Briefing

Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre won’t screen movies distributed by Netflix and Amazon at TIFF

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Cineplex said it will only screen films from distributors who “understand and appreciate the importance of the theatrical release model.” Seven Amazon titles and eight Netflix titles will be shown at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, instead. (IndieWire)

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Talking point: Cineplex is leveraging its power to dictate which movies can play at its theatres in its ongoing feud with Netflix and Amazon. The firm has done this before—including by refusing to screen Netflix’s The Irishman, along with other chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark—but never during TIFF. Netflix and Amazon disagree with Cineplex about how long films should remain in theatres before becoming available on streaming platforms; Netflix has pushed for theatrical-screening windows as low as 30 days, instead of the traditional 90 days. Netflix has also been absent from the Festival de Cannes since 2017, due to its unwillingness to abide by theatrical screening windows in France.