Walt Disney Studios’ evp of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis has encouraged exhibition and distribution to step up their partnership to ensure cinema-going remained the first choice of consumers.

Baltasar Kormakur

Delivering an International Day keynote address on Monday, Hollis acknowledged the growth of international box office but also warned that technology was fuelling a proliferation of alternative platforms that had led to dwindling numbers of younger film-goers.

The executive called on attendees to consider local flavour and create content that spoke to individual markets.

Later in the schedule Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur (pictured) collected the International Filmmaker Of The Year Award.