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    TIFF 2011 and into AFM

    Another overdue blog, this time on the Toronto Film Festival: TIFF 2011 was also an indication of the upcoming AFM, now contemplating changes of its own - moving its venue from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. for example. As AFM seems to be defining itself more and more as an event to take care of the core business of film buying and selling rather than of discovery and new film adventures, although panel discussions continue as a sidebar, Toronto continues to roll out new features along with showcasing so many films it is impossible to take it all in. As for AFM this year, based on Toronto's activities, I predict fewer Europeans will come, m...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Latinofusion

    Alfredo Calvino founded Latinofusion, a Guadalajara-based international film sales and distribution company, based upon a business model committed to give Latin films the time, dedication and risk-taking approach they need in order to successfully find their niche in the highly competitive independent/speciality market. Clients can count on a full access to all marketing, business, financial and legal aspects of the company’s operations regarding their films. They not only help design the adequate festival strategy that maximizes opportunities for each individual title, but also make sure that the strategy makes sense in terms of visibility,...

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    Toronto by Numbers Films with U.S. Distributors A-Z

    This U.S. distributor list is a work in progress which invites comments, latest news, etc. Please help us with your comments! After Toronto all U.S. acquisitions will be included in the Rights Roundup for Toronto, San Sebastian and AFM and any and all stops between stopping at BerlinGoing into Toronto out of 337 films showing, 56 had U.S. distributors attached. More U.S. distributors will be added as they acquire titles throughtout the Fall Festival and Market Season, so stay tuned. For a comprehensive report on current U.S. Distributors A - Z, use the link provided. (International Sales Agents are listed in parentheses.)Predictably, SPC ...

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    Rights Round Up Toronto 2011, Venice, Telluride through AFM 2011

    This reports on sales made during this fall season. It includes rights acquired in Venice, Telluride, Toronto, San Sebastian and will continue through AFM 2011. It is organized by international sales agent. Additions are made daily.

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: MPM Film

    Congratulations to Marie-Pierre Macia and Juliette Lepoutre. Their start-up international sales company MPM Film is in Toronto with a beautiful, quietly moving and totally aesthetic film in Toronto's Discovery section (and in Venice Days and in San Sebastian's Horizontes section). A U.S. sale on St...

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    International Sales Agents of the Day: Elle Driver and The Wild Bunch in Toronto

    Wild Bunch and Elle Driver are in Toronto with films by such illuminaries as Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener), Cedric Kahn, Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea), Emanuele Crialese (Respiro, The Golden Door), Kore-eda (Nobody Knows), Lou Ye (Summer Palace), Nacho Vigalondo(Timec...

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    From Stitch to Screen: Contemporary Canadian Costume Design (TIFF 11)

    I just moderated a panel on something I knew absolutely nothing about until two weeks ago when I began to delve into the job of a costume designer in film. A film is hard enough to make, so how could the job of costume designer seem even more difficult? The imagination involved, the convincing of the producer and director that the designer's vision enriches their own vision for the film, the convincing the actor to step into into the character by wearing the costume, the management of cutters, sewers, the buying of clothes, of fabrics, ordering fabrics from China, making 30 copies of each costume, keeping the blood stains on each in sync wi...

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    UK Film Centre at the Toronto International Film Festival

    The British film industry will be well represented at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In addition to 30 hotly anticipated British features and shorts in the program, a large number of British industry delegates will be attending the Festival to do business. Supporting them will ...

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    When Are Films Political? When They're Iranian (Again)!!

    You are surely aware of the situation that is affecting Jafar Panahi, and that didn’t allow him to come in Cannes this year to present the movie This is Not a Film (Ceci n'est pas un film) (ISA: Wide Management). At that time, he was out of prison and awaiting his hearing, but banned from filmmaking...

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    Toronto International Film Festival Other Programs

    The Toronto International Film Festival®’s Industry Programmes continue to develop and support the film industry, both at home and around the world, through innovative networking and career-development initiatives. The 2011 TIFF Industry programming lineup presents diverse sessions that explore the worlds of gaming, international co-production, costume design, soundtracks and music scoring, and provides a forum for provocative conversations about complex issues including funding, VOD distribution models, and the burgeoning Chinese film industry. The Festival welcomes industry professionals from around the world including filmmakers Bruce McDo...

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