Category Archives: Film and Media

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 12 Jun 2017

How we watch is changing

This isn’t necessarily to do with smartphone filmmaking, but smartphone film-watching. Even just  a decade ago, it was relatively rare- and quite expensive indeed- to buy a ‘smartphone’ that could access and play video through the internet. It was around ten years ago that the first iPhone was released, and although it was popular, it was simply one among many phones rather than the hegemonic beast it is today.

Today, though, the ease with which we can watch movies on smartphones is changing how we consume not just film, but all media. Whereas before, we might get our news at ten o’clock from the BBC or ITV, now we find things out on the go through news apps. Similarly, sites like Netflix have changed how we watch film: it’s completely ordinary to see people on the way to work watching films or TV through either Netflix, iTunes or Hulu.

This is partly down to the fact that Wi-Fi has become far more common on trains, buses and at cafés. It’s also because data plans are cheaper and data can be downloaded faster through a 4G mobile connection. Ten years ago, it was practically infeasible to watch films of real length on smartphones without constant buffering and poor quality, but today we can watch TV and film in high resolution wherever we go (except through train tunnels; they still haven’t figured that one out).

How we film is changing

It’s not just how we consume media that’s changed, it’s how we create media, film included. If you take a quick peek around YouTube, you might get an idea of the general quality of smartphone filmmaking: shaky and unstable, poor quality audio and strange aspect ratios abound. But here’s a few smartphone filmmaking tips that take into account the way that cinema is changing for the better:

  • Camera equipment for smartphones is making films shot on iPhones and Android actually look good. Tripods and stands, 35mm lenses and even editing software apps mean that you can shoot a professional film just with your phone. The first film shot on an iPhone, for instance, was called Night Fishing– a half an hour short shot through a 35mm lens. A more recent film called Tangerine used an anamorphic lens to achieve the wide-angle look of professional films, but was still captured with an iPhone 5.
  • You don’t have to stick to traditional filmmaking. A recent film, STARVECROW, was billed as the world’s first ‘selfie movie’. But it wasn’t just a gimmick; it was part of the story, which was supposed to highlight the topics of surveillance, self-surveillance, narcissism and voyeurism. It was tapered down from over 70 hours of semi-scripted and improvised footage into an 85 minute feature film, which is really worth a watch.

 

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 02 May 2017

What is cinema if not those moments of career defining brilliance delivered by actors at the top of their game, inspiring delight in audiences worldwide?  Well… its still cinema, but without the Icing, the Cherry, the Sparkle that keeps us coming back for more.

To celebrate some of the best cinematic lines in history, here are a few of our favourites – see if you and your students can match the quote to the character/actor who delivered the line with such aplomb.

Answers at the very bottom.



  1. “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”.
  2. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
  3. “We’ll always have Paris.”
  4. “Get busy living or get busy dying.”
  5. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
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  6. “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”
  7. “Try not. Do—or do not. There is no try.”
  8. “As my plastic surgeon always said, if you gotta go, go with a smile.”
  9. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”
  10. “I ate his liver with some favs beans and a nice chianti.”
  11. “I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really really ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out that that is.”
  12. “Well, what if there is no tomorrow?  There wasn’t one today.”
  13. “These go to 11.”
  14. “Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”
  15. “The Dude abides.”
  16. “All those moments will be lost int time, like tears.. in.. rain. Time to die.”

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a) Bill Murry as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day

b) Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

c) Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption

d) Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner

e) Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II

f) Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future

g) Chistopher Guest as Nigel Tufnell in This is Spinal Tap

h) Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander

i) Anthony Hopkins as Dr Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs

j) Frank Oz as Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

k) Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman

l) Kathleen Turner as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

m) Oliver Hardy as Ollie in Sons of the Desert

n) Jeff Bridges as the Dude in The Big Lebowski

o) Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca

p) Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Dr Strangelove

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answers

1f, 2b, 3o, 4c, 5e, 6l, 7j, 8k, 9p, 10i, 11h, 12a, 13g, 14m, 15n, 16d

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 02 May 2017

Film is a gruelling business that requires a lot of energy, passion and time, so it is only fair that you’re compensated for all you put into your job. It might not surprise you to learn that some are  rewarded more than others for the energy they put into their work. Here’s a look at the top five highest paying positions in the film industry.

