The AIRSCREEN Company is happy to announce that it will be officially exhibiting at the CineEurope in Barcelona from the 12h to the 14rd of June 2018.
Produced by the The Film Expo Group, CineEurope is the oldest running European trade show targeted for the cinema industry. The show, which this year celebrates its 27thversion, aims at promoting the social, cultural and economic value of cinemas in Europe and Internationally. This is the ideal place to immerse in new trends of cinematic technologies and innovations.
Come to CineEurope in Barcelona and talk to the experts about the world of open-air cinema made flexible and easy with our AIRSCREEN inflatable screens.
Visit us at CCIB, booth 627 from June 12 – 14.
Take advantage of our expo offers – Get in contact with us to arrange a meeting: email@example.com
After 18 days of touring around Panama, the event “Verano Canal 2018” finished successfully. They brought open-air cinema to different towns of the country, which were mostly isolated and do not normally have access to this kind of entertainment.
The tour began on the 11th of January in Changinola, close to the frontier with Costa Rica and finished on the 30th of January in Meteti, near to “el Tapón del Darién” the leafy jungle that divides Panama from Colombia.
Juan Pablo Troncoso, manager director of “Proyecciones y Eventos”, has been working with outdoor cinema for several years. However, the tour “Verano al Canal” was certainly the biggest event launched until today and one of the best open-air cinema productions that has taken place in Panama. The movie screenings were so well received that the audience often doubled the expected number of visitors.
If you are as curious as we are, maybe you are asking yourselves how tough are the logistics to make such a huge event happen. According to Juan Pablo´s experience with this tour, the AIRSCREEN inflatable screens were the least complicated element to install within the complete cinema system. The hardest work was transporting and placing the high number of chairs, the cable work to connect other devices and install them properly to avoid contact with the audience. Overall, the installation of the whole equipment took around two hours.
Lets not forget that projecting movies under the stars requires fulfilling a checklist that is not easily done by everyone. Among these are the movie rights, health permits, logistics know-how, among others. This time, 20th Century Fox, one of the big six American cinema studios, recommended Troncoso´s company due to their long presence and experience in the market. Initially the authorities of the Panama Canal (ACP) together with the Tourism Authorities of Panama (ATP) wanted to make a movie tour in the country. To make it happen, the most suitable partner was “Proyecciones y Eventos”, a company 100% dedicated to outdoor cinema.
The spectacle always begins with the inflation process of the screen, since the audience sees with their own eyes how the scenery drastically changes from being a standard place to an actual outdoor cinema. The night started with the projection of the documentary “Cuando Vuelvan los Bosques” that narrates the dramatic deforestation in Panama. Lastly, the viewers enjoyed the Walt Disney Movie “The Beauty and The Beast” (2017). Of course, a movie night cannot be completed without a good bag of popcorn and a delicious drink. This is why Proyecciones y Eventos partnered up with different suppliers to provide free snacks that reached a total of 15.000 sodas and more than 20.000 popcorn bags.
The event offered as well an extra show to its audience, since they implemented the interactive cinema concept, which in this case was a fusion between cinema and theatre. This was promoted by executive producer Stella Della-Togna, who brought Bella and the Beast to life, dancing and at the same time as the actors of the movie. To make this possible, Disney had to approve their dresses. Also, at the end of the film, kids had the opportunity to take a picture with the actors, which was a magical experience and made the whole family enjoy quality time together.
Another surprising fact of this tour is that it held simultaneous movie screenings. While a movie was being projected in a town of Panama, at the same time the biggest AIRSCREEN was being inflated at the capital. The event at Panama City ended magnificently with colourful fireworks that decorated the sky along with the stars, making the most beautiful backdrop for our AIRSCREEN. This caught the attention of the local press and, of course, of the audience.
We love knowing that our AIRSCREENs are a tool for entrepreneurs like Proyecciones y Eventos, who aim at democratizing the access to cinema and allow thousands of people to dream while watching a movie under the stars.
If you want to know more about Proyecciones y Eventos click here.
As we have mentioned in our social media, we want to give more visibility to those companies who take outdoor cinema to another level and trespass the frontiers of entertainment to promote cultural activities. The concept that we want to introduce you today is that of “Efecto Cine”, an Uruguayan platform that has developed innovative projects, which are until today one of a kind in the world´s south hemisphere.
There are already some cinema projects, who only use solar energy to power their equipment and this is the case of Efecto Cine, too. However, they aim as well at engaging the audience at a highly participative and ludic level. They began touring ten years ago around Uruguay and other Latin-American countries, benefiting from the outdoor cinema charm to bring people together in public spaces, both in big city and remote towns.
Efecto Cine diversified its portfolio 4 years ago with a new project named “Efecto Pedal”. Its goal is to promote environmental awareness through cultural and participative experiences. In this case, the viewers are responsible for creating enough energy by pedalling to make to whole cinema system work. This project highlights two important elements: Social coexistence and the use of the bicycle as an agent of change to achieve a more sustainable way of life.
