The Event Cinema Association (ECA) will be holding its second annual conference next Thursday 16 October at the recently-restored independent cinema, the Genesis in Mile End, East London.

The event will feature two panel discussions on marketing event cinema and a focus on new business models and technology and a total of six breakout sessions over the course of the day.

Making the announcement, Melissa Cogavin, Managing Director of the ECA, said:

“Last year’s conference was a sell-out event, attended by 180 delegates from 19 countries worldwide, and we were delighted by the demand, emphasizing the need for such an event at a key time in the sector’s growth,”

“We listened to feedback afterwards and felt that given the diverse nature of the audience, comprised of all manner of business backgrounds, it’s impossible to make every topic on the stage relevant to everyone. The creation of breakout sessions means the delegates can choose subjects that interests them particularly and meet with like-minded people and ultimately it’s better value for money, especially given the distances some will be travelling.”

Speakers from the UK, US, Canada, France, Poland and Germany among other territories are due to take the stage during the course of the day, and the breakout sessions will tackle subjects rarely given serious attention, but which are essential to Event Cinema, such as ‘Production and financing’, ‘Rights acquisition’, ‘Practicalities in live delivery’ and ‘Utilising the intermission to generate revenue’, all of which will be attended on a first come-first served basis.

The event cinema industry has grown in stature considerably since the last event in October 2013, with successes such as BBC Worldwide’s Dr Who: Day of the Doctor which saw cinemas gross $10m in three days worldwide. The growth in box office attendance will see many providers walk away with plaudits at the 2nd Annual ECA Awards, which will also take place at the October 16 event.

Tickets to attend this year’s conference are still available and priced at £130 + £3.90 booking fee. For more information or to book a ticket, go the the ECA website.

The CEA is pleased to confirm that is has negotiated a discount for its members – for more information please email Melissa Cogavin at