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Berlin: Anti-Netflix Protests Hit Fest Premiere of Isabel Coixet’s ‘Elisa & Marcela’

Holding signs reading “No Netflix films in Berlinale competition” and “Kino statt Stream Festival” (“Cinema, not a streaming festival”), the group — around a half-dozen or so people — expressed their disapproval of the Berlinale’s decision to include Coixet‘s film in official competition. – Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2TVmJyd

Berlin Film Festival Responds To Exhibitor Anger Over Netflix’s Presence In Competition

Yesterday, 160 German independent exhibitors sent a strong message to the festival and German culture minister Monika Grütters in which they demanded Isabel Coixet’s drama Elisa Y Marcela be removed from the competition strand. “The Berlinale stands for the big screen, Netflix the small screen,” they said. European arthouse cinema body CICAE also voiced frustration at the decision. – Andreas Wiseman, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2UVUxLI

Cannes Film Festival announces new rule that could block Netflix films from participating

Now the festival has announced a new rule, which requires a film competing at Cannes to “commit itself to being distributed in French movie theaters.” A French law mandates that films can’t be shown on streaming services for 36 months after their theatrical release, and it’s hard to see Netflix agreeing to wait that long (or at all), so this could effectively block its films from future festivals. – Anthony Ha, TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/2r3hT3L

Spotify Adds Beatport to Its Library Because EDM Might Defeat Apple Music

Considering that Beatport‘s portfolio also includes some of the largest electronic dance music festivals globally, the move should bolster Spotify’s nascent video biz. More importantly, considering just how much of a marketing force the entire Apple machine is, adding a whole boatload of serious EDM should benefit Spotify’s cred with the youths, who have turned EDM into a multi-billion dollar industry. – Derek Mead, MOTHERBOARD

South By Southwest Posts SXSW On Live Streaming Schedule

SXSW On live streaming will begin on Friday, March 13 with Interactive Featured Sessions and Keynotes. Beginning Wednesday, March 18 broadcasting will go live for 12 hours (between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m. CT) with Music and Film programming, followed by a repeat of the previous 12-hour broadcast. SXSW On will be available at sxsw.com/on, YouTube and on Roku® players in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland, as well as Roku TV™ models in the U.S. – the first streaming players and smart TVs to feature the SXSW On streaming channel. – Laura Schneider, Hypebot 
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