What makes them so innovative? Firstly, they count with high quality equipment: The inflatable screen AIRSCREEN assures having a wrinkle-free projection surface to guarantee the highest quality image, working together with a suitable and powerful sound and projection system. Secondly, the concept of using the bicycle goes further than what meets the eye. It is not only about going to cinema. Indeed the movies already invite self-questioning, but the pedalling is a metaphor that shows with a practical example the effect of teamwork. Also, the bicycle promotes a healthy lifestyle and invites to consider it as a viable mode of transport.
“Verano al Pedal”, which takes place every year, is the first outdoor cinema tour that neutralizes 100% carbon emissions. How? Efecto Cine plants native plants in specific areas together with the local government to minimize the CO2 emissions of the van that transports the cinema equipment.
If you are asking yourself how Efecto Pedal works, let’s jump into the technical stuff: There are ten static bicycles and ten stations where you put your own. Also they have hand pedals for children, seniors and handicapped. A LED voltmeter indicates live the amount of energy accumulated and the minimum of energy required to power the cinema equipment is of 1300 watts. To put this in more conventional terms, this is the same amount of energy that a standard microwave needs to work for an hour. But in this case is the energy surely used for more fun purposes, bringing family and friends together to spend some quality time together.
“Efecto Cine” lives up to its name (“efecto” in English means “Effect”): They have been expanding throughout Latin-American and today they have presence in Brasil, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay and Colombia. Besides their eco-friendly cinema activities, they also provide technical support and infrastructure to different events in Uruguay, like the Jose Ignacio International Film Festival, the Film Festival of Montevideo and Punta del Este, the projection of football matches and concerts starring stars like Paul McCartney and Elton John. They are also behind the largest cinema projection of Latin America with the documental “Maracana” at the Centario Stadium of Montevideo, for which they used a 20 meter AIRSCREEN for around 12.000 viewers. These activities have also been recognized with awards given by international institutions like the Hubert Bals Fund from Rotterdam, the Prince Claus Foundation, among others.
If you want to experience an activity that brings together outdoor cinema, sports, and eco-friendly awareness, then “Efecto Pedal” is for you! For more information click here.
AIRSCREEN helps to turn your projects into reality giving you great mobility, ease of use and always the best quality! Need any more information? Contact us clicking here.
The charm of outdoor cinema is gaining more and more relevance today: Not only does it break our routine but it is also the perfect excuse to share time with our friends and family in a way that traditional cinemas do not allow. A reason to this, are the entertainment possibilities that revolve around outdoor cinema, in which the members of the audience are able to interact with each other before sitting down to watch the movie. Plus, this type of event offers the option to watch movies with the perfect backdrop, what we have been able to witness throughout different sceneries like the magnificent Austrians alps, the imposing St. Mark´s Square in Venice, the idyllic beaches of Cancun and the Maldives Islands, among other beautiful places.
Those who know AIRSCREEN –the original inflatable screen made in Germany- are already familiarized with these aspects. However, today we want to talk about a branch of cinema, which aims at outpointing the concept of movies as entertainment to become a tool of awareness and self-questioning. Behind this type of cinema, there are some companies, who not only intend to democratize the access to cinema by taking it to remote and least favored places, but also strive to spread the message about renewable energies as a sustainable way of living.
Today we want to tell the story behind Ecocinema, an Uruguayan audiovisual platform and movie producer, who actively projects its movies through mobile cinema in Latin-America since 2006. Before we continue, for those who are not familiarized with this type of cinema, it basically works through the implementation of solar panels located on the rooftop of a car. These provide sufficient energy for the whole equipment to work. In the case of Ecocinema, they also match their solar-based movie projections with workshops, which are aligned with the movie´s thematic. This means that they make the most of their time, by inviting their spectators to participate in their workshops throughout daytime until it gets dark, when movie time begins.
Initially, the main goal of this company was to find a way to distribute their own movies during summer in Uruguay, a country that only had a couple of cinemas during those days. Because of this, Ecocinema´s outdoor projections were highly innovative and very well received by their audience. However, as time went by, they wanted to increment their activities by trespassing the Uruguayan frontiers and also aimed at giving a more meaningful and educative twist to their movies. In addition to this new vision that was developed in 2011, the following year happened to be the United Nation´s year of sustainability. This was the perfect drive for them to decide changing their traditional equipment to 100% solar one. They took advice from Solar Cinema, a Dutch company who also performs in this field, to renovate both their concept and gear.
Moreover, further investigations backed up and motived the continuation of their activities. An example is the study published by the organization “Transparency International”, which condemned corruption as the main root of inequality in Latin America. What is more, some statics indicated that only 3 out of every 10 Latin Americans had access to cinema, which gave Ecocinema a strong sense of purpose to be an agent that attacks these problematics. The movie screenings are completely free what is made possible through the sponsorship of brands, as well as local and international monetary funds. Their movies deal with different topics, such as climate change, sport, aborigines, corruption, among others.
