The Fight Continues: Netflix and Amazon Barred From Toronto International Film Festival Industry Screening Venue
The ongoing heavyweight bout between streaming giants Netflix and Amazon, and traditional brick-and-mortar movie exhibitors, continues to be a real slobberknocker. The latest venue for this clash-of-the-titans? Toronto International Film Festival.
Canadian exhibition giant Cineplex, which runs Scotiabank Theatres—the traditional press and industry screening venue for the festival—informed organizers that Netflix and Amazon movies that have been programmed for abbreviated runs in movie theaters (in order to qualify for awards), or no movie theater runs at all, have been banned from its multiplex theater on Richmond Street.
“There are hundreds of fantastic films screening as part of this year’s festival, and with all those options we asked that our screens feature titles from studios who understand and appreciate the importance of the theatrical release model," Sarah Van Lange, a Cineplex spokesperson, told THR.
"We have a strong and longstanding partnership with TIFF and are proud of our role in creating memorable theatrical experiences for festival goers, now and for years to come," she added.
As a result, festival organizers had to arrange for industry and press-only Netflix and Amazon screenings at a another venue a couple of blocks over.