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    When are Films Political? When They're Iranian

    As Cannes comes, so do political issues expressed in various forms. Before it begins, the press is already buzzing about films to be shown by the imprisoned filmmakers in Iran, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. We wrote about this last year and will continue to do so. We'll bring up other films as they begin to make waves (if they do this year).Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi at his home after he was freed from jail on bail after more than two months in custody, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. (AP Photo)Films may be political in content covering a political subject or they could have a political affect which polarizes people aroun...

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    La Queer Palm Every Night

    The Queer Palm is awarded by a jury of journalists and organizers of LGBT film festivals which rewards a movie for its artistic qualities and its treatments about gay, lesbian, bi or trans and gender questions. Gregg Araki’s Kaboom was the first movie awarded in 2010. The Queer Palm is a collaborat...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: ATO (Art Takes Over)

    ATO (Art Takes Over) was launched last year at Cannes by musician Dave Matthews along with Johnathan Dorfman, Sarah Lash and Temple Fennell. Their plan to release 4 to 6 films annually seems to be coming to fruition. In Sundance 2011 they acquired film The Convincer, Casino Jack was acquired in Toronto 2010, and " title="Mao’s Last Dancer">Mao’s Last Dancer in Cannes 2010 which was released in August. Terri was picked up from its producers on its completion September 2010 and is being sold internationally by Coach 14. 20th Century Fox has home video rights. ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership with Samuel Goldwyn ...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Entertainment One

    Entertainment One keeps growing internationally with a rare intelligence at steady unrushed pace. As they enter Cannes to sell under the guidance of Charlotte Mickie, an international sales agent with impeccable credentials who still finds time to respond to special industry requests, they have, tucked under their belt, international distribution companies acquired with an eye toward profitability. Not relying on output deals, they now own not only the means of production but also the means of distribution itself. As a distributor in Canada, where eOne originated, it started from zero in 2007 and by 2009 had 4% of the market share (second ...

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    France and Brazil CoPro Workshop in Cannes

    A Franco-Brazilian co-production workshop will be held in Cannes May 13. It is being offered by the French film board CNC and Brazil's Ancine cinema agency to introduce French and Brazilian producers to one another and to network with potential partners -- broadcasters, distributors and ...

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    Cannes Competition and Un Certain Regard 2011

    Now that the titles for the Festival International de Cannes Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings and Special Screenings have been announced, we will begin to look at the business side of the titles. Cannes Rights Round Up will soon open on this blog as an acquisitions tracking tool as distributors now begin licensing rights for their territories during the spring and summer months to come. There are four female directors out of the 19 films in Competiton which is a new record of 21%. Brava to Lynn Ramsay ♀ , Naomi Kawase ♀ , Maiwenn L ♀ ., and first time Australian filmmaker Julia Leigh ♀ with her Sleepin...

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    Internet Fundraising: Rocks Snakes

    Introduction by Peter Belsito, Guest BloggerThe below piece (really feels like a diary entry) by a filmmaker of our acquaintance introduces an interesting and worthy project attempting to raise funds over the internet. This indie feature, a dramatic film, is going through a process now that is becoming more established and useful in our indie world.What is the main problem today? As Ted Hope, profiled recently in this blog, eloquently said, "the rules for funding have fundamentally changed". Basically as we see it more and more films are coming on line every day and funding sources have not kept up (i.e. have not been increasing).What to d...

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    Cannes Marche du Film - What's New This Year

    New this year at the Cannes Market:Aside from the five year old Producers Network, a new series of events will take place under the aegis of Producers Workshop. See below the jump for more information.

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    James Franco in Sundance

    James Franco said he'll likely take his next film as director The Broken Tower to Cannes. James Franco’s directorial debut was Fool’s Gold in 2005. Since then he has directed The Ape (2005, TLA Releasing) and Good Time Max (2007, IFC Films) which screened at Tribeca, Hollywood, Austin and Vancouver...

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    Oscar Watch: Thailand's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    This film received mucho publicity during Cannes but has very lttle visibility here in the U.S. in spite of its having been picked up for U.S. by Strand and its being Thailand's official submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar. I don't think it will be nominated as feels so off-kilter, albeit totally original. I don't think the Academy will have the patience for it. However, this Cannes winning competition film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the penultimate example of how a film from a perhaps underfunded country can get enough financing to be made and d...

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