The first movie projections outside of Uruguay took place in Mexico, where Ecocinema found partners who were also strongly identified with the importance of culture, and were passionate about mobile cinema. Since then, their eco-vans have expanded their activities in Chile, Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador, Panama and very soon in Colombia as well. Another objective to highlight of this Uruguayan firm is that not only they want to create new audiences, but also want to restore the use of public spaces to foster a peaceful coexistence among the people. This is especially important for some communities that Ecocinema reaches, which have had a criminal background and other related issues to violence. In these cases, the movies that are shown are not produced by Ecocinema and their main purpose is to create an enjoyable atmosphere so that families and friends gather up to have fun.
We want to stress the importance of these activities, which pass on to people both the message of the movie as well as the possibility of implementing renewable energies as a sustainable way of living. So we hope that the story of Ecocinema and their work inspire more entrepreneurs in the world to take action in this field, which is increasingly gaining more relevance in our lives. Your AIRSCREEN team will always be happy to support projects that aim at improving our lives in several aspects. Do you need an inflatable screen for your next project? Click here to contact us here!
Thank you Ecocinema for the interview! We feel very proud to work with you!
The AIRSCREEN Company has been announced as a confirmed exhibitor at the Best of Events Trade show in Dortmund, Germany. The show takes place 10th and 11th of January 2018. Various members of the AIRSCREEN team will be there to inform you.
Exhibitors from several Countries will join the German based company in making the trade show the biggest Best of Events yet.
BEST OF EVENTS INTERNATIONAL is the sector‘s leading meeting place for business communications, live marketing, event services and congress.
Concentrated over two days, the BEST OF EVENTS offers an excellent platform for a broad cross section of top exhibitors to secure business deals, providing excellent possibilities to forge business contacts as well as a unique opportunity to gain a complete overview of the latest trends in the sector.
For more information on the trade show visit the fair’s webpage here.
For more information on the world’s original inflatable movie screen visit www.airscreen.com
The Île Courts Short Film Festival is held every year in Mauritius and has the objective of promoting international and locally directed films, while developing an audience for different cinema genres. It is a perfect occasion for producers coming from the whole Indian Ocean area to meet and exchange their ideas about contemporary cinema and its trends.
This year, from 10 to 15 October, the festival has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a selection of 96 films projected on four different locations of the island. In addition to training workshops, debates, roundtables and professional meetings, outdoor screenings with AIRSCREEN made the atmosphere of this event even more fascinating. The festival hosted important film-makers like the Mauritian David Constantin, author of Lonbraz Kann, and the French Chantal Richard, with Lili et le baobab and Ce dont mon cœur a besoin.
The Île Courts 2017 involved many different topics of contemporary society, like tolerance, multiculturalism, social exclusion and gender diversity. People visiting the festival had also the possibility to actually take part of it by creating their own short-film or documentary in several writing workshops. They could also learn about the different professions in the cinema industry thanks to training workshops, which were addressed not only to professionals, but also to young amateurs. Finally, the festival also offered a “ciné-concert” and a contest called Film Zekler, dedicated to films which were less than 10 minutes long. The festival and all its meetings were free and open to everyone.
AIRSCREEN is proud to be part of such significant events, which are not only important for the development of local cinema companies, but also an occasion to promote intercultural dialogue and community engagement.
The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) is the first film festival in Romania with an international feature film competition, which is held annually in the historic capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca. The city is one of the largest urban centers in Romania and home for more than 500,000 permanent residents and students.
This year, from 2-11 June, the 16th TIFF attracted more than 130,000 attendees with workshops, launch events, exhibitions, debates and outdoor screenings with AIRSCREEN. Five of the 27 presented titles were world premieres, like Iulia Rugină’s “Breaking News” and Dan Chișu’s The Anniversary/ Aniversarea, and presented on the most important square in the city, the Piața Unirii. The square is one of the largest in Romania, with the St. Michael’s Church, a statue of King of Hungary Matthias Corvinus, the old town hall and the National Museum of Art also being located there. The difficulties of setting up a huge movie screen in such a historic environment that must not be damaged are avoided by the choice for a relatively lightweight inflatable AIRSCREEN, which does not leave a permanent stain on the venue.
The festival’s main goal is the promotion of cinematic art by presenting some of the most innovative and spectacular films of the moment that feature both originality and independence of expression, that reflect unusual cinematic language forms or focus on current trends in youth culture. Founded in 2002 by the Romanian Film Promotion, it has grown rapidly to become the most important film-related event in Romania. In 2010, Indiewire listed the TIFF as one of the world’s top 50 leading film festivals.
Cluj is a center of creative industries and home for a record number of companies. The city has always enjoyed a rich cultural life – there are two theaters, two operas, a puppet theater, a philharmonic and various museums, from art, history and ethnography to zoology or pharmacy. The activity of these institutions is complemented by a youth-oriented and independent cultural scene, represented by associations of artists, galleries and a painting school with internationally recognized achievements. Cinema has a rich history here: In the early 20th century, the city hosted the first manifestations of this industry in Transylvania.
