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30 November 2010 // IN Our Movies

Spirit Award nominations announced!


IndieWire featured the full list of Independent Spirit Award nominations today so congratulations to Adele Romanski for receiving a nomination in the Piaget Producers category for her work on The Myth of the American Sleepover!

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24 November 2010 // IN Market News

Ryan Kampe @ Ventana Sur


Ryan Kampe will be participating in the second annual Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires. He will be there from 12/2 until 12/7. If you are also attending, make sure to find him and say hola!

Read more about Ventana Sur on IndieWire





17 November 2010 // IN Market News

Visit sells La Soga for North America at AFM




Screen Media takes North American ancillary rights to La Soga

16 November, 2010 | By Jeremy Kay

7-57 Releasing has licensed North American ancillary rights to Screen Media Films for Josh Crook's Dominican hit La Soga.

Visit Films partner Ryan Kampe brokered the deal, which includes a six-figure advance. Visit represents international rights and will present the crime drama to buyers at next month's Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires.

La Soga premiered at Toronto in 2009 and stars Manny Perez as a police officer who fights local corruption. Denise Quinones and Juan Fernandez also star.

7-57 Releasing and Michael Bassick's Markedia Worldwide released La Soga theatrically in August in New York City day-and-date with the nationwide Dominican Republic release through partner Antena Latina Films.

The film has grossed $1m worldwide and will continue to roll out in select US cities through early 2011.

'Since we had a strong theatrical run in the US and the Dominican Republic, we wanted an ancillary partner with proven results and transparent accounting,' 7-57 Releasing managing partner Patrick Morris said. 'Robert Baruc and the team at Screen Media provide just that.'

Screen Daily





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!

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