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    Your Body Speaks - The Perfect Pitch

    This just in from my friend Catherine Wyler:

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    Whitewater Films' On the Ice in Sundance and Berlin

    One of my favorite films at Sundance was On the Ice which was picked up for international sales by Coach 14 just after Sundance and will show in Berlin's EFM (showtimes to be confirmed). My previous post on the film contained a number of errors and so I hope the reader will forgive me for reposting...

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    Sundance By Numbers #3 (Final Tally)

    THE NUMBERS OF SALES AND ACQUISITIONS:39 titles were sold. See Anthony Kaufman's article on IndieWIRE which did not count the latest acquisition of ON THE ICE for which Coach 14 picked up international representation..$30m in deals and P&A commitments is reportedly the level of business done. Jonathan Dana says on February 1, 2011As ever, keep in mind that all eventual deals do not necessarily get done at Sundance, and that many of the “unsold” films will find proper homes and ultimate success. The notion that a film must be sold quickly to be deemed ‘valuable’ is in itself a longstanding myth, or at least an oversimplification of a process ...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Pyramide

    Pyramide International is part of Pyramide group which is a French distribution company (Pyramide Distribution) and a French production company (Pyramide Productions) as well as an international sales agent. The company was founded in 1989. As a world sales agent, Pyramide International (former FPI) has deliberately focused on the “film d’auteur”, and promotes international sales of young directors like Sandrine Veysset (WILL IT SNOW FOR XMAS ?), Diego Lerman (TAN DE REPENTE), Wang Xiao-Shuai (BEIJING BICYCLE), Eleonore Faucher (BRODEUSES) and more recently Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen (JELLYFISH – Camera d’Or Cannes 2007) and Lucia Puenzo (XX...

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    Countdown to the Oscars: Biutiful

    Surprising in many ways, Biutiful is nominated for two Oscars. Not only is it one of the 5 nominees in the Best Foreign Language category (Mexico), Javier Bardem is also nominated in the Best Actor category. It played in Cannes last spring, where it won a Best Actor prize for Javier Bardem. Roadside Attractions distributing in the U.S. After its December 1 week qualifying run, it is the very first film to debut theatrically after screening at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Playing opposite Kaboom, the weekend’s other major specialty debut, it had a strong opening likely in large part to its somewhat surprising best actor nomination. On...

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    International Sales Agent Wide at Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin

    Wide is proud that its new acquisition, The Mill and the Cross by Lech Majewski, is having its World Premiere at Sundance and its European Premiere at Rotterdam. The Director Lech Majewski changes the way art is portrayed on film, pioneering a new method to “enter” a painting and to create a narrative based on its depicted figures, performed by live actors. In post-production, Majewski painstakingly layered various elements: for example, he added an actor shot in front of a blue screen to several layers of both painted backdrops and location footage, enhanced by digital footage of a majestic sky shot in New Zealand. This process allowed the ...

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    When are Films Political? When They Are Iranian

    Rotterdam Film Festival is having a special showing of the films of Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulo and is having issuing a Call To Action!

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Ondamax

    Ondamax is one of the busiest and most energetic of international sales agents and production companies. Founded in 2007, the company has made a name for itself as a specialized “cinema boutique”, working essentially with films from or about Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos. Based in Florida, founder Eric Mathis and his team are always seeking new ways to promote and distribute their collection of films. Their first 25 titles reached 550 selections and won 105 awards in festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian. During last AFM they announced several new initiatives which will be actively in place by the time Be...

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    AFFRM: A New View of Distribution

    On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach...

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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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