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10 March 2017 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films @ SXSW




We are excited to be bringing MFA and Rat Film to SXSW this year.




8 February 2017 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films @ Berlinale




We will be attending the Berlinale and EFM this year with an exciting lineup of titles, including Dayveon, Family Life, Columbus, The Bomb, X500, Rat Film, and Morris From America.

We will be located in MGB #12.

Thur. February 9:
11:30 CinemaxX 10 – Rat Film
16:30 CinemaxX 11 – Family Life
17:45 CinemaxX 6 – Dayveon

Fri. February 10:
9:30 CineStar 2 – Tanna
12:30 CinemaxX 15 – Dayveon
15:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele – the bomb (Festival)
21:30 CineStar 8 – Dayveon (Festival)
22:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele – the bomb (Festival)

Sat. February 11:
10:45 CinemaxX 11 – X500
11:20 CinemaxX 19 – Columbus
14:00 Zoo Palast – Morris From America
14:00 Delphi – Dayveon (Festival)
14:45 CinemaxX 11 – Family Life
18:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele – the bomb (Festival)

Mon. February 13:
12:40 CinemaxX 9 – Dayveon
18:45 CinemaxX 13 – Columbus
22:30 Cubix 9 – Dayveon (Festival)

Sun. February 19:
17:00 HKW – Dayveon (Festival)




18 January 2017 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films @ Sundance Film Festival




We are very excited to represent four amazing titles at Sundance Film Festival this year: Dayveon, Family Life, The Incredible Jessica James, and Columbus. Ryan Kampe and Ania Trzebiatowska will be attending the festival.




11 March 2016 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films at SXSW




We are excited to be bringing From Nowhere, Claire in Motion, and Suntan to SXSW.

Fri. March 11:
8:00pm / Alamo Lamar A / Suntan

Sat. March 12:
8:00pm / Alamo Lamar C / From Nowhere

Sun. March 13:
9:00pm / Alamo Slaughter / Suntan

Mon. March 14:
4:00pm / Vimeo Theater / Claire In Motion

Tue. March 15:
10:45am / Alamo Lamar C / Claire In Motion
3:00pm / Alamo Slaughter / From Nowhere
7:00pm / Alamo Ritz 1 / Suntan

Thur. March 17:
8:00pm / Alamo Ritz 2 / From Nowhere
8:30pm / Alamo Lamar C / Claire In Motion

Fri. March 18:
11:00am / Alamo Lamar C / Suntan

Sat. March 19:
5:30pm / Alamo Lamar B / From Nowhere




8 September 2015 // IN Festivals and Forums

Fantastic World Premiere for Tanna!




Tanna received amazing reactions from press and audiences after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Told with captivating simplicity and yet richly cinematic, [Tanna is] a haunting love story" while Screen Daily called it "a beautiful odyssey with strong spiritual undertones."




11 May 2015 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films at Cannes




We are excited to be bringing Krisha, Just Jim, The Nymphets, and I Smile Back to Cannes.

Thur. May 14:
10:00 / Riviera 3 / I Smile Back
14:00 / Lerins 2 / The Nymphets

Fri. May 15:
12:00 / Riviera 1 / Just Jim
14:00 / Riviera 3 / The Nymphets

Sat. May 16:
14:00 / Riviera 3 / I Smile Back

Sun. May 17:
16:00 / Riviera 3 / Krisha (Buyers Only)

Mon. May 18:
10:00 / Lerins 2 / Krisha (Buyers Only)
14:00 / Lerins 2 / Just Jim

Wed. May 20:
11:30 / Miramar / Krisha (Festival Screening)
18:00 / Miramar / Krisha (Festival Screening)
22:00 / Miramar / Krisha (Festival Screening)

Thurs. May 21:
08:30 / Miramar / Krisha (Festival Screening)





20 March 2015 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films at Hong Kong International Film Festival




We are excited to be attending Hong Kong IFF, where Charlie's Country will be screening!

Fri. March 27 at 7:30pm - UA Cityplaza
Mon. March 30 at 2:15pm - The Grand Cinema




12 March 2015 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films at SXSW




We are excited to be bringing Just Jim, The Nymphets, and Unexpected to SXSW.

