Category: Film

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The state of the UK film industry – 2016 in review

Over the last week, newspaper headlines have reported new British Film Institute (BFI) figures showing that UK film production broke records in 2016. It’s encouraging data, but dig a little deeper and it tells a story of two halves: a boom in inward investment by major franchises and Studio-backed titles; and sharp declines for domestic and independent ...

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The internet (and We Are Colony) has predicted the Oscars 2016 results

We Are Colony has analysed the social buzz surrounding the 88th Academy Awards to predict who will walk away with the industry’s most coveted gongs. And the results may surprise you… Collating data from 90 days’ worth of social media monitoring across the globe, the results are formed from combining data on the number of ...

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We Are Colony launches new platform design

We Are Colony has come out of beta with a streamlined new design and a host of new curatorial features. The new design  better communicates the uniqueness of the product (the special edition bundle), the growing diversity and depth of the catalogue, and has strengthened and consolidated our brand and design language both on and off platform. The redesign ...

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Last Year Saw More Leading Roles for Women in Top-Grossing Films, Study Finds

Looking at the North American top 100 grossing movies of 2015, the number of onscreen female protagonists increased but leading women of colour remained the same. Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, executive director of Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, compiled the findings of a content analysis that ...

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Film4 wins 60% budget increase after record BAFTA and Oscar nominations

Film4, Channel 4’s feature film division, will receive a record £25m in funding next year after securing 22 Bafta and 15 Oscar nominations in this year’s awards season. The £10m funding increase, up from £15m in 2015, represents a significant vote of confidence by the network in its big-screen division, which backed acclaimed productions including Room, Carol, 45 ...

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We Are Colony announces $2m in funding

My company We Are Colony, the new global film streaming platform connecting content owners to passionate fans through special edition releases, has announced $2m in seed investment, fast on the heels of the company’s controlled platform rollout, which culminated in an expansion to over 100 countries. The latest seed investment round combined additional financial commitments ...

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We Are Colony is awarded the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

Delighted to announce that We Are Colony has been awarded the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, in partnership with Film London and Edge Hill University. The £7m fund – a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council – supports collaboration between arts, digital technology and research organisation in order to ...

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Cannes 2014: VOD, piracy and the future of digital distribution

Today, at the American Pavilion, a panel including representatives of Creative Future, Elevated Film Sales, Saban Films and Alamo Drafthouse discussed the state of digital piracy on the independent film sector, and how new models of hybrid digital distribution can respond. First up was Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of Creative Future: an organisation which seeks to ...

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We Are Colony partners with Film London for ‘Build Your Audience’

Delighted to announce We Are Colony is partnering with Film London for ‘Build Your Audience‘: an innovative audience gathering and distribution training programme for UK feature filmmakers.  Addressing the rapidly changing face of feature film distribution across the globe, Build Your Audience provides participants with the skills, knowledge and networks to face the challenge of ...

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SXSW Content: Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling – Case Studies

Next up at SXSW was “Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling“: examples of how new technologies like geo-tagging, location-aware devices, interactive video and augmented reality are being combined with traditional storytelling methods to explore the world in richer, more in-depth ways than ever before… The panel was made up of: Mike Knowlton, CTO of Storycode; Danny Harris, Creative Director ...