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    Coproductions with Canada Total Budgets Climb to Over $1 Billion in the Last Five Years

    An Outstanding year for Canadian coproduction at the 65th Cannes Film Festival with Cosmopolis (ISA: Kinology), Laurence Anyways (ISA: MK2) and Hors les murs (Beyond the Walls) (ISA: Films Boutique).

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    Venice Film Festival Announces its Market in a Crowded Fall Season

    The Venice Film Festival's new artistic director Alberto Barbera has announced that France’s Pascal Diot will head the new Venice Film Market. TIFF goes on. In October, Rome has announced that Marco Mueller has been apppointed Director there and will soon reveal market plans. Moscow has also anno...

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    Cinando has Changed Its Look and Its Tools

    Cinando launched its new interface this Berlin. It's cleaner and yet more comprehensive with a top menu for personal items econd set of tabs closer into the main page related to the database itself, four spaces to put your own company more actively "in the mix", more visible news, more visible film...

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    LGBT rights in Indonesia and Asia and the World And The Panorama Section of the Berlinale

    Panorama of the Berlinale is known as a pioneer showcast for GLBT and Queer Films. This year the daring Children of Srikandi is a highlight to see. Also The Film Collaborative also has two LGBT films in Panorama: Vito on Vito Russo and Leave It On The Floor which has a unique festival arc of worl...

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    Festival Scope opens “Labels”

    Finally a way to track festival winners that eliminates our need to track all festivals separately. Festival Scope , the online platform known for providing film professionals with online screening of films from more than 60 of the most prestigious international film festivals (including Berlinale, ...

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    FiGa Films New Acquisitions for AFM

    North American sales agency and distributor FiGa Films has recently acquired several new Ibero American titles just in time for the American Film Market.

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    Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar With Sales Agents

    The complete list of submissions for the nomination for Best Foreign Language Academy Award, has been announced. 63 countries' selections have been accepted. Last year there were 65 selections. I have added the international sales agents and when there is one, the U.S. distributor. The Female Factor: 8 of 63 films or 13%. Last year, of the 65 films submitted, 9 were directed by women — that’s 14%. The films by women are Leticia Tonos' Love Child ♀ (the Dominican Republic), Valerie Donzelli's Declaration of War ♀ (France), Ann Hui's A Simple Life ♀ (Hong Kong), Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There ♀...

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    TIFF 2011 and into AFM

    Another overdue blog, this time on the Toronto Film Festival: TIFF 2011 was also an indication of the upcoming AFM, now contemplating changes of its own - moving its venue from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. for example. As AFM seems to be defining itself more and more as an event to take care of the core business of film buying and selling rather than of discovery and new film adventures, although panel discussions continue as a sidebar, Toronto continues to roll out new features along with showcasing so many films it is impossible to take it all in. As for AFM this year, based on Toronto's activities, I predict fewer Europeans will come, m...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Latinofusion

    Alfredo Calvino founded Latinofusion, a Guadalajara-based international film sales and distribution company, based upon a business model committed to give Latin films the time, dedication and risk-taking approach they need in order to successfully find their niche in the highly competitive independent/speciality market. Clients can count on a full access to all marketing, business, financial and legal aspects of the company’s operations regarding their films. They not only help design the adequate festival strategy that maximizes opportunities for each individual title, but also make sure that the strategy makes sense in terms of visibility,...

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