Fri. March 13:
6:45pm / Alamo Lamar C / Unexpected

Sat. March 14:
12:00pm / Alamo Slaughter / Unexpected
2:15pm / Alamo Lamar B / Just Jim
6:45pm / Stateside Theatre / The Nymphets

Mon. March 16:
5:00pm / Alamo Lamar C / Just Jim

Tue. March 17:
10:00pm / Alamo Lamar B / The Nymphets

Wed. March 18:
3:30pm / Alamo Lamar A / Unexpected
10:15pm / Marchesa / Just Jim

Thur. March 19:
10:00pm / Alamo Slaughter / The Nymphets




5 February 2015 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films in Berlin




We are excited to present to you our Berlinale/EFM line up. Bizarre will be making it's world premiere in the Panorama section. We are also bringing Sundance favorites Unexpected, Sam Klemke's Time Machine, The Strongest Man, and People Places Things.

Thurs. February 5:
13:15 / Dffb-Kino / Sam Klemke's Time Machine
15:30 / MGB Kino / Unexpected

Fri. February 6:
09:00 / CinemaxX 17 / Bizarre

Sat. February 7:
11:15 / Dffb-Kino / Unexpected
22:30 / Cubix 7&8 / Bizarre (Festival Screening)

Sun. February 8:
10:40 / CineStar 4 / Unexpected
14:45 / CinemaxX 19 / Sam Klemke's Time Machine

Mon. February 9:
12:20 / CinemaxX 17 / Bizarre
17:00 / Arsenal 2 / The Strongest Man

Tue. February 10:
22:30 / CinemaxX 7 / Bizarre (Festival Screening)

Wed. February 11:
20:15 / CineStar 3 / Bizarre (Festival Screening)

Thurs. February 12:
20:45 / Cubix 7&8 / Bizarre (Festival Screening)




2 September 2014 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films at Toronto Film Festival




We are excited to announce that Charlie's Country and It Follows have been selected to the Toronto International Film Festival! Charlie's Country will be in the Contemporary World Cinema section while It Follows will be in Midnight Madness.

Here are the screening Times:
Thur. September 4
8:30am Scotiabank 14 - Charlie's Country (Press and Industry Screening)
9:30pm Scotiabank 6 - It Follows (Press and Industry Screening)

Sun. September 7
6:45pm Scotiabank 3 - Charlie's Country
11:59pm Ryerson Theatre - It Follows

Tue. September 9
12:45pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 - Charlie's Country
4:00pm Scotiabank 9 - It Follows

Sat. September 13
1:15pm Scotiabank 1 - Charlie's Country

More info:

Charlie's Country - www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/contemporary-world-cinema/charlies-country

It Follows - www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/midnight-madness/it-follows




29 May 2014 // IN Festivals and Forums

David Gulpilil Wins Best Actor At Cannes




Congrats to David Gulpilil for winning the Best Actor prize in Un Certain Regard for his performance in Charlie's Country.




12 May 2014 // IN Festivals and Forums

Cannes Screening Times




Here are the market and festival screening times for our films during Cannes:

Thur. May 15:
9:45 Palais G – 52 Tuesdays
13:30 Riviera 4 – I Won't Come Back
15:30 Palais J – 10.000 KM

Fri. May 16 :
9:30 Riviera 2 – I Won't Come Back
13:30 Palais J – 10.000 KM

Sat. May 17:
11:30 Miramar – It Follows (Festival Screening)
13:30 Riviera 4 – 10.000 KM
16:00 Private Buyer's Screening – Charlie's Country
17:00 Miramar – It Follows (Festival Screening)
22:00 Miramar – It Follows (Festival Screening)

Sun. May 18:
8:30 Miramar – It Follows (Festival Screening)
9:30 Private Buyer's Screening – Charlie's Country
14:00 Palais I – It Follows

Mon. May 19:
13:30 Riviera 4 – It Follows

Thur. May 22
11:00 Debussy Theater – Charlie's Country (Festival Screening)
16:30 Debussy Theater – Charlie's Country (Festival Screening)

Fri. May 23
13:00 Bazin Theater – Charlie's Country (Festival Screening)




5 March 2013 // IN Festivals and Forums

Flex is Kings at the Tribeca Film Festival




Look out, NYC! Flex Is Kings will be opening the Viewpoints Section of the Tribeca Film Festival !

