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Cannes in Focus Volume 5


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Versatile Group of Hollywood brings Tale Droppers to Cannes

Tale Droppers, from The Epic Adventures of Breezy and the Tales of the Magic Droppers Check the “Marketing Book”, the culmination of many years of creative and business planning. We sincerely hope you enjoy reviewing it as much as we enjoyed creating it.  Please review the e-magazine marketing book,  which will showcase the multimedia franchise opportunity that stems from this property...such as books, films, tv shows, comic series, board games, computer games, apps, edutainment virtual academy and a branded theme park, which will be based in AEGEA.
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Worldwide rights available on recently completed Latas Vacias - Empty Cans

Latas Vacías, also known as Empty Cans, is a 2014 Paraguayan film and the feature film debut of Hérib Godoy.  Alfonso (Aníbal Ortiz) is a treasure hunter that focuses his hunts on lost treasures of the Paraguayan War. He succeeds and finds treasure, but shortly after, tragedy unfolds when his son is killed in the line of the robbery.  He's forced to flee and ends up in Coronel Oviedo, a city where he survives in a recycling landfill until; the supernatural love from his demised son comes back to bless him with the ability to recover his stolen treasure. ... 
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ANIMAL MAGNETISM: The Wildest Wildlife Story Ever Made - Rights Available!!!

Don't miss this unique, cutting edge, just completed film promoting extraordinary exotic animals and their friendships with humans.Shot on five continents, Animal Magnetism combines romantic comedy, intrigue, and extraordinary documentary footage of talented, artistic elephants, friendly tigers, a tea-drinking hippopotamus, and many more of our planet's misunderstood wild companions. Find out much more

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Exodus to Shanghai | Worldwide rights available I Book a Meeting with F FILMS

Exodus to Shangai By Anthony Hickox I Book your meeting to screen and discuss the film at F Lounge - Majestic Lobby : Set your meeting : 
A love story of West loves East, Jews and Chinese united with violins, interrupted by the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938. Even Hitler is not powerful enough to break the love; with many adventures and action, they make the Exodus from Vienna to reach the Next year in Shanghai.  SCREENING on demand at the F LOUNGE Booth LOBBY MAJESTIC HOTEL    

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Animation Day at Cannes 2015 a Bona Fide Success by All who Attended!

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Cemetery of Splendor-Review

by, Cameron Lui   This movie is basically two hours of soothing ocean sounds. If you are having some insomnia issues I recommend this movie.    Basically, most of the audience walked out of the theater by the third act and the rest were bobbing their heads in and out of a mid-day nap.    I proudly kept my eyes open to soak up the entire movie but for some reason the director decided to go nowhere with a premise that had a lot of potential.    &l...

Teo Corban - Interview for One Floor Below

Teo Corban is a Romanian actor, working mostly in theatre and known for his appearances in Christian Mungiu’s 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and the recent Berlinale success Aferim! by Radu Jude. Corban plays Patrascu, the main character in Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. Patrascu lives a happy family life in contemporary Bucharest. His life is challenged when he witnesses a domestic quarrel that end with a murder.   Would you s...

Sea of Trees-review

by, Cameron Lui   Critics have not been very fond of the premier booed “The Sea of Trees,” directed by the talented Gus Van Sant.    Mathew McConaughey and Naomi Watts did not deserve the criticism they received during the premier. While many critics have called this one of the worst recent films by McConaughey, I thought he turned out yet another consistently passionate performance.    What made the movie so insightful was how right they got the dark...

True Love is Blind-Lobster review

by, Cameron Lui   I have never in my life seen an ending that made multiple audience members sprint for the exits. The Yorgos Lanthimos directed “The Lobster,” stops at nothing to make the audience feel as uncomfortable as possible.    The quick and unexpected violence left the audience in shock and made many consider leaving the theaters. However, the violence had so many blatant metaphors for modern day love that the extremity of them were almost a...

The Art of Queuing

There are many things people to not know about the film festival in Cannes and one of these things is the challenge of queuing. In many of the theatres, anyone with a cinephile badge have access to see screenings, however, there are of course only a certain amount of seats in a theatre. Depending on the time and title queues to get in have people waiting in line for two hours, even more for some at the front. It is the tedious, often boring task we must face to see films here but it is somethi...

