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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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    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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    Sundance By Numbers #2

    >5 juries for competition films collectively are comprised of individuals from the global arts community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Jury Members are Susanne Bier ♀, Matt Groening, Jason Reitman, America Ferrara ♀, Kim Peirce ♀.With my view of the film world business, more interesting than the Winners of the Competition for Narrative and Docs for the American Indies and the World Cinema Sections (The films themselves are all worth seeing by virtue of having been selected by Sundance) is the competition among Hollywood's agencies and producer reps in handling the sales of the films. This is akin to a hors...

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    Margin Call Closed Out to Trade

    Margin Call -- which was exec produced by Cassian Elwes who is repping with UTA for the U.S. -- screened for press and industry today and was the scene of a small though intensely angst-ridden uproar as industryites were shut out after waiting on line for an hour. Some in the closed-out crowd claimed attendees were specially selected to enter in order to make the U.S. sale especially hot. Those unable to see the film included press members scheduled to interview talents in the film and many of the smaller distributors. To name a few I saw lingering outside, trying to decide what to do next, since attending the next few films was now out of ...

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    We Were Here at Sundance

    An Interview with David WeissmanSundance official 'Meet the Fillmmaker' WE WERE HERE is a powerful new documentary that takes a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco in 1981 and at a community that came together to respond to the crisis with love, compassion, and determination. It screens at the Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake City at 3:45pm on Sunday, Jan. 23 as part of the Sundance Film Festival, where it will show five additonal times in Park City as part of the Documentary Competition.This is a film which reaches out and touches the audience without any banging on the drum. It leaves pe...

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    Sundance By Numbers #1

    Photo by IndieWIREOver the last few days, I've had a lot of conversations with people preparing for Sundance. Since I cover the buying and selling of rights, I noted the players' activities and have found the following numbers at play.Of the Festival's 118 feature-length films, representing 29 countries by 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition which were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 U.S. and 1,869 international: 26 are directed by women ♀ 22% (up from last year). + 11 are repped by UTA + 11 have appeared first at IFP+ 9 filmmakers have retained attorneys Donaldson & Callif + 8 are r...

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    News from The Film Collaborative about Sundance

    Happy New Year from The Film Collaborative!The Film Collaborative has already been guiding 3 feature filmmakers and are also going to assist a short and probably add a 4th of 5th feature. Sundance filmmakers benefit from our distributiion education because we're helping them navigate distribution and avoid the pitfalls of excessive middlemen or not-so-ideal companies who are pursuing them. We're helping them choose wisely and sometimes also directly representing their films on the sales side. And of course we educate and guide them on the DIY side. It's still early in the process to see exactly how much we'll end up doing per film (in terms o...

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    Sundance's "Pariah" Seeks Help Through Kickstarter

    Help “Pariah” Get To Sundance! Dee Rees‘ feature film debut, Pariah, makes its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month. Now that the film is Sundance (the premiere film festival in these United States), the work has just begun. Every filmmaker's dream is that Sundance means smooth sailing from thereon. Its debut will make a splash, then it will get picked up for distribution after a big multimillion advance has been paid to the filmmaker, it will open on 3000 screens next year (or even in the top 25 markets), it win lots of acclaim. do well at the box office, and the filmmaker will sign a 3-picture deal with Sony Pictures ...

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    Women to Blog About: Ronna B. Wallace, A Very Singular Woman

    By guest blogger Peter BelsitoRONNA B. WALLACEA Very Singular Woman ‘In the Biz’Ronna has been our friend, in and out of the business, for many years. When we see each other now out in ‘the wild’ (Toronto, Berlin, Cannes, Sundance) we ask about each other’s families and all of our many mutual friends. Ronna is one of those people whose connection with us makes doing what we do especially worthwhile. Her company at the time was the very first subscriber to FilmFinders!!!The story of her career is interesting and revealing.For the past eight years, Ronna has been a full time feature film producer's representative, basing her work on clients’...

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