Screening Times:

Thursday, April 18th at 17:30 at the AV7-03
Friday, April 19th at 19:00 at the CCC-05
Thursday, April 25th at 21:45 at the CCC-08
Saturday, April 27th at 19:00 at the CCC-05





5 March 2013 // IN Festivals and Forums

The Wait screening at SXSW




We are excited to announce that The Wait will have its world premiere this year at SXSW. It is screening at the following times:

Sunday, March 10 at 4pm at the Stateside Theatre
Monday, March 11 at 6pm at the Violet Crown 1&2





5 February 2013 // IN Festivals and Forums

UPSTREAM COLOR at the Berlinale 2013!




Fresh from it's world premiere at Sundance, where it won the Special Jury prize, UPSTREAM COLOR will have its international premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival. Schedule is as follows:

Sat Feb 9, 10:45 CinemaxX 9 (Press & Industry)
Sun Feb 10, 22:00 CineStar (International Premiere!)
Thu Feb 14, 21:30 CinemaxX 7
Fri Feb 15, 22:45 CineStar 3
Sat Feb 16, 20:15 CineStar 3
Sun Feb 17, 20:15 Cubix 8
Sun Feb 17, 20:15 Cubix 7




4 February 2013 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films in Berlin


We are excited to present to you our Berlinale/EFM line up. Hot off the heels of its world premiere in competition at Sundance, Shane Carruth's UPSTREAM COLOR will have its international premiere in Panorama in the Berlinale. In addition, we have several other brand new titles fresh from Sundance and Rotterdam that will be presented in the market. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Visit Films Berlin Market Screening Schedule:

Thursday, Feb 7
Il Futuro, 11:45 AM, CineStar 6
Watchtower, 6:35 PM, MGB Kino

Friday, Feb 8
Halley, 4:00 PM, Cubix 1

Saturday, Feb 9
A Teacher, 9:45 AM, Cubix 2
Upstream Color, 10:45 AM, CinemaxX 9

Sunday, Feb 10
Il Futuro, 11:30 AM, CinemaxX 10
It Felt Like Love, 2:40 PM, CinemaxX 18

Monday, Feb 11
Upstream Color, 11:30 AM, Cubix 2
A Teacher, 3:30 PM, Cubix 2




17 October 2012 // IN Festivals and Forums

CALIFORNIA SOLO wins Best Narrative Film at the Woodstock Film Festival !




Visit Films has exciting news to share - CALIFORNIA SOLO won the Best Narrative Film prize at the Woodstock Film Festival this weekend! And editor Alex Jablonski took home the Best Editing Award as well. Wow! Congrats to the CALIFORNIA SOLO team.




28 August 2012 // IN Festivals and Forums

New for Visit Films: WATCHTOWER




We are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Visit Films slate: WATCHTOWER by Pelin Esmer. Be sure to check it out when it premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section. Screening details are as follows:

Friday Sept. 7 Scotiabank 5 (P&I), 2:00 PM
Saturday Sept. 8 TIFF Bell Lightbox 3, 9:30 PM
Sunday Sept. 9 Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 2, 9:15 AM
Thursday Sept. 13 Scotiabank 7 (P&I), 9:45 AM
Sunday Sept. 16 Scotiabank 9, 3:30 PM




30 July 2012 // IN Festivals and Forums

California Solo in Competition at the Deauville American Film Festival




Visit Films is pleased to announce that CALIFORNIA SOLO will be screening in the competition section of the upcoming 38th Annual Deauville American Film Festival. Big congratulations to Marshall Lewy and the entire CALIFORNIA SOLO team!

Stay tuned for more info and screening details...




21 April 2012 // IN Festivals and Forums

TEDDY BEAR Awarded Top Prize at Krakow's Off Plus Camera




Visit Films is proud to announce that TEDDY BEAR took home the top prize at Krakow's Off Plus Camera International Festival in Independent Cinema this past weekend! Director Mads Matthiesen attended the closing night gala, where he received a cash prize of $100,000 USD and a 1 million PLN subsidy from the Polish Film Institute to be spent on the production of his next feature film in Poland. The Danish director said, "It is a great honor to be here today. Thank you for having me and for showing my film (...) I will return here to make my next film." Big congrats to Mads Matthiesen and the entire TEDDY BEAR team!




2 February 2012 // IN Festivals and Forums

NEW FOR VISIT FILMS: DOLLHOUSE and ARCADIA


Visit is proud to announce two new additions to our slate, both of which will soon have their world premiere at the Berlinale. Kirsten Sheridan's DOLLHOUSE in Panorama, and Olivia Silver's ARCADIA, starring John Hawkes, in Generations. Check the sidebar of this blog page for full screenings details.