"Sea of Trees" Review: Why It Didn't Deserved To Be Booed

I have never been to a movie before that has been booed by more than a few people. Although, I was not at the press screening, it was reported that much of the audience received Gus Van Sant's new film "Sea of Trees" with much disappointment. The film stars oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Arthur Brennan, who attempts to commit suicide in Japan's haunting forest.  Throughout the whole film, I thought to myself "why on earth would this get booed so drastically?&q...

Tale of Tales, a Mother/Son relationship

by, Cameron Lui   Salma Hayek is not a mother to mess with. She makes it clear to her son that his behavior is disappointing yet he continues to sneak off to the woods and in nooks of the castle to hang out with his virgin birth born, peasant twin. I could explain that better but it would be too big of a spoiler.    One of the most subtly beautiful scenes is when she calls for her son to come into her chamber and mistakenly calls in his peasant twin. She does not see...

The Irrational Man Review

Regardless of opinions surrounding his controversial personal life, Woody Allen has strong philosophical views which he passes on through his work.   “The Irrational Man,” stars Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, whom both turned in yet another powerful performance with stretched out and brutally honest conversations.    What made the movie so great was its directness. While the heavy dialog made for an uncomfortable movie, it was clearly the intention of th...

The Lobster - Review

  By Martin I. Petrov ‘Put your headphones on and wait for my sign. We need to press play at the same moment to be synchronised and dance.’ Two loners, each holding their own music player surrender to the melancholic sound only they can hear among the trees in a silent forest. Only a split second is enough for one to venture into Yiorgos Lanthimos’ nostalgic ode to solitude.  The loners, this is how we call them. Ordinary singles, in the not so distant future, ar...

Sea of Trees Opens at Cannes Film Festival

Sea of Trees Opens In Cannes   Off to a rocky start, Sea of Trees had its premiere last night at the Grand Lumiere Theater. It was the first film this year booed by a section of the audience during the press screenings the night before. Some had said that it was too pushed and the emotion did not feel real. Scott Foundas from Variety stated that the movie was "Dimestore mysticism of a highly maudlin and unpleasant order, passionately and deservedly booed." Du...

Festival Attracts Big Names Off the Screen

The Film Festival is not all about the screenings and the stars, but also how the ambiance changes within the city of Cannes. The weather is warmer, the streets are more lively, and the events are bigger. With the festival in town, a new season starts for local clubs that open up such as the Gotha Club all the way down the croissette to Palm Beach. Exclusive and pricey, but it also boasts some of the biggest names in the biggest industry coming to their venue.  To kick off their festivit...

Commissioner Oettinger responds to the call of European filmmakers

68th  Festival de Cannes     On Sunday 17 May, European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of the Digital Economy and Society, and renowned filmmakers such as Michel Hazanavicius and Costa-Gavras, will hold a press point to discuss how to promote European cinema in the digital era. Commissioner Oettinger will respond to the call of European filmmakers published on 9 April in which they asked for a better circulation of European works and the protection of copyrig...

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Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit

Techno-fantasy from FutureDude Entertainment : Chased by commandos, Agent Nick Morgan is on the run in the multiverse! To escape, he jumps between parallel Earths including a polluted industrial hellscape, a planet where dinosaurs evolved into humanoids, and a deadly fungi world.  
7-issue comic book mini-series (in stores now); World Juniper, a mobile device video game; Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit, the animated short film of the 1st comic in the series

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Vincent the Artist Animation by 19th Day Pictures

Vincent, a lovable young animated character dreams of being a great artist, against the wishes of his father. Determined, he sets out on a journey to follow his destiny, and in doing so discovers life’s biggest lessons as he travels to New York and joins the circus… all of it revealed through the brilliant artwork of Vincent Van Gogh.


