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    Last Call for American Indie Features in Post to Find Finishing Funds

    November 17 - 19, 2011Last chance to submit your rough cut to Gotham in ProgressAfter the feedback during Toronto, The American Film Festival decided to extend the deadline for submissions to Gotham in Progress at the 2. American Film Festival in Wrocław until 1 October 2011. You can find the submission form here.Gotham in Progress is an amazing opportunity for ALL U.S. indie filmmakers completing their features to catch attention of European buyers. Some of the companies confirmed for the event already are: Le Pacte (France), Haut et Court (France), Indie Circle (Europe), Artificial Eye (UK) and Scanbox (Scandinavia).We also have one more s...

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    American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland is seeking U.S. Films in Post

    A few of us have been working on a project which I think should be of great interest for U.S. filmmakers to connect internationally at a time when U.S. box office represents about 30% of the total market. And this November 15-20, 2011 when the festival takes place, I have the honor to be on the jur...

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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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    Guest Blogger: Morris Ruskin of Shoreline

    Morris Ruskin of Shoreline writes a blog on Huffington Post. This blog is on Investing in Film and draws on his experience investing in some 50 films including Glengarry Glen Ross.

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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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    Rotterdam Cinema Reloaded

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) finishes the first phase of its Cinema Reloaded program with the launch of its first two crowd-funded short films. These films by Ho Yuhang and Alexis Dos Santos are supported by hundreds of individual donations from Cinema Reloaded co-producers. For ...

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    Sandi Dubowski at Sundance

    Sandi Dubowski is in Sundance co-hosting a Good Pitch Party (see below) and mentions that, "btw, I got a development grant from a new film fund, Catapult for my project and will be holding meetings at Sundance to raise matching funds for my next film, Soul Trainer." Soul Trainer follows the dramatic life story of Amichai Lau-Lavie whose uncle is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and who is descended from 37 generations of rabbis to King David. Amichai is Jewish royalty, a link in a 5,771 year-old ancient chain, but he is also the creator of a Hasidic female performance character.His Trembling Before G-d and next film, A Jihad for Love dealt w...

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