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The BUFF Blog (November 2012)

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With the exception of Kate Herron, Ugo Onwutalu & Nadia Denton, 6 board members have guest-written the BUFF Blog in the 3 or so years since its’ inception in April 2009 which, at the time, lauded the film ‘Adulthood’ as a watershed for urban independent cinema. A lot has happened since then...     @buffenterprises sent out its very first tweet in April 2009, 3 ½ years on @SpikeLee no less is retweeting BUFF NEWS ALERTS. Also back in 2009, @NoelClarke was ...

Locarno Open Doors 2013 to focus on the South Caucasus

© Festival del film Locarno The eleventh edition of Open Doors will focus on the South Caucasus. The Festival del film Locarno’s section that supports and puts the spotlight on filmmakers and films from countries in the South and East where independent cinema is vulnerable will also introduce a new component. With support from the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), every year Open Doors focuses on a different region; following Africa i...

Tallinn Industry Days kicks off with an unprecedented line-up of Asian and North American professionals

  The top movers from Asian and American independent industry from producers to financiers, festivals and institutions are meeting up in Estonia on 26-28 November to boost their cooperation across continents, Estonia and North Eastern Europe. Multinational hits, Asian project markets, potential of genre biz, and crowd funding are tackled in a two day meet with a unique finance and matching program with local startup and risk capital leaders. Black Nights Film Festival in its 16th editi...

Meet the team of Baja International Film Festival at Los Cabos

We will be posting video interviews shortly. Meanwhile we would like to introduce to you the men and women whose vision transformed this idea of a world class festival dedicated to US and Mexican films... in Los Cabos (seems almost obvious when you think of it) into a brillant success... THE FOUNDERS                                 EDUARDO SANCHEZ-NAVARRO REDO  Regarded as one of the main p...

Golden Doves Awarded at DOK Leipzig

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Prize Money at Record 79,000 Euros   The Golden Doves of the 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were presented on Saturday night. A total of 16 prizes were awarded during the closing festivities in Leipzig’s Central Theater, with a record 79,500 euros of prize money having been awarded during the festival week.   The prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Documentary Film went to COLOMBIANOS by the Swedish filmmaker Tora M&...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival presents its Tallinn Industry Days 2012 (November 26 - 28, 2012)

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  Tallinn Industry Days boasts a line-up of Asian and North American professionals. The top movers from Asian and American independent industry from producers to financiers, festivals amd institutions are meeting up in Estonia this fall on 26 -28 November to boost their cooperation across continents, Estonia and North-Eastern Europe. Multinational hits, Asian project markets, potential genre biz, and crowd funding are tackled in a two day meet with an unique finance and matching program wi...

Gold Coast International Film Festival line up announced

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The Second Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival presented by the Great Neck Arts Center, with the Town of North Hempstead as Founding Sponsor, will present seven days and nights of bold, dynamic films, programs, panels, tributes, conversations, awards and festivities on Long Island’s North Shore.  GCIFF gets underway Monday, October 22 with two pre-festival events followed by its Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, and then runs at the Clearview Cinemas in the communities of Man...

Jean Prewitt and Jonathan Wolf to Lead IFTA

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                                    The Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA®) has renewed contracts with CEO & President, Jean Prewitt and Executive VP & American Film Market Managing Director, Jonathan Wolf through 2015.   Chairman Paul Hertzberg stated, “We are thrilled to have...

SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FERRARI – AN ACTRESS PER CHANCE, AN ARTIST BY VOCATION

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This week ÉCU is spotlighting Isabella Ferrari, an Italian actress and Jury member of the International Jury Prize “Luigi De Laurentiis” at the 69 edition of the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festivals in the world. Isabella is also one of the most beloved actresses of “auteur Italian independent cinema”, highly esteemed by film buffs. Isabella Ferrari was born in Ponte dell’Oglio, near to Piacenza, on March 31st, 1964. Over the years she has worked in Italy and abroad, w...

Masterclass with Frank Darabont ...and more at the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the revered group of industry professionals that will headline the Festival’s signature Master Class series. 2012 ZFF Master Class instructors include: ●          Three-time Academy Award® nominated writer, producer and director Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Walking Dead”) ●          Two-time Academy Award® nominated producer Michael Shamberg (“Pulp Fiction...

FEST begins at 40!

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What makes a festival successful? Great films and great audiences, and Belgrade's 40th FEST had both in spades- indeed, the event was such a hit, it was extended by a day to accommodate a last-minute regional premiere for The Artist, fresh from its triumph at the Oscars in Hollywood(and in keeping with its immaculate organisation, there was even an advance press screening of the French 'surprise' gift to Belgrade's enormous audiences. For the event is centred in what must be one of...

AAIFF 2012: Interview with Supercapitalist Producer Derek Ting

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By Maria Esteves – August 3, 2012   Extraordinaire Derek Ting (DT) is an Asian American actor, producer, and writer who lives and work in Hong Kong. Ting is a native New Yorker who started his film career after experiencing the aftermath of 9/11. He is one to keep your eyes on in the circuit of independent films. In 2003, Ting became president of the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) collaborative group. As president, he renamed the group to Asian American ...