Third edition of The Classic Film Market in Lyon


The Heritage: A global economy, a classic film market, industry professionals. For three days, film industry professionals (producers, distributors, cinema operators, television broadcasters, rights holders, institutional organizations ...) gather to discuss and exchange views on the present state and the future of classic cinema, its challenges and opportunities in a changing environment. Market area, symposium, Lumière festival screenings, lunches and meetings. 
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Animated Film “Anne Frank’s Diary” to Release Online This Fall


First animated adaptation of “Anne Frank’s Diary” to stream online and VOD   Critically-acclaimed feature “Anne Frank’s Diary” will release its new remastered 2015 HD version on VOD and online platforms this Fall. “Anne Frank’s Diary” is the first animated feature film adaption of the widely popular book, produced by Globe Trotter Network (France) and A-N Committee (Japan), in collaboration with the Anne Frank Fonds. 





The Under-appreciated Short Film Genre

Can you name a single famous short film? If you can, it may take a while to get there. Short films have been and probably will always be unfortunately overshadowed by features but are a nice change of pace in the film industry. Here in Cannes, in the enormous market place lies a shorter queue of only about a dozen, waiting for their chance into the short film corner. Consisting of fifty separate computers and hundreds of titles, it is a quiet pleasant personal theatre to enjoy shorts f...

Market Events May 20th...Next and more

Screenings: Latest Updates   Additions: 9:30am - VIRGIN MOUNTAIN - Palais H 11:30am - THE 13TH STEP - Gray 4 5:30pm - MAGIC WORLD - Palais B Check Cinando for the most up-to-date schedule!         ...

NEXT Brings in Prime Examples for Video on Demand Talk

NEXT Brings in Prime Examples for Video on Demand Talk Today in the NEXT Pavillion brought in different ways to promote film through Video on Demand. The talk was titled, "VOD: The challenges and opportunities of Digital Distribution and How To Embrace Them." The talk was put on by FilmDoo. The two projects that were focused on were The Tide Project and Walk This Way. The Tide Project is a part of Europa Distribution and its purpose is to experiment with new business models that hav...

Michael Shannon joins THE PRICE

Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.    Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal wi...

Silence is more Fun, Loud fun at AMPAV

Ampav 2015-Weds, May 20- Second Annual Silent Disco      Building MOMENTUM in Cannes: Sennheiser to Sponsor Silent Disco on May 20th at The American Pavilion during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Wireless Headphone Experience to Feature Sennheiser Artist DJ Speedermike Cannes, FRANCE - May 17, 2015 – This Wednesday, May 20, audio specialist Sennheiser will be sponsoring a silent disco at The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, f...

Salma Hayek at Times Talks Ampav

Photos Credit: The American Pavilion 2015, Eric Ita    SUNDAY, MAY 17 TimesTalks Presented: SALMA HAYEK Oscar-nominated actress-producer Salma Hayek (“Frida,” “Puss in Boots,” “After the Sunset”) talked about her role in director Matteo Garrone’s “The Tale of Tales,” opening at the festival and her animated film “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” which screened at Cannes last year and is opening this su...

The monkey king’s daughter to be adapted into feature film

young-adult, FEMALE SUPEr-HERO BOOK SERIES the monkey king’s daughter TO BE ADAPTED INTO feature FILM   Red Sea Media, in partnership with Beijing Chunqiu Time Culture Company, to Introduce the Movie, an Official Chinese Co-Production, to International Buyers at Cannes LOS ANGELES, CA (May 13, 2015) –– Young-adult book series The Monkey King’s Daughter by Todd A. DeBonis will be adapted into a feature film based upon a screenplay written by DeBonis. Roman Ko...

Filmdelights sells rights for France to Chapeau Melon Distribution

PARCOURS D' AMOUR had its Market-Premiere: Marché du film, Cannes 2015: Tuesday 19th May, 9.30 am, Riviera 2   Filmdelights closed a deal with French distributor Chapeau Melon Distribution for distributing PARCOURS D' AMOUR by awarded German director Bettina Blümner ("Prinzessinenbad") for France! Parcours d' amour will have it's Market-Premiere on Tuesday in Cannes. The film will be theatrically released in Switzerland & Liechtenstein ...

