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Emerging Cinema Markets Conference

November 20th-22nd 2018

Emerging Cinema Markets Conference focussed on Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans and Africa and included key speakers and presenters who outlined the opportunities and issues for the industry.

DCS Events in association with The Big Picture hosted an Emerging Cinema Markets Conference on Tuesday 20th November – Thursday 22nd November at the five-star luxury Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul.

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.

A Look Back at ECM 2018

Welcome to the first episode of the DCS Events podcast, sponsored by Cineplace! Host Helen Budge sits down with co-founder and partner of DCS Events, Rob Arthur to look back at the Emerging Cinema Markets (ECM) 2018, in November of last year. They discuss what the DCS Events team learned from their initial event, plus a look at what ECM 2019 will bring. Podcast intro music provided by Accelerated Ideas.

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About The Event

Cinema going today is a global and dynamic phenomenon, with growing annual box office returns of $40.0 billion increasingly evenly spread across the world.

With the rapid development of the industry in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the cinema operators involved recognise the extent to which the business opportunities and policy challenges they face – such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution – are shared by counterparts across territories.

The Emerging Markets in the Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans are at an early stage in the growth and development of their cinema markets, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry.

650 million people live in the target markets but there are only 170 million recorded cinema ticket sales officially recorded. GDP in the area is $5,200bn with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE and Egypt being the biggest markets.

The conference aim was to deliver an informative and engaging programme of events for the emerging cinema markets in the Central Asia, MENA and Balkan regions, where information sharing, building knowledge and networking are the priorities. It was a high-profile event generating invaluable networking contacts.

This was an opportunity to establish Istanbul and Turkey as the base where emerging cinema and film markets meet and develop

DCS Events have the expertise and the know-how in the development of conferences & events and in supporting emerging markets within the cinema industry. The Big Picture are specialist consultants to this sector and have expert knowledge the cinema business in the MENA areas. Together these companies will bring you a conference of the highest level.

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Istanbul Information

Istanbul is a vibrant multi-cultural city on the cusp of Europe and Asia.

  • Language: Turkish

  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)

  • Electricity: AC 220V / 50 cycles

  • Climate: Moderate with hot summers, averaging 27 ˚C

  • Visas: Visa required for certain EU and US nationals. Check with your nearest Turkish Embassy prior to departure

  • Hotels – all major international hotel brands operate in Istanbul including Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Hyatt.

Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey: Apply for Visa