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Over 80 Directors and actors attending Stockholm Film Festival 2016

  Over 80 directors and actors from the international film industry are attending the 26th edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Nearly all competing directors, all jury members and many others will be in Stockholm. The jury for the Stockholm Impact Award includes the directors Sofia Exarchou, Alankrita Shrivastama and Mohammed Hammad. For the Stockholm XXVII Competition the jury members are the producer Annika Rogell, directors Roland Vranik, Wayne Roberts, Frida Kempff and actres...

Ronit Elkabetz Tribute at the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles

The late Ronit Elkabetz, one of the great luminaries of the Israeli film industry and the winner of three Ophir Awards (the Israeli equivalent of an Oscar), will have a tribute dedicated to her memory at this year’s Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles.  Often called the 'Meryl Streep of Israel,' she died earlier this year at the age of 51. As a tribute to this acclaimed director and actress, the Israel Film Festival, taking place November 9th – 23rd, will screen...

California Armenians honor Aznavour with Hollywood star

AFP – French singing legend Charles Aznavour, one of the 20th century’s most prolific songwriters who remains active at 92, was honored Thursday with a Hollywood star presented by California’s Armenians. Aznavour, often dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, said he was “deeply moved” by the recognition. The star is not on Hollywood Boulevard’s main Walk of Fame but was dedicated by the Armenian community on a nearby stretch of sidewalk. ...

Roland Joffé’s THE FORGIVEN starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana Lands North American Distribution with Saban Films

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Academy Award® Nominee Roland Joffé’s The Forgiven, starring Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Arrival, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) and Eric Bana (Lone Survivor, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Munich, Black Hawk Down, Chopper).   Co-written by Joffé and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The An...

Brenton Thwaites has been cast as the lead of the action thriller Entry Level

Rapidly rising leading man Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; The Giver) has been cast as the lead of the action thriller Entry Level, it was announced today by producers Craig Perry and Sheila Taylor (the Final Destination and American Pie franchises) of Practical Pictures and Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films.   Perry and Taylor will produce with Tom Butterfield (the upcoming The Vault; An Actor Prepares) of Content Media. Dan Spilo of Industry Enter...

EFA Honours Pierce Brosnan

European Achievement in World Cinema goes to Irish actor In recognition of a rich and extensive career in front of the camera and behind the scenes as a producer, Pierce Brosnan will receive the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA. photo: Greg Gorman Among Pierce Brosnan's numerous film credits are Bruce Beresford's MR. JOHNSON (1990), Brett Leonard's THE LAWNMOWER MAN (1992), THE THOMAS C...

KickStart How to get crowdfunded masterclass with Justin Giddings

Can you raise a million through crowdfunding? Well, the Hollywood kickstarter guy Justin Giddings can and on 17. November he’s right here in Tallinn and takes the stage with the brightest crowdfunding minds of Estonia to tell you exactly how it’s done! What are the biggest mistakes in crowdfunding? How to grow an audience with zero funds? Should I choose equity or perk based crowdfunding? How to engage thousands of investors through a few minute video and how to guerilla market...

Rebecca Ferguson to star in The Lady And The Panda

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Brian O'Shea, The Exchange CEO, announced today that rising star Rebecca Ferguson is attached to play Ruth Harkness in THE LADY AND THE PANDA.   Golden-Globe nominee, Rebecca Ferguson, (for THE WHITE QUEEN) will soon be seen playing the female lead in Sony's LIFE starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal and co-stars ALONGSIDE Michael Fassbender in Universal Pictures' THE SNOWMAN. Ferguson will return to film Paramount's M:I 6 - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE with Tom Cruise and Jer...

Scott Francis joins THX in the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer

FORMER TECHNICOLOR EXECUTIVE SCOTT FRANCIS JOINS THX LTD. AS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER     Courtesy of THX: Scott Francis, Chief Technology Officer at THX Ltd.   THX Ltd. today announced the appointment of Scott Francis in the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer, who will be responsible for all technology-related resources, workflow and staff in areas of engineering. Francis will work closely with THX CEO Ty Ahmad-Tayl...

Robert Redford and Casey Affleck joining The Old Man and the Gun. Rocket Science will handle internationals sales at AFM

Rocket Science announced today that Academy Award Nominee Robert Redford (Pete’s Dragon, All is Lost) and Academy Award Nominee Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) will star in David Lowery’s (Peter Pan, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) upcoming crime caper, The Old Man and The Gun. Endgame Entertainment and SPK Pictures are financing the project with Endgame’s James D. Stern producing alongside Condé Nast&...