1 – Producer

As the producer, it’s probable you’re behind the scenes for the entirety of a film’s production: helping finance the film, shoot it and ensure its distribution. Not only do producers know how to spot great talent, they also have the business savvy to ensure that everything runs smoothly, helping everyone on the production stay sane.

The average annual salary of a film producer clocks in at a whopping $109,000! That’s over $50 an hour and the average Los Angeles producer can even make $66 an hour! Of course, producers’ salaries rely on the film’s budget. So although Scott Rudin made $2.5 million on Fast & Furious 7, very few producers will receive that hefty a pay check.

2 – Director

If you’re interested in a career in film, directing has probably crossed your mind. Dictating the artistic vision of a film, the director is core to ensuring words in the script make it to the big screen. On average, directors earn about $106,000 a year thanks to the vision and creativity they bring to each project. Like producers, a director’s salary is dependant on the film’s production budget. Low-budget feature directors earn about $7,608 a week while big budget and blockbuster film directors can rake in over $12,000 dollars on a Friday! Christopher Nolan for example earned an incredible $20 million for directing Interstellar.

3 – Screenwriter

As crucial as a director is, a film is nothing without a script! Screenwriters are entrusted with being able to bring a story and characters to life, and, although many screenwriters don’t see the majority of their work produced, they are paid handsomely when their creativity is a success.

Screenwriters make an average of $78,860 a year, earning over $37 an hour. While some directors like Quentin Tarantino direct their own screenplays, many screenwriters put their scripts into the agile hands of other directors which can win them big bucks! Joe Eszterhas earned $3 million for penning Basic Instinct. A handsome reward, right?.

4 – Editor

Responsible for piecing together the final film, editors are crucial to making a film screen ready. We’ve discussed before how film editors aren’t always the most employed professionals in film, but when they are, they are paid handsomely for it.

Editors can make an average of $66,690 a year, with the top 10% of editors raking in over $100,000. Freelance editors can also make $61,270 a year while the bottom 10% of film editors make $26,350 a year. Still not too shoddy.

5 – Actor

Unquestionably the most public figure of a movie, actors not only help bring a director and screenwriter’s vision to life, but are largely responsible for how much box office business a film will attract. Actors however aren’t always paid the most, and it isn’t uncommon to hear of an actor doing a film ‘for love.’ It’s therefore difficult to come up with a precise salary range for actors, but we’ve done our best.

The average annual salary of a SAG accredited actor is $5,000, meaning they’re earning under London living wage. However, SAG has a whopping 100,000 members, so defining just how many of them are working consistently is difficult to ascertain. If a SAG actor is hired for a film, they are guaranteed to earn no less than $782 a day thanks to union legisation. Many actors earn less than that, but with experience, passion, and luck maybe you’ll be raking in the $75 million Robert Downey Jr. earned for Iron Man 3 (though I wouldn’t turn down Barkhad Abdi’s $65,000 Captain Philips pay check either.)

Filmmaking is an art, and although many get massive payouts for the work they do, most in the industry do it to pursue their creative dream. Although you may know of a handful of names, the stars are just the lucky 1% in a business supported by armies of artists trying to tell the world their story.

Source:

http://blog.mediasilo.com/the-5-highest-paying-jobs-in-film-production

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 18 Apr 2017

Most university students today have grown up in a multimedia society unparalleled in the past. Thanks to the internet and the tools it’s offered, both in terms of entertainment and education, the traditional styles of lecturing and educating students no longer offer the impact they once did. Students are easily distracted and distant in lessons, and pedagogy will have to evolve to create new frameworks in which students are able to connect with their lessons and subjects. Jessie Daniels at the City University of New York found the use of documentaries the perfect tool to boost her students’ engagement.

Documentary’s digital renaissance

Documentary filmmaking is going through it’s own renaissance.  The rise of digital filmmaking and crowdfunding aiding many documentarians’ productions. Because of the breadth of this genre, Daniels believes that documentaries are the perfect digital tool to incorporate into the classroom. In her lessons, Daniels has seen an increase in student engagement and critical thinking thanks to the introduction of a multimedia form they are familiar with.

