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Cross Media Challenge at Sheffield

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Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival (Doc/Fest) is to host The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Cross Media Challenge at its festival in November. The Challenge will award one producer a £5,000 co-production development deal with the award-winning NFB. The Cross Media Challenge is a co-production competition for innovative, interactive, socially engaged content with applications for mobile and broadband. The 2008 challenge is based around an environmental theme.Producers are i...

Film In Focus: REZ BOMB

Saturday, August 30------The Montreal World Film Festival hosted the World Premiere last evening of Scottish filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson’s latest film REZ BOMB. This marks the director's third feature in a row to World Premiere at the Festival, with previous showings of THE TICKING MAN (2003) and its sequel RETRIBUTION (2005).While his previous films were set in his native Scotland, REZ BOMB provides quite a contrast. The story is set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota...

Future of Cinema Salon in Locarno

Future of cinema, few know, few share, we dare do both!     Let us embark for a trip a few decades ahead of us.Our first stop this year was Cannes where the series has been held for the past 3 years. Locarno conference future of cinemaenvoyé par filmfestivals-com The next stops on the festival circuit are Locarno, Rome, Stockholm and moreCheck out the video of our panels and events in Cannes.Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada and Locarno Film Festival a...

Sheffield Doc/Fest Launches Audience Award

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The Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the UK’s premier event for international documentary professionals, will present an Audience Award at this year’s festival. This inaugural award, which will celebrate the documentary with the most audience votes, will be chosen from the one hundred or so international films to be screened at Doc/Fest 2008.Heather Croall, Festival Director, comments: “There are loads of awards at film festivals around the world, and many of the jury-driven a...

Film In Focus: Alice In The Land

 Monday, August 25-------In more ways than one, a film festival brings the world to your doorstep. That is certainly the case for a new film from Chile that is making its North American Premiere at the Festival. ALICE IN THE LAND (ALICIA EN EL PAIS), directed by Esteban Larrain, was recently awarded with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Locarno Film Festival, will be presented in  the Documentaries of the World section of the Montreal World Film Festival.ALICE IN THE LAND tells the impr...

Future of Cinema Salon in Locarno Panel "Digital Distribution"

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The Locarno Film Festival and filmfestivals.com, the organizers of the first panel in Locarno from Future of Cinema Salon were very proud of the quality of the exchange triggered by the panel. Herewith a summary of the themes brought by the panelists: a full length video will be featured here shortly. Panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE   Bruno chatelin Intr...

Pictures from the panel at Locarno "Digital Distribution"

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    Jean Labadie, Le Pacte Founder, at the panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE Jean Labadie, Le Pacte Founder, at the panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE Brian Jones, Pathé Svizzera, at the panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE Fabrice Testa, XDC International, panel "Future of cinema distribution" at the Forum ...

Pictures from the panel at Locarno "Digital Distribution"

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    Jean Labadie, Le Pacte Founder, at the panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE Jean Labadie, Le Pacte Founder, at the panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE Brian Jones, Pathé Svizzera, at the panel "Future of cinema distribution", Forum © FOTOFESTIVAL / DAULTE Fabrice Testa, XDC International, panel "Future of cinema distribution" at the Forum ...

Key Speakers from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Locarno

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Locarno Film Festival, Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to premiere our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Locarno Film Festival. We will be hosting the Future of Cinema Panel on Digital Distribution that brings together international voices around the table, plus a special hands-on demo of some of the most innovative works coming out of Canada and Switzerland, including Late Fragment a critically-acclaimed dramatic interactive feature film which premiered last year at ...

Gitai and other industry specialists debate in Locano on D Cinema

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Locarno Film Festival, Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to premiere the Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Locarno Film Festival. The Panel on Digital Distribution will bring together international voices around the table including: Elisabetta Brunella (Mediasalles Secretary General), Amos Gitai (director, Locarno Lepoard of Honour 2008), Brian Jones (Managing Director Pathé Switzerland), Bruno Chatelin (filmfestivals.com & fest21.com co-founder; former distributor UGC-...

Athens Film Fest will feature two competition sections

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14th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOpening Nights Conn-XSeptember 17 – 28, 2008The long, scorching summer stretches punishingly ahead. But waiting for the first cool breezes of September is sweeter when you can look forward to the good things to come. And, rest assured, they are coming - the 14th Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights Conn-X is just around the corner! You know the dates and you know the venues: so meet us again from September 17 - 28 for the ultimate cinemat...

Speakers at the Locarno Future of Cinema Salon

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Future of cinema, few know, few share, we dare do both! Let us embark for a trip a few decades ahead of us.Our first stop this year was Cannes where the series has been held for the past 3 years. The next stops on the festival circuit is Locarno with a panel held in partnership with the Festival, next stops will be Rome, Stockholm and many moreCheck out the video of Cannes events Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada and Locarno Film Festival are proud to premiere our Future of Cinema Sa...