Every year the world of film and cinema congregates for the trade show CineEurope, this year once again taking place at the Centro de Convenciones Internacional in Barcelona, Spain (CCIB). With visitors expected from all over the world the CineEurope is once again exciting the cinema industry.
Many of the worlds largest companies in the cinema sector will be exhibiting their newest products with Christie, Barco, NEC and Sony forming just a few of the big name firms in attendance. As well as the exhibition, the CineEurope is also known for its exclusive film previews of brand new films from the likes of Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Universal. Not only this but industry experts will be on hand to offer workshops on the ‘Future of Cinema’ or ‘Social Media Marketing’.
Anybody looking to get more information on the world of open-air cinema or the use of inflatable screens in this sector should make their way to stand 823 where the AIRSCREEN Company will be on hand to offer advice on the best screens for your open-air cinema needs.
The JIIFF is an international film festival that takes place in José Ignacio, Uruguay. The festival revolves around the screening of internationally recognized movies, in an environment where young people, families, residents and visitors of José Ignacio can share an enriching experience. From 6th – 15th January 2017, the seventh instalment of the JIIFF took place.
José Ignacio is a town that extends for several kilometres along the Atlantic Coast, nearby Punta del Este, a glamorous and busy playground often compared to St.-Tropez or Cannes. Even though José Ignacio has itself evolved into a true hot spot in Latin America, favoured by wealthy jet-setters from around the world, it has kept its old style and became a popular summer enclave and hideaway from enormous hotel chains, expensive shopping streets and loud nightclubs. The town appeals to those who prefer the wittingly bohemian. An informal atmosphere, hand-painted street signs, mom-and-pop boutiques and bed-and-breakfasts determine the picture. Although the region is rather recognized by its chefs, not by its artists, you can always discover a painter or sculptor in José Ignacio, who chose this particular environment as a workplace.
With the ambition to enlarge the cultural offer of the town, a group of young entrepreneurs around director/programmer Fiona Pittaluga, programmer Pablo Mazzola and programmer Mariana Rubi, launched the José Ignacio International Film Festival seven years ago. The movies shown are not the typical commercial titles, but rather independent names like Harmonium by Kôji Fukada (Japan), Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade (Germany) and Kékszakállú by Gastón Solnicki (Argentina).
What makes the JIIFF particularly special is that all its movie screenings are happening outdoors. There are Pop-up cinemas directly at the beach, near the town, and at the old abandoned train station of Garzón, a few kilometres from José Ignacio. No problem with the AIRSCREEN mobile outdoor cinema systems, which were easily and quickly inflated and deflated where they were needed. The entrance of the festival is free and attracts hundreds of people from throughout the region, who travel to José Ignacio to see the movies in this idyllic environment. With for example around 500 people attending the screening of this years opening film Aquarius by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil), the seventh instalment of the JIIFF was an unquestionable success.
The AIRSCREEN Company is delighted to announce that it will be officially exhibiting at the Prolight + Sound Exhibition in Frankfurt from the 4th to the 7th of April 2017. A 40ft x 20ft (12m x 6m) AIRSCREEN inflatable movie screen will be on show at the Live Sound Arena (AG.0 C19/C21) for all visitors to admire. Anybody interested in the AIRSCREEN will have a great opportunity to see the screen live and up-close and talk to members of the AIRSCREEN team, who will be on hand to advise and answer any questions you may have.
The Prolight + Sound exhibition is considered as the leading international trade fair for the event-technology sector and covers all products, trades and services. It is the international meeting point for exhibitors, purchasers and event organisers from all over the world. The AIRSCREEN Company looks forward to meeting and speaking to you and making your open-air movie dreams a reality.
Paris St. Germain vs. Real Madrid – it sounds like the final in the FIFA Champions League. The game was not played by the real stars, but on the PlayStation. In the stadium of PSV Eindhoven the gamers were able to play the final on a 16m x 8m inflatable movie screen.
The Dutch Game Masters welcomed 128 teams, each consisting of 2 players. It was not the football shoe, but rather the gamepad and the thumb to determine in which direction the virtual player should run or shoot.
eSports enjoys great popularity all over the world and has long been more than a hobby for professional players in the US and China. Incomes of more than $1 million is not a rarity here. Perhaps instead of open-air or drive-in cinemas we will be seeing more such events on mobile outdoor screens soon.
Peace, Love & Ice Cream – that was the slogan of the Ben & Jerry’s Movie Nights. True to its corporate values like responsibility and social commitment, the open-air cinema tour was held for free.
For three hours people had the chance to taste new flavours like Raspberry Cheesecake and Cookie Dough ‘Wich. After sunset the inflatable movie screen was set up and the very popular French movie “The Intouchables” was shown.