The internet has provided a home for documentaries, whether through online subscription services like Netflix, via independent filmmakers on YouTube or through mainstream media sites like the BBC. The ease of access that is now available to documentaries only helps the genre envelop itself into popular culture and become a constant in the lives of many current and future students. For decades, scholars and educators have used popular culture to base a framework and present examples to their classes. Their students’ ready grasp of current events and the world around them helps cement concepts in which a larger academic sphere can be tethered. Documentaries are that next frontier.

Revolutionising the classroom

Daniels believes the best way to incorporate documentaries into a curriculum is by using them as a supplementary resource. By combining documentaries with academic studies and texts, Daniels is able to offer students a visual representation of the theoretical framework behind her lessons. By using worksheets and giving her students a basic and fundamental grasp of filmmaking and digital media, Daniels can have engaged class discussions in which the students, having not only read the same materials but also having seen the same experience on screen, are able to exchange an informed and free flow of ideas.

Daniels also uses worksheets to increase the student’s critical media skills, allowing them to conceptualise the entire process that would go into a documentary after viewing the final product. When used alongside traditional pedagogical venues, documentaries can only help to increase student engagement in the classroom.

With the breadth and variety of documentaries today, particularly in genre, it is fair to assume that every educator can find a documentary that will help engage their students and further develop their critical skills. By applying documentary films as a supplementary resource in the classroom, teachers and professors like Daniels inspire increased student engagement thanks to their dedication to connecting with and understanding their students’ educational needs.

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 18 Apr 2017

Short films are often undervalued and overlooked within the film industry. Sure, they can represent the first shaky steps of a filmmaker but they can also show the magnitude and versatility the medium has to offer. Short films can play a huge hand in launching careers, much like they launched film as a whole back when the Lumiere brothers screened their first creations.  Many of today’s most acclaimed directors first dug their nails into film through shorts and a few found those efforts lead directly to some hugely successful feature films.

1 – Whiplash 

Despite having worked in Hollywood before, in 2014 Damien Chazelle was relatively unknown. His film Whiplash turned out to be a critical and commercial success, winning three Academy Awards. Three years later, Chazelle has a Best Director Oscar under his belt for La La Land, the most nominated film in Golden Globes history.

Whiplash was the film that launched Chazelle on to everyone’s radar but the journey to making the film was rocky. Despite having connections in the industry, Chazelle found difficulty gaining the right financial support to produce his breakthrough film. It was then that Chazelle decided to take a scene from his screenplay and produce it, entering it into short film competitions and presenting it to producers for financial backing. The short ended up winning Sundance’s Jury Award for Best Short Film in 2013 and the rest is history.

2 – The Babadook (Monster)

Although Australian director Jennifer Kent had experience in the film industry, she normally found herself in front of the camera. After being particularly struck by Dancer in the Dark, Kent took a chance and wrote to Lars von Trier asking to shadow him during the production of Dogville. Her experience with von Trier inspired her to make her own short film, Monster: a black and white supernatural horror film that would later find wide critical acclaim as The Babadook.

Although not a direct adaptation, Monster served as the conceptual brainchild for Kent’s debut feature, helping raise $30,000 for additional sets on Kickstarter.

3 – Saw (Saw 0.5)

Whether a fan of the franchise or not, one can not deny that the Saw films revolutionised the horror genre. In an attempt to find producers, Australian director James Wan filmed a scene from what would be the first film showing the intricacies and depth behind the life-and-death game so central to the franchise’s narrative. Wan used the short, cleverly titled Saw 0.5, to pitch the films to Lionsgate. Almost a decade and a half later Wan’s short has spun into a seven-part film franchise with one of the most dedicated cult followings.

Although there are many short films that have either been adapted for a feature or given inspiration to a big screen film, the three listed here show the importance short films serve in the film industry. A beautiful tool for helping students grasp filmmaking’s basics, short films are also an incredible medium for inciting inspiration and passion into all filmmakers with eyes on bigger prizes.  

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 04 Apr 2017

Many view the film industry as a global marketplace with a plethora of opportunities for international films to cross borders and become successes. It may therefore come as a surprise to some that the majority of box office income for British* films is domestic**!

*this article will mainly cover UK films that are produced independently in Britain.
**UK territory is viewed as England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Where do British films earn money?

