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Call for Entries for the 2011 Edition of CWFF

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The 4th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 16–26 March, 2011, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, has launched its call for entries today. Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries submissions are eagerly awaited. Entry forms, rules, and regulations are available on the Festival Website (http://films-for-africa.co.za ).   1.      Features: Features are all fiction films more than 50 minutes of length 2.     ...

Film Planet Entertainment

Film Planet Entertainment Visit Film Planet Entertainment New Sales Rep/co-production company -Film Planet Entertainment- made its big debut this year at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 and continues its rise to popularity at the first ever Aruba International Film Festival, saturated the LA Film Festival and will continue to do so at all the most important worldwide festivals this year a

Closing Deals in the Marche

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As the Marche du Film at the 63rd International Cannes Film Festival comes to a close, here are some of the final deals: Protagonist Pictures continues to make deals for Garreth Edwards "Monsters" for distribution in different countries. Cinecitta Luce bought the Italian rights to Romainian directer Andrei Ujica's "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" from Mandragora International. Wide sold "Gigola" to K-Films Amerique for an early 2011 release in C...

Marche Deals not making Headlines

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According to an article in "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily," this years Cannes Marche du Film was a quiet one, with limited headline grabbing deals. Between buyers being more selective and sellers working to create profits in a difficult economy, deals are taking longer to be worked out. Typical big North American buyers such as IFC Films, Phase 4 Films and Sony Pictures Classics went through Tuesday without making any deals. Newcomers Red Flag Releasing and Oscilloscope La...

EU's MEDIA programme sponsored many Cannes films

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The European Union's MEDIA programme is responsible for twenty European films being present at the festival this year, including six competition pieces.  According to "The Cannes Market News," Androulla Vassiliou, the new European Commissioner in charge of culture and education, praised the programme yesterday at a press conference with representatives of international film funding in Cannes, saying, "Without [it], many films would not have been made."  She explains that ...

AFCI Presence in Cannes

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The new CEO for the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), Larry Brownell, is in Cannes stressing the "importance of well-trained commissions," and to further the AFCI's presence at the Festival. The Association is a non-profit organization, which serves as the official organization for film commissioners that help the production of film, TV and video in their respective city, state, region, or country around the world. According to "Cannes Market News," th...

"Hanna" Sale is Biggest Market Deal So Far

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Focus Feature's new movie "Hanna" was sold to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group, which is quickly becoming a major buyer of independent films.  Sony made an aggressive move purchasing distribution rights for every territory that it could, except for the following places that Focus retains the rights for: US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Israel, Middle East, and CIS.  This marks the largest market deal so far here in Cannes, according to "The Variety."  &qu...

Dubai Int'l FF enters into agreement with Beirut DC

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The recent partnership between Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), leading festival in the Arab world, Asia and Africa, and Beirut DC, a Lebanon based organization focused on encouraging independent filmmaking, hopes to foster local documentary filmmaking skills and production.  According to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," DIFF will be contributing $10,000 towards Beirut DC's Documentary Course, the goal of which is to motivate young people who wish to pursue profe...

French-American Agreement

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Announced in Cannes on Sunday, according to "The Variety," was a cooperation agreement between the Producers Guild of America (PGA) based in LA, and the Association des Producteurs de Cinema (APC), a French union.  Four years in the making, this agreement will help French and American producers wanting to create projects set in either country.  In addition, it will permit an exchange of information and access to membership data for both organizations. It will also allow each to vis...

Hungary: Pavillion of the Day

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Those involved in the Hungarian Film Industry are proud to have such a large selection of films screening at the Festival this year.  They include the competition piece "Tender Son" by Kornel Mundruczo; the short film "Here I Am" by Balint Szimler; a piece for the Director's Fortnight "Adrinn Pal" by Agnes Kocsis; and Cannes Classics from 1939 "Two Girls on the Street" by Andre de Toth.  The Pavilion has received many congratulatory remarks over their ...

A View into the Marche du Film

  Marche du FilmAs always, the Marche du Film is located in the Palais des Festivals. Only after treading through the melee of tourists and cinema lovers gathered outside trying to obtain tickets and in queuing to see films, one can enter the main entrance.      Down the stairs past the Business Center and Short Film Corner, one will start to see specific country booths representing their cinema. Japan Booth               Tiawan Cinema Indonesi...

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...

New South East Europe Pavilion

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There is excitement in the International Village this year for eight countries who have teamed up and launched a new pavilion. Two years ago, at the Sarajevo Film Festival, talks began in order to create a collaboration of countries from South East Europe. The origional intention, which remains the same today, is to create visability for the countries in this region pertaining mainly to their films, filmakers, and distributors. Early talks included other countries in the surrounding region, bu...

Uncertainty in the Marche?

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...

Market Success for Festival Newcomer

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Festival newcomer, Locomative Distribution, is already seeing signs of success at this year's Cannes Film Festival. This early in the festival, the new company has already managed to acquire "Temple of Venus," starring Kathy Bates, from Barn Door Pictures and Ignition Film Productions' "A Kiss for Jed Wood," starring Jayne Weisner. These films, along with other selections, such as "Hot Potato," starring Ray Winstone, will be for sale in the Marche du Film....

Director's Statement

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It was a pending decision for almost 5 year. I was striving to make my first short film from last so many years obstacle by finance & a great team. In the summer of 2009, I finally decided, finalized my screenplay & quit my ad agency job. Now I proudly say that all the efforts where worth it. While making SMS, I have actually come nearer to myself as the journey is far greater than the destination.  Starting the idea of SMS was from the scratch. It was the winter of 2008, when I ...

SMS - Promo

SMS - Short Film's 30 secs Promo

Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival 2010

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CALL FOR ENTRY GUIDELINES, PROCEDURES & APPLICATION   Festival Dates: Sept. 15-19, 2010 MusicFest Showcase: Sept. 17-18, 2010 ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2010 ABSOLUTE FINAL, EXTENDED DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2010 This significant world class music showcase component of the 2010 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival is designed to showcase original music vision and artistic wizardry of talented individuals and groups from acro...

New York City International Film Festival/fest21.com

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Roberto Rizzo is proud to announce the New York City International Film Festival.By creating the NYCIFF, Roberto's purpose is to help new, existing, talented and emerging filmmakers from all over the world to have the opportunity to showcase their film in a New York City setting. The NYC International Film Festival debuts and will run from August 12 to 19, 2010. Roberto Rizzo being a filmmaker himself, knows the obstacles that indie filmmakers  go through to have the opportunity to show their f...

Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! - Teaser

Feature documentary: Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! (When you believed it was forever...) Teaser

Call for Entries: CAMBOFEST, Cambodia (4th Year Edition)

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Call for Entries for the 4th Edition of: CAMBOFEST: Film and Video Festival of Cambodia ** Cambodia's first international independent movie festival ** Founded in 2553 (aka 2007) CamboFest 'Lite' : December 2010, Phnom Penh CamboFest 'Supreme': March 1-9, 2011 Kampot, Cambodia (and other locations TBA) Visit http://www.cambofest.com for more info! ...

The Market is heating in a cold Berlin : 40,000 visits so far to EFM

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The EFM reports almost 40,000 visits during the first half of the European Film Market. At peak times on Sunday, more than 2,400 international industry attendees poured into the Martin-Gropius-Bau. This is a new record compared with 2009, which registered 1,738 trade professionals. EFM Director Beki Probst expressed her delight at the positive, energizing atmosphere in the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott: “People are coming in large numbers, the choice is enormous, the cinemas are full, th...
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