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QuickShots | Polanski, "Precious," Cinereach Fellows, Thessaloniki News

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire September 29, 2009 at 9:37AM

New Philippine Cinema spotlighted at 50th Thessaloniki Fest
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New Philippine Cinema spotlighted at 50th Thessaloniki Fest

Thirteen films will be screened and the guest directors attending the 50th TIFF will participate in a Roundtable on their national cinema. The Philippines has had a high profile recently with the Cannes win of Brillante Mendoza's "Kinatay" and newcomer Pepe Diokno's Engkwentro winning the Luigi De Laurentiis and Venice Horizons Awards in the Venice Film Festival.

Cinereach Names 2010 Reach Film Fellows

Cinereach has announced the names of the 2010 Reach Film Fellows and their mentors, launching the third year of a program that "nurtures socially conscious filmmakers at early stages in their careers." The Reach Film Fellowship (RFF) is a six-month program in which four filmmakers work with individual mentors, a team of advisors, and Cinereach staff to take their short fiction and nonfiction films from concept to completion. RFF fellows each receive a $5,000 grant and production resources. At the conclusion of the fellowship cycle, an additional $5,000 award will be presented to one of the four Fellows for the completion and distribution of his or her film. Mentors this year include: Marilyn Agrelo ("Mad Hot Ballroom"), Laurie Collyer ("Sherrybaby"), Annie Sundberg ("The Devil Came on Horseback") and Jeremy Kipp Walker ("Cold Souls"). Fellows are: Nadia Hallgren ("Love Lockdown"), Courtney Hope ("Wild Birds"), Gabriel Long ("Brothers") and Anthony Morrison ("Our Principal Intent").

"We've seen how access to mentorship and advising from successful independent filmmakers really makes the difference for those just starting out," said Cinereach founder and executive director Philipp Engelhorn in a statement. "It's critical to encourage young filmmakers who are inclined towards making films of social relevance, and to help them do that effectively through cinematic storytelling."

IFP Minnesota Launches "Independent Filmmaker Professional Development"

In an effort to facilitate "continuing professional development, IFP Minnesota Center for the Media Arts is launching a quarterly series of workshops on important topics for professional filmmakers. In their first session, Phantastic Promotion for Philm, writer/director Matt Osterman will focus on the many new tools filmmakers can use to build an audience and find funders for their film long before it is released. Osterman, writer and director of the feature length supernatural film "Phasma Ex Machina," is credited by the organization for successfully promoting his film from its inception. For more information, visit their website.

American Cinematheque hosts new films from Germany

American Cinematheque will host the Los Angeles debuts of 10 German films including the mountain adventure "Northface," period dramas "Clara and Buddenbrooks," the moving documentary "Nobody's Perfect," comedy "Short Cut to Hollywood," fantasy "Krabat," political drama "Storm," the rave scene-set "Berlin Calling" and more September 30 - October 4 at the group's Aero Theatre. For more information and additional films, please visit their website.

Read Around the 'Net

NYT: France Divided Over Polanski Case

While an international team of lawyers fought to free Roman Polanski from a Swiss jail, where he is being held for possible extradition to the United States, the action against the 76-year-old film director is quickly exposing deep fault lines between his supporters in the arts, entertainment and politics and his increasingly outspoken critics. Michael Cielpy reports.

LAT: Weinstein Co. loses a round in its fight over 'Precious'

Weinstein Co.'s legal challenge suffered a major setback Friday, when U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald dismissed one of the four lawsuits that arose from the dispute. In her ruling in a New York case brought by Weinstein Co. against the film's producers, Smokewood Entertainment Group, Buchwald said that Weinstein Co. never had a written contract to distribute the film, an essential ingredient when a copyright is transferred to another party. John Horn reports.

Screen: Troma president Lloyd Kaufman reelected IFTA chairman

Troma Entertainment president Lloyd Kaufman has been reelected chairman of Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt has announced. Jeremy Kay reports.

Guardian: Wheel to reel: a day at the Bicycle Film Festival

Inside the cinema, cyclists watch "Made in Queens" and "The Scraper Bike King," two of 23 new films being shown at the London leg of this year's Bicycle film Festival, a mobile, international event that aims to promote the best in cycle cinema. Full story.

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