Based on a BFI analysis of ComScore data, it becomes clear that the majority of films with a budget under £5 million earned over half their global box office income from within the UK. One of the factors for why these films earn more money domestically than abroad could be because of their limited budget, allowing for lesser distribution worldwide. You may think that this is only a small percentage of UK-produced films but in reality, 95.8% of British films produced between 2008 and 2013 cost under £5 million, with a hefty 47% registering a budget under £150 thousand.

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How much global box office goes to UK films?

Independent UK films collected only 1.2% of the global box office in 2016, a significant drop when compared to a high of 3.2% in 2014. However, it is important to note that UK cinema is a tale of two worlds: those produced independently, and those which are studio-backed. Due to the recent boom of American/British co-productions, it isn’t surprising that a weighty 15.2% of global revenue goes to these films. Films like 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which grossed $812.5 million worldwide, are filmed in the UK (often with primarily British casts) but backed by large US studios and therefore have a wider reach in terms of box office success.

Which countries love British cinema?

While independent British films are highly successful in New Zealand, capturing almost 5% of the country’s box office income, they perform badly in certain Asian territories, particularly China, Japan and South Korea.

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Which British films export well?

With the conflicting statistics of British film’s success overseas, it’s easy to wonder which UK films do perform successfully overseas. In 2016, the best performing independent British films included The Danish Girl and Florence Foster Jenkins. Besides these films, which received critical and commercial acclaim both at home and abroad, is it possible to view a larger trend of British films that find commercial success outside the UK?

In 2012, David Steele published a paper entitled ‘International Territory Review’ which looked at the global market for UK films. Among his findings, Steele discovered a pattern and formula for UK films which achieve commercial success once exported:

  • Biopics of internationally recognised British figures (The King’s Speech, The Iron Lady)
  • Medium budget films with A-List stars (Nanny McPhee, Johnny English)
  • British films with a cultural or national connection to the country in question (Senna, Jean Charles)
  • British films with story content of universal appeal (Slumdog Millionaire, Life)

Source:

How important is the UK theatrical market to British films?

 

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 04 Apr 2017

Taking William Shakespeare’s works and putting them on film, whether adapting them faithfully or using his tropes as a general outline, has been a long staple of cinema. Whether retaining every word of Shakespeare’s original play like in Kenneth Brannagh’s Hamlet, or taking the playwrights tropes and archetypes for an animated classic like The Lion King, it’s undeniable that Shakespeare’s portfolio of work continues to inspire every day.

Arguably Shakespeare’s most popular play, Romeo and Juliet has found itself adapted for the screen countless times. First adapted in 1936 by George Cukor, Shakespeare’s classic romance has seen many lives, whether as Baz Luhrmann’s modern adaptation Romeo + Juliet (1996) that sets the tale in Miami’s Verona Beach while retaining the bard’s original language, or the more recent zombie rom-com Warm Bodies (2013).

Many directors choose to adapt Shakespeare’s plays and set them in the world of American high-schools. The Taming of the Shrew became the classic 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); Twelfth Night turned into She’s the Man (2006) and Othello was adapted as O (2001). The appeal of transposing the bard’s plays to a teenage setting is apparent as it allows a younger audience to relate to the characters as well as showing the universality and timelessness of Shakespeare’s plays. Besides creating an sympathetic atmosphere, the location of a high school makes sense for Shakespeare’s stuctured prose, as the school itself has its own defined social structures and norms. The heightened emotional teenaged landscape of also helps highlight many of Shakespeare’s recurring themes.

But what if Shakespeare were alive today? What kind of films would the bard write? The Big Short’s (2015) larger than life characters, constant breaking of the fourth wall and with themes of corruption, greed and temptation, it evokes many of the bard’s tropes and may remind viewers of some of Shakespeare’s best comedies. It goes to show that modern aspects of our socio-economic structure continue to draw parallels with Shakespeare’s reality four centuries ago. However, Shakespeare’s love of conflicted heroes may draw him to the modern-day superhero genre. Batman, the tortured-soul, often evokes Hamlet himself while franchises like The Avengers play on themes of good and evil, prominent in Shakespeare’s work.

