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Three Musketeers in 3D

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U.S. Distribution rights to Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers" in 3D, was scooped up by Summit Entertainment, who will also be selling the project worldwide in Cannes. According to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily," the Musketeers: Porthos, Aramis and Athos are set to be played by Ray Stevenson ("The Book of Eli"), Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans"), and Matthew Macfadyen ("Robin Hood"). Other casted stars include Christoph Wa...

3D Boom in the Marche

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Last year's Cannes Film Festival marked the first time a 3D film, Disney's "Up," had premiered as the Ouverture. Since then, 3D has become all the rage at the festival, with many booths advertising 3D films for production, distribution and sale. As stated in "Cannes Market News," there are sixty-five 3D films being presented in the Marche du Film this year by companies such as Nu Image, CJ Entertainment, Illusion Studios and Celsius Entertainment, to name only a few. In add...

Partnership between MDA and Tiger Gate

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Announced on Friday was a partnership between the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore and Tiger Gate Entertainment, a joint venture in itself between Lionsgate and Saban Capital Group.  Together they plan on releasing multi-platform features in the action, horror and thriller genre to worldwide markets over the next four years.  As stated by "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," Tiger Gate will be taking charge of all platforms distribution within Asia, and Lionsga...

Film Commission Partnership

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This afternoon, 14 May, Olivier-Rene Veillon, executive director for Île-de-France Film Commission, and Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London, will be meeting to sign a partnership agreement between both regions. This agreement between the IDF and London commission will be the first of its kind and intends to jointly utilize each of their production and post-production resources for industry events. There are also plans in the works to combine each regions' eco-initiatives, IDF's Ecoprod and Lon...

Uncertainty in the Marche?

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Marche du Film      When walking into the Marche du Film, business appears to be booming.  It's day two into the festival and deals are already in the works and bidding wars over distribution rights to films have begun.  Though despite the Marche's surface appearance, many cannot ignore the current uncertainty of the European Independent film industry.  This uncertainty stems from the recent signs of the sector taking a hit similar to that of the American Independent...

Aussie's Open and Close the Festival this year

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Looking at the main competition films set for the 2010 Film Festival in Cannes, one will not see any Australian films, though the Aussie presence is still evident in the Palais from the opening film to the closing film, with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett premiering "Robin Hood" on the red carpet, to the French-Australian co-production of "The Tree." Lack of a strong Austrailian presence at the festival this year is due to the attempts by Australian filmmakers to cre...

Solid market attendance during Berlin Festival

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High attendance and a great atmosphere marked the EFM 2010. In this anniversary year of the Berlinale, the EFM management recorded a total of 6450 visitors by the end of the European Film Market. In complete contrast to the wintry conditions in the city, the European Film Market of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival showed signs of a spring-like renewal. For EFM Director Beki Probst, the EFM 2010 was "a solid Market that exuded an air of optimism. We are very contenSolit with t...

The Kids Are All Right Premieres at Sundance Film Festival to Rave Reviews

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Director Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2010 to very positive reviews, resulting in one of the festival's most visible bidding war. Rumored suitors included Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, The Weinstein Company, and Summit Entertainment; however, Focus Features (the specialty film unit of Universal Pictures) confirmed on Thursday that they had picked up distribution rights for the United States, the United Kingdom, South...

Israel Film Festival ready to open

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The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States will open on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and continue through December 13 at the SVA Theater (333 W. 23rd St.).   Opening night will find celebrated actor Elliott Gould on hand to receive the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous achievements and body of work.  This Academy Award® Nominee has over 200 film and television credits to his name, and is easily re...

Paju to open Rotterdam film festival

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39th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 27 - February 7, 2010 Paju, the second feature film by South Korean director Park Chan-Ok will be the official opening film for the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday January 27, 2010. Park Chan-Ok was the winner of a Tiger Award in 2003 for her critically appraised debut Jealousy is My Middle Name. In 2006 her sophomore feature project Paju was launched at Rotterdam's co-production market CineMart. Rotterdam festiva...

An Interview with Hungarian Film Director, Krisztina Goda - by Brigitta Bokor

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by Brigitta Bokor November 5, 2009 will mark the opening night of the 9th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The audience at the Laemmle's Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica has the honor to watch the Hungarian Oscar-entry, "Chameleon" by Krisztina Goda. The film is also in competition for the 67th Golden Globe Awards. This is an interview with the director of the film. 1) What is your directorial vision? I don't think I have one; I would rather skip th...

An Interview with Hungarian Film Director, Krisztina Goda

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by Brigitta Bokor November 5, 2009 will mark the opening night of the 9th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The audience at the Laemmle's Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica has the honor to watch the Hungarian Oscar-entry, "Chameleon" by Krisztina Goda. The film is also in competition for the 67th Golden Globe Awards. This is an interview with the director of the film. 1) What is your directorial vision? I don't think I have one; I would rather skip this question. 2) Where do you draw inspirat...

Bill Mechanic will deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote

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New Distribution Options and Reinvention on Agenda Prominent industry executive and producer Bill Mechanic will deliver the keynote address at the 11th Annual Independent Film & Television Alliance's (IFTA) Production Conference, which takes place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt announced today. Mechanic will be joined by other industry leaders at Century City's InterContinental Hotel to address the best ways to overcome difficult production...

