Panda Security, Exclusive Sponsor of "Open Windows," Nacho Vigalondo’s New Film (#PANDAMovie2014)

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Open Windows is a high-tech thriller directed by Nacho Vigalondo, starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey; by sponsoring the movie, Panda Security hopes to increase awareness of the importance of protecting digital information and interactions. Film is a French-Spanish co-production, with participation from Apaches, Atresmedia Cine, Sayaka and Wild Bunch, as well as Spectrevision, ETB and Canal + as associate producers.

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has announced today, together with Spanish director-screenwriter Nacho Vigalondo, its first-ever major sponsorship of of the upcoming film "Open Windows," scheduled for release over the next few months. Directed by Vigalondo and starring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey and Neil Maskell, the film goes beyond other high-tech films by playing out in real time, utilizing different types of formats and electronic devices. The action is seen through the first-person view of the main character’s laptop.

A Techno-Thriller with a Cyber-Crime Backdrop

With cyber-crime as backdrop, "Open Windows" stars Elijah Wood as an everyman whose girlfriend (Sasha Grey) has been abducted by a vicious killer. Wood's character spends the rest of the film trying to find her, in a hunt that revolves around various forms of technology. The action is followed on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet, an approach that reflects the importance of mobility and immediate Internet connectivity in today’s world.

"The situations shown in the movie are a lot more real than you could imagine," explained Nacho Vigalondo, director of "Open Windows." "Even though the movie is entirely fictitious, we are getting more and more used to hearing stories about new and increasingly sophisticated cyber-stalking attacks like the one suffered by the character played by Sasha Grey."

In a world where interconnectivity is increasingly important, Panda Security has decided to sponsor this French-Spanish co-production as a means to increase public awareness of the dangers of the Internet, regardless of the device used to connect to it.

With headquarters in Spain, the multinational security vendor also chose this project due to its commitment to Spanish cinema, and the innovative nature of the movie.

"In a world where technologies are becoming an increasingly important part of our lives, malware entry points have multiplied," said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. "Users must be aware that cyber-criminals are always looking for new ways to hook unsuspecting people through any Internet access point. In fact, according to data from the latest PandaLabs report, malware creation hit a new record high in Q2 2013, and Android malware is clearly on the rise."

French-Spanish Co-Production

"Open Windows," scheduled for release over the next few months, is a French-Spanish co-production with participation from Apaches, Atresmedia Cine, Sayaka and Wild Bunch. Additionally, Elijah Wood’s production company (Spectrevision) and Movirecord, together with ETB and Canal +, also participate as associated producers.

A sneak peek of "Open Windows," used in the presentation of Panda Security’s new 2014 consumer solutions, is available now on the company’s official YouTube channel.

The Panda Security Project

Panda Security is "the first endpoint protection platform to fully embrace cloud delivery of security services" as described by Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, January 2013.

Every day, PandaLabs -Panda Security’s malware analysis and detection laboratory- receives nearly 206,000 new files, 74,000 of which are new malware strains that Panda Security’s Collective Intelligence system automatically analyzes, classifies and remedies in 99.6 percent of cases. These technologies gather information on malware received from each computer to continuously improve protection levels for the worldwide Panda community.

As proof of its commitment to innovation, Panda Security reinvests around 30 percent of its annual sales revenue into R+D+I.

Panda Security has 500 direct employees across the world. This rises to 800 when including those working in franchises and subsidiaries. Out of these, nearly 300 employees work in Spain. Panda Security is now present in over 80 countries, compared to 56 less than a year ago, with a significant market share in big markets such as the United States, Germany, United Kingdom or Sweden. Spain represents around 22 percent of the company’s revenues.

About Apaches Entertainment

Apaches Entertainment is a film production company based in Madrid (Spain), which was founded in 2008 by Enrique López-Lavigne and Belén Atienza, producers of some of the most original and successful European movies of the last few years: 28 Weeks Later, Pan’s Labyrinth, Sex and Lucia and The Orphanage.

Apaches Entertainment’s line of production relies on Spanish and European talent with potential to succeed in the international market.

In its first years of existence, the company produced such movies as Verbo, from Eduardo Chapero-Jackson, Fin, Jorge Torregrosa’s debut film, Intruders, from Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Extraterrestrial, from Nacho Vigalondo and The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona’s second movie and Spain’s most successful film ever.

Besides Open Windows, Apaches Entertainment is currently working on other movies already premiered or in various stages of development to be released in 2013, such as: Tres Bodas de Más, from Javier Ruiz Caldera, co-produced with Antena 3 Films and the producers of Apaches Entertainment’s two previous movies: Spanish Movie and Promoción Fantasma. This movie was first shown at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim.
Gente en Sitios, directed by Juan Cavestany, a low-budget movie of high artistic quality. This film made its world premiere in the Vanguard section of the Toronto Film Festival.

Aguas Rojas, Lluis Quilez’s directorial debut, shot in Colombia with an international cast and budget. This movie is in post-production and will be released in January 2014.

About Atresmedia Cine

Since its foundation, Atresmedia Cine has always supported Spanish and international cinema.

Founded in 2000 as the film production branch of the Atresmedia group, it aims at helping develop the film industry by leveraging the group’s potential in the communication sector.

The company has produced a large number of critically and financially successful movies, receiving numerous awards and accolades.

It is responsible for some of the top grossing movies in Spain of recent years: Torrente 4 from Santiago Segura, Tres metros sobre el cielo from Fernando González Molina, Los ojos de Julia from Guillem Morales, Que se mueran los feos from Nacho García Velilla, Lope from Andrucha Waddington, Fuga de Cerebros 2 from Carlos Theron, Red Lights, from Rodrigo Cortes, Tengo ganas de ti from Fernando González Molina, and El Cuerpo from Oriol Paulo.

So far, the company has released the following films in 2013: Los últimos días from Alex and David Pastor, Combustión from Daniel Calparsoro, Tres-60 from Alejandro Ezcurdia, La gran familia española from Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica from Oskar Santos, Mindscape from Jorge Dorado, Grand Piano from Eugenio Mira, 3 Bodas de Más from Javier Ruiz Caldera, and Futbolín from Juan José Campanella.

About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the world. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain.

Panda Security collaborates with The Stella Project, a program aimed at promoting the incorporation into the community and workplace of people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

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