NOVEMBER 19th-21st 2019

DCS Events are proud to announce that the 2019 conference will return to Istanbul this November. Building on the huge success of last year's inaugural event, they are pleased to confirm that this conference will feature a mix of keynote speakers and presentations from industry experts in the cinema, leisure and property sectors.

ECM2019 will focus on the continent of Africa, Turkey, our host nation, and New Europe (the Balkans and former Soviet states), Central Asia and the GCC. In combination they present a market opportunity of 1.7 billion people served by only 6,850 active cinema screens!

These are at an early stage in their growth and development, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry.


Cinema going today is a global and dynamic phenomenon, with growing annual box office returns of $40.0 billion increasingly evenly spread across the world.

With the rapid development of the industry in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the cinema operators involved recognise the extent to which the business opportunities and policy challenges they face – such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution – are shared by counterparts across territories.

The Emerging Markets in Africa, New Europe, Central Asia, and the GCC are at an early stage in the growth and development of their cinema markets, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry.

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent. It covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With over 1.2 billion people and a median age of 19.7 years as of 2016, it accounts for around 16% of the world's human population, but a nominal amount of the global box office, principally as a result of limited access to cinema screens.

70% of worldwide economic growth is forecast in Emerging Markets. ECM2019 will explore opportunities in the regions, the challenges (including technical and political) and how cinema suppliers, operators and producers can grow their business.

ECM2019 will have an outsanding line up of international keynote speakers for a wide variety of areas, sharing in depth knowledge and experience of operating within the emerging markets.

DCS Events develop and host conferences & events supporting emerging markets within the cinema industry.

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(All speakers and timings are subject to change)
09.15 Delegate Registration Desk Opens at the Grand Tarabya Hotel
09.30 CTC Meeting at the Grand Tarabya Hotel

CTC - the global cinema technology network and DCS Events have announced a partnership enabling CTC to host a special programme at the ECM19 conference.

Following on from recent global activities with BIgCineExpo (India) and upcoming participation at ExpoCine (Brazil), the Special ECM Programme on Tuesday 19th November 2019 (with limited availability) will commence at 9.30am in the Grand Tarabya Hotel, Istanbul and is open to sponsors, speakers and delegates to the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference.

The session will be of particular relevance to those working in cinema exhibitors, distributors and producers in Emerging Markets, Box Office Systems, Sound and Projection Technology, Analysts, Architects, Shopping Centre Developers and Financial Asset Investors.

CTC Logo
11.30 - 17.00 Celluloid Junkie 21st Century Shopping Centre and Cinema Tour
Meet at the Grand Tarabya Hotel at 11:30am for Registration and Tour
18.00 – 21.00 Sponsors/ Trade show set up only
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07.00 - 08.00 Sponsors/ Trade Show Set Up Continues
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08.00 Delegate Registration Desk Opens
08.00 Trade Show Opens and Welcome Reception
09.00 Delegates move into Conference area - showreels playing
09.10 Intro: Rob Arthur – The Big Picture – DCS Events

Managing Growth Opportunities: how can we support cinema operators to improve management skills and provide the structure to manage international class cinemas successfully with quality standards in place. Transparency, Integrity, Trust and Compliance are key areas which will enable the development of cinemas in Emerging Markets. 

09.20Conference Launch
09.45 – 11.00Keynote speeches on Emerging Cinema - Overview
Panel guests:

Chair: Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie

  • TBC - Arturo Guillen, SVP & Global Managing Director, Comscore Movies
  • Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas
  • (Middle East Female CEO of the Year 2018
11.00 – 11.15Sponsors Update
11.15 – 12.00Network Break
12.00 – 13.00Focus On Turkey

The host country for the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference has a very active local production, distribution and exhibition industry.

World class cinemas, 40 million ticket sales to local productions last year and the 19th biggest international market.

13.00 – 14.30Lunch on the Trade Show Floor

14.30 – 15.30The Valueplex

How to create the “wow factor” in Emerging Markets

Panel guests:

Introduced by Raghav T, Editor-Publisher, Theatre World

Chair - Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie

  • Harish Anand Thilakan, Founder & CEO, Influx Worldwide
15.30 – 15.45Spotlight Session
15.45 – 16.15Network Break
16.15 – 17.15Film Marketing & Promotion

How do you identify specific target audiences for a film and forecast the cinema admissions as well as optimum film times? And how do you reach the audience in a positive way and provide reasons to talk about a film and your cinema.

Chair / Moderator: Till Cussmann – SVP Sales & GM Europe, Vista

Panel guests:
  • Cladiu Tanasescu - Chief Executive Officer, Cinema Intelligence
  • Sarah Lewthwaite, Managing Director & Senior Vice President, EMEA, Movio

  • In Emerging Markets budgets are challenging. It is easy to waste time and money on marketing efforts that are not well thought-out and executed. When reviewing your promotional ideas, always stop and ask the following question: “Does this promotion make people want to see the film?”

    Panel guests:
    • John Trafford-Owen, Managing Director, EMEAR, RealD
17.15 – 17.30Event Cinema Update

Details to be announced

Chair / Moderator: Till Cussmann – SVP Sales & GM Europe, Vista

Panel guests:

17.30 – 18.30ICTA Session

The venue should no longer consider itself just to be a cinema – it is an entertainment and multi-arts venue with an ever- broadening offer, driven by the developments in technology, flexible distribution, new types of content and local demand.

