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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Figa

    Figa Films Marimbas From Hell just won the $20,000 Ibero Grand Jury Prize in the Miami International Film Festival. This premiered at San Sebastian 2010 and went on to play TIFF 10. Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón, whose Gasolina made an international splash, is now in production on another film to keep in your sites. Marimbas tells the story of Don Alfonso, a deliveryman who also plays marimbas, the traditional Guatemalan instrument who approaches an underground heavy-metal legend, Blacko, suggesting the two fuse their styles. What results is a distinct Guatemalan story that represents one of the things that the Miami International Fil...

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    Zanzibar International Film Festival Honors Guests

    Zanzibar International Film Festival has been a participant of the course I teach yearly at Deutsche Welle Akademie. Film festival directors from Africa and Asia come for five weeks to learn the business and are taken into the Berlinale fold to help them overcome obstacles they always hit, like how...

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    Miami International Film Festival: Encuentros

    Diana Sanchez hails from Toronto where she worked at the Fest there, the great TIFF. She worked there as Latin American Programmer in 2002 and before that was an Assistant. She worked as a consultant for Latin American and Spanish cinema for Rotterdam Film Festival. Here in Miami she worked since 2003 as an international advisor (consultant) having come in with former Sundance Film Festival organizer Nicole Guillemet. This from 2003-2008. Now she's back with MIFF as Encuentros Director and Senior Programming Consultant.'My inspiration for Encuentros is Rotterdam Cinemart.'Diana's partner in this event is the talented and experienced Span...

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    Miami International Film Festival and the Winners Are...

    This past week I have enjoyed my time at this bustling event set in the heart of Miami's cultural center South Beach.MIFF veteran Danette Wolpert and the new Fest Director Jaie Laplante are great hosts not to mention the wonderful Ibero films they showed here and for which I had the privilege to ser...

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    Women to Watch: Anna Margarita Albelo

    Anna Margarita AlbeloOn this blog we have set mandates for ourselves to cover 'women in the biz' and also Latin American / Ibero filmmaking.Anna Margarita's next project was one of the six selected to participate in Miami Iinternational Film Festival's Encuentros Program for Ibero-American films in...

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    Censorship Hits the Festivals Again!

    THE FESTIVAL DIRECTORS SIGN THE LETTER BACKING THE DIRECTOR OF SITGES FESTIVAL DECLARATIONWe, the undersigned, directors of Spanish film festivals, wish, in view of the leak to the press published this weekend, to state our surprise at the legal action taken against Ángel Sala, director of the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, for having included in the 2010 programme of the said event, at sessions for adults only, A Serbian Film, which it is claimed contains violent, pornographic scenes conflicting with the rights of the child.Over and above our surprise at pinning responsibility of this kind on a cultural programmer, and not ...

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    Bombay Beach in Tribeca's Competition

    I met the filmmaker, Alma Har'el, an Israeli filmmaker living in L.A.,on Facebook and heard about her film when I was in Berlin...how the audience loved it and the Q&A afterward went on for such a long time. Lucky for me I could see it at its second screening in the Berlinale's Panorama section. I...

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    Miami International Film Festival

    The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 28th edition March 4-13, 2011, is one of the top Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual event, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts and 400 filmmakers, stars and industry professionals. During the past five years, the festival has screened films from 60 countries and hosted 300 East Coast, U.S. and world premieres. Through Encuentros, the festival’s mentorship and film development program for filmmakers and projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, MIFF has become a primary gateway for the discovery of...

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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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