30 January 2012 // IN Festivals and Forums

TEDDY BEAR Wins at Sundance Film Festival 2012!




We are thrilled to share the news that Mads Matthieson, director of TEDDY BEAR was honored as Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award, for Dramatic films at Sundance Film Festival 2012. The prize was announced at the Filmmaker awards ceremony on Saturday night.

'That's great, man. Great surprise. Just want to thank Sundance. It's a pleasure coming here. Everything around this festival, the audiences, is great,' says Matthiesen.

Visit Films congratulates Mads and the entire TEDDY BEAR team on this fantastic accolade!




30 August 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

New for Visit Films: THE ODDS and FABLE OF THE FISH


We're pleased to announce two new titles added to the Visit Films slate, both of which will soon premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011.
The first is a debut feature by Simon Davidson called THE ODDS, screening the Canada First section. The second is the latest from Adolfo Alix Borinaga Jr of the Philippines, called FABLE OF THE FISH. It will screen in Visions. Details for both Public and Press & Industry screenings are as follows:

THE ODDS:

Sat. 9/10, 10.00 am, Scotiabank Theatre 5 (P&I)
Mon. 9/12, 8.45 pm, AMC 10
Wed. 9/14, 5.30 pm, AMC 6
Thurs. 9/15, 10.00 am, Scotiabank Theatre 5 (P&I)
Sat. 9/17, 3.00 pm, AMC 10

FABLE OF THE FISH
Fri. 9/9, 4.30 pm, TIFF Bell LightBox 5 (P&I)
Sat. 9/10, 3.00 pm, AMC 7
Sun. 9/11, 7.00 pm, AMC 4
Thurs. 9/15, 10.00 am, Scotiabank Theatre 10 (P&I)
Sun. 9/18, 1.00 pm, AMC 7

Both films will also soon screen at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea, so stay tuned for more details.




9 June 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit at Edinburgh IFF


Registered Delegates can now sign up for a 1-2-1 with our very own Aida LiPera. This industry event will be held on Monday June 20th. See you there!

Click here for more details on the EIFF website






27 April 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Cannes 2011 Screening Schedule


The Visit Films screening schedule for Cannes is now available!

Toomelah
Official Screening ((Un certain regard):
May 13, 11:00, Debussy
May 14, 14:00, Bazin
May 16, 11:00, Salle 60eme

Market Screening:
May 17, 18:00, Palais I

Après le sud (Heat Wave)
Official Screenings (La Quinzaine):
May 19, 19:30, Thèâtre Croisette
May 20, 11:30, Cinèma Les Arcades

Market Screening:
May 12, 10:00, Riviera 1

Press Screening:
May 19, 11:30, Thèâtre Croisette

Bellflower
Market Screenings:
May 11, 15:30, Palais J
May 12, 11:30, Gray 4

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Market Screening:
May 12, 14:00, Lerins 2




27 April 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

New for Visit Films: Apres le sud




We're very happy to announce Jean-Jacques Jauffret's Après le sud (Heat Wave) as the newest addition to the Visit Films slate. Soon having it's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in La Quinzaine please see below for dates and times:

Official Screenings:
May 19, 19:30, Thèâtre Croisette
May 20, 11:30, Cinèma Les Arcades

Market Screening:
May 12, 10:00, Riviera 1

Press Screening:
May 19, 11:30, Thèâtre Croisette




20 April 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Toomelah to screen in Un Certain Regard at Cannes




Visit Films is thrilled to announce that Ivan Sen's Toomelah will screen as part of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival next month. From Australia, this is Sen's third feature.

We congratulate the filmmakers on this great success!


Official Screenings:
May 13, 11:00, Debussy
May 14, 14:00, Bazin
May 16, 11:00, Salle 60eme

Market Screening:
May 17, 18:00, Palais I





27 January 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Jess + Moss, and The Green Wave at the Berlinale 2011


We're proud to announce the official screenings info for Werner Herzog's CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, Clay Jeter's JESS + MOSS, and Ali Samadi Ahadi's THE GREEN WAVE at the Berlinale 2011. Please try and make it if you can!

