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Current Press Releases from Abroad

Current Press Releases from Abroad

Lots of interesting news is coming from offshore and so I am starting my own “wire service”. When I get the news, I’ll post a line and the link for those who are interested in following the links. This one I particularly like because I like the film so much and it came to U.S. via COLCOA where Overbrook made a remake deal with Danny Boon, the same director, for a the English language remake to be released 2013. Welcome to the Sticks, the French comedy about a postal civil servant in France being relocated to the North of France, to “the sticks” has been remade by the Italians as Benvenuti al sud (Welcome the The South) by Cattleya in which Universal has a 20% share. Remaking titles from Universal’s library is easier than trying to remake something from scratch. It opened in Italy October 1 and is opening in France this month as well.


Derek Elley joins Film Business Asia as its chief movie reviewer. Elley, who parted company with Variety last month, is among the world’s foremost film trade critics and is a leading authority on film from South and East Asia. Film Business Asia is a new web-based company addressing the need for data, reference and reliable business news about the film industry in the world’s fastest growing region founded by Patrick Frater.

Euorpean Film Promotion is supporting 26 directors and actors at the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, October 7-15). Coming from as far apart as Iceland and Poland, Sweden and Portugal, 26 directors and actors will be present at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, October 7-15) in South Korea with the support of European Film Promotion (EFP) and its member organizations to open a window on exciting stories from their home countries. Regarded as one of Asia’s top film festivals, PIFF presents around 300 films, with almost half of them being international and world premieres and up to 100 originating from Europe. In order to promote European films at this gateway to the Asian market, a record number of 31 companies from across Europe have registered at EFP’s umbrella office located at the Asian Film Market.

Helene Auclaire of La Semaine de la Critique (Critics Week) Cannes is attending the fall festivals looking for submissions to this edition held concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival. Contact: Hélène Auclaire [h.auclaire AT]

Mike Leigh joins Film London to promote ‘London in New York’ A selection of industry and public events showcasing “Creative London” during the New York Film Festival. Contact: colette.geraghty AT

From Script to Screen with the Dubai Film Market: The Dubai International Film Festival unwrapped the largest and most comprehensive film market in the Arab world, a multi-faceted initiative that will create unprecedented access to film and talent from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

San Sebastian has been shortlisted for the final run-up to European Capital of Culture 2016.
UMedia congratulates Carlos Cesar Arbelaez, Best Director Award in San Sebastian 2010, for Los Colores de la Montana (The Colors of the Mountain).

Final nominations for The Grierson 2010 – It’s time again for The Grierson Awards 2010 . This year’s categories are: • Shell International Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue • Best Arts Documentary • History Today Best… (21/09/2010) more…

The 8th Berlinale Co-Production Market will take place 13 – 15 February 2011, as part of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. Experienced producers from around the world who are looking for international partners are invited to submit a project with 30% financing in place for the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Budgets can range between 2 and 10 million Euro (minimum budget for projects from countries in transition: 1 million Euro).

A new call for entries has been announced for the next Berlinale Talent Campus. The Berlinale Talent Campus is a creative academy and networking platform for 350 up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world. The campus lasts for six days and offers a huge variety of different programme for people in the filmmaking industry. Berlinale Talent Campus will take place from 12 – 17 February 2010.

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