Academy CEO Bill Kramer tells Venice the future is international – Deadline
As new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Bill Kramer continues his inaugural outreach tour, he stopped in Venice today to discuss AMPAS’ relationship with world cinema and said, “I think our future is as much with international cinema as it is with American cinema. ”
Surprisingly, this is the first time in the history of the Venice Film Festival that the Academy has an official presence on the ground. The start of what should be an annual tradition reflects Venice’s importance as a launching pad for films in the awards season, which has grown exponentially over the past 10 years – and is also a sign of the Academy’s continued global expansion. Kramer called AMPAS’ presence here “evolutionary” and said the Academy “leans very strongly to international cinema”, which “is only going to grow, evolve and continue”.
He further told attendees of a ‘Values of Cinema in a Global Society’ panel this afternoon: “When the Academy was founded in 1927, it was much more focused on Hollywood (and the American industry) and optics and public relations is still a big part of what we do, but we have become a much more international organization.
Over 25% of Academy members are international while 50% of the last class also come from outside the United States. This, Kramer said, “shows our deep commitment to international cinema.”
Kramer also spoke about the Academy Museum’s multi-year partnership with CineCitta to celebrate Italian cinema and suggested that this wouldn’t be the last time AMPAS visits the Lido. Kicking off awards season, the Venice Film Festival “is incredibly important. We will continue to develop our relationship. »
Speaking more broadly about the Oscars, Kramer was asked about Netflix and his relationship with the Academy. “The cinema eligibility requirement is not going away,” he said. “At the same time, we must recognize that cinema and streaming will continue to coexist. This is a good thing. I imagine the Academy supporting a world where theater and streaming will co-exist.
Kramer wouldn’t be guided by questions about next year’s Oscars or Chris Rock’s recent comments about being turned down for the host job, except to say, “We’re already working hard with potential show producers… The plan is to have a host. It is very important for us, very anchored.
Regarding this year’s ceremony and the slap in the face heard around the world, Kramer said, “We are moving forward to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’re working hard to create a show that celebrates cinema, all of the creative arts… That’s what’s important to us this year, and beyond.