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    Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: A-C

    One of the most popular reports I publish is the Rights Roundup to show the trade who sold what to whom during the market (Cannes in this case). The ISAs (international sales agents) are all linked to their own websites. I wish all of the distribution companies who pick up the films for their territories (there are about 40 territories) and all the titles were also linked, but I lack the manpower to do the job 100% so only some are linked to their own company websites, or in the case of titles, to IMDbPro Title Pages. This reports allows sales agents to gauge their competitors, see who is buying similar types of films, and it allows buyers...

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    New Film from South Africa - Tipped for the Fall Festivals

    This film is so new even IMDb has not yet listed it. The film should have a rough cut ready by mid July and is aiming to premier at the forthcoming international film festivals. Principal photography of the psychological thriller Retribution was completed in June 2010. The film is the theatrical d...

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    Producers to Watch: Rodrigo Bellott, More than a Producer

    Rodrigo Bellott first came to our attention in 2003 when producer Ara Katz, retained our services to create the best strategy for finding international and domestic distribution for Rodrigo's debut feature Sexual Dependency, a La Ronde type film which begain in a small town in his native Bolivia to New York City. Since then, Rigo has produced and or directed 4 features. When Steven Soderbergh was casting Che, he came to Rodrigo for help and afterward encouraged him to create a casting company which has served the industry very well as the first such company in Bolivia if not in all of Latin America. However, that has not kept him from crea...

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    While We're On the Subject of Women ♀

    Don't forget the Bechdel Test:Are there two or more female characters with names?Do they talk to each other?If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?Watch the video here.

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    Women ♀ in Audiovisual Europe (CIMA)

    This June, over 100 women in film and TV and new technologies met in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for three days of intense discussion and dialogue with several panels with 41 speaking guests from 15 European countries. Provided with a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds in film and audiovisuals in Europe, .everybody was asked to join in and to propose ideas on how to achieve gender equality in the industry. CIMA's president, Ines Paris, stated clearly in the CARTA COMPOSTELA what will be tackled over the coming years. Please find a note from Margaret von Schiller who left the Berlinale Panorama and moved to Spain. Ines Pari's ...

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    2010 Mid-Year Report Top CriticWIRE ♀

    Not to be too self reverential here, but I have to thank Peter Knegt (June 29, 2010) for his Mid-Year Report's including the Female Factor ♀ which I quote here.

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    Global Film Initiative Call for Grant Applications

    Global Film Initiative Call for Grant Applications

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    $25,000 Grant for Films and Scripts About Science and Technology

    $25,000 Grant for Films and Scripts About Science and Technology

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    Festival Premiers Go Online

    The up-coming launch of Festival Scope, a new Paris-based facility for industry professionals offering simultaneous on-line screening access to films as they receive their festival world premiere, was announced on the opening day of the Cannes Market. Festivals that have signed up already include Melbourne, Sarajevo, Taormina, Hamburg and Paris Cinema. Festival Scope is a new independent company founded by Alessandro Raja, formerly of Celluloid Dreams, in collaboration with Lucie Kalmar, formerly of Wild Bunch and Mathilde Henrot, formerly of MK2. It is financed by private equity, sustained by the Research and Innovation in Audiovisual and...

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    When are Films Political? (Part 3): Armadillo

    The film that knocked Prince of Persia off the top spot at the Danish box office the week of June 3 was the Cannes Critics' Week documentary Armadillo. During the festival it had the Danish talk-show circuit buzzing about what Danish soldiers were doing in Afghanistan. There was such a clamour among the public to see it that the film was been rushed into cinemas immediately after Cannes, almost two months in advance of its original release date. On June 21 the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen paid a surprise visit to the Armadillo outpost but it was cancelled because of Taliban attacks on the Danish positions. Armadillo, current...

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