DAILY NEWS: Rozema Signs With Miramax; Hollywood Film Fest Launches Digital Fest; USA Rumored To Be Circling Good Machine

by Maya Churi & Eugene Hernandez

>> Patricia Rozema has signed a deal to direct two more pictures for Miramax Films.

Rozema, director of "Mansfield Park" (November 17th release), has
signed on to direct two more pictures for Miramax Films. In a prepared
statement, Rozema said of the deal, "With 'Mansfield Park,' I was given the
support and freedom to make exactly the film I wished to make. They've
been wonderful artistic partners and I'm sure we are going to make some great
films together." Rozema and Miramax have a long history together, they
distributed her 1987 award-winning feature, "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing," when the company was just starting out. Rozema's past films include "When
Night is Falling
," and "White Room." [Maya Churi]

>> Hollywood Fest Launches Digital Event

Carlos DeAbreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film
, has announced the formation of the Hollywood Digital Film
. The new event, showcasing digital work, will take place online
and off. Three movies will be selected each month to be streamed online,
with the most popular movie screened monthly in a theater at Paramount
Studios. Monthly winners will be finalists at the 2000 Hollywood Film
Festival, August 2 - 7, 2000. [Eugene Hernandez]

[For submissions or additional information, check out their web site at: http://www.hollywoodfestival.com or contact John Jacobson at: 310.288.1882]

>> USA Considering Good Machine

Variety's Oliver Jones reported in the trade yesterday that Barry Diller's USA Networks, owner of USA Films, is considering an acquisition of Good Machine. Jones noted that Good Machine International, which is headed by David Linde, currently handles all foreign sales on USA movies.
[Eugene Hernandez]