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    IndieIN to Offer Free Film Listings for Independent Filmmakers

    indieIN announced today they will now offer free indieIN film listings to independent filmmakers with shorts and feature films playing in festivals, as well as to filmmakers who are self-distributing. Launched earlier this year, indieIN provides show times and information for independent and foreign films playing both theatrically and in film festivals in the United States, Canada, and the UK. By using indieIN Film Listings, festival filmmakers can create a "personalized" page for their films, including show times, synopsis, cast/crew, and photos. "indieIN believes that independent film audience is as diverse as the films themselves," says Mi...

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    Havana Fest Creates Plentiful Program Despite Low Cash

    Like the 11 million citizens who have to hustle to make ends meet in an otherwise enticing Cuba, the 27th Havana Film Festival (December 6-16)--officially the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema -- validates the cliche that necessity is the mother of invention. Fest director Ivan Gir...

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    First Person: Christian Gaines on Film Festivals

    [This is the second in a new regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    LOOKING BACK AT '05: Turning Points At 3 Companies -- Picturehouse, Weinstein Co. & 2929 Entertainme

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the second in a series of 5 articles looking back at some of the notable people, trends and companies of 2005. Additional articles in this series will be published this week.]

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    Sundance Announces Slate for Winter '06 Screenwriters Lab

    The Sundance Institute has announced the 12 film projects it has invited to its January 2006 Screenwriters Lab. The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day workshop during which time selected participants focus exclusively on developing their feature film scripts. Established writers provide workshop partic...

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    TIFFG Names "Canada's Top Ten"

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) announced the top ten Canadian films of 2005 last Tuesday at the annual Canada's Top Ten industry event, hosted by actors Brent Carver and Lisa Ray. Canada's Top Ten films are chosen by a 10-member national panel of filmmakers, academics, journalists, programmers, and industry professionals. The films will be further feted at screenings and Q&As by filmmakers and panel discussions will be held January 27 to February 5 at Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto. The series travels to Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa at a later date. The Top Ten are: "C.R.A.Z.Y.," by Jean-Marc Vallee; "Familia," ...

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    LOOKING BACK AT '05: The Year of the (Film) Blogs, With More To Come

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is the first in a series of 5 articles looking back at some of the notable people, trends and companies of 2005. Additional articles in this series will be published all next week.]

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    Spurlock to Develop "The Republican War on Science" in 2006

    Director and producer Morgan Spurlock, who was nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Oscar for his 2004 film, "Super Size Me," has optioned the book "The Republican War on Science." The book, written by Chris Mooney, is an account of the right-wing's position on such issues as stem cell research,...

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    Vitale Joins First Look Pictures As Company President

    Just weeks after leaving Paramount Classics, the studio specialty division that she ran with David Dinerstein for nearly eight years, Ruth Vitale has announced her new job as president of First Look Pictures. At the company, Vitale will run the First Look's theatrical division and work closely with ...

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    Intepid Pictures Signs Multi-year Deal with Universal and Rogue Pictures

    Recently formed independent producton and film financing company Intrepid Pictures has entered into a multi-year production and co-financing deal with Universal Pictures and Rogue Pictures. Rogue and Universal will hold worldwide distribution rights to the movies that are produced under the deal, Rogue president David Linde announced Thursday with Intrepid principals and founders Trevor Macy and Marc Evans. Intrepid's deal with Universal and Rogue is a first-look but non-exclusive pact, and allows for Intrepid to produce and co-finance films with other distributors. Intrepid plans to produce and co-finance three to five pictures per year, inc...

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