Dear FilmChain friends,

2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but at FilmChain, we like to celebrate the little wins that keep the spirits up.


Film festivals and markets have a huge responsibility, which goes beyond screening new films. They are the platforms where new initiatives are released and new behavioural changes emerge. Screen professionals come to these markets for the curation of new breakthroughs, they expect to be educated, to be inspired. Innovation, for so many years, has played a big part as the industry is witnessing a radical makeover. Furthermore, digitisation has only accelerated throughout months of online interactions during tight travel restrictions around the world.

San Sebastián Film Festival took the brave decision to bring a few selected participants together at WIP…


Today, we are thrilled to announce that Hearst has joined our journey as an investor and mentor through HearstLab.

We’re honoured to share this Press Release!

Eve Burton, HearstLab Chairwoman said “We are thrilled to invest in FilmChain, partnering with them to expand their business in the U.K. and U.S. They bring transparency to a traditionally opaque process, ensuring monies are paid and putting real-time performance tracking at the fingertips of key project stakeholders. We were impressed with their traction and ability to provide increased value to their media clients. We continue to advance our mission of helping women-led businesses grow and are excited to further expand HearstLab”.

We’re beyond excited about this new step of our growth and would love to thank all our team members, advisors, mentors, investors and friends whom every day believe in our mission.


There can be absolutely no doubt that, so far, 2020 has been a strange and difficult year. Before his online-concert at Virtual Cannes last week, Ryūichi Sakamoto — renowned and Oscar-winning composer — said “during the quarantine [he] has had a strange feeling… it’s quiet, powerless and irresistible. Kind of [as if], ‘I don’t know where we’re going’”. These words — and his gorgeous online concert with Laurie Anderson — capture a certain feeling that I am sure everyone has grappled with as we’ve worked to navigate this ‘new normal’. …


These weeks we have been thinking. We tried to do better at listening, reflecting, watching and reading anything we could get our hands on. Our company culture and our values sit at the core of what we do. While a small decentralised team now, we strive to grow with values of equality and justice, representing many nationalities, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and walks of life.

As founders and as a team, we are committed to taking the following actions, we might not succeed from the start but we’ll keep trying to get better.

Acknowledge and speak up when someone is…


Recalibrate

  • Use the time to take stock of the new ways you can streamline your processes
  • Test out new tools and platforms! Invest resources in educating yourself on how to improve your next films and processes.
  • Check old distribution deals, sales contracts — if licenses expired, look for new avenues to exploit ready-made content or renew deals.
  • If you’re in pre-production, adapt your financial plans — who will invest and how much everything will cost. Everyone appreciates an honest, business approach tackling challenges head-on. …


It was historic when “PARASITE” was nominated in the most important category of the Academy Awards but what was a huge achievement was actually winning the Best Motion Picture. It is the first time for a foreign film to win this title, subsequently winning Best Screenplay, Best Director and not least, Best Foreign Film. That signifies a major breakthrough for films that are non-English language and for creating space in the mind of global audiences for that small box at the bottom of the screen: the subtitles. The impact on the life of films and their journeys around the world…


Press release

FilmChain to showcase its automatic collection service on blockchain in the Entertainment & Content category.

London, UK — 23 January 2020 FilmChain, the first automatic collection service for media powered by blockchain was selected as a finalist in the Entertainment & Content category for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch® (formerly SXSW Accelerator).

SXSW Pitch is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals (March 13–22, 2020) Startups Track, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. …


Big Couch & FilmChain in the Createch Ones to Watch 2019 book

London Tech Week is a celebration of the great initiatives this buzzing hub of innovation, creativity and technology delivers years after year. Techies in London have not been defeated by the gloomy weather this year and came in large numbers to connect with people in their industry at the numerous events happening in East London Tech City.

We at FilmChain started our week with some fantastic news — we are finalists in The Europas Awards 2019 as “Hottest Blockchain Project”! See you at the awards ceremony on 27 June!

Feed Magazine has also published their latest edition on Monday, featuring…

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