Connecting poles

first_imgThe Polish Institute in New Delhi is presenting the 2nd edition of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival with the aim of bringing acclaimed Polish movies to Indian audiences. The festval begins from 19 November to 12 December in Delhi and Mumbai. The Delhi edition will be hosted at the India Habitat Centre and the Alliance Française de Delhi. It celebrates the best of Polish cinema, including award-winning films from Poland’s great auteur and cutting edge, exciting work from a new generation of Polish film-making talent. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The Polish Institute is bringing new Polish films from the years 2012-2014 including the Oscar candidate from Poland Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski. We are also celebrating KrzysztofKieslowski’s Decalogue as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the series. ‘The great film maker’s retrospective will be shown at IFFI Goa as well,’ says Anna Tryc-Bromley, Director, Polish Institute, New Delhi.The Festival will kick off in Mumbai on 19 November and draw to a close in Delhi on 12 December. The two-city Festival is also split into two parts: the first, called Polish Cinema Now is focused on contemporary Polish cinema, and features some of the most recent film successes, including Andrzej Jakimowski’s highly-acclaimed Imagine, which opens the Delhi leg of Kinoteka in the presence of the director himself on 2 December, and that of his wife Ewa Jakimowska who worked on the film’s production design. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther films in this section are also highly-rated such as Ida, which has been nominated for next year’s Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category . The second part of the Festival is a tribute to arguably Poland’s best known film director – Krzysztof Kieslowski. The Decalogue series, and on the occasion the first four episodes from it will be screened  as part of a Krzysztof Kieslowski Retrospective.Where: India Habitat Centre and Alliance Française de Delhi When : 19 November – 12 Decemberlast_img read more

Video Gaming Craze

first_imgApril 1, 2006 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. As poker mania sweeps across the country, mutterings of Two Fat Ladies and Big Slick buzz around felt-topped kitchen tables. But as friends and acquaintances battle for tournament supremacy, pay attention, because the players in the loser’s lounge often gather around a video-game console. When the dust finally settles around poker hysteria, video games are in the perfect position to fill the gaming void.Jason Della Rocca, executive director for the International Game Developers Association, says the gaming industry has already arrived. “It’s this neverending tidal wave,” says Della Rocca. “It just keeps collecting mass.”According to the Entertainment Software Association, 50 percent of all Americans-and 75 percent of heads of households-play video games. The games have similarities to poker that are helping them reach the mainstream, in the same way poker has: Both video games and poker are blind to gender, age, social environment and physical abilities. Both boast professionals and have a media following. Just as poker birthed heaps of accessory opportunities for entrepreneurs, so have video games-perhaps more so. The video-game market continues to innovate with products like exergames, which encourage physical activity, and Nintendo’s new physically responsive controller (for example, gamers playing a fishing game use the controller as if they were actually casting a reel). And neither is a fad-the average gamer has been playing for 12 years, according to the ESA. While poker has been the recent beneficiary of widespread attention, it’s been a part of American folklore since Wild Bill Hickok was shot in 1876 holding a dead man’s hand.Della Rocca notes that many gamers are beginning to recognize that not just teenagers and young men, but their moms, wives and girlfriends are interested in games. “Those who are not really part of the gamer culture are starting to wake up to this,” he says.As nongamers begin paying attention to the industry, entrepreneurs can benefit by pushing in their chips now with opportunities in service, development, accessories and more. Entrepreneurial niches exist in advergames, mobile games and “serious” games, where simulation or learning is the goal. In addition to the much-anticipated arrival of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 last year, this year marks the rollout of Sony’s Playstation 3 and Nintendo’s Revolution. Della Rocca says the marketing and promotion dollars invested in these launches should definitely attract even more mainstream attention to video games. The wave is only getting bigger, so don’t wait until the River to jump in. This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borders Demise

first_imgOut of touch with trends. The world of books has changed radically in recent years. Shoppers aren’t just buying more online; they’re buying e-books, too. Yet Borders never developed a strong online presence. Like struggling Blockbuster, their industry shifted, but Borders didn’t. Lagging on technology. As books became digitized and were increasingly loaded onto e-readers, Borders did nothing. All the while, archrival Barnes & Noble was also struggling, but it at least attracted a buyout offer in large part by developing the Nook. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Underutilization of assets. So they had these vast bookstores — but what happened in them? Borders could have made them a livelier place with book-group discussions, maybe issue-focused debates, or late-night bands playing in those coffee bars. Perhaps cooking demonstrations surrounding cookbook releases? They had all that room. But not enough was done to make Borders a must-visit destination that was entertaining rather than just a big cavern full of books. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’re like me, you can remember when the first Borders bookstore opened in your town.I thought: what a big, luxurious-feeling bookstore…with a coffeehouse inside, too. By 2010, the company had more than 250 stores in the U.S., about 10,000 employees worldwide and sales had mushroomed to $2.3 billion.Independent bookstores feared the mega-bookstore chain. Wags said it was the beginning of the end of the independent bookstore. And Hollywood even made a movie out of it: Remember Meg Ryan’s Shop Around the Corner in the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail?My how the mighty have fallen.Now, Borders is history — its nearly 400 remaining stores are being liquidated. But the American Booksellers Association reports more than 1,200 independent bookstores are still open.How did it all go wrong for Borders? Here are four reasons why the once-colossal chain went bust:center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Why do you think Borders went under? Leave a comment and let us know.   Big stores = big rents = high risk. Megastores can only survive on huge traffic volumes. So when customers took to the Web with greater frequency, the giant bookstore business model began to erode. Independent bookstores mostly have much smaller rents to pay, so they can better withstand this migration. Even Best Buy is now renting out store space to small businesses to pay its rent. July 21, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more