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Film Marketing an interactive session in the Bahamas with Bruno Chatelin

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The Bahamas FInternational Film festival will run Dec 6 -9 in Paradise island and 10-15 in Eleuthera. On that occasion Bruno Chatelin (former film distributor) and jury Member at the Festival will offer a keynote on film marketing.   ·         Studio to indie what will work for you.  I will share key lessons I learnt when marketing major studio films at Sony and Fox and how this can apply to independent film marketing. · &...

Film Marketing an interactive session in the Bahamas with Bruno Chatelin, jury member at Bahamas International Film festival

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  Film Marketing an interactive session in the Bahamas ·         Studio to indie : what will work for you.  I will share key lessons I learnt when marketing major studio films at Sony and Fox and how this can apply to independent film marketing. ·         Success stories in film distribution :   The story and the vision behind the success of Philadelphia, Slee...

First Time Fest will launch in NY

First Time Fest (FTF) – a celebration of first time filmmakers – is a new and unique film festival, event and opportunity taking place in New York City from March 1-March 4, 2013. Just as Quentin Tarantino had RESERVOIR DOGS, Orson Welles his CITIZEN KANE, Sam Mendes’ AMERICAN BEAUTY, Rob Reiner with THIS IS SPINAL TAP and John Huston had THE MALTESE FALCON as their first works, First Time Fest’s mission is to discover and present the next generation of great cinema by ...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

The MWFF to honour Mel Hoppenheim

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The 36th Montreal World Film Festival announces that it will honour Mel Hoppenheim with its Grand Prize of the Americas. "There are few men in our cinema with the Mel Hoppenheim's stature," declared MWFF president Serge Losique. "He is among the men most responsible for the concrete development of Quebec and Canadian film industries. As a builder and entrepreneur but also as a generous philanthropist, Mel was a prime mover in the establishment of a true domestic film industry....

New York - Tribeca 2012 Documentaries

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    The Tribeca film festival has become the most important market oriented film festival in the United States and long excelled with strong documentary programs. Characterized by broad thematic orientations and concerns with global issues these documentaries have frequently received kudos as part of the best Tribeca sections. This year there were 33 feature length and 15 short documentaries with most originating in the United States.  Productions focusing on socio-political issues constit...

Haiti: Carnival in Cannes

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    The Festival de Cannes celebrated Haiti: Carnival in Cannes Friday night, a benefit event presented by Giorgio Armani in support of Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and Petra Nemcova’s Happy Heart’s Fund (HHF), for their united and extraordinary work in Haiti. The charities’ unity reflects their collective belief that more can be ac...

INTERVIEW WITH JIM BUTTERWORTH of NAKED EDGE FILMS (Gone, Donor Unknown at Tribeca 2011 Festival)

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Jim Butterworth, the president and co-founder of Naked Edge Films, a documentary film production company based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the two documentaries his company has at the 2011 Tribeca festival -- GONE and DONOR UNKNOWN.   Jim, you have a background in technology as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. How does this background translate to what you are doing with Naked Edge Films? ...

TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund to award $150 000

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The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the films that will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This year, three projects, chosen from 130 applicants from around the world, will be awarded a total of $150,000 and will be recognized at the annual Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 18-29, 2012. The winning films include: Unmanned, Computer Chess and Resonance. The projects, which all emphasize scien...

Guess hosts ladies night with CLEO Bachelors; Sydney, Australia

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Guess hosts ladies night with CLEO Bachelors; Sydney, Australia Four of the most prolific Cleo Bachelor 2012 finalists were in attendance at today's beauty industry event at Westfield Sydney. Surfer and Masterchef hunk Hayden Quinn; X Factor's Johnny Ruffo; entrepreneur Andrew McIver and DJ Keiynan Lonsdale, all provided tunes for the evening. Hosted by Cleo editor Gemma Crisp, the lucky 100 guests all enjoyed champagne and canapes before being invited to a 'style off'...

The films in competition for the San Francisco International Film Festival New Directors Prize

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  11 Narrative Features From Nine Countries Contend for $15,000 New Directors Prize, 12 Documentaries From Nine Countries Contend for $35,000 in Cash Prizes The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) today announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Awards for documentary features. The International will award $70,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 will be given to a narrative first feature...

The Lucky 13th Edition of the LA Scandinavian Film Festival

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by Ron Gilbert Now it in its thirteenth year this Film Festival .offers a Scandinavian Cinema combined with a Smorgasbord treat starting on January 7, 8, 14, 15 at Writers Guild Theater (135 S. Doheny/at Wilshire) in Beverly Hills. I have been very fortunate to be in attendance at this film festival and have chosen this fest instead of Palms Springs and Sundance on my weekends. The five Nordic Oscar submissions plus additional current feature films, shorts, and documentaries...

The BUFF Blog (December 2011)

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In keeping with the tradition of listening to a rather powerful woman just before you’re about to embark on what’s really important – or maybe you’ve already squashed Christmas lunch by the time your attention is perhaps swayed by a certain Elizabeth Windsor – its’ time we took note of another Christmas message – the one being brought to you by another powerful woman (Sheila Nortley) who is fast becoming a regular fixture on the urban independent film circuit. And before we hear ...

