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Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Jury Members

Our Jury Members BERNI GOLDBLAT Self made filmmaker Berni Goldblat directs, edits, produces and distributes films since 1999 in West Africa. In 2000 he created CINOMADE (www.cinomade.org), an organization based in Burkina Faso, which specializes in intervention cinema through awareness films and debates.  In 2006 Berni established the independent film production company LES FILMS DU DJABADJAH also based in B...

AFI World Premiere: Mark Wahlberg Puts His Chips on Oscar in The Gambler, All In

Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Mark Wahlberg sits in a director’s chair on stage to a packed house at The Dolby Theater after the world premiere of his new film The Gambler at AFI Fest presented by AUDI, and says “there are four pictures on the wall in my basement. Steve McQueen, Jimmy Cagney, John Garfield… and James Caan. I wanted him (Caan) to see The Gambler. He comes over to my house, sees the pictures on the wall, and says ‘Did you put this up just...

Distribution Conference Nov 11: DIY Distribution: Finding Your Film's Audience and Digital Niche moderated by Russell Schwartz

Second Session - DIY Distribution: Finding Your Film's Audience and Digital Niche What every producer needs to know before bypassing distributors and aggregators. Platforms and filmmakers take the audience through the range of options and reveal how to find and select the distribution channel that will deliver the most enthusiastic audience for every film.   Moderator: Russell Schwartz, President, Domestic Marketing, Relativity Europa Distrib...

Distribution Conference at AFM Nov 11: Video on Demand: 2015 moderated by Alex Fragen

Distribution Conference sponsored by iQIYI First Session - Video on Demand: 2015 VOD could soon be the primary source of revenue for independent filmmakers. Many see a future where all films are available worldwide and every film finds its audience. Leading aggregators and distributors come together to separate fact from fiction - exploring who is making money, how they are doing it and what the future holds.   Moderator: Alex Fragen, Glob...

Alissa Miller attends the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) Producers Forum

Alissa Miller attends the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) Producers Forum at the JW Le Merigot Hotel on Monday, Nov. 10, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) Nov 10, late in the afternoon during the Producers Forum, attendees chose from two concurrent sessions: speaker Ted Hope spoke about “Protecting Your Rights: The Producer’s Guide to Distribution Contracts and Chain of Title”; and speaker Alissa Miller spoke about “Working ...

Ted Hope on Protecting Your Rights at the Producers Forum Nov 10

Ted Hope attends the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) Producers Forum at the JW Le Merigot Hotel on Monday, Nov. 10, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) Late in the afternoon during the Producers Forum, attendees chose from two concurrent sessions: speaker Ted Hope spoke about “Protecting Your Rights: The Producer’s Guide to Distribution Contracts and Chain of Title” while speaker Alissa Miller spoke about “Working with ...

Director Phil Gorn from Wonderphil Entertainment, LLC with star Vivica A. Fox promoting her latest project GIBBY.

    Director Phil Gorn from Wonderphil Entertainment, LLC with star Vivica A. Fox promoting her latest project GIBBY.   ...

AFM Events (November 9, 2014) THE PASSION OF FILM: REACHING THE FAITH COMMUNITY

Barbara Mudge, President & Founder, Worldwide Film Entertainment, and from left, Bobby Downes, CEO & Founder, ChristianCinema.com, Jim Mhoon, VP, Content Development & Integration, Focus on the Family, Mark Borde, Co-President, Freestyle Releasing, Ash Greyson, President & CEO, Ribbow Media, and Sophia Karteris Kelley, SVP Programming, UPtv are seen at the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Alex...

Road Hard – A Comedian’s Journey from Crowdfunding to Distribution with ADAM CAROLLA

Adam Carolla speaks at the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) Adam Carolla speaks at the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) Road Hard – A Comedian’s Journey from Crowdfunding to Distribution, which took place at the AFM Studio earlier ...

Mike Tyson at AFM to promote the upcoming film CHAMPS,

Laurence Gornall, and from left, Mike Tyson and Bert Marcus are seen at the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif.(Alexandra Wyman/Invision for IFTA/AP Images)   Mike Tyson was in town to promote the upcoming film CHAMPS, which The Works is selling here at AFM  ...

ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS Announces 2014 International Juries

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  Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the complete line-up of the two International Juries, comprising of 10 eminent members of the international filmmaking community, that will determine the winners in the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), to be announced in Brisbane on December 11. Cr Quirk said the six-member APSA International Jury would comprise acclaimed Palestinian actress, director and writer Hiam Abbass, Chinese direc...

Interview with Paula van der Oest: Director of ACCUSED - Dutch film Candidate for Oscar’s Foreign-Language Nomination

  Accused directed by Paula van der Oest - is a film based on the true story of Lucia de Berk, an intense drama about the biggest failure of the legal justice system in Dutch history. After one of so many inexplicable baby death’s where Nurse Lucia (40) was once again present, the children’s hospital alerts the police. Assistant District Attorney Judith (28), driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, puts a lot of efforts in the investigation and considers Lucia guilty. The...