But no conversation about Shakespearean tropes would be complete without the theme of doomed love. The bard would definitely find interest in films like Moulin Rouge and Brokeback Mountain. Similarly, he would inevitably be drawn to films and narratives that play on themes of corruption and domination like Whiplash as well as films that outlie and emphasise the hero’s personal flaws like in The Social Network.

With its ability to examine universal issues on a broad scale, it is fair to speculate that Shakespeare would find himself writing for the screen rather than the stage if he had been our contemporary. However, who knows what direction the arts would have headed if Shakespeare had not been around to create so many beloved archetypes and narrative formulas 400 years ago.

Sources:
https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/what-films-would-shakespeare-make

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 21 Mar 2017

Unless you habitually watch a film through the end of the credits, it can seem baffling just how many people work on a film at any given stage of production. Over the past two decades, 77% of films released in the United States only had one film editor. Despite offering an overall look at how many editors work on the film on average, this statistic fails to reveal editorship trends in recent years.

In the decade and a half between 1997 and 2011, between 81% and 75% of films credited one editor only. However, by 2016, the number of single editor films had dropped to 68%! So why is it exactly is causing films to increasingly bring on board multiple editors to get a film cinema-ready? In 2016, roughly 9% of films employed five or more editors, an extraordinarily high number of editors in relation to standard practice. Most films with a large number (5+) of editors, tend to be compilation or anthology productions that feature various directors, often also shifting narrative. The 2012 film The ABCs of Death 2 featured more than two dozen directors and a whopping 22 editors. Movie 43, a comedy anthology film, featured 13 editors and both New York, I Love You and Paris, je t’aime credit 8 individual editors.

Although compilation films tend to employ more editors, it is hardly a genre in and of itself. Is there however a genre that tends to favour more editors, perhaps due to budget or other constraints, to produce the film? By looking at the credits of various films across different genres, it becomes apparent that certain genres do indeed favour multiple editors. Almost 35% of science fiction films over the past two decades have used more than one editor while the number of Musicals that tote more than one editor is less than half that! These days, more than 50% of Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure and Sports films credit multiple editors.

With more editors being hired for films it’s forgivable to assume that they must work consistently, but that’s not the case. Between the 7,617 films which grossed at least $1 in US box office in the past two decades, the most frequently hired editors were Academy-Award winner Pietro Scalia (Black Hawk Down) and Chris Lebenzon (Top Gun). Although both Scalia and Lebenzon have 24 credits to their names between 1997 and 2016, 56% of editors credited in those years only have one credit to their name. This is not inexplicable, as most editors don’t limit themselves to cinema and instead cut for television, music videos and online content alongside feature work.

Despite more films hiring multiple editors, there’s been a noticeable decline in editing apprenticeships in film. In 1998, 23% of films had an apprentice while, in 2016, that figure dropped to just 4%. Whether the lack of editing apprentices is caused by seniority in the industry, or the accessibility of at-home editing suits and the overall abandonment of apprentice-style education, is still unclear. Besides certain genres favouring multiple editors, particularly those that tend to contain more visual effects, it’s interesting to also see the correlation between films with multiple editors and the growing trend of digital filmmaking.

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 21 Mar 2017

It’s not uncommon to hear award winners thank their old teachers in their acceptance speeches. Teachers have the ability to inspire entire generations and fictional educators are no exception.

Here are the top 9 fictional teachers from film that continue to inspire with every quotable line.

9 – Entre les murs’ François Marin

Entre les murs tells the story of a Parisian teacher who initially finds difficulty relating to his diverse class. Marin ends up adapting his teaching style to fit each of his students, understanding their background and tailoring his curriculum so that it relates to them.

8 – X-Men’s Charles Xavier

Activist, educator, and father figure to many, X-Men’s Charles Xavier personifies everything one would wish to get out of a teacher. Played by both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy, Xavier’s teaching doesn’t limit itself to the classroom as he constantly inspires his students by standing up for mutant rights as well as offering them a home where they can be themselves.

7 – The History Boys’ Douglas “Hector”

The History Boys follows eight working class students as they work alongside their history teacher to fight for a chance to attend Oxford or Cambridge. The late Richard Griffiths portrays the patient and inspiring teacher hoping to land the boys into the country’s top universities, not only teaching what they need for their entrance exam, but also what they’ll need in life.

