Netflix has tweeted a statement in support of films being made by, and distributed through, streaming services. This comes in the wake of news that Steven Spielberg is reportedly planning to propose a change to the eligibility criteria for the Oscars at the next Academy Board of Governors meeting such that films which have a limited theatrical release and which premiere on streaming services should not qualify for the Oscars, but instead qualify for the Emmys.
Netflix tweeted the following:
"We love cinema. Here are some things we also love:
- Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theaters
-Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time
-Giving filmmakers more ways to share art
These things are not mutually exclusive."
The news comes after Netflix's film "Roma" won three Oscars at this year's Academy Awards ceremony - for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography.
The conversation around the future of film in the age of streaming giants like Netflix is an interesting one and one which will be taking centre stage at DLA's Media 2019 Summit at the Royal Institution on Thursday. See details of the event and how to register here.