The LA Film Festival wrap report

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This was my first year covering the LA Film Festival. I first remember going to some screenings in past years when it was held at the Sunset 5 in Hollywood, and later some parties and mixers in Westwood and at the W Hotel. After Cannes, June is also a busy month for film festivals around the world. This year, there was a greater focus on international film at the Festival. I spoke with new Executive Program Director Rebecca Yeldham at the award brunch, and shared how we enjoyed meeting many o...

The Global Film Village: LA Film Festival Wraps with Awards by Marla Lewin

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 This was my first year covering the LA Film Festival.  I first remember going to some screenings in past years when it was held at the Sunset 5 in Hollywood, and later some parties and mixers in Westwood and at the W Hotel.  After Cannes, June is also a busy month for film festivals around the world.  This year, there was a greater focus on international film at the Festival. I spoke with new Executive Program Director Rebecca Yeldham at the award brunch, and shared how we enjoyed meeti...

Los Angeles Film Festival "Film Financing Conference full line-up announced"

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Film Financing Conference: a full-day event designed to discuss different aspects of independent film production, financing, and distribution. Keynote Speaker: James D. Stern (CEO Endgame Entertainment) Panelists: Stephanie Allain (Producer, Black Snake Moan), Rick Allen (Snagfilms), Laura Bickford (Laura Bickford Productions), Peter Broderick (Paradigm Consulting), Patrick Creadon (Director, I.O.U.S.A.), Michael Donaldson (Donaldson & Callif), Jennifer Dubin (Producer, Good Dick), Da...

Festival Market Trends in Tougher Times

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Everyone’s a critic?  In times of financial turmoil, apparently everyone is also an economic analyst…  Throughout the festival, market veterans, journalists, and onlookers alike have been trying to decipher what impact the world financial crisis, economic recession, or whatever term you prefer has had on the Cannes market.  Everyone has an opinion on this sensitive subject and of course not everyone agrees on the issues--  To what degree has the Cannes market been effected? What are the ...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes: Day 11 part 1

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I had a leisurely breakfast, chatting with a producer also staying at the college. Then I spent an hour packing my duffel bag to ship back to Cambodia and deciding what to carry with me for the rest of the trip. I decided to pay the $10 Euros for a taxi to the Palais. TNT is the sponsoring shipping company, so I trolleyed my duffel bag to the counter inside the market. It weighed in at 20 kilos - perfect! I told them the day before it might be 30 kilos, which they said would be fine for t...

The 24th Israel Film Festival lineup

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CELEBRATING THE BEST OF ISRAELI CINEMA June 3 – 18, 2009 The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, announced today its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 movies, including award winning features, documentaries and student films, the Festival runs from June 3rd – June 18th, 2009 in Los Angeles. The gala Opening Night festivities will include the West Coast premiere of Lost Islands, the highest grossing and most hon...

Tribeca Talks Series

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the line-up for its two discussion programs – the Tribeca Talks Series and “Behind the Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility,” sponsored by iShares Exchange Traded Funds. The Tribeca Talks Series includes “Tribeca Talks Panels,” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks Special Events,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble.” The 2009 ...

Robert Osborne Author of “80 Years of the Oscar” Book

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By Maria Esteves - February 21, 2009 The official release of the Academy Awards biography "80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards," written by Robert Osborne , prime-time host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), columnist of The Hollywood Reporter, and Oscar's Red Carpet Greeter was held at BORDERS Books Park Avenue branch, New York, Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the of...

2009 Oscars Red Carpet Greeter Robert Osborne Author of “80 Years of the Oscar” Book Signing Release Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - February 21, 2009 The official release of the Academy Awards biography "80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards," written by Robert Osborne , prime-time host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), columnist of The Hollywood Reporter, and Oscar's Red Carpet Greeter was held at BORDERS Books Park Avenue branch, New York, Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the of...

Shooting Stars honoured at Berlinale

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Ten of the most promising young actors in Europe chosen as the SHOOTING STARS of 2009 by a film industry jury have concluded a whirlwind weekend of events at the Berlin International Film Festival with photosessions, casting director meetings, press conference and a glittering award ceremony and party on Monday 9 February.Last night, actress Ziyi Zhang welcomed the ten actors onto the Berlinale-Palast stage to receive the SHOOTING STARS Award – sponsored by Studio Babelsberg, to celebrate thei...

2009 European Film Market off to a solid start

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The Berlinale European Film Market (EFM), the first international film market of the year 2009, is considered an indicator of the mood in the international film industry. Despite the current economic situation, EFM Director Beki Probst appears content with present developments: “We are very pleased that all exhibit stands at both EFM locations are completely booked. Buyer and seller registrations from Europe are particularly stable at present.” Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale, is...

European Film Market: Crisis? Innovations, Opportunities, and Strategies - the 2009 European Film Market Industry Debates

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The European Film Market (EFM) is presenting the 2009 EFM Industry Debates (February 6 to 8). Celebrated film journalists, representatives, and financial backers from around the world will discuss the possibilities and opportunities emerging as a result of the global financial and economic crisis. In what ways are international markets changing? What kinds of opportunities do new strategies create? How are film projects to be financed in the future despite the general credit cru...

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