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    Strong Canadian Presence at Venice International Film Festival

    The Canadian industry has an outstanding presence at the Venice International Film Festival, with five films officially selected: A Dangerous Method by David Cronenberg, in competition for the Golden Lion; The Moth Diaries by Mary Harron, with a Gala presentation; Marécages by Guy Édoin at the Criti...

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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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    When are Films Political?: Women Without Men

    Women Without Men premiered in Venice in 2009, went on to Toronto and Sundance, was picked up by distributors around the world, including Indiepix for U.S. and still remains one of my all time favorites. It is so unknown here that any chance for a public to see it is special. It is the first film of Shirin Neshat ♀, a well know Iranian visual artist. Co-directed by Neshat's partner Shoja Arari, Women Without Men (2009, 99') is a political thriller and as such the film is highly relevant in our times—particularly in view of the June 2009 elections in Iran, and with the U.S. continually embroiled in neighboring Muslim countries such as Iraq a...

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    Festivals Undergoing Major Sea Changes As Seen in Fall Fests...Focus on Latino and Spanish Language

    IFP, NYFF, TIFF, Locarno, Venice, San Sebastian …and Special Focus on Latino and Spanish Language Oriented Festivals and Business

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    Summer of Goliath wins in Venice

    Summer of Goliath, one of three FiGa films in Toronto FF won best picture in Venice's Orizzonti section. A Canadian/ Mexican/ Netherlands co-production, it is the first Mexican film to ever win in Venice. Hubert Bals Funding brought in the Dutch side of the production. There will be lots to celeb...

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    Producers to Watch: Jonathan Dana

    By guest blogger Peter Belsito:Jonathan Dana is an independent producer and former distribution executive currently at CODE Entertainment. He is known for the quality and number of his productions and his longevity in the L.A. and international film business at the highest levels.Also a good guy and friend. More than just a friend, he introduced us to the founders of Withoutabox, David Straus and Joe Neulight, in 2000. Jonathan was one of the original investors in WAB and supervised the launch of WAB with Joe and David. Six years later reminded us to give them a call. That call resulted in our joining forces which resulted in IMDb, an Am...

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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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    Tipped for Venice, Toronto and A Case Study (Part III)

    This will be an ongoing list until titles are confirmed by the festivals.

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    Tipped for Venice and Toronto - What About Locarno, San Sebastian and Telluride? (Part II)

    Festivals fit into a a certain heirarchy. Their place in the heirarchy is usually based upon their importance to "the trade". The trade involved in festivals once meant acquisitions people and press. But now it includes all levels of the corporate trade, from agents looking for talent to represen...

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