ENTR’2 MARCHES 2015: 6th International Festival of short movies about Handicap

ENTR’2 MARCHES 2015 6th International Festival of short movies about Handicap from 17 th to 22nd of May 2015 in Cannes, City theater 45 Mimont street. For the sixth consecutive year, the relay group named “Pays de Lerins” from Association for Paralyzed people in France (APF), organizes the Entr’2 Marches festival. L’Association des Paralysés de France, with support of lots of partners, wanted to give a place of honour to people with disabilities. In t...

What is the Horyou Village?

Whether you are taking a pleasant stroll down La Croisette or just driving by, you may notice a couple of large screens and a white and blue display. This is the Horyou Village of the Cannes Film Festival, located right in front of the Grand Hotel. The purpose of the Horyou Village is to bring “the values of social good to the forefront of the world’s premiere cinematic gathering.” Throughout the duration of the film festival, Horyou will be hosting events and havi...

TimesTalks Presents: Pixar’s “Inside Out”

Today at the American Pavilion at 10AM, some of the cast of Pixar’s newest film “Inside Out” came to talk about the film. The program began with a showing of the preview for the film, which is about the mind of a little girl, and the feelings, joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust, which control it.   In attendance today was Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. They talked a lot about how the main character of the...

Fortress Film Clinic Launched at Cannes Film Festival

After many successful Egyptian film productions over the last decade, Film Clinic has announced its collaboration with Fortress Capital Investments in Dubai to establish an Emirati production company named Fortress Film Clinic. The announcement was made at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which will continue until 24 May 2015.  Fortress Film Clinic was established in Dubai at the beginning of 2015 and will now collaborate with other production companies to produce, develop, an...

'Making the European Digital Single Market Work for Film and Television' PANEL RECAP

L-R - Panelists Lord David Puttnam, Olivier Mille, Michael Ryan, Anders Kjaerhauge and Jaume Roures Selection of quotes from the panel discussion on the impact of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy on Europe’s film and audiovisual sector.   Talking Points / Quotes from Panellists:   Lord David Puttnam (producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields and Chariots of Fire) “This is a political argument tha...

TOM'S DAD set to star Will Ferrell

Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (GET HARD, ANCHORMAN 1 and 2) will star in the comedy TOM’S DAD to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY), it was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (THE WAY BACK, upcoming BEN HUR) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (HUGO, RUM DIARY, DARK SHADOWS) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (LET ME IN, THE WA...

Coming Up: AmPav Cannes 2015- Wednesday, May 20 / Thursday, May 21

  Today: 10AM-TimesTalks Presents: Pixar’s “Inside Out”- 5/19 11AM-Industry in Focus: Film Acquisitions- 5/19   1PM-Industry in Focus: American Directors in Cannes- 5/19 2PM-TimesTalks Presents: “Louder Than Bombs”-5/19 4PM-TimesTalks Presents: John C. Reilly- 5/19   WEDNESDAY, MAY 20   10:00AM- OCULUS STORY STUDIO Virtual Reality Filmmaking With...

See you all shouting in the dark at AMPAV Karaoke Party May 21

THURSDAY, MAY 21   8:00PM- KARAOKE NIGHT (Open to all Festival Badge Holders) ...

Cannes World Market Premiere & Initial Casting Announced for Multiple Award-Winning Writer and Director, Omar Naim’s Latest Supe

CAM GIGANDET (TWILIGHT SAGA, BURLESQUE) and JESSICA LOWNDES (90210, Greek, THE PRINCE) set to Star CANNES (May 19, 2015) – Arclight Films, Gaby Whyte Hart and Michael Kuperberg, along with Fearless Films, SKM Productions and South Creek Pictures, are pleased to announce the Cannes World Market Premiere of supernatural thriller BECOMING. The film will be directed by OMAR NAIM (THE FINAL CUT which stars Robin Williams in his final role) with CAM GIGANDET, best known for his roles in EASY A,...

Unveiling at Festival de Cannes of a brand-new "star" award tailored for 3D masterpieces

Festival de Cannes, a press conference unveiled to the world of cinema the creation of a new award destined to recognize and honor the best productions and other masterpieces in 3D.   The announcement of this new award for 3D - which could quickly reach the notoriety of some of the world's best-known awards - followed the announcement, at the same press conference, of another initiative just as strategically important for 3D, i.e. the creation of a new association called the &...

