedicated industry conference on cinema, will screen premiers for VIPs and delegates at exclusive screenings during the two-day conference that will also feature some of the biggest names in the global film industry.
 
The eventful conference will be full of activities including workshops, break-out meetings, site visits and major announcements.

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Photo Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director, Knauf, Middle East and India
Photo Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner – Great Minds Event Management
About MENA Cinema Forum: MENA Cinema Forum is the first and only regional business conference on the cinema industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that will focus on the growth opportunities of the region’s cinema industry.  As many as 45 specialists will address an audience of more than 450 delegates from 30 countries, backed by 60+ sponsors, will participate at the two-day MENA Cinema Forum to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel from October 28-29, 2018. The MENA Cinema Forum will bring together the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved within the cinema sector including but not limited to local and international governments, investment companies, mall owners, cinema operators and exhibitors, suppliers and industry leaders, to address the growing requirements of the cinema market within the region. MENA Cinema Forum Directory page

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