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS
Sun 2/13 10:30 PM Berlinale Palace (Premiere Screening)
Mon 2/14 12:00 PM Urania (Official Screening)
Mon 2/14 1:25 PM Astor Lounge (Market Screening)
Mon 2/14 5:30 PM Urania (Official Screening)

JESS + MOSS
Mon 2/14 9:30 AM Marriott 3 (Market Screening)
Thu 2/17 8:00 PM Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1 (Official Screening)
Sat 2/19 3:30 PM Cubix 8 (Official Screening)
Sun 2/20 2:00 PM Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 2 (Official Screening)

THE GREEN WAVE
Sat 2/12/ 10:45 AM dffb Kino (Official Screening)
Tues 2/15 13:13 PM CinemaxX1 (Official Screening)
Wed 2/16 9:30 AM dffb Kino (Official Screening)






22 January 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Jess + Moss review from Sundance 2011




PARK CITY -- Experimental films at Sundance are not unlike the flu bugs that run rampant through the festival's many crowded venues: They're inevitable but to be avoided if possible. First-time writer-director Clay Jeter's Jess + Moss proves an exception.

Experimental films at Sundance are not unlike the flu bugs that run rampant through the festival's many crowded venues: They're inevitable but to be avoided if possible. First-time writer-director Clay Jeter's Jess + Moss proves an exception. Not that its slow rhythms and intricate sight and sound design won't tax the patience of those who trek here for celebrity sightings and the next hot film.
Jeter has thought deeply about how best to convey the themes he wishes to express here — themes about memory, longing and the power of the quotidian on a hot summer's day — and how to express these things without benefit of a traditional narrative. Jess + Moss represents a bracing jolt from the usual film experience while at the same time lacking the pretension that accompanies so many experimental films.
There is no real story as such here. Two young people have only each other for companionship during a summer on a western Kentucky tobacco farm. Second cousins Jess (Sarah Hagan) and Moss (Austin Vickers) are 18 and 12 respectively. The age gap is not insignificant. Jess would probably like to experiment with boy-girl things that Moss' immaturity prevents. Moss wants the older girl to entertain him a bit: Like telling him the story over and over again about his parents, who were killed long ago.
The film lets you gather information about these two not only from their conversations but from recorded memories. Old video and tape recordings are played. The youngsters make their own recordings as well. A crumbling farmhouse on the property, still filled with the degraded furniture and effects of lives long gone, fill in more details.
It's also amazing how poignant Connie Francis' old recording of Tammy, played over a couple of montages, becomes under these circumstances.
Two scenes with the boy's and girl's families show they are families in name only: The youngsters are completely alienated from these adults.
Jeter, who wrote the script with Debra Jeter, Will Basanta and Issac Hagy — more a succession of visual and aural strategies than a traditional screenplay — is deliberately unhelpful in providing a full background to his characters. A viewer senses rather than understands the back stories.
The two actors hold the screen quite naturally for the entire running time. Hagan is a pro with roles on the series Freaks and Geeks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer while Vickers is not. It makes no difference as the two behave as if they grew up together. They trade insults and secrets with equal ease. They are so used to each other that they shrug off small cruelties since they need one another.
Moss probably wonders why Jess hits herself every now and then. Jess wonders if she should change or edit the story of his parents, if only to alter their routine.
Jeter shot on over 30 different kinds of film stock, some many years old while others are brand new, Thus sharp, color saturated images collide with grainy ones. Some memories are fuzzy or faded while others are not, the film implies through this arresting style.
The filmmaker made the film on his family's tobacco farm so perhaps his own memories may filter through those of his fictional characters. Or maybe they're not fictional at all. Jess + Moss is, to put it mildly, open to interpretation.

Click here to read the article on THR's website




20 January 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Films to handle foreign sales on Sundance premiere Jess + Moss




20 January, 2011 | By Jeremy Kay

Visit Films has acquired international sales and festival rights to Clay Jeter's directorial debut Jess + Moss ahead of its world premiere in Sundance on Sunday [23].

The New Frontier entry will also screen in the Berlinale next month.

Sarah Hagan and Austin Vickers play second cousins who spend the dying days of summer in rural Western Kentucky exploring deep secrets as they contemplate an uncertain future.

Preferred Content is representing North American rights and the company's managing partner Kevin Iwashina serves as executive producer along with Jason Berman.

'This is a film that we all fell in love with,' Visit Films partner Ryan Kampe said. 'The artistry is phenomenal and the characters mesmerising. International buyers looking for a return to classic American independent cinema will be very pleased. Clay will be one of this year's major discoveries.'

'When I first screened Jess + Moss and subsequently met the filmmaker, I immediately knew that this was a creative endeavor with which I had to be associated,' Iwashina said. 'It is a reflection of all the reasons that I have been a supporter of independent filmmakers since the inception of my career.'

