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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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    ‘Apocalypse According to Doris’ - Opening night Spirit Quest Film Festival, Friday April 15

    Opening Night of The Spirit Quest Film Festival, an annual celebration of inspirational and thought provoking independent films from around the world will open this year with Apocalypse According to Doris which asks aloud questions about strange events not understood, things not investigated serious...

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    Eye on Films

    Created in January 2011, Eye on Films is a unique, global network of film professionals, which guarantees the circulation of a selection of first feature films in festivals partners in Europe and third countries, and the commercial exploitation of these films by distribution partners in Europe and t...

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    French Cinema in L.A. COLCOA April 11 to 18

    COLCOA (The City of LIghts, The City of Angeles) held a cocktail party at the home of the French consulate to announce the films, educational programs and other events, including an added eight day to show the award winners. L.A.'s annual showcase of new French films showcasing the latest in French film production: comedies and dramas, box office hits in France and novelties, first features (6) and films from confirmed writer-directors, art house movies as well as mainstream films includes many high profile premieres. The event is always highly anticipated and still retains its intimacy as it did when it began 15 years ago. The gathering a...

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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and Eva Longoria

    Eva Longoria Debuts The Harvest at Guadalajara International Film Festival|Actress Eva Longoria, the "Desperate Housewives" actress, premiered her new documentary The Harvest at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. While in Guadalajara, Mexico she expressed how she hopes for the Unites States and Latin America will approve laws which will protect minors who work in farms. The documentary follows three migrant boys as they work 14-hour days in U.S. fields along the border with Mexico.Longoria says she wants "to be the voice of these children no one listens to."“This is a worldwide problem and I hope we can change the law in the Unite...

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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP)

    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP) are working together in several interconnected ways. This one focuses on strengthening the presence of European films in Latin America. EFP's Film Sales Support (FSS) helps support promotional campaigns of 10 European films origina...

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    Interview with Me!

    You've all seen my face, now you can hear my voice. To hear an interview with me talking about my life in film and basic world sales and U.S. distribution, live on the air, tune in now. I just listened to it and it's kind of an interesting look back to the beginning of the independent film busines...

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    San Diego Latino Film Festival

    As the 2010 Census has predicted, the Latino population has grown to over 30% in San Diego County and is the fast-growing population in U.S.. What better way to CELEBRATE & spotlight this new data & sweeping change in our Country, than at the 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 18th year. Lisa Franek joined the festival almost straight out of college and has been given such leeway by the San Diego Media Arts Center to create the festival as she sees it and has shaped it into an event that brings out the Latino community in a way that art house theaters showing similar Latino films envy. Plus she gets to travel to the best festivals. ...

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    Rights Roundup Winter Season: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin

    You can download and access Winter Rights Roundup (Deals done in Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance) here. Ventana Sur is thrown in for good measure along with whatever else until we begin the 2011 Spring and Cannes Rights Roundup.

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    Gun Hill Road

    I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he?...

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