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    Hot Docs Fest and Blue Ice Film Announce $1 Million Fund for African Docs

    It was announced today at Toronto's Hot Docs Forum, held in conjunction with the festival, that Hot Docs would be teaming with Toronto-based Blue Ice Films to provide $1 million in grants over the next five years to African documentarians. The fund seeks to foster documentaries by Africans to come ...

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    Cinereach Grants $400K to 13 "Vital Stories Artfully Told"

    Film production foundation Cinereach unveiled 13 feature-length projects that will receive $400,000 in grants. The current round of features include nonfiction, fiction and hybrid films that, according to the group, "exemplify Cinereach's commitment to funding vital stories, artfully t...

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    Lionsgate's Microbudget Division: Comedies, Horror Movies, Minority Casts

    Lionsgate detailed three films it will produce as part of an initiative to create films with budgets under $2 million. The titles include "Rapturepalooza," described as "a post-apocalyptic comedy," "Gay Dude," a coming-of-age comedy "with a twist" and sup...

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    In the Works: Taylor & Madigan in "Future Weather," Timoner's "Dust" & More

    Lili Taylor and Amy Madigan star in Jenny Deller's story of a budding teen scientist who must contend with an unstable home in "Future Weather." The script won multiple grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and received attention at the recent Film Independent Filmmaker Forum...

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    Jeff Lipsky: "Why I am encouraged and excited..."

    Why am I encouraged and excited about the future and potential profitability of independently produced films, independently distributed? Why am I returning to the fold? What is the most important responsibility of a distributor-for-hire? Some thoughts.

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    Marcela Goglio: "This is an exciting time for Latin American filmmaking"

    There’s no doubt about the need to change the sad state of distribution for Latin American cinema in the U.S. so wider audiences can enjoy the many great films being produced in the region that deserve to be seen here. But though this tough reality has been worsened by the economic crisis as fewer ...

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