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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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    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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    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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    Berlinale Talent Campus: A Producer's Advice

    I wrote about upcoming producer Sean McConville whom I met on line for hamburgers at AFM. He has been chosen by the Berlinale's Talent Campus as a Talent this year and has also written Five Reasons Filmmakers Need to be Entrepreneurs for Raindance. The article sums up the issues filmmakers today m...

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    When Are Films Political? Tunisia Today

    Producer Tarak Ben Ammar will produce a feature about the now iconic Tunisian figure Mohamed Bouaziz whose actions, when he set himself on fire to protest about unemployment and the lack of freedoms in Tunisia, set off a historic chain of events that led to the Jasmin Revolution in Tunisia and the overthrow of Tunisian President Zein El-Abedin Ben Ali. Bouazizi's act of self-sacrifice has led to shockwaves across the Arab world and seen him proclaimed as a hero and martyr across the region. The current protesters in Egypt and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East have all cited Bouazizi as an inspiration in their own demands for lib...

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    International Sales Agent: Shoreline has 2 Films in World Cinema

    Morris Ruskin, Founder of ShorelineBy Guest Blogger Peter Belsito

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    Producers to Watch: Ted Hope

    By Peter Belsito, Guest Blogger‘New financial realities will have a profound effect on the types of films we can make.’This is Sydney here inserting my own editorial:How does Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene , exec produced by Ted Hope, fit into Ted's mantra on new films for today? I won't be able to judge for myself because the six screenings scheduled are literally sold out and this year the press and industry screenings seem to be equally hard to get into. There are masses of people interested in the Sundance films and the subject matter of this one in today's cultish climate seems to be hitting home. We'll wait to hear the reviews...

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    Sandi Dubowski at Sundance

    Sandi Dubowski is in Sundance co-hosting a Good Pitch Party (see below) and mentions that, "btw, I got a development grant from a new film fund, Catapult for my project and will be holding meetings at Sundance to raise matching funds for my next film, Soul Trainer." Soul Trainer follows the dramatic life story of Amichai Lau-Lavie whose uncle is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel and who is descended from 37 generations of rabbis to King David. Amichai is Jewish royalty, a link in a 5,771 year-old ancient chain, but he is also the creator of a Hasidic female performance character.His Trembling Before G-d and next film, A Jihad for Love dealt w...

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    Producers to Watch: Dan Lupovitz

    Dan Lupovitz - Creative Producer by guest blogger Peter BelsitoI have known Dan for some years now and he is always a very busy productive guy. L.A. based but with an international agenda of travel, production, financing and filmmaking, like most producers I admire, one of his strong suits is developing material from bare pitches, literary properties, non fiction or even scripts that need ‘some finessing’. It’s guys like Dan, the slow, steady, productive, savvy workers, always creative, great with people, always churning out a project per year, year in and year out that keep our business on an even keel if our business is ever on an even ke...

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    Producers to Watch: J. Todd Harris - Creative Producer

    During AFM I spoke at length with J. Todd Harris, who we’ve known since his days running John Davis’ Classics division at Fox and from the go-go days of the dotcom bubble when we were both affiliated with a start up called ReelPlay. Todd and I had a wide-ranging conversation that included his background as a theatre producer, his early independent film days, his recent Sundance films (The Kids Are All Right and Bottle Shock), his current projects, and plans to launch Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE). His two latest completed projects were both launched at AFM (The Family Tree, ISA: Myriad, and Miss Nobody, ISA: Moving Pictures). Both wer...

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