Visit Films's recent sales slate includes Trash Humpers, Small Town Murder Songs, Tilva Rosh, and Myth Of The American Sleepover.

Click here to read the article on Screen's website




17 January 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit Film Sundance slate is here!


We are about to head off to Sundance with a slate of three fantastic titles - The Off Hours, The Green Wave, and Jess + Moss. As usual, these films have in common their unique vision and quality filmmaking. If you're in Park City, please make sure to catch them all!

The Green Wave
3:00 PM Fri, Jan 21 Holiday Village Cinema IV
9:00 AM Mon, Jan 24 Temple Theatre
1:30 PM Tue, Jan 25 Holiday Village Cinema I (P&I)
9:00 PM Thu, Jan 27 Holiday Village Cinema IV
6:45 PM Fri, Jan 28 Broadway Centre Cinemas V (SLC)
9:00 AM Sat, Jan 29 Holiday Village Cinema IV

The Off Hours
3:00 PM Sat, Jan 22 Yarrow Hotel Theatre
12:00 PM Sun, Jan 23 Redstone Cinemas 8
9:15 AM Wed, Jan 26 Holiday Village III (P&I)
6:15 PM Wed, Jan 26 Egyptian Theatre
4:30 PM Sat, Jan 29 Broadway Centre Cinemas IV (SLC)

Jess + Moss
5:30 PM Sun, Jan 23 Prospector Square Theatre
9:00 PM Mon, Jan 24 Redstone Cinemas 8
3:00 PM Tue, Jan 25 Broadway Centre VI (SLC)
9:30 AM Thu, Jan 27 Holiday Village Cinema II
10:30 PM Fri, Jan 28 Broadway Centre IV (SLC)
6:00 PM Sat, Jan 29 Holiday Village Cinema IV






17 January 2011 // IN Festivals and Forums

Visit's Sundance title THE OFF HOURS featured on the home page of Apple trailers




Check it out!




15 November 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

Tilva Rosh wins in Estoril!


www.screendaily.com/5020570.article

Tilva Rosh wins in Estoril; Europa Distribution conference hosts 60 distributors
15 November, 2010 | By Andreas Wiseman

Nikolai Lezaic's drama has picked up the Best Film Award and the Cineuropa Award at the fourth Estoril Film Festival in Portugal.

Tilva Rosh, Serbian director Lezaic's debut feature, tells the story of two teenagers growing up in a desolate mining town in eastern Serbia. The feature had previously picked up the Heart Of Sarajevo award and premiered at Locarno.

French actress Isabelle Huppert was awarded theSpecial João Benárd da Costa Jury Prize for her performance in Marc Fitoussi's comedy Copacabana, while Andrey Stempkovsky, Anush Vardanyan and Givi Shavgulidze shared the Montblanc Best Screenplay Award for Russian feature Reverse Motion.

According to festival director Paulo Branco the fifth Estoril Film Festival attracted between 25,000-30,000 visitors. The festival was opened by singer Lou Reed and presented masterclasses from Stephen Frears and John Malkovich.

Speaking to Screen, Branco said: 'This was one of the festival's best editions. We had great films and great art. This festival is based on transversality and the belief that any artist is a filmmaker and any filmmaker is an artist.'

Branco confirmed that going forward the Estoril festival would remain the home of the annual Europa Distribution conference which this year attracted over 60 independent European distributors for its fourth edition.

Over the two-day conference delegates discussed a range of topics including the current state of the European VOD market (which is forecast to be worth €2.2bn by 2013), crowd funding-based production and distribution initiatives and the ongoing Virtual Print Fee (VPF) negotiations.

Regine Vial, president of Europa Distribution and head of distribution at Les Films Du Losange, presented the key elements of legislation recently passed in France outlining French distributors' contribution to the digitalisation of screens.

The new legislation ensures that the French ministry of culture provides a €125m subsidy for the cost of equipment required for digital conversion, non-film related industries such as sport and theatre, which are increasingly using digital cinemas to show events, make a contribution to the VPF, and crucially that the cost of digitalisation is cheaper than the costs incurred in producing and distributing 35mm prints. According to the law VPF payback to the third party installation outfit can be made over a ten-year period.

Speaking to Screen, Vial said: 'I think this is very important. We now have regulation that says that digitalisation must be cheaper than 35mm [production and distribution] and we have a ten year time period in which the payments. We are happy to pay this contribution. I don't think this model is necessarily the best rule for other countries but it helps to discuss it and exchange ideas.'

