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    Palm Spring International ShortFest Awards

    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 Spr...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: ATO (Art Takes Over)

    ATO (Art Takes Over) was launched last year at Cannes by musician Dave Matthews along with Johnathan Dorfman, Sarah Lash and Temple Fennell. Their plan to release 4 to 6 films annually seems to be coming to fruition. In Sundance 2011 they acquired film The Convincer, Casino Jack was acquired in Toronto 2010, and " title="Mao’s Last Dancer">Mao’s Last Dancer in Cannes 2010 which was released in August. Terri was picked up from its producers on its completion September 2010 and is being sold internationally by Coach 14. 20th Century Fox has home video rights. ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership with Samuel Goldwyn ...

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    Rights Roundup Winter Season: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin

    You can download and access Winter Rights Roundup (Deals done in Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance) here. Ventana Sur is thrown in for good measure along with whatever else until we begin the 2011 Spring and Cannes Rights Roundup.

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    Gun Hill Road

    I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he?...

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    Black Power Mixedtapes Hosted by The Economist in Sundance is Acquired by Wide for Berlin

    Wide Management had added Black Power Mixtapes: 1967 - 1975 directed by Swedish Göran Hugo Olsson starring Danny Glover, Talib Kwali, Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte to its impressive documentary section of films, From 1967 to 1975, fueled by curiosity and naïveté, Swedish journalists traversed the...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Coach 14

    Andrew MacLean's On the IcePape Boye and Jaume Domenech of Paris based Coach 14 picked up 2 films in Sundance: Terri which ATO had acquired for U.S. in Toronto, and just after Sundance, they picked up what won the Berlinale's Best First Picture Award, On The Ice, a beautifully told story taking place in the isolated, frozen town of Barrow, Alaska about two Iñupiaq teenagers ('Skimos' as they call themselves) who have grown up like brothers in a tight-knit community defined as much by ancient traditions as by hip-hop and snowmobiles and who are caught up in an accidental murder of a third friend while on a seal hunt. Panic stricken, terrifie...

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    Whitewater Films' On the Ice in Sundance and Berlin

    One of my favorite films at Sundance was On the Ice which was picked up for international sales by Coach 14 just after Sundance and will show in Berlin's EFM (showtimes to be confirmed). My previous post on the film contained a number of errors and so I hope the reader will forgive me for reposting...

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    Sundance By Numbers #3 (Final Tally)

    THE NUMBERS OF SALES AND ACQUISITIONS:39 titles were sold. See Anthony Kaufman's article on IndieWIRE which did not count the latest acquisition of ON THE ICE for which Coach 14 picked up international representation..$30m in deals and P&A commitments is reportedly the level of business done. Jonathan Dana says on February 1, 2011As ever, keep in mind that all eventual deals do not necessarily get done at Sundance, and that many of the “unsold” films will find proper homes and ultimate success. The notion that a film must be sold quickly to be deemed ‘valuable’ is in itself a longstanding myth, or at least an oversimplification of a process ...

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    Countdown to the Oscars: Biutiful

    Surprising in many ways, Biutiful is nominated for two Oscars. Not only is it one of the 5 nominees in the Best Foreign Language category (Mexico), Javier Bardem is also nominated in the Best Actor category. It played in Cannes last spring, where it won a Best Actor prize for Javier Bardem. Roadside Attractions distributing in the U.S. After its December 1 week qualifying run, it is the very first film to debut theatrically after screening at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Playing opposite Kaboom, the weekend’s other major specialty debut, it had a strong opening likely in large part to its somewhat surprising best actor nomination. On...

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