Piazza Grande seats 8000

An enormous Renaissance square that can accommodate over 8,000 viewers every night, the Piazza is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in the world, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza is one of the finest cinemas in Europe, and open-air to boot. Seating Capacity : 8,000 Classic Cinema (16 & ...

Industry Events at Locarno

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Open Doors Factory Besides taking care of the film industry professionals attending the Festival, the Industry Office has for a number of years organized various events in partnership with the Open Doors program, such as Open Doors Factory. This co-production workshop will also invite a special guest: the Cinéfondation from Cannes. Through the presence of the top European producers, the ...

Future of Cinema Salon in Locarno

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FUTURE OF CINEMA SALON SERIES IN LOCARNO FESTIVAL DE LOCARNO 2008 Future of cinema, few know, few share, we dare do both!   Let us embark for a trip a few decades ahead of us. Our first stop this year was Cannes where the series has been held for the past 3 years. The next stops on the festival circuit are Locarno, Rome, Stockholm and more Check out the video of Cannes events   Locarno Film Festival, Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada, XDC Cinema are pr...

Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) launches on August 1

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After rave reviews from insiders, judges and critics at the 2007 Independent Television Festival, festival award recipients are still meeting with network executives to pen deals. Just before the third annual Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) launches on August 1, ITVFest organizers received word that last year's Comedy Award Winner, Partners, is being developed by Starz!. This week development heads purchased the rights to the project written by fledgling writers/performers Seth Menache...

UK Feature Film Funding

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The dark arts of feature film funding have always been a complete mystery to me and I don’t think I am alone in that regard. It may possibly be down to a peculiarly British sensibility of rank embarrassment at ‘selling yourself.’ Or it might be down to the C Grade I had in my Maths GCSE.Unless your as hideously talented as Nick Cave, who wrote The Proposition in 4 weeks, your script will be the result of months of painstaking, finger bleeding, relationship ending, sanity stretching re-writ...

Interview with Lorenzo Branca on the VPF

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Lorenzo Branca is Director of Digital Cinema, Cinemeccanica – MilanA graduate in electronic engineering from the University of Pavia, Lorenzo Branca has been with Cinemeccanica since 2004 and coordinates projects for the development and installation of digital projection systems in cinemas.How do you view the development of digital cinema?Following a slowdown towards the end of 2007, I have noticed a considerable recovery, both in actual installations and in contacts with new clients in the fi...

Digitalization - challenge and threat

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When the fifth edition of MEDIA Salles’ Course ”DigiTraining Plus 2008” in London wrapped up its five-day-long event, attended by 45 participants from 14 different countries, one item was very clear: the business plan for (especially) small and medium-sized cinemas in Europe (and probably also elsewhere) was still far off in a hazy horizon.Parallel to the expected roll-out in the US this year and 2009 basically nothing or very little happens in Europe apart from in the UK where public mone...

Women in Digital Cinema

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Nancy Fares, is Business Manager with Texas Instruments DLP® Cinema Products and talked to DGT online informer I am the Business Manager for DLP Cinema® Products; my role includes product line responsibilities, Profit and Loss (P&L), product marketing and overall strategy for the DLP Cinema® Products group. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of DLP’s entrance into the cinema industry, with the first fully functional and Hollywood endorsed digital DLP Cinema movie projector. After years of...

Youtube co founder to open first Broadband Video Summit

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Chad Hurley, co-founder and CEO of YouTube, will open MIPCOM's first Broadband Video Summit with a keynote speech. The Broadband Video Summit will take place on Wednesday, October 15, at the 24th edition of MIPCOM, October 13-17, 2008, Palais des Festivals, Cannes. The new Broadband Video Summit is part of the MIPCOM 2008 conference program. It will provide a venue for the newest and hottest Internet TV platforms, media owners and cross-platform content creators to talk about the business models...

Sheffield International Documentary Festival highlights

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Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the UK’s premier event for international documentary professionals, has today started its search for films to showcase at this year’s festival.Sheffield Doc/Fest is considering documentaries of any style or subject from established or debut filmmakers, television or film school productions for this year’s official programme. Last year Doc/Fest showcased 100 of the finest examples of documentary film from across the globe, attracting over 1,200 ...

Christopher Coppola "DigiVangelist" brings miniPAH FEST to Vegas

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In partnership with CSB School of Broadcasting, Christopher Coppola--filmmaker, nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, brother of Nicolas Cage and renowned "DigiVangelist"--is bringing miniPAH FEST, his groundbreaking digital media festival, to Las Vegas June 6 to 8, 2008. PAH stands for Project Accessible Hollywood and miniPAH is a three-day, free digital media festival that travels to cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. People from all walks of life--ages 5 to 105--get the chance to tell ...

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