The pop-up cinema stopped over in the biggest cities in Germany. All events were incredibly well attended so surely they will be on tour again next year. Our partner EVENTED will make sure that everything will run smoothly.
After the Olympic Stadium Baku (Azerbaijan) was completed in the spring of 2015 it was the venue for the European Games, where 6,000 athletes from 50 countries could compete in different disciplines. The stadium also meets the highest FIFA and UEFA standards and is the venue of preliminaries and quarter finals of the European Football Championship 2020.
As a foretaste of the events to come the current soccer championships are shown on an inflatable movie screen. With over 68,000 seats comes almost automatically a fantastic atmosphere. In addition to sporting events various concerts will take place at the Olympic stadium and fill one of the most modern and beautiful stadiums with life.
If you are thinking about starting your own business: How about starting an outdoor movie company?
You like to travel? Perfect! There are so many opportunities to bring open air cinema to people:
Establish a theater in rural areas where no cinemas exist anymore
Movie Nights for hotels on the beach or at the pool
Backyard cinema in beautiful gardens
Pop-up cinema in unusual places – let environment and movie become one
Drive-in cinema for nostalgic cinema experience
Offer an outdoor video game experience on a screen bigger than all of your living room walls
Start a travelling cinema and bring movies to schools, cities and communities
And there are so many more ideas not created yet, it gives you free rein to your creativity! The best about this: it is pretty easy to install our plug and play products. AIRSCREEN complete outdoor cinema systems are starting at affordable 5,190 EUR (5,600 USD). An inflatable movie screen, full HD projector and a professional sound system – all you need is included.
To help you grow your mobile cinema business you will also gain leads from us. It’s a proven business model and it successfully works in many countries worldwide.
There is no experience necessary to go ahead. Get started and join the AIRSCREEN family – use our knowledge, support and marketing material. Learn from our partners worldwide how to organize, promote and establish your own event company.
If you are still unsure take a look at our “People behind AIRSCREEN” section to learn about our partners and how they started their open air cinema business.
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our online contact form by clicking HERE and we’ll get you on your way to running your own event production company.
The London-based organisation Secret Cinema offers Live Cinema experiences. Movie fans can enjoy special movies in unique places, for example a life-size recreation of the 1950s Hill Valley town which we all know from „Back to the future”.
In September Secret Cinema hosted an outdoor movie night for refugees in Calais, France. For this purpose an inflatable movie screen was the perfect way to set up a movie night almost instantly.
Shortly after visiting the event, Fabien Riggall, founder of Secret Cinema, said: “It’s the inaction when faced with the biggest movement of refugees since the second world war that gets me. As a cultural organisation, we should react to this.“
In the state of Qatar the Doha Film Institute is organizing the ‘Cinema Under the Stars’ which offers pop-up cinema for everybody. As a special screening they showed the 80’s classic ‘Back to the Future’, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the popular film series.
In Doha’s beautiful Aspire Park all three films were shown on a 30ft tall inflatable movie screen. Fans also participated in a special competition to recreate their favorite moments from the blockbuster.
We already know the solar cinema and here comes another eco-friendly idea: bicycle powered pop-up cinema! Through constant but relaxed pedaling people can generate the electricity for a whole outdoor cinema event, including the projector and the inflatable movie screen (AIRSCREEN).
In 2013 the UK-based company Electric Pedals developed a pedal-powered cinema backpack kit which they used to show educational films. Nowadays there are 14 of these mobile cinemas around the world.
Apart from that the pedaling can also power music stages or light installations and is also used for workshops, art installations and even for illuminating Christmas trees.
Every year in July the biggest Film Festival in the Czech Republic and probably the most prestigious Film Festival in Central and Eastern Europe – the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) – takes place in Bohemian Carlsbad. The 30′ x 17′ AIRSCREEN serves as the perfect alternative to traditional indoor cinema screenings.
As measured by the tickets sold (120000) the KVIFF is a smaller festival but yet one of international class. It belongs to one of the oldest A-list film festivals, a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Montreal. This year from 3 until 11 July the KVIFF celebrates its 50th anniversary. Some 200 films are presented, many of those only at the festival, while others make it in the Czech or even international distribution.
Besides international and european film productions the focus lies especially on East European cinema. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is characterized by an imitable audience experience and has long maintained its reputation as an informal and cultural meeting point for numerous cinema experts and movie fans. With AIRSCREEN the KVIFF is able to celebrate premieres under the stars in impressive city scenery, inviting everybody to join the festival in extraordinary places.
