The UK’s cinema industry kicks off Christmas celebrations

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Last Tuesday, 10 December, cinema professionals from all over the UK put on their black tie/ most glamorous dresses for their first Christmas party of the year: the Christmas dinner of the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA). It was a stylish night networking and partying - while supporting a good cause –, in the stunning décor of the five star Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. Dedicated to cinema as we are, we were happy to sponsor the event.


Supporting the UK’s cinema industry
The CEA represents the interests of 90% of the UK’s cinema operators at international, national, regional and local levels. This includes lobbying and working with Government, with other sectors of the film industry and with third parties to promote the value of cinema to the wider public. In addition, the CEA provides expert advice and support to individual members. The annual Christmas dinner and party is a perfect opportunity for everyone involved in UK cinema, to get together and network.

In excellent company

More than providing a fantastic networking opportunity, the Christmas celebrations are also a great occasion for companies to show their support for the industry and showcase their products and services to key decision-makers. Barco was therefore glad to sponsor the event. And we were in great company: other big-name sponsors included VUE cinemas, Cineworld, Sound Associates, film studios like Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros and Lionsgate Films and a whole host of companies connected with the cinema sector.

Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
As well as providing a great networking opportunity for the industry, the Christmas party also helped raise funds for a good cause: The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. The UK charity exists to support people working behind the scenes in the film, cinema and commercial television industries (creative, production professionals, marketers, etc.) who find themselves in times of need for one reason or another. Through donations, membership subscriptions and events the charity is able to help more than 1,000 beneficiaries and their families every year.

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