France is the first country to pass comprehensive legislation concerning the VPF.

During a panel on current VOD experiences MUBI founder Efe Cakarel was upbeat about the potential for revenue growth in the art house-focused VOD market.

In the wake of MUBI's recent deal with Sony Playstation, which makes it possible to download the independent film platform from the Playstation Store as a free application, Cakarel anticipated a boom in the niche sector. He warned delegates that 'as an industry we previously overestimated the short term potential of VOD, but now we are underestimating the importance and impact of VOD going forward.' Cakarel informed delegates that since the launch of the MUBI-Playstation deal on Wednesday the company had signed up 210,000 new registrants. Cakarel claimed that thanks to the partnership, which extends across 16 countries and approximately 16m consoles, MUBI had 'overnight become one of the most significant independent distribution platforms in the world'.

Of the conference's success, Adeline Monzier of Europa Distribution said: 'We've reached a point where we have very common ground on a lot of topics and we are now sharing a great deal of information. We had some very lively debates, the delegates took an active part in the schedule and the networking events worked really well. After four years this is a very good sign. We will be back next year.'




12 November 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

Vital Sings wins in Tubingen - Stuttgart!




Some great news from the 27th edition of the International Festival of French-Speaking Film of Tubingen-Stuttgart - Vital Signs (Les Signes Vitaux) has won the Grand Prix for the best first or second feature film. A prize of 5000 euros was awarded to the filmmaker, Sophie Deraspe by Volker Lamm, owner of the cinemas of Tübingen.

The prize was decided on by an international jury made up of Romain Goupil (Chairman), Marcela Lacub, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Sophie Francesco Ranieri Martinotti Salbot. Congrats to the Vital Signs team!




14 September 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

'Myth' is a winner in Deauville!




Congratulations to David Robert Mitchell and his film, The Myth of the American Sleepover for winning the Prix du Jury at the Deauville American Film Festival this past weekend. The Jury, who were led by actress Emmanuelle Beart, declared Myth a joint winner with Debra Granik's Winter's Bone.

Click here to read more about the win on Variety






2 August 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

Lezaic's Tilva Rosh wins Hearts of Sarajevo for best film, actor




Congrats to the Tilva Rosh team for winning the top jury prize and best actor award at the Sarajevo International Film Festival this past weekend.

Click here for the full story as reported by Screen Daily




6 July 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

'Myth' wins American indie prize at Munich!!




Check out the article from The Hollywood Reporter on 'The Myth of the American Sleepover' taking home the inaugural American indie newcomer prize at the 2010 Munich Film Festival. Congrats to the Myth team!

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23 June 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

'Shirley Adams' takes the Best Actress Award in Granada




The Cines del Sur Film Festival of Granada held their awards ceremony this past weekend and we are proud to announce that Denise Newman, lead actress in Oliver Hermanus' 'Shirley Adams' won the Jury Special Mention for Best Actress. Congrats to Denise and the 'Shirley' team!




1 June 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

Vital Signs picks up Special Jury Prize and Best Actress Award in Russia!




Congratulations to VITAL SIGNS for winning top awards at the Arctic Polar Lights Film Festival in Russia this past weekend! The jury foreman announced the prize while underlining the film's coherence and the direction of the actors. Well done to filmmakers Sophie and Nicolas, as well as to their lead actress Marie!







16 April 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

Ryan Kampe on panel at Filmmaker Conference


Visit Films partner Ryan Kampe will be speaking on a panel at the 2008 Independent Filmmakers Conference in New York City. The panel is called Show and Sell: Positioning For Festivals and features panelists Tom Quinn (Magnolia), Jarod Neece (SXSW) and Reid Rosefelt along with Ryan.




16 April 2010 // IN Festivals and Forums

Aida LiPera on panel at Hot Docs 2010


Manager of Acquisitions and Festivals, Aida LiPera, will participate on a panel titled Distribution Now - What's Working?, at next month's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.




21 February 2008 // IN Festivals and Forums

Ryan Kampe at SXSW


Partner Ryan Kampe will be speaking on a sales agent panel at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. The panel takes place on Sunday March 9, 2008.





25 June 2007 // IN Festivals and Forums

LA Film Festival screens Severed Ways




Visit Sales title 'Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America' premiered in competition at The LA Film Festival to a packed house. The LA Weekly called the film a 'must see.'

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