Full listing for the 2016 New York Film Critics Circle

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Melissa Anderson VILLAGE VOICE   John Anderson FREELANCE   Michael Atkinson VILLAGE VOICE   Richard Brody THE NEW YORKER    Dwight Brown NNPA SYNDICATION/BLACKPRESSUSA.COM    Bilge Ebiri VILLAGE VOICE   David Edelstein NEW YORK MAGAZINE   David Fear ROLLING STONE   Marshall Fine FREELANCE/GENERAL MANAGER   Graham Fuller THECULTURETRIP.COM   Owen Gleiberman VARIETY   ...

13 Films Hires Greg Schenz as Vice President

Former Endgame executive Greg Schenz has joined international distribution and finance company 13 Films as Vice President of the company to spearhead the financing and packaging of feature film and television projects, it was announced by President of 13 Films Tannaz Anisi.   Schenz joins the company with immediate effect with a remit to expand the company’s activities. 13 Films will look to board productions at earlier stages in order to work closely with producers and filmmakers t...

Alex with Kyrgyz Director Mirlan Abdykalykov

With  Mirlan  Abdykalkov, director of the magnificent Kygyz film     SYTAK. (Heavenly Nomadic) ...

Alex with former Ukraine President at Molodist Opening

Amazing -- very first night in Kiev, at festival opening ceremony, I met Victor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine! ~ 2005 -- 2010 Not bad for openers   ...

Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market shortlist unveiled

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ScreenSingapore, together with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), today announced the first of its slate of film dignitaries who will be speaking at the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Conference, themed “New Independent: Producing for a Globalised Film Economy”. The second edition of the SAFF Project Market also released its shortlist, with 15 projects representing seven Southeast Asian nations.     Jean-Baptiste Babin ...

Merryl Streep attends Tokyo Opener 'Florence Foster Jenkins' screening and meets the festival

Ahead of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opening events on October 25 (Tue), a press conference for this year’s Opening Film, Florence Foster Jenkins, was held on October 24 (Mon), welcoming Oscarwinning star Meryl Streep. Florence Foster Jenkins is based on the true story of an endearing diva who became a legend when she attracted a full house at New York’s Carnegie Hall, despite being a terrible singer. Stephen Frears, director of The Queen and Philomena, teams ...

A Sunday in the Country: Liepe

EFA eNEWS October 2016 On the 7th day the goddess of film looked back on what she created over the last days. She saw some wonderful people, she heard from them ideas and plans for something called “Future”, and she saw exciting things they created for a room they called “cinema”. So, she was satisfied and thought she should do something great. She created food, invented the schnaps and added some cute animals (a cat) to cuddle. Last but not least, she called th...

Masterclass by Asghar Farhadi today, a packed house, no photos allowed

    Farhadi was born in Homāyūnshahr (literally; auspicious city) . After 1979 the city was renamed due to Islamic Revolution to Khomeyni Shahr (literally; city of Khomeini) a city which located at Isfahan province nearby Isfahan city. He is a graduate of theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from University of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares University, re...

Interview with Lamis Ammar for Sandstorm

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way. Written and directed by  Elite Zexer, starring   Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari The film plays in Antalya FF Out of Competition   ...

Sales Executive Kristen Figeroid Joins BLOOM as President of International Sales & Distribution

BLOOM announced today that Kristen Figeroid is joining the team as the President of International Sales & Distribution.  Figeroid will report to Alex Walton and will oversee the international licensing and distribution of BLOOM’s growing film slate.    BLOOM’s Alex Walton said: “Kristen comes with great experience, she is a highly regarded sales agent and incredibly well-liked among buyers, producers, and agents.  She has a great eye for material and...

Panel Spotlight: Festival Futures

      Kevin Lyman (4fini, Vans Warped Tour Owner-CEO) will moderate thisintersting panel at Fest Forums       “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  These festival producers are leading the charge in this multib...

Visual Effects master Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar) has come on to direct the action thriller Resurface

FIRST TITLE GREENLIT UNDER PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COVERT MEDIA AND BROKEN ROAD PRODUCTIONS   Visual Effects master Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar) has come on to direct the action thriller Resurface, it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W.) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (Knight and Day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin).   Written by Pete Bridges, writer of the upcoming Amblin En...

Cast of director Fritz Mitchell’s “It’s Time,” announced

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Mt. Philo Films announced today the cast of director Fritz Mitchell’s “It’s Time,” based on the heartwarming and true story of Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins and Brad Gaines. Emmy-nominated Pierson Fode´ (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) will star as Brad and Sedale Threatt Jr. (“Roots”, “Hap and Leonard”) will star as Chucky, with newcomer Bradford Gaines Jr. (son of Brad Gaines) as young Brad and Timmy Richardson (Tyler Perry...

AFM Conferences Line UP 2016

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AFM Conferences give attendees knowledge, insight, access, value and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts who all converge annually at the AFM. Everything is covered – from treatment to screen!     Thursday, November 3 China Conference sponsored by China Beijing Film Delegation   9:15am – 10:45am Producing in China ...
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