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US Independent Film Blues

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The top 20 independent productions grossed about $50 million during first half of 2009 compared to the July 19 weekend gross of $80 million for the latest Harry Potter sequel. Indie’s US revenues for the first half of 2009 are estimated to be about half of what it was scored last year. Whereas in all of 2008 20 studio films netted more than $100 million, it took only seven month into 2009 to reach that number, thus leading to a significant increase of high grossing studio films. In times of...

Sirenata

Director: Maya Puig.
Sirenata tells the story of a mermaid who, fascinated by the human world, falls in love with a street musician and his melancholic music. When her deepest wish to become part of his world becomes reality, her quest to find him begins. When they finally meet, everything falls into place but with only a few hours together, she finds that ultimately she must choose between her world and his.

Casting 2015

Director: Charlotte Roustang.
In a close future, where power and professional success have become the only stakes in life, a man and a woman break up and find themselves competing in a business game.

Butterflies

Director: Ester Brym.
Butterflies is a feature documentary film following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media merge? The film documents the struggles and successes of characters Lisanova, Mr. Safety, Davedays, Boh3m3, Olgakay and Xgobobeanx and their hopes to become the new 'virtual' celebrities. Also in the film: Fred, SxePhil, Charles Trippy, KevJumba, Kicesie, Paperlilies, KatiesOpinion, Daxflame, Joe Satriani, Esmee Denters, Whatthebuck, David Foley, Renetto, ClipCritics, Katy Perry, GayGod, Nigahiga, Chad Hurley and others.

European Film Market, Interview with Director Beki Probst

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Berlinale: European Film Market, Interview with Director Beki Probst. In 1988 Beki Probst was appointed Director of the Film Fair for the Berlinale which she then renamed European Film Market. Her prior experience includes work for the Locarno Film Festival and representation of the Berlinale in Turkey and Greece. Beki Probst was born in Istanbul and studied law and journalism.Her twenty year direction resulted in the constant expansion of the European Film Market and its transformation into...

Dancing with Kendra

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Director: Cedric Green.
What happens when a young sexy lady in New York meets Mr Right right in the vicinity and not even realize it? How far will Mr Right go to convince her that he is her prince charming? And, what happens when love meets friendship? Watch this heart warming romantic story to find out!

Mi abuela aventura

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Director: Esteban Vazquez.
Grandmother, mother and son, return in a middle of a trip to the farm were the grandmother live 23 years. an talk about the experience of live form his 93 years old

Imperia Entertainment Offers Debentures to California Qualified Purchasers

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Imperia Entertainment, Inc. hereby offers for sale up to 100 Units, consisting of a debenture, repaying principal plus 10% interest out of the first proceeds of the domestic theatrical release of “Say it in Russian.”  Each debenture is convertible to company common stock at the rate of 80 cents per share at the option of the holder, principal and accumulated interest payable from first proceeds of “Say it in Russian,” at the rate of 10% per annum, for the price of $1,000 per Unit, and...

The “Digital Innovation Valley” dynamic continues at Mons

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The “Digital Innovation Valley” dynamic continues at MonsVirtualis announces the launch in early 2009 of Belgium’s first real-time full IP 3D studio Under the impetus inspired by the arrival of GOOGLE and MICROSOFT, new projects are continuing to spring up at Mons around the Digital Innovation Valley.Founded in May 2008, VIRTUALIS SA brings together a technological chain unique within Europe of 11 companies active in technologies linked to new forms of digital media content and the real-ti...

Baltic Event Introduces New VOD Platforms

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Saturday, December 6------One of the most interesting presentations held at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival's Baltic Event was the introduction of 4 new Video On Demand (VOD) services based in Europe and focusing on the alternative distribution of European cinema. The sessions focused on the profiles of the services, what kind of content they currently feature and plan to add in the coming months and how their business plans work vis a vis independent producers.   Modera...

Pitching Sessions

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After the huge success of the workshops at ÉCU 2008 we have decided to introduce a new event called ‘Prepare your Pitch’ where you will be involved in a workshop to prepare your pitch and then actually perform your pitch to a panel of producers who are looking for new projects. This is a limited space workshop and I’m afraid that while all of our other workshops are free, there is a fee involved. The line-up of producers sitting on the panel will be released on our website closer t...

Forrester research on Online Video Viewers

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Veoh Networks Study Reveals That Engaged Long-Form Online Video Viewers Are Highly Receptive to AdvertisingHighly Influential "Connectors" Pay More Attention to and Engage with Brands When it comes to advertising, not all online video viewers are created equal, according to a new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Veoh Networks. Released today, “Watching The Web: How Online Video Engages Audiences” reveals that while some online video viewers still only “sna...

The Cologne Medienforum wrapper

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The Cologne Medienforum, held from June 5 - 11 celebrated its 20th anniversary and provided again in numerous seminars, key note speeches and screenings an ideal opportunity for interventions by civil servants, politicians, representatives from the commercial television sector and senior managers from public television, the film, print and digital media areas. The Medienforum was introduced by a four day special programs “Grosses Fernsehen” (Great TV) covering large screen proj...