Arbitrage, will open the San Sebastián Film Fest

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" Arbitrage ", a film starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, will be opening the Official Section of the San Sebastián Film Festival in competition. At its opening gala, the 60th San Sebastián International Film Festival will be presenting the European premiere of the US production Arbitrage, a film competing in the Official Section starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon from writer/director Nicholas Jarecki. The gala will mean the return to San Sebastián for bot...

World Premiere of 'Prague' at the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival

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Rohit Khaitan's- 'PRAGUE' directed by debutant Ashish Shukla opens for the world premiere at 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival (27th July- 5th Aug, 2012) Competiton section. Having worked on sets for many years as an assistant director and creative producer at a leading film studio in India, full-time producer Rohit Khaitan identifies with all aspects of filmmaking from the creative to the business- from the story’s inception to the scripting, technical, finance, economics of its...

Festival Employers -We streamline your staff and volunteer search!

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Festivals need to fill seasonal staff, internship and volunteer positions every year!  It becomes tireseome. Why spend so much of your and your festival's time, money and resources posting to numerous websites? There are two things that generally happen when you post on career websites.  Your post gets lost among all the other jobs in finance, medical, retail, etc.  Your post remains inactive and doesn't gererate much attention.  The other situation that  occurs is you receive candid...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

IFTA Applauds Signing of Treaty on Audiovisual Performances at WIPO Diplomatic Conference

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) applauds the successful conclusion of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances with the adoption of the this important international Act and Treaty springing from WIPO negotiations. The signing of the Act by 131 Member States and Treaty by 46 Member States, including the United States, France, Spain and conference host country, the People's Republic of China, is the first of its kind for protection ...

European Film Elite in Novi Sad

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Cinema City Festival will gather some of the most significant European names from the world of film. They will transfer valuable knowledge, experiences and contacts to young filmmakers, but also to those already considered to be successful professionals. For the first time our country will be the host to board members of the prestigious European Film Academy, the most significant film institution in Europe. Numerous directors and producers, such as Nik Powell, co-founder of Virgin Record...

WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT HEATS UP Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO

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      CANNES PRESS WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT HEATS UP Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO Eli Roth to Direct New Horror Thriller that Exclusive Media will Offer to Buyers in Cannes May 17, 2012 (CANNES, FRANCE) -- Worldview Entertainment, a New York City-based motion picture production and investment company, has signed on to finance and produce Eli Roth’s new horror thriller, “The Green Inferno.” Roth, who reignited the horror genre with the “Hostel...

The International Film Finance Forum

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On the 18th of May Cannes will host its third annual "Film Finance Forum."  But what exactly is "The Film Finance Forum" exactly? The Film Finance Forum was born when the financial market collapsed for the first time. The forum was then created, bringing together the world’s highest level of entertainment and financial authorities to discuss the impact of the film industry on the global economy. The emphasis of the forum is mainly on the...

CANNES €CO 2012

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Take a virtual seat for the 65th Cannes Film Festival a live stream event from the Majestic Hotel!  Join us from any remote location or even your very own living room - as we film live via online live streaming - for an exclusive Screen International insider's perspective and behind-the-scenes, full-access pass to interviews, roundtables and a wealth of rich media content in PDF presentations and documents of working examples of film finance from Cannes Eco 2012 while on location...

Film Finance & Camera Ready Film Budget & Schedule by Major Studio - Indie Producer

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Film finance today requires a meticulous film budget custom crafted by a professional with extensive experience.  Financiers and investors are savvy today more than ever.  Sample film budget templates are a dead give away that you have not invested in yourself enough to have a professional cost out the movie for your investor's money.   Contact FllmBudget.com for an instant quote on a proven film budget for your movie.  http://filmbudget.com   FilmBudget.com    ...

Spider Spider

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A little more about Serbian Short Film production and Serbian filmmaker Marko Kostić and about his promising career and interesting ideas you can read in this interview. Marko Kostić directed short film Mašinica (The Gadget), a little  film that Belgrade film lovers had the chance to see on the last Documentary and Short Film Festival in Belgrade.     - What is the advantage of the short film in Serbia and general? Distribution options are limited to short film festi...

Wall Street Crisis Film Opens CT Film Festival

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The 2012 Connecticut Film Festival opens on Thursday, April 26 with the world premiere of CONFIDENCE GAME, an inside look at the Wall Street economic downfall by the players at the center of the crisis, directed by local Connecticut filmmaker Nick Verbitzky. Through the eyes of former employees of financial giant Bear Sterns, shyster mortgage brokers, devastated homeowners, whistle blowers and eminent financial journalists including Bryan Burrough, William D. Cohan and Andrew R...

Subversive Slovenian Film

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Following the latest Retrospective of Slovenian Film in March in Belgrade, Serbia, ever since the 70s, films coming from Slovenia were representatives of the Yugoslav black wave film or one way or another, film avant-garde. Slovenian cinematography was and still is today somehow, closely related to a Serbian cinematography, but without burden of present Serbian film-a post civil themes. Slovenian film today may be overburden with social questions of a coming liberal capitalism be...

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