Imagine bathing in a hot tub while watching classic movies like Dirty Dancing or Pulp Fiction on an inflatable movie screen. That doesn’t sound fun enough? There are also waiters serving drinks directly to your tub as well as all kinds of snacks. This idea was born in 2006 by Asher Charman from the UK. He says: “Our guiding mantra here at Hot Tub Cinema is that we don’t just watch films, we celebrate them. We encourage our guests to dress up, sing, dance, drink, play and most of all enjoy their favorite films, alongside friends old and new.” Right now there are several locations in the UK and Hot Tub Cinema is also coming to New York and Ibiza. Guests can book a whole tub for up to six friends or can book tickets individually and share with others. Just recently filmgoers in Germany also have the chance to enjoy this unique kind of cinema experience. Whirlpool Cinema as well combines the twin pleasures of cinema and bathing. What are you waiting for? Make a splash and book your own bubbly Hot Tub enjoying cinema in style!
At the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 118 films were screened in 8 days, including 55 world premieres in 34 languages. As every year many regional and international stars graced the red carpet: Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, British actress Emily Blunt, US-star Virginia Madsen or Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif, just to name a few. Furthermore, well-known actress Eva Longoria was hosting a benefit gala and DIFF awarded the legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle with the lifetime achievement award.
Of course the open air cinema was not to be omitted as it is already an irreplaceable component of the festival for years. With a stunning 24m (80ft) wide inflatable movie screen (AIRSCREEN) many international films were shown for free. DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “It’s our absolute pleasure to be uniting keen audiences with a line-up of brilliant films through our free public screenings.”
Everybody knows and loves the travelling cinemas as a special form of outdoor cinema. However a cinema only powered by the sun is an unique experience – both for attendees and staff. Dutch filmmaker Maureen Prins started the Solar Cinema in the Netherlands in 2006 to bring unseen films to unusual places and to promote the use of renewable energy.
Whether parks, local squares, locations on the beach or even gravel pits – there are no limitations for such a mobile cinema. Especially with their inflatable movie screens the set-up is very easy and the whole stuff can be carried in a small car.
In 2010 the new brand ECOCINEMA was created to internationalize the project. Nowadays ECOCINEMA is travelling around Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Brasil or Ecuador and there are many more to come in 2015.
For more information about ECOCINEMA and Solar Cinema take a look at:
On Texel Airport (Netherlands) the first European fly-in cinema took place. On a 40′ x 20′ inflatable movie screen the blockbuster “Top Gun” was shown and spectators were able to watch it out of their own plane! Classic aircraft from all over Europe were part of this unique event.
The fantastic atmosphere was created by pilots camping under the wing of their own plane, joining the American buffet and an aftershow party. For more information about the technique take a look at www.outdoorcinema.nl and www.airscreen.com
The DIFF is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is predicting its most extravagant show yet. From the 6th-14th December 2013, Dubai becomes a hotbed of international movies and film stars as the world comes to celebrate the movies of the year and some very special premieres as well. Not only is the festival an excellent opportunity to promote Arab Cinema but is now considered to be one of the leading film festivals in the world.
174 films and documentaries will be shown during the festival at a number of venues all over Dubai. As well as this, there is an awards ceremony with A-list movie stars such as Martin Sheen and Cate Blanchett in attendance during the festival. One of the stand out venues though is at Burj Park in downtown Dubai where a free event called Screen on the Green is taking place. On a giant 20m x 10m (66ft x 33ft) inflatable movie screen over 1,000 guests will be able to enjoy the magic of film at the foot of the world’s largest building the Burj Khalifa. Films from the Arab world and further afield will be shown here from the 6th-14th December on the AIRSCREEN.
The Amsterdam open-air cinema season has drawn to a close for this year ending with a spectacular drive-in event in the city. Over 8 days spectators were treated to a diverse selection of films including ‘Blues Brothers’ and ‘Thelma & Louise’ all shown on a giant 12 x 6m (40′ x 20′) inflatable movie screen.
There were over 60 cars in attendance as well as a large number of walk-in audience members who came by foot or in true Amsterdam style by bike. Guests were not only treated to blockbuster films but also DJ’s ensured that the musical atmosphere was equally as exciting for those in attendance long after the film was over. Guests didn’t even need to get out of their cars to pick up refreshments, but instead ordered whatever they desired via SMS from the comfort of their cars and their food and drink was delivered straight to their vehicle.
The renaissance of the drive-in is well and truly under way…. The last few years have seen a stark increase in the number of drive-in cinema events happening across the UK. With more and more people becoming aware of the practicality of an inflatable AIRSCREEN for outdoor events, the drive-in is a great option for event organisers. This year was no exception and one of the highlights of this year’s drive-in programme took place in September, in a national park in the north of England. Clumber Park is a country park owned and operated by the National Trust in the UK and with 3,800 acres to play with, event organisers had enough space to setup an amazing drive-in cinema.
For two nights, cult classics such as Grease and Dirty Dancing were shown to an audience of over 1000 cars. The production equipment provided to the organisers, UK Events came from Urban Entertainment, the UK partner of the AIRSCREEN Company. Their 12m x 6m (40ft x 20ft) inflatable AIRSCREEN ensured that the huge crowd all had a spectacular view under a blanket of stars. Spectators were also able to adjust their own volumes due to FM transmitters beaming the sound direct into car radios. Despite a cold autumn evening, spectators could set their climate control to the perfect temperature which resulted in many happy cinemagoers.
