Alamiya has announced the acquisition of Lyra Pictures in its latest expansion into the cinema and media industry by the Saudi entertainment company. The newly formed partnership, which the companies say is transformative, marks a significant step toward the development of film production in the region.
The 15th annual DTLA Film Festival, set to run from November 1-5 at the Regal L.A. Live, has announced its full feature lineup. A total of 15 feature-length films are slated to screen alongside 15 shorts, web series and TV pilots, with each making their World Premiere, US Premiere, West Coast Premiere, or Los Angeles Premiere.
The Other Israel Film Festival has announced its lineup for its 17th annual festival, to take place in person at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and virtually November 2-9 in New York. The festival remains the only American film festival focused on both Israeli and Palestinian cinema. This year, it proudly continues its tradition of providing a platform for important conversations on this tumultuous region.
Golden Screen Cinemas, as part of its GSC International Screens efforts to elevate the local movie landscape, in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, has launched its first ever Malaysia Animation Film Festival.
By the time last year when cinematographers Greig Fraser and Oren Soffer were signed to work on the feature film The Creator, director Gareth Edwards had already spent more than a year doing test shoots and location scouting. Edwards said he used that time as the opportunity to envision the look of the film. He went to Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Nepal. He said, “Our whole plan was just to go to the greatest locations in the world, because the cost of a flight is way less than the cost of building a set.” Considering the budget of just over $86 million, the filmmakers utilized guerrilla filmmaking methods by having very few crew members and natural lighting on set for select on-location scenes, and limited sound recording. I recently spoke via email with Soffer to learn more about how The Creator was shot.
CineSeason, an immersive two-day event taking place October 6-7 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is designed to provide aspiring filmmakers, content creators and enthusiasts with a comprehensive learning experience in various aspects of cinematic filmmaking, and the opportunity to join industry experts in discussing the latest technologies, trends and solutions in digital cinema, broadcast, and video ahead of the fourth edition of the Riyadh Season.
Arts Alliance Media has extended its software partnership with the prestigious San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain to enable Producer and Screenwriter to manage all content and scheduling for a ninth consecutive event.
Angel Studios, the distributor behind this summer’s surprise hit movie Sound of Freedom, has just announced its debut anime-influenced series, Gabriel and the Guardians, an epic fantasy anime-influenced series set in the enchanting world of Ara, where celestial beings, mortals, and dark giants collide in a battle for destiny and light.
Tokyo Laboratory, headquartered in the Chōfu section of Tokyo and doing business as Togen, has announced that it will shut down at the end of November after 68 years in business. The company added that after the end of October, it will dispose of any unclaimed film originals still in its possession. Thus, the company is working toward returning all film originals to its clients.
Cooke Optics has announced the launch of the SP3 range of full-frame prime lenses for mirrorless cameras that. The T2.4 range features five focal lengths, a choice of user-changeable mounts and is of small, lightweight yet robust construction.