Cinema Exhibition Industry’s most Awaited Big Cine Expo 2019 sets out its 4th Edition at Bombay Exhibition Center
by Priya Jadhav
27th August, Mumbai : Cinema Industry’s most awaited exhibition Big Cine Expo rolls out the 4th Edition in NESCO, Mumbai. The expo was inaugurated by Film Maker & Choreographer Farah Khan, Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX LEISURE, Yusuf Galabhaiwala, Director, Galalite Screens and Raghavendra T, Director, Big Cine Expo. The two day event is World’s 2nd largest and Asia’s only Convention & Trade Show for the Single Screen, Multiplex, Malls & Theatrical Distribution Industry.
Day one’s inaugural ceremony was followed by panel discussions conducted by industry stalwarts like Kamal Gianchandani, Chief Executive Officer, PVR Pictures, Amit Praveen Sharma, Managing Director, Miraj Entertainment, Sachin R Shetty, Country Head, GDC Technology India & Senthil Kumar, Co-founder, Qube Cinema. Afternoon witnessed IMAX Big Cine Awards where industry players were awarded and felicitated for their contribution in the sector. Indian Film Maker Shri Subhash Ghai received the Special Award for his contribution to the industry. This was followed by a tour of India’s First 270 degree panoramic ScreenX at INOX, Malad.
Day two of the event witnessed leaders like Saurabh Verma, CMO Inox Leisure, Mohan Unmortar, CEO, Carnival Cinemas, Rahul Puri, Managing Director, Mukta A2 Cinemas, Rajeev Sharma, CEO, NY Cinemas making Big Cine Expo a successful interactive knowledge sharing platform that’s always known to be. The 2-day event consisted of product displays, product demos, product presentations, studio presentations, seminars, panel discussions, awards program, special events, film screenings, networking, B-2-B meetings, a trade show, and many more. India emerging as one of the fastest growing economies and one of the largest markets in the landscape of Global Cinema, the entertainment sector plays an assertive role for the economy. Big Cine Expo brings opportunities for North American, European, and Asian manufacturers and suppliers to present their products and services as well as to share their industry knowledge.
The event also witnessed attendance of theatre owners, design consultants, equipment manufacturers, system integrators, project management professionals, distributors, studios, industry stakeholders and the user community for single-screen and multiplex cinema entertainment in Asia and India.
Indian Cinema Industry is one of the largest in the world with India being one of the biggest markets as well as content and film producers in the world. Theatres play a vital role in not only entertaining the audiences but also in generating Box office collections for the movies that release every year. Earlier there were DVDs; now there are streaming platforms that have entered the market giving consumer more options and formats to experience a movie from. As theatre industry, our aim is to constantly innovate and evolve to suit the changing market dynamics and consumers lifestyle. Big Cine Expo is a 2-day event; that opens up all the avenues to the cinema exhibitors to get technical and marketing education with lots of networking opportunities with the esteemed cinema exhibition community. This platform brings global innovations, technologies and products for Theatres and Multiplexes to choose from. Said, Raghvendra T, Director, Big Cine Expo
“I always feel elated to be a part of BIG CINE EXPO and am looking forward to attend this year too, to witness some great work and innovative concepts. It is a must visit and a great learning experience for every entrepreneur in the cinema and ancillary businesses. No one should miss it." Says filmmaker Subhash Ghai.
Alok Tandon, Chief Executive Officer – INOX Leisure Ltd said, “Cinema viewing holds a very special place in the minds and hearts of us Indians, and therefore it comes as no surprise, that the cinema exhibition industry has been growing and doing really well. With FY19 as the best year ever in terms of footfalls, these are very exciting times. The industry members have been maintaining a sharp focus on delivering a fantastic cinema viewing experience with an innovative and aggressive outlook and I am sure that they will continue to do so relentlessly in the future. I also congratulate the organizers of Big Cine Expo for curating a wonderful and engaging event one more time.”
IMAX Big Cine Awards: Along with stimulating panels and presentations, the event will also witness the accredited IMAX Big Cine Awards 2019. It will include categories like – India’s Top Multiplex Chain of the Year, Best Multiplex Theatre of the Year, Best Single-Screen Theatre of the Year, Best Technology Adopter of the Year, Innovative Technology of the Year, Most Trusted Brand of the Year and Special Achievement Award.
About Network 208: Network208 is a leading media company which provides a better platform for the cinema and entertainment B2B business domestically and internationally. Network208 publishes a quarterly magazine ‘TheatreWorld’ and organises the international tradeshow and convention for single-screen, multiplex cinemas and malls known as ‘Big Cine Expo’.
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