Eat|See|Hear is an outdoor event series bringing movie lovers and food enthusiasts together. In several locations around Los Angeles movies are shown on the largest outdoor movie screen on the west coast. In front of the three stories tall and 52 feet wide inflatable screen Californian bands are playing prior to the screenings. Also starring: new food trucks every week.
With tons of special food and such outstanding movies like Raiders of the lost Ark, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pulp Fiction or Breakfast Club Eat|See|Hear invites you to lean back and relax. In fact it is better than a picnic and you don’t even have to bring a basket with you!
The Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) is a big cultural event for the city of Guadalajara and Mexico as well, because it is the most important cinematographic event in Latin America. Over 900 movies from México, Latin America and the rest of the world are competing.
It is a festival made by all and for all. That is the reason why the festival is designed for the viewers to enjoy a variety of activities. Among other things an inflatable screen brings free outdoor screenings to the people during the festival. Beautiful places host outdoor movie nights and show classic movies on a 30 feet wide mobile cinema screen.
Set against the spectacular backdrop of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, The Galileo invites Cape Town locals and visitors to a memorable movie experience under a ceiling of stars. Cape Town’s only outdoor cinema uses an inflatable screen with a rear-projection surface to show a movie once a week.
Besides price-winning documentaries like “Food Inc.” or famous foreign films like “City of God”, visitors can watch some of their all-time favorites: “Forrest Gump”, “Pulp Fiction” or “E.T.” – just to name a few. Delicious snacks are also offered, blankets and chairs can be hired.
More information about the Galileo can be found here
The first annual Baja International Film Festival took place in Cabo, Mexico. Many famous actors like Edward Norton, Virginia Madsen, Rachel Leigh Cook, Melissa Leo and Matt Dillon attended the Film Festival amongst others. The organisers were also honoured by the presence of the famous filmmaker and President of the Directors Guild of America Michael Apted and Mexican director Nicolas Echevarria.
The Baja International Film Festival included four days of special presentations, competition screenings of feature films, documentaries, and short films, as well as nightly galas, panel discussions, filmmaker receptions and award ceremonies. Another main attraction: outdoor movies in three different locations. 30’ and 40’ inflatable movie screens have done a great job here. The festival was organized by a team of experienced film and business managers who share a passion for bringing Mexican and U.S. cultures together through film. For more information please visit: www.bajainternationalfilmfestival.com
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the most successful female mountain climbers worldwide. Her husband Ralf Dujmovits was the first German to scale all of the infamous 8,000m mountain peaks worldwide. The pair gave a multimedia presentation in front of the ‚Holzeralm’ mountain range. The couple used an inflatable screen for their presentation and this meant that the enchanted viewers were able to watch the presentation on best quality screen technology, high in the mountains of Austria.
The presentation aptly named ‚ Passion 8000 – depth everywhere’ was presented by the couple. Of special interest were the background histories, which gave the audience the opportunity to really hear about what it takes to be an extreme climber. What made the presentation so worth seeing was the fact that the pair also showed the setbacks they incurred, not only the positive aspects. The setbacks included some near death experiences, which the couple were able to talk about and entertain their audience with.
The first Orange Cinema Tour took place throughout the summer in seven cities across Moldova. The event was organized by Orange Moldova and many spectators came to the open-air cinema screenings. Great French cinema classics starring Louis de Funès, Pierre Richard and others were shown on a 30’ x 17’ tall inflatable movie screen.
All screenings were completely free. An enormous crowd of cinema enthusiasts spent a memorable time beneath the stars. Before the screenings, which began at nightfall, spectators were also kept entertained by various activities organized by Orange Moldova.
One of the world’s largest open-air cinemas has opened its doors in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The gigantic inflatable screen construction measuring an enormous 28m x 16m ensures that the best view is guaranteed in every seat in the house. Whether it be current blockbusters such as Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ or classics such as the ‘Godfather’, film-lovers are guaranteed a great show whatever the film.
In the idyllic Parque Enrique Tierno Galván not only will you find great cinema, but also a number of musicians and bands who are also in attendance to ensure that post film, the party keeps on going. Food and drinks are also there in abundance. With all of that on offer what is there to stop you? The Madrid open-air cinema is open until the start of August.
Dokufest, The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is Kosovo’s premier film festival. The Festival is organized in July in the picturesque and historical town of Prizren which attracts numerous international and regional artists.
In this annually organized festival films are screened twice a day in three open air cinemas as well as in two regular cinemas. Except for its films, the festival is also well-known for lively nights after the screening. Various events happen within the scope of the festival: workshops, DokuPhoto exhibitions, festival camping, concerts, which altogether turn the city into a charming place to be.
Already into its 3rd year, the International Film Festival in the Croatian national park of Starigrad Paklenica takes place once again this year. The festival is well known due to its focus on music and also on documentary real-life films.