Chair / Moderator: Till Cussmann – SVP Sales & GM Europe, Vista

Panel guests:
  • Hakan Askar - Director, DIgital Cinema Systems, CGV Mars
  • Serge PLasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic
18.30Comscore Awards
19.00Conference Closes
08.00Delegate Registration, Trade Show opens and sponsored Welcome Reception
09.00Welcome: Rob Arthur – The Big Picture – DCS Events

With only 1 screen per 1 million people Africa represents a significant opportunity, but at what risk?

How do we look in detail at the various nations which make up the African continent – language, culture, cinema requirements?

Will there be studio or national film distributor support for cinema development?

09.10Keynote Speakers

In mature markets companies defend - cut costs, analyse the competition, follow best practices and work to established processes.

Emerging Markets – the new frontier - the world is different. New Territories and New Cinemas using new digital technology blended to the global content providers and supply chain create new opportunities and possibilities

Speakers To Be Announced
9.40 - 10.10Presentation of The Big Picture Report on Africa

  • Rob Arthur - The Big Picture - DCS Events
  • Heike Wolkerstorfer, Consultant, DCS Events
10.10 – 11.00Focus On Africa

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent. It covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people and a median age of 19.7 years as of 2016, it accounts for around 16% of the world's human population, but a nominal amount of the global box office.

Chaired by:

  • Lucy Jones, Executive Director, Comsocore Inc
  • Kene Mkparu, Group President/ Chief Executive Officer, Komworld
11.00 – 11.30Network Break
11.30 – 12.15France in Africa

Français Africain is the generic name of the varieties of a French language spoken by an estimated 120 million people in Africa spread across 24 African nations. Africa is the continent with the most French speakers in the world.

What is happening in French speaking Africa, and what more can be done to develop the film and cinema markets?

Chaired By

Jean-Marie Dura, NXNW Management & Conseils

12.15 – 13.00Spotlight on Growth Markets In Africa

Chaired By

Patrick Von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie

  • Hon. (Sen) Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Zimbabwe
  • Luis Roberedo Mota, Director, NOSLusomundo Cinemas, Moçambique Angola and Portugal
  • Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi, Senior Manager, Theatre Development Europe and Africa, IMAX Corporation
13.00 – 14.30Lunch on the Trade Show Floor
14.30 – 15.30Spotlight On Ghana

Ghana sits on the Atlantic Ocean and borders Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. It has a population of about 29.6 million (2018).

In the past two decades, it has taken major strides toward democracy under a multi-party system, with its independent judiciary winning public trust.

Ghana consistently ranks in the top three countries in Africa for freedom of speech and press freedom, with strong broadcast media, and radio the medium with the greatest reach. Factors such as these provide Ghana with solid social capital.

Panel guests:

Speakers to be announced

14.45 - 15.45Spotlight on Nigeria & West Africa

It is vastly under-screened area, with only 1 screen per 1.5 million people. Nigeria is a key regional player in West Africa, with an English-speaking population of approximately 197 million, which accounts for about 47% of West Africa’s population, and has one of the largest populations of youth in the world.

A federation that consists of 36 autonomous states, Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse society. With an abundance of resources, it is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, and also has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent.

Chaired By

Patrick Von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie

  • Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross (Country Overview)
  • Moses Babatope, Co-Founder, Group CEO, Filmhouse Cinemas
  • Jared Murray-Bruce, Executive Director, Silverbird Group
  • Adeya Thomas, Director General/ CEO, National Film and Video Censors Board
15.45 – 16.15Network Break
Sponsored by The Big Picture Ltd
16.15 – 17.00The Big Picture: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia one year on.....Germany or Singapore?

"Visions are supposed to be challenging, but it is realistic cinemas will play a vital role in diversifying the economy" - Majed Bahaffi

Chair / Moderator: Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie

  • John Sullivan, Managing Partner, The Big Picture
  • David Wallace, Director - Chapman Taylor
  • Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer at Cinionic
  • Mark Waldman, Director, Sales and Marketing, POSitive Cinema
17.00 – 17.10Conference Summary and Conclusions

Rob Arthur - The Big Picture - DCS Events

18.00Conference Closes

All details including timings and speakers are subject to change.

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Information For Sponsors



Entrance into Turkey for the ECM19 Conference will require all delegates to have a valid VISA

Ordinary passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey: Apply for Visa

Visas are required for EU and US nationals. Check with your nearest Turkish Embassy prior to departure

Please ensure you use the correct website to apply for the Turkish Visa as there are alternative sites that either charge an unneccessary premium or are fake to collection personal information. The link on this page is the official link for the Turkish visa Apply for Visa


Delegates from certain countries wishing to attend ECM19 will require an invitiation letter from DCS Events as part of their visa application

If you require an invitation letter to attend ECM19 you will need to apply as soon as possible

The DCS Team can assist you in the application process

Information required by DCS in order to provide the invitiation letter

  • Copy of the attendees passport

  • Job title of the person applying for the visa

  • Address of the Company they are applying for

  • Date the attendee started working for the company (approx)

Please note we cannot issue invite letters without a valid passport. Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry to the Republic of Turkey

In addition please note that you will need to be able to show valid travel insurance when entering the Republic of Turkey

To contact DCS for an invitation letter email DCS Events at the following email address:


Venue Information

The Grand Tarabya Hotel

Tarabya, Haydar Aliyev Cd. No:154.34457 Sanyer/ Istanbul, Turkey

Venue Tel: +90 212 363 33 00

Istanbul is a vibrant multi-cultural city on the cusp of Europe and Asia.

  • Language: Turkish

  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)

  • Electricity: AC 220V / 50 cycles

  • Climate: Moderate with hot summers, averaging 27 ˚C

  • Hotels – all major international hotel brands operate in Istanbul including Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Hyatt.