AFM Finance Conference Current Issues in Film Finance & Building Your Global Film Financing Strategy

  FINANCE CONFERENCE 9:15AM- 12:45PM    AFM CONFERENCE SERIES LOCATION: Fairmont Hotel- Starlight Ballroom- 101 Wilshire Blvd. Richard Klubeck, United Talent Agency and Brett Ratner at the AFM Finance Conference. 9:15AM                      Finance Conference                 &nbs...

Oscar Isaac: Probably Time for Oscar & AFI Fest 2014 Opens Wide

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   What is it about Oscar Isaac? When he and Jessica Chastain kicked off AFI Fest 2014 Opening Night with A Most Violent Year, the energy between the two of them was evident. Not because they both attended Juilliard, or because they are both born in March, or even the visible screen chemistry as a couple on film. But because if you trace both of their film choices, between the pair, you begin to see them build their credits and their onscr...

13 Films hires Jae-woo Kim as Director of International Sales

  Jae-woo Kim has been appointed Director of International Sales with immediate effect at leading international sales and finance company, 13 Films, it was announced today by Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films. Kim will report directly to Anisi.   “Jae-woo’s previous experience in sales and acquisitions at 9ers Entertainment where she handled a number of high profile films will be a greatly valued asset not only to our company, but to our international p...

Dark Horse Best Actor Award 2014

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We want to congratulate Neal Bledsoe for winning the Dark Horse Best Actor Award for his marvelous work in "West End" and also winning a prize of $1000! Amazing, right? Didn't get a chance to see "West End"? Well here's a clip of Neal's amazing performance in the 2014 Cieri Media award winning feature.     ...

Cieri Media Best Narrative

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Yes, although we have already congratulated Joe Basile for winning the Cieri Media Best Narrative Feature, we will congratulate him again! Because his film "West End" won this amazing award, he has also received a $1000 cash prize. Yes, $1000!   http://vimeo.com/54330274 ...

Michael Shannon & Kevin Spacey to Star in Elvis & Nixon for BLOOM

Academy Award® Nominee Michael Shannon (MAN OF STEEL, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) will star as Elvis Presley alongside two-time Academy Award® Winner Kevin Spacey (AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE USUAL SUPSPECTS) who will star as Richard Nixon in the extraordinary true story ELVIS & NIXON. To be directed by Liza Johnson (HATESHIP LOVESHIP, RETURN), ELVIS & NIXON is based off a screenplay by Cary Elwes and Hanala and Joey Sagal. Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler), a...

Living Legend Sophia Loren’s Top10 Fun Facts & AFI Star-Packed 2014 Fest Warms Up

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Sophia Loren was tapped as the banner honoree of the 2014 AFI FEST presented by AUDI, it was no surprise that they also dubbed her “one of the last living legends” of Hollywood. But that only begins to explain the career of Loren, having come from the proverbial nowhere to grace screens worldwide with a kind of charisma unseen in the bevy of ‘dark-haired beauties’ before her. As AFI opens its annual gala tomorrow, h...

The Thai film industry kickstarts the AFM 2014 in style with a pre-market gala night presided over by the Princess of Thailand

  Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi was in Santa Monica last Thursday to preside over Thai Night 2014, a pre-American Film Market gala event attended by film professionals from Thailand and Hollywood.   Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, the initiative organized on the eve of the American Film Market was aimed at promoting the Thai film industry in the U.S., and fostering g...

How to Work the American Film Market - tips from Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President of IFTA offers advice on how to work the American Film Market, giving tips on who should attend and what to bring to the marketplace.   Tomorrow the American Film Market (AFM) begins in Santa Monica, California, running from  November 5 – 12. AFM is one of the four largest film markets held annually around the world. The others are the European Film Market (EFM), held simultaneously with the Berlin International Film Festival; the Hong ...

Darren Aronofsky to be Jury President of the Berlinale 2015

American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be Jury President of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.   Fol...

Ross M. Dinerstein (THE PACT, MR. JONES, THE DIVIDE) has launched a new production, and post-production company called Campfire.

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Successful Producer Launches New Film, TV, Digital, Commercial, and Post Production Company CAMPFIRE   Prolific producer Ross M. Dinerstein (THE PACT, MR. JONES, THE DIVIDE) has launched a new venture – a multi-faceted film, television, digital content, commercial production, and post-production company called Campfire.   One of the most active independent producers in the industry, Dinerstein has produced or executive produced over 25 feature films in the last ten years. Con...

Reggie Watts takes the LAMVF Stage!

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Katherine Lee joins Ivanhoe Pictures as Head of Production and Development/Asia

Ivanhoe Pictures, the US and Asia focused finance and production company, has named Katherine Lee its Head of Production & Development/Asia.  In the newly created role, she will oversee all of the company’s growing Asian film development and production activities.   Based out of Ivanhoe’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Lee will report to CEO John Penotti and will work closely with the company’s Beijing office.    “We are thrilled to add suc...
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