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International Sales Agent of the Day: Panda of So. Korea has Dance Town in Panorama

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 24, 2012 2:17 PM
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Dance Town, the third film of Panda Media and Jeon Kyu Hwan's Town Trilogy, has been officially selected at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama Section. Panda Media's goal is to reveal jewels of the international cinema to Korean spectators, and to bring Korean films to world audiences, in festivals and in theatres.

TIFFCON at the Tokyo Film Festival

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 24, 2011 2:00 AM
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Pusan International Film Festival and its content market has wrapped and TIFFCOM 2011, the content market affiliated with the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, has begun today.

Palm Spring International ShortFest Awards

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 28, 2011 2:30 AM
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Shorts are having an impact on new digital media and new types of distribution. Their importance and their filmmakers' importance has long been recognized by the top festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, TIFF) and among the trade, agents keep an eye on the top shorts filmmakers. So too, certain leading shorts film festivals and markets, the leaders of which are Clermont Ferrand in France and Oberhausen in Germany (for more cutting edge shorts), festivals like the Guanajuato International Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, held during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, Mexico and the Palm Spring Shortfest, NeXt in Bucharest and the Cannes Film Festival's Shorts Corner are increasingly important as are their winners who are the talents to watch.

ScreenSingapore

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 24, 2011 7:00 AM
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Singapore is making moves to put itself more squarely in the center of the Asia Business World. It is cohosting new weekly TV program with the BBC featuring discussions with democratic governments in the region, and ScreenSingapore, which is backed by the government's Media Development Authority, has recently attracted 700 delegates to its three-day film market, the focal point of the weeklong event (its original target was 500, it said). The western press has not covered this event as much as the Asian press except for Variety who cohosted the Winston Baker Film Financing Forum @ ScreenSingapore.

Hyde Park's Amritraj sees Foreign Films' Potential

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 24, 2011 6:55 AM
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Thanks to Patrick Frater and Film Biz Asia for covering the views of master international sales agent Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park.

Distribution Must Find New Models

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 24, 2011 6:50 AM
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Thanks again to Film Biz Asia and Patrick Frater for covering the subject to distribution models.

Smarter Hollywood Gets Local in Asia

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 24, 2011 6:45 AM
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Thanks again to Film Biz Asia for this article by Marcus LimHollywood is getting smarter about engaging with Asia on more equal terms, having learned lessons from earlier unsuccessful attempts, according to two senior Hollywood executives at the second In Conversation seminar held Wednesday at ScreenSingapore.

Sharp Elbows and Acid Tongues at Shanghai Seminar

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 24, 2011 6:40 AM
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Again from Film Biz Asia comes this spirited report on the discussions which took place -- This time at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Media Arts Center San Diego receives grant award from California Council for the Humanities

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • March 12, 2011 3:30 AM
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There is actually still government grant money being awarded to worthy projects!

Oscar Watch: Thailand's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • December 15, 2010 4:30 AM
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This film received mucho publicity during Cannes but has very lttle visibility here in the U.S. in spite of its having been picked up for U.S. by Strand and its being Thailand's official submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Oscar. I don't think it will be nominated as feels so off-kilter, albeit totally original. I don't think the Academy will have the patience for it. However, this Cannes winning competition film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the penultimate example of how a film from a perhaps underfunded country can get enough financing to be made and delivered. The director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul , has already had two films in Cannes (Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours) which certainly helps, but is not crucial to this saga. The Illumination Films producers Simon Fields and Keith Griffiths also have long histories in the international film and festival world. Simon left his long term tenure as head of London's govenment funded distribution company and archive to go to his long held tenure as artistic director of the Rotterdam Film Festival. Keith has been producing art films of the best kind since the late 70s. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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