Many new films will be shown this year on a 10m inflatable screen such as the brand new concert film from the Irish rock band U2. Other highlights are films about Josef Haydn, Queen, George Harrison and Amy Winehouse.
The festival takes place this year from the 4th to the 10th of August. So sit back, relax and end enjoy the best in music with one of the most extraordinary backdrops.
One may be inclined to think that open-air cinemas are a relatively new invention; this couldn’t be further from the truth! So let’s take a look at the history of open-air cinema. In 1895 the Lumière Brothers became the first people to step into this world with the invention of cinematography. From this invention came the name ‘Cinema’ which is the word still used today. At the time this device was being used, it was only possible to show films of up to one minute in length. At the start of the 20th century these ‘living photographs’ as they were known, were to be seen in variety halls and theatres, it wasn’t until 1907 that the first moving cinema was created.
The moving cinemas however didn’t last long. They couldn’t keep up with what the movie theatres could offer which was more comfort and more choice. The oldest and longest running open-air cinema is to be found in Australia. Since 1916 ‘Sun Pictures’ have been organising open-air cinema events and cinema evenings. The fact that this open-air cinema has been the longest running in history isn’t just appreciated by the thousands of viewers that have enjoyed many an evening there, but also the Guinness World Book of Records.
In 1933 the world’s first ever drive-in cinema was established in the USA. The ‘Camden Drive-in’ in New Jersey opened its doors to the muscles cars and the classic American old timers. However the 1950’s were the absolute boom period for the drive-in, in the USA. The 50’s brought a wave of cinema closures and bust cinema chains, however the drive-in became stronger and larger and became the hottest ticket in town. The James Dean Films, cheaper tickets and the private atmosphere of sitting in your own car all added to the magic of the drive-in. It wasn’t only the Americans enjoying the drive-in cinema, but also the Europeans wanted a slice of the action. The first drive-in in Europe is to be found in Frankfurt and this is still used today. The following decades saw a decline in the drive-in and a rise in the more commonly found today, Multiplexes. These had smaller screens but much more choice for the modern film lover.
The fascination of watching films outdoors never really died out however and at the end of the 1980’s the new wave of open-air cinemas which are still to be found today in fact, opened their doors to the public. Next to the traditional Greek open-air cinemas of Athens or the Island of Santorini, newer open-air cinemas were springing up in cities such as Berlin, Nuremberg and Zurich. It was at this point where the inflatable screen, the AIRSCREEN came in to action. With the assistance of the inflatable frame the need for scaffold constructions diminished and thus the ease of open-air cinema rose. This meant that practically everywhere could be turned into an open-air cinema in the matter of a moment. The first prototype AIRSCREEN was used at an open-air festival in 1994. Inflatable screens has been used since then at thousands of events all over the world. Mobile cinema is however not only made possible due to the revolutionary inflatable screen, but also the wonderful locations it can take place in.
Of course the great advantage of mobile cinema is that it can go practically anywhere. The world can provide the perfect backdrop to your film whether it is a big landmark like Trafalgar Square in the United Kingdom, a wonderful park or lake such as Lake Michigan, USA or a huge stadium such as the Nou Camp in Barcelona, there are no limits to the backdrops to an open-air cinema. However there’s one thing you can be sure of, wherever the backdrop, the AIRSCREEN provides fantastic screen technology for the world of outdoor cinema.
The cruise ship ’Costa neoRomantica’ was recently introduced to the world of open air cinema after AIRSCREEN installed one of their inflatable movie screens on board the newly renovated ship. Two AIRSCREEN technicians were on board to install the screen and to ensure that the passengers on board really got to enjoy the best of open air cinema on the high seas. Up to 1,800 passengers fit on board and amongst other activities such as a spa, casino and discotheque they are now able to enjoy the latest films whilst cruising around the Mediterranean or further a field.
Next to a shopping centre, a gym and many restaurants, the 12 floor Costa ship now has the inflatable screen in its repertoire. This screen was perfect for the cruise ship as it is set up and taken down in minutes and this means it can be installed when it needs to be, for example when a romantic evening of on board cinema should take place. Not only this but the passengers are then able to enjoy one of the finer things about holiday life, a cocktail or two from the on board ‘ Saint-Tropez bar.
The AIRSCREEN Company recently installed a 6.10m x 3.43 inflatable screen on the beautiful Canary Islands. An introduction to the technology and how the screen works was given in Fuerteventura itself from one of the AIRSCREEN Company’s highly trusted technicians. This was all done to allow for a brand new attraction to be opened in the hotel, namely an open air cinema for all coming guests to enjoy.
Fuerteventura, or as the locals call it, Paradise Island, has the perfect climate for open air cinema, with long warm nights allowing for blockbusters to be shown on the big screen without catching a chill. The open air cinema season is not too long away and we are hoping for a long warm summer for all to enjoy the romance of open air cinema with AIRSCREEN.