Sounds (Super-Resolution Technology) wins big at Houston

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Super-Resolution Technology Makes History at Prestigious International Film FestivalSounds, the first-ever movie produced with Super-Resolution Technology, came home with multiple awards in several categories at the recently completed WorldFest International Film Festival, including the highest score in the New Technology category. Competing against more than 500 other full-length feature independent films submitted to the 41st annual WorldFest, Sounds won a total of three of the prestigious Rem...

HD EXPO returns to Chicago

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On June 5, 2008, HD EXPO returns to Chicago for its fourth year, again presenting top technology and creative community leaders. The event remains the primary entertainment technology event of its kind in Chicago, where the creative, production, advertising and technology communities share insights and experiences. Bryan Carroll, Co-Producer of “Public Enemies,” will participate in a One On One Conversation at HD EXPO focusing on his work with Oscar-nominated director Michael Mann and other...

Latest Survey on VOD in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory and the French Government's Media Development Department (DDM) have published the results of a new survey of VoD services in Europe, carried out by NPA Conseil. Upsurge in number of services At the end of 2007, the survey found 258 VoD services in operation in the 24 European countries covered, compared with 142 services at the end of December 2006. This upsurge in the number of services is largely explained by the fact that television channels generall...

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Strike-Sidelined Cinematographers Offered P2 Workshops In Los Angeles

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Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co and HD Expo are offering a two-day camera production workshop to the members of the ASC, ICG, SOC and other guilds and associations whose members may have been affected by the Writers Guild labor negotiations.The P2 Workshop is being offered at no charge to guild & association members in a show of support for the cinematography community, and will offer career-advancing training that can be utilized once crews return to work. The workshop prepares the ...

Indian media and entertainment close to "large-scale evolution"

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Panjim (Goa), Nov 23: India's media and entertainment (M&E) sector is close to a "large-scale, game-changing evolution". Digital technology and distribution, the growth of home entertainment, new distribution media like internet and IPTV, and the growing global appeal of new Indian movies are all driving this trend, says a new report here. Business lobby network CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) commissioned international management consultants A.T. Kearney to "provide in...

VoD vs. CINEMA? Panel in Cannes May 19: the "minutes"

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VoD vs. Cinema?European Audiovisual Observatory Afternoon Workshop in Cannes breaks all recordsLinks to the presentations of the conference:Cinema admissions in EuropeVideo on demand in EuropeLes enjeux de la vidéo à la demande et de la vidéo en ligne Digital rights management systems (DRMs) Audiovisual Archives and the Inability to Clear Rights in Orphan Works Making Possible the Access to Our Film Heritage on VoD Over 350 film professionals crowded into the Palais des Festivals in Cannes to...

Over 150 Video-On-Demand Services Being Utilized in Europe

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For the event of the Cannes International Film Market, the European Audiovisual Observatory and the French Directorate for the Development is presenting a study of the video-on-demand usage within 24 European countries. This study is being completed by NPA Conseil. As stated in the Press Release in Strasbourg: "The study analyses the various technical methods used for video-on-demand, the various economic models applied, the debate on regulation, and the place of video-on-demand in the cine...

Diffusion & Multimedia 2006 First trade exhibition in Algeria

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Algeria’s Premier International Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology Event Diffusion & Multimedia 2006 (November 19 - 22, 2006) targets to become Algeria’s premier specialist international trade exhibition, which brings together in one event all the fields pertaining to broadcasting, digital multimedia and entertainment technology. Aiming to become a quality showcase of the latest digital multimedia technology, professional equipment and services for broadcasters, production and post-produ...

AMNESIA

*Produced and realized as a University Project, Amnesia has been achieved with a very low budget, under a thousand dollar (CAN$), and with very few technical means... Shot on 16mm film (500ft), and edited on a Steenbeck, the camera that were used for the shooting were two 16mm Bolex, with 2 lenses, one 10mm and one Zoom lens. Aspect Ratio 4:3, Running Time 7min. We are actually looking for people interested to buy or promote the visibility of the film for festivals entry, etc... For More D...

Amnesia

*Produced and realized as a School Project, Amnesia has been achieved with a very low budget, under a thousand dollar (CAN$), and with very few technical means. Shot on 16mm film, the camera that we used for the shooting was a 16mm Bolex, with 2 lenses, one 10mm and one Zoom lens. Aspect Ratio 4:3, Running Time 7min. We are actually looking for people interested to buy or promote the visibility of the film for festi

MIP TV Update: New Technologies Fire Warning Shot at Broadcasters

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MIP TV Update: New Technologies Fire Warning Shot at BroadcastersAd-Skipping Could Cause Losses of $27 Billion in Next Five YearsNew research suggests greater DVR impact than previously thought, according to new research released today by Accenture, a New York-headquartered management and technology consultancy firm. Their report predicts that ad skipping through devices like Tivo and other PVR’s (personal video recorders) plus VOD (video on demand) could cost the TV industry $27 billion in l...
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