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IFTA calls on Obama 's administration to support principles of openness and diversity in the media

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Independent Filmmakers Call on New Administration to Guarantee Competition and Diversity on Television and the Internet Washington - In a letter sent to today to the Co-Chairs of President-elect Obama's Transition Team, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), which represents the producers and distributors of independent film and television programs, called on the incoming Obama administration to appoint a new FCC Chairman and commissioners who "support principles ...

IFTA calls on Obama 's administration to support principles of openness and diversity in the media

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In a letter sent to today to the Co-Chairs of President-elect Obama’s Transition Team, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), which represents the producers and distributors of independent film and television programs, called on the incoming Obama administration to appoint a new FCC Chairman and commissioners who “support principles of openness and diversity in the media.”The letter sent by IFTA President Jean Prewitt to John Podesta and Valerie Jarrett underscored president...

Overall attendance for the 29th AFM was 7,903

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Overall attendance for the 29th American Film Market (AFM) was 7,903, it was announced today by Jonathan Wolf, managing director of the AFM and executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).(Cannes Market claimed 10,700 participants this year) A total of 1,527 buyers representing 65 countries attended the market, which took place from November 5 to November 12. Buyers from the Middle East grew 25% from last year (to 40 from 32). Notable year-to-year buyer attend...

Statement from IFTA President Jean Prewitt on Congress’s action

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Statement from Jean Prewitt, President and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, regarding Congress’ action today in extending the term of Internal Revenue Code 181, a provision originally adopted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to maintain the competitiveness of the United States for production of independent film and television programming:“IFTA is delighted with Congress’s action in extending the term of IRC 181 in today’s vote. Its targeted provisions ...

New IFTA Executive Committee members

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) today announced the results of its Board of Directors election in which four industry leaders will join the global trade organization’s Executive Committee. The announcement was made today by Jean Prewitt, president and chief executive officer of IFTA.Elected to two-year terms on the IFTA Executive Committee are Roger Corman, Vice Chairperson (New Horizons Picture Corporation); Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose, Chairperson of the Export Alli...

Santa Monica International Film Festival line up

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Santa Monica International Film Festival Sept. 19-21 The annual Santa Monica Film Festival has announced the line up of 22 films that will be screening at this years festival September 19-21. Santa Monica Film Festival is held in the world famous Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade. Films will screen from 1:00PM to 10PM at the AMC Loews Broadway 4 (Tickets $10) and at Santa Monica Public Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Theater (Tickets Free). Sponsors include: Third Street Pro...

ITN slate of films for the 2007 American Film Market (AFM).

The Acquisitions team at ITN Distribution Inc. (ITN) has gone into overdrive as they announce their slate of films for the 2007 American Film Market (AFM). ITN staffers will be conducting sales for territories worldwide in Suite 825 at the Lowes Santa Monica Beach hotel. This year's films are a diverse mix of high-concept features, shorts and high-quality documentaries in a wide variety of genres such as arthouse, action, war, horror, thriller, comedy and martial arts. Many titles have worldwide...

ITN slate for next AFM

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The Acquisitions team at ITN Distribution Inc. (ITN) has gone into overdrive as they announce their slate of films for the 2007 American Film Market (AFM). ITN staffers will be conducting sales for territories worldwide in Suite 825 at the Lowes Santa Monica Beach hotel. This year’s films are a diverse mix of high-concept features, shorts and high-quality documentaries in a wide variety of genres such as arthouse, action, war, horror, thriller, comedy and martial arts. Many titles have worldwi...

The Industry Dimension of the Rome FilmFest

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A film festival, even one that is dubbed a “public festival” as is the Rome FilmFest, always has a professional dimension to it. Films that are shown have either been sold or are actively being promoted to distributors in the host country. A strong response from the public or from film critics can foster the alchemy that allows films to be sold internationally. The Rome Filmfest has determined to facilitate this professional perspective by an initiative it calls The Business Street. The Busi...

The Industry Dimension of the Rome FilmFest

 Monday, October 22-------A film festival, even one that is dubbed a “public festival” as is the Rome FilmFest, always has a professional dimension to it. Films that are shown have either been sold or are actively being promoted to distributors in the host country. A strong response from the public or from film critics can foster the alchemy that allows films to be sold internationally. The Rome Filmfest has determined to facilitate this professional perspective by an initiative it calls Th...

Are you ready for AFM? 522 films to screen

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A diverse selection of 522 feature films, including 106 industry world premieres and 364 market premieres, have been confirmed to screen at the 28th American Film Market (AFM) October 31 to November 7, 2007, in Santa Monica, it was announced today by Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and AFM’s Managing Director.A total of 34 different languages will be represented on the screening schedule of this year’s AFM.In addition, Wolf announced tha...

14th ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM MARKETPLACE AND S.E. MANLY SHORT FILM SHOWCASE OCTOBER 18 – OCTOBER 21, 2007

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14th ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM MARKETPLACE AND S.E. MANLY SHORT FILM SHOWCASE OCTOBER 18 – OCTOBER 21, 2007GREAT DAY IN BLACK HOLLYWOOD HONORING BLACK WOMEN DIRECTORS(Hollywood, CA ~ August 10, 2007) ~ The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s (“BHERC”) 14th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase launches October 18, 2007 through October 21, 2007 at Raleigh Studios, 650 Bronson Avenue, Hollywood, CA.  For the past 13 years, BHERC has hon...