The program of short films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This year's Short Film program is comprised of 64 short films selected from a record 7,675 submissions, up 16% over submissions for the 2011 Festival. The Festival will be January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “As technology allows greater access to short f...

The BUFF Blog (November 2011)

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From Top Boy to Wuthering Heights, the much vaunted and much celebrated prominence of cultural diversity in British film and TV shows no signs of abating and continues to rouse and excite cinema buffs both here and abroad. In a month which has already seen Sket, Demons Never Die & Death in Paradise entertain the masses, there is much to take in – including yet more awards for David is Dying; introducing the newest member of the BUFF board, journalist and filmmaker Jessie Grace Mellor; an...

Berlinale Retrospective 2012: The Red Dream Factory

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The Retrospective of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has rediscovered a legendary German-Russian film studio: Mezhrabpom-Film and its German branch Prometheus wrote film history from 1922 to 1936.Moisei Aleinikov, a Russian film expert and producer from tsarist times who had a great instinct for the right topics, and Willi Münzenberg, a German communist and “red media entrepreneur”, joined forces in 1922 to combine clever business ideas, a political mission and boundless enthusi...

Beyond The Bottle

Director: John Keatley.
Nearly one billion people in the world live without access to clean, safe water. When entrepreneur Bryan Pape learned of the clean water crisis, he realized he had the opportunity to help, and developed a business model that would help provide this most basic resource to those who need it most. Beyond the Bottle is a film about MiiR’s beginnings and their efforts to help solve the clean water crisis. Directed by award winning celebrity photographer John Keatley, this empowering documentary follows the MiiR team as they journey to Liberia, West Africa and experience firsthand the daily struggles lack of clean water creates. Explore the possibilities of how businesses can make a difference in the lives of many and learn how this small company is making a big difference.

VIFF line-up of canadian films

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MEDIA RELEASE September 7, 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSeptember 29 - October 14, 2011 VIFF line-up showcases 80+ Canadian filmsCanadian Images Program includes 24BC productions VIFF is one of the biggest annual showcases of Canadian film in the world, with a special emphasis on BC films. Close to one-quarter of the festival's more than 360 films this year are home-grown. Canadian films are shown within several pro...

The Money Shot

Director: Graham Rathlin.
A hopeful e-bay entrepreneur discovers his new camera has seemingly magical qualities.

Celebrating The World Of Disney

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  He is often not given his proper due in film history, but the legacy of Walt Disney, the animator turned entrepreneur, is an amazing story of American cinema and worldwide ambitions. The name itself DISNEY is all one needs to conjure up a certain kind of cinema. From the early classic animation of the 1930s and 1940s to today's digital animation releases, the Disney brand is unlike any other in Hollywood. The studio has, for 70 years, been at the forefront of innovation. To ce...

World Premiere of Big Time Documentary

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Los Angeles based entrepreneur, fashion designer and director Kara Kurcz will be premiering her documentary, big BIG TIME at the Charleston International Film Festival on May 19th, 4pm at Cinabarre, Mt Pleasant.  Kara has appeared on countless media outlets such as: E! News, EXTRA, Daily 10, ABC Chicago and FOX DC. Her film has been praised as the “secret” for small business. Last month MSNBC Business featured Kara and her low cost gorilla PR tactics on “Your Business”. She also recent...

Line up Emotion Film Factory 2011 2012

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Vengeance et plus si affinités  (Production automne 2011)                                      Pour se venger de ce qu'il lui a fait subir Marion va commencer par lui prendre sa femme, s'attaquer à son argent puis s'immiscer dans ses transactions frauduleuses avec la mafia sicilienne. Ven...

INTERVIEW WITH JIM BUTTERWORTH of NAKED EDGE FILMS (Gone, Donor Unknown at Tribeca 2011 Festival)

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Jim Butterworth, the president and co-founder of Naked Edge Films, a documentary film production company based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the two documentaries his company has at this year's festival --GONE and DONOR UNKNOWN.                   Jim, you have a background in technology as an entrepreneur and venture ca...

DIY filmmaking, marketing and distribution with filmmaker, Ava DuVernay

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The good part about still being unemployed is being able to attend networking lunches without worrying about being out of the office too long. Last week Reelblack, in conjunction with PIFVA and Scribe Video Center invited industry PR maven, turned indie filmmaker, Ava DuVernay to discuss "Do It Yourself" promotion, film distribution, her new feature length film I Will Follow and a new initiative aimed at giving black films a wide release in commercial theaters, called AFFRM (African-A...

Top Ten Oscar Snubs And Surprises

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  While most of the Oscar nominations announced last week were rather predictably the names and titles that we have been expecting, there were a number of surprises and snubs. Although the Academy has expanded the Best Film contender list to ten titles in order to spread the love, the acting and directing categories still can only include five people, so invariably there are those worthy of attention who fall off the list. Maybe there were number 6 or number 7, but if they did not make t...
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