DIRECT DESCENDENT - The Amazing True Story of William Patrick Hitler

The Story in Short What would you do if you were Adolf Hitler’s closest blood relative and had the power to topple the Fuhrer’s regime? For William Patrick Hitler, the path is clear. Gather all the secret information possible about the dictator’s war plans and somehow escape with your life. Our film, Direct Descendent, reveals for the first time, the amazing yet, true story of the last known descendent of history’s most vicious serial&n...

Ambitious crowdfunding campaign to raise 80 000 USD for the production of the film Rendel

Finnish superhero feature Rendel has launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign to raise 80 000 USD for the production of the film. Even though the campaign is considered as very big in Finland producer-director Jesse Haaja is not afraid of the challenge. The rude touch of indie filmmaking can be seen in the campaign as well. Besides many traditional perks like t-shirts and posters, funders can also try their wings by acting supportive part as a villain in the film or suppor...

Main Events in the Market May 19th

10:00am - Olympia 1 Video on Demand Opportunities in China. Round table moderated by Liz Shackleton (Screen International) with an introductory speech by Hou Po (Deloitte). Panelists: Marc Ganis (Jiaflix), David U. Lee (Leeding Media), Li Yansong (iQIYI) and Allen Zhu Huilong (Youku Tudou).         10:00am - Palais K Cinema Innovation in the Digital Experience Economy. Round table presented with Europa Cinemas, moderated by Michael Gubbins (Sampomedia) with spe...

Today at Next , May 19

Cinema Innovation in the Digital Experience Economy 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | @Palais K - Palais des Festivals - Level 4 Digital Distribution of Films : Real and Concrete Business Cases  2:30 - 3:30 pm | @NEXT Pavilion  FILM4CLIMATE: Taking Action on Climate Change!  4:00 - 5:00 pm | @NEXT Pavilion ...

Walking the Red Carpet

After a solid twenty minutes of begging for tickets to Inside Out in front of the Palais today, a friendly woman gave me her tickets only after I swore that I would attend the event. In the Grand Théâtre Lumière every seat must be filled, so ticket holders who do not want to attend must give away their tickets and cannot sell them. When you have a ticket to one of the evening screenings, you must look nice, and it is better to arrive early in order to secure a go...

Ted Sarantos Chief Content Officer from Netflix in conversation at NEXT

Ted Sarandos’ session took place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10am within NEXT, an exclusive program for Marché participants, dedicated to the future of cinema running in Cannes for the second time.    Speaking for the first time during the prestigious Festival, in a packed house, with many people beeing turned away, Ted Sarandos has addressed new distribution models and how they impact the financing and production of films. Sarandos was introduced by Thierry Fremaux, t...

Digital Landscape in Cannes

Today in the International Village at the Dominican Republican Film Pavilion there was a workshop called “Digital Landscape in Cannes.” Frédéric Boënnec and Gotham Chandna held the workshop. The topic of the workshop was social media, and how to use social media as a tool when creating a film.   In today’s modern world, it is difficult to meet a person who does not use any form of social media. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Link...

  #DIGITALCANNES   Today, tucked away in the beautiful Hotel Eden on Rue D'Antibe was a very informational panel on the importance of digital marketing and strategic planning for the film industry. Kicked off by a selection of short films ranging from 2 to 15 minutes selected by the panelists, the 3 hour event was filled with useful information, intruiging dialogue and enjoyable films.  Benedicte Beaugeois from Film Festival Life stated, “The opportunities of ...


Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films International have entered into a multi-faceted, strategic partnership

Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films International have entered into a multi-faceted, strategic partnership to expand their combined production, finance and sales capabilities for commercial feature films, it was announced today by Cargo’s CEO and Managing Partner, Marina Grasic, and Jan Korbelin Managing Partner and Radiant’s President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.   As the first step in their new collaboration, Cargo has made an investment in Radiant with Steinbauer assuming th...