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    Ethiopia's First Academy Award Submission

    This year for the first time in history, an Ethiopian film, The Athlete aka Atletu (ISA: Arrow), has been submitted to the Academy for consideration for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film. Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award has been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 62 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, fifty-one have gone to European films, five to Asian films, three to films from the Americas, and three to African films (1969 Z from Algeria directed by Costa Gavras who is French, 1976 Black and White in Color directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud who is F...

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    14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

    This festival doesn't get enough ink...who outside of N.Y. and other African Diaspora Film Festivals is aware of the films showing here? Are the acquisitions executives on top of this? It seems like the only African American films we see today are by Tyler Perry. (Exception: Precious). Here is ...

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    Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: A-C

    One of the most popular reports I publish is the Rights Roundup to show the trade who sold what to whom during the market (Cannes in this case). The ISAs (international sales agents) are all linked to their own websites. I wish all of the distribution companies who pick up the films for their territories (there are about 40 territories) and all the titles were also linked, but I lack the manpower to do the job 100% so only some are linked to their own company websites, or in the case of titles, to IMDbPro Title Pages. This reports allows sales agents to gauge their competitors, see who is buying similar types of films, and it allows buyers...

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    New Film from South Africa - Tipped for the Fall Festivals

    This film is so new even IMDb has not yet listed it. The film should have a rough cut ready by mid July and is aiming to premier at the forthcoming international film festivals. Principal photography of the psychological thriller Retribution was completed in June 2010. The film is the theatrical d...

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