A pan-European snapshot

by Tero Koistinen, Director General, Finnish Chamber of Films



  • Currently (June 2011 editor’s note) around 64% of screens are digital, mainly through a VPF deal agreed with XDC
  • Negotiations are underway to secure a VPF deal for those sites which have already digitised from their own resources or have yet to do so


  • Currently around 80% of screens have been converted


  • A plan for the whole sector digital roll-out is in place, offering every cinema approximately
  • € 26,000 in state support
  • Currently 176 screens are digital out of 399 (44%)
  • Cinema chain Nordisk Film Biografer (with a 43% market share) has agreed a VPF deal with XDC


  • In September 2010 it became a legal requirement for distributors to provide a VPF to exhibitors and create a general scheme for all cinemas for digital roll out
  • CNC and local authorities provide public subsidies for the smallest cinemas
  • By mid 2011 nearly 50% of the 5,400 screens have been digitised


  • Approximately 1,900 out of 4,700 screens in total are currently digital (40%)
  • Nearly 65% are 3D
  • 2011 - the Government and the Federal Filmboardstarted a special support system for 1,500 "criteria screens” which also get support from the 16 regional governments and the distributors for the first change from analogue to digital
  • No support for the rest of the cinemas (the “market cinemas”)


  • All screens (23) operated by the two largest companies are currently digital
  • A government support scheme has been launched to ensure full digitisation in the country by the end of Summer of 2011


  • Self financing but with a government funded tax credit available up to December 2013
  • Representatives from distribution and exhibition have agreed a set of guidelines governing VPF models (apart from those operated by ‘third party’ entities)
  • Further support will be required for smaller cinemas seeking to digitise

The Netherlands

  • The digitisation of over 500 screens has recently begun through the collective buying group initiative, Cinema Digitaal BV, a scheme partly supported by €5.4 million from the Dutch government
  • All circuit and independent sites in the Netherlands are part of this buying group with the exception of Pathé, Euroscoop and Utopolis
  • 16 independent distributors have signed up to the scheme
  • Roll-out is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012 at the latest


  • National roll-out of digital cinema technology across 420 screens over the last 12 months
  • The country is now fully digitised
  • Back-up, reporting and accounting systems are all in place

Russia and the CIS

  • Almost 50% screens in Russia are digital (1,179 out of about 2,500 modern screens). Almost all of them are 3D enabled
  • D-Cinema roll out carried out without any support from the state or from the film distributors.
  • VPF deals are still being negotiated
  • In CIS countries, which form a common cinema market with Russia, there are 177 D-Cinema screens, including 63 in Ukraine and 44 in Kazakhstan


  • No national roll out plan or public subsidies for digital cinema
  • Operators are investing their own funds
  • At the beginning of May there were 928 digital screens (about 23% of total screens) and 735 of these are 3D screens
  • From 1st January to 30th April 2011 digital screens (2D+3D) represented 29% of the country’s box office.