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    “Matching Jack” to Receive International Award

    Matching Jack, which won best picture at the Milan International Film Festival, was feted in Los Angeles with a gala screening Wednesday night November 2.

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    American Film Festival's Films In Progress

    I am looking forward to serving on the jury of GiP, the first industry event devoted solely to U.S. indie films in Europe, The American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland is hosting the first "Gotham In Progress", a European industry showcase for U.S. indies in final production stages. Ou...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Adopt Films

    Veteran distribution executive and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky has teamed with longtime Twin Cities entrepreneur and former exhibitor Tim Grady to form a new acquisitions-oriented independent distribution company called Adopt Films. They announced their first acquisition at TIFF 2011, the F...

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    Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar With Sales Agents

    The complete list of submissions for the nomination for Best Foreign Language Academy Award, has been announced. 63 countries' selections have been accepted. Last year there were 65 selections. I have added the international sales agents and when there is one, the U.S. distributor. The Female Factor: 8 of 63 films or 13%. Last year, of the 65 films submitted, 9 were directed by women — that’s 14%. The films by women are Leticia Tonos' Love Child ♀ (the Dominican Republic), Valerie Donzelli's Declaration of War ♀ (France), Ann Hui's A Simple Life ♀ (Hong Kong), Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There ♀...

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    Latino Today - Morelia Film Festival!

    Variety reports on Morelia Film Festival's ninth edition October 15 - 23. I won't repeat the article here except to cite its place today as an exciting venue (hopefully not too exciting!!) to see new Latino, especially Mexican, films. The artistic director and founder Daniela Michel has quickly bro...

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    TIFF 2011 and into AFM

    Another overdue blog, this time on the Toronto Film Festival: TIFF 2011 was also an indication of the upcoming AFM, now contemplating changes of its own - moving its venue from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. for example. As AFM seems to be defining itself more and more as an event to take care of the core business of film buying and selling rather than of discovery and new film adventures, although panel discussions continue as a sidebar, Toronto continues to roll out new features along with showcasing so many films it is impossible to take it all in. As for AFM this year, based on Toronto's activities, I predict fewer Europeans will come, m...

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    Abu Dhabi Film Festival Lineup

    Celebrating its 5th year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 13 - 22) will screen more than 200 feature and short films by established and emerging filmmakers representing 43 countries. Established to help create a vibrant film culture throughout the region, the Festival opens October 13 with the...

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    When Are Films Political? Hell and Back Again

    Hell and Back Again, the feature documentary by Danfung Dennis that won the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 opens on October 5th at Film Forum in NYC and on October 14th at Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica. New Vide...

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