6 – School of Rock’s Dewey Finn

Jack Black’s Dewey Finn is one of the most inspirational and relatable teachers to grace cinema screens. Creative and off-beat, Dewey’s greatest strength as a teacher is treating his students like equals, allowing them to feel welcome. Besides inspiring his students to follow their own path, Dewey finds inspiration from his class as well.

5 – Star Wars’ Yoda

Although maybe not the clearest in his methods, Yoda’s wisdom speaks for itself throughout George Lucas’ Star Wars films. Part mentor, part teacher, Yoda is brilliant at encouraging his students, a trait most teachers strive to master.

4 – Matilda’s Miss Honey

Most of us fear calling a teacher ‘mum’ in class but with teachers like Matilda’s Miss Honey it’s almost impossible not to. Miss Honey finds a way to connect with each of her students, acting as a mother figure for her entire class, her kindness and generosity a warm welcome for everyone.

3 – The Karate Kid’s Mr. Miyagi

If there is one movieland teacher that has continued to inspire screenwriters while also allowing for hilarious caricatures throughout film and television it is Mr. Miyagi. Miyagi’s teaching methods focus on the basics to allow his students to find their own way to grow, inspiring their journey.

2 – Harry Potter’s Albus Dumbledore

The entire Harry Potter franchise is filled to the brim with inspiring and talented teachers but headmaster Albus Dumbledore is definitely the cream of the crop. Dumbledore never fails to make time for his students, despite his responsibilities outside of Hogwarts, which only emphasise his talents. Although you may disagree with his methods, it’s impossible to deny that Dumbledore’s lessons make a huge lasting impression.

1 – John Keating

When Robin Williams passed away in 2014, many educators voiced how his beautiful portrayal of John Keating in Dead Poets Society inspired them to teach. John Keating is the epitome of a wonderful teacher, inspiring his students to push their boundaries and find their own voice amongst the crowd. John Keating makes a lasting impression in his students’ life and Williams’ performance only accentuates this.

In : Film and Media Comments : 0 Author : Quickclass Team Date : 21 Feb 2017

As the 2017 Berlinale approaches its conclusion, many wonder how the European Film Market, or EFM, compares to its American and French counterparts. Although there are various film markets that congregate throughout the year, it’s the EFM; American Film Market (AFM) and Cannes marché du film that are regarded within the industry as the ‘Big Three.’ While the Berlinale and other similar film festivals generally circle the larger film markets, they are quite separate with the EFM working around the awarded and premiered films in order to sell distribution rights as well as help fund films that are currently in development. With the AFM and Cannes so heavily covered in November and May respectively, you may wonder how large the EFM is when compared to its sister markets.

Attendance

In 2016, over 9,000 visitors officially registered at the EFM with 18% credited as ‘Buyers.’ The title of ‘Buyer’ at any large film market is deeply vetted and those registered generally need to provide evidence to justify their ‘Buyer’ status.  This comes with a few cushy benefits including guaranteed entrance to market screenings as well as access to the coveted ‘Buyers lounge’, a place for an international community of film magnates to meet and network as well as try to purchase distribution rights for their individual territories.

The Films

Last year’s EFM screened 784 films across over 1,000 individual screenings. Out of those films, over 50% were ‘Market Premieres’ meaning that the films had never before been screened to the industry at a film market, allowing those in attendance to be among the first to offer distribution deals. Although the EFM did screen more films than the AFM in November of 2015, the majority of the screenings at the Los Angeles based event were market screenings leading the American event to feature a more exclusive roster of films.

The Big Three

While neither the EFM nor AFM are officially tied to a specific film festival, the Cannes marché du film is exclusive to the world-renowned film festival that takes place every May on the French Riviera. Comparing these big three, given Cannes’ coveted status in both film and social circles, the attendance is almost five times that of the EFM and AFM. Overall attendance however for both the EFM, which is heavily linked to the Berlinale, and Cannes, includes those who attend the festivals without taking part in the film markets themselves. Festival attendance is a poor relative indicator as it doesn’t account for the number of professionals in the markets themselves.

Although the ‘Big Three’ are the most popular and heavily-attended film markets each year, there are countless others taking place around the globe. Film markets are not only incredibly beneficial to attend because of the career and marketing opportunities they offer but also for the endless networking possibilities that come with each screening or event.