African-American Film Marketplace Highlights

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The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s (“BHERC”) 14th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase launches October 18, 2007 through October 21, 2007 at Raleigh Studios, 650 Bronson Avenue, Hollywood, CA. For the past 13 years, BHERC has honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions in entertainment and has also screened thousands of films by African American Filmmakers. The BHERC is proud to announce that our opening program will ...

AFM 2006 Gets Going

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By Liza Foreman Los Angeles – Although the main business here is film, the 27th American Film Market (AFM) managed to produce plenty of records Wednesday. 435 companies from 36 countries are exhibiting this year, with 592 films screening: that’s up from 534 titles last year. All in all, the number of films screening has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years. The figures represent all-time highs for the annual film market, which runs 1 – 8th November 2006. Part of the growth mu...

AFM Hosts Record 54 AFI FEST Films

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This year, the American Film Market (AFM) hosts 54 of the 147 films screening at AFI FEST presented by Audi, a record for the partnership between the concurrent events. Of the 54 shared titles, 24 films screen both places, at AFM in Santa Monica and at AFI FEST in Hollywood. Other shared films are represented by sales agents at AFM while their screenings take place only at AFI FEST. Free shuttles carry AFM badge-holders and AFI FEST pass-holders between the events November 1-8. Since the formati...

AFM 2006 Gets Going

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Although the main business here is film, the 27th American Film Market (AFM) managed to produce plenty of records Wednesday.435 companies from 36 countries are exhibiting this year, with 592 films screening: that’s up from 534 titles last year. All in all, the number of films screening has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years. The figures represent all-time highs for the annual film market, which runs 1 – 8th November 2006.Part of the growth must be attributed to the demise of ...

AFI FEST AFM Organizers Predict Record Attendance

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Organizers Predict Record Attendance at 2006 International Market and FestivalSince the formation of their strategic partnership in 2004, the American Film Market and AFI FEST have grown to become the largest gathering of film industry professionals in North America. Registration is running well ahead of last November’s events and organizers predict that turnout for this year will easily top the 2005 attendance of more than 9,000 individuals working in all facets of the motion picture industry...

IFTA New Executive Committee and Board of Directors

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Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, today announced its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The elections were held as part of the IFTA’s annual members meeting, which took place today at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Alliance’s seven person Executive Committee is headed by Chairman Michael Ryan (IAC Film & Television), who was re-elected last September and is serving the second year in...

AFM wraped up sucessful year with figures in the risr

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"American Film Market Wraps Up Successful Year, Looks Forward To Continued Partnership with AFI FEST by Chris Davison This year's American Film Market (AFM) took place from November 2-9 in Santa Monica, and achieved substantial gains in exhibitors, buyers and overall attendance. The number of attendees across all categories--including exhibitors, buyers, industry badges, press and guests--reached a record high of 8,014, a 13% increase over last year's total. Buyers came from 62 different countr...

Michael Ryan re elected as chairman to IFTA AFM

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Veteran British film executive Michael Ryan, director of IAC Film, has been elected to a second consecutive two-year term as Chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), it was announced today by Jean Prewitt, president and chief executive officer, IFTA. Also elected at IFTA’s annual members meeting were new Executive Committee members and the Board of Directors for the association. Ryan, who ran unopposed, is the first IFTA Chairman from outside of the United States.The Al...

American Film Market - AFM Set To Break Records

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American Film Market the Cannes of the US is growing each year and in 2005 they are set to with an impressive up coming market. With a record number of exhibitors, 410 are scheduled to participate this November 2nd to the 9th. For AFM thisgrowth will make this years the largest market in the event's history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries and with this news the Le Merigot Hotel will now host exhibitors to accommodate the influx of attendance. Le Merigot Hotel is located next door to the...

Beyond The Sea AFI opener

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AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Opens with BEYOND THE SEAUS Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey opened the prestigious American Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival this week. The 2004 AFI Festival is in its 18th year and is set for November 4 -14, 2004 in Hollywood, California. Executive Director Christian Gaines had a wonderful opening night with the unveiling of the long awaited Miramax film BEYOND THE SEA. This is the story of 50's - 60's croo...

2004 AFM Opens with first AFI Partnership

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The 25th American Film Market (AFM) opened this week to rave reviews with a record number of exhibitors, buyers, screenings and market premieres. This was presented by Michael Ryan, Independent Film & Television Alliance (I.F.T.A.) Chairman, Jean M. Prewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, I.F.T.A., and Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, I.F.T.A. and Managing Director, AFM. Santa Monica, California is the annual setting for the largest US film market, where film reps and buyer co...

25th Anniversary for AFM and records going

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25TH ANNUAL AMERICAN FILM MARKET OPENS WITH RECORD 435 FILMS SCREENING IN 28 LANGUAGES INCLUDING RECORD 278 MARKET PREMIERESA record 435 films are screening at the 25th Annual American Film Market (AFM), 3-10 November 2004, including a record 278 market premieres. In addition, 38 films represented at the AFM are Official Selections at AFI FEST (November 4 –14, 2004). Mr. Wolf AFM chief announced that exhibition space for the AFM has sold out at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and at Le Mer...

AFM: Increase in attendance (7,212 visitors)

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AFM claims a 5% gain in total attendance.The 2004 American Film Market achieved sharp gains in attendees this year with an increase in total attendance of 5%, it was announced today by Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, AFMA, and Managing Director of the AFM. In addition, Mr. Wolf reported that total buyers are up 10% from last year. The AFM, which opened Wednesday, February 25, concludes tomorrow, March 3.Total attendance is 7,212, up 5% from 6,834 in 2003. The final tally of buyers is ...

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