Toronto International Film Festival (tiff.) 2015

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Toronto International Film Festival (tiff.) 2015

From Bill Murray Day to Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” taking home The People’s Choice Award, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival was one for the books. Will this year be able to live up to its name? Just one look at the festival’s lineup and we know we’re in for another memorable week. Want to get even more excited about the festival? Check out the trailer:

When: September 10 – 20, 2015

Where: Toronto, Ontario

Tickets: Tickets come in a myriad of packages for purchase on the official website. Though the “my choice” tickets are off sale, you can still purchase “Tiff Choice” packages. These range from 5 tickets for $96 (Daytime Sampler) to $205 (Closing Night Gala). Individual tickets go on sale September 6.

Platform Jury: This year’s Platform Jury comprises Jia Zhang-Ke, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland.

Festival Opener

Demolition | Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

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According to its IMDB summary:

An investment banker, struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife, begins to tear apart his life in an effort to see where he went wrong and is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.

Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest drama, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, is going to be one emotional ride. The experienced director, born in Montreal, has been garnering some serious credibility with his last two films “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and “Wild”. The former, which was made on an indie movie budget of just $5 million, made over $55 million at the box office and won Matthew McConaughey an Oscar for best actor.

Special Presentations

Anomalisa | Directed by Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

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Fans of the legendary writer/director Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”, “Adaptation”) are already buzzing about his newest feature “Anomalisa”. This short fable, running 90 minutes, is the writer/director’s first project in stop-motion animation.

Black Mass | Directed by Scott Cooper

“Based on the true story of one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history” is the film’s tagline and it stars Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger. What more could you ask for? The movie, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton, is the third directorial effort for Scott Cooper. He is best known for 2009’s “Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges, which was made on a movie budget of $7 million. Watch the trailer for “Black Mass” below:

 About Ray | Directed by Gaby Dellal

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“About Ray”, a trans coming-of-age story starring Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, and Elle Fanning, will enjoy its world premiere as one of tiff’s special presentations. According to an article in OUT Magazine, “To prepare for the role, Fanning watched YouTube testimonials of teenagers documenting their transitions and spoke with transgender teens across the country.”

TIFF Docs

Amazing Grace | Directed by Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott

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According to the official tiff 2015 website, “Amazing Grace” is “The late director Sydney Pollack’s behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling album Amazing Grace finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot.” In other words, it’s a must-see documentary.

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Cannes 2015: Wrap-Up

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Winners at Cannes

Despite the beautiful sites and warm weather, tensions still reach new heights every year at Cannes as movie-lovers and bookies alike take a stab at predicting which film will win the prestigious Palme d’Or. With some surprise, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan walked away with the top honor, beating out the favored Carol by director Todd Haynes.

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From projects made with large movie budgets to indie flicks, this year’s Cannes Film Festival was full of great movies. Here are a few other notable winners via Screen Daily:

Grand Prix: Son of Saul | Directed by Laszlo Nemes

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Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien for The Assassin 

Jury Prize: The Lobster | Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Best Actor: Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man

Best Actress: Shared between Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon Roi and Rooney Mara for Carol.

The Here After

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Magnus Von Horn’s The Here After did quite well at the festival, picking up two major territory deals with Soda Pictures (U.K.) and Atnine Film Co. (South Korea).

Land and Shade

Director César Augusto Acevedo’s film Land and Shade, winner of critic’s week, found some love from Pyramide, which will distribute the film in France. According to Variety.com, “Pyramide head Eric Lagesse signaled that the Camera d’Or has raised large interest among distributors. Pyramide is now in discussions with multiple other territories. Some further deals on track to close this forthcoming week, Lagesse added.” In addition to France, the film closed in Italy (Satine Pictures) and Latin America (Cineplex). The film has been compared to “The Grapes of Wrath” in terms of its narrative and tone.

Big Deals and the Netflix Effect

The industry’s panic over the Netflix Effect was cooled by good news on the sales front. According to Jeremy Kay of ScreenDaily, “the streaming giant was never far from people’s lips. The keynote talk by Ted Sarandos dominated the dialogue when people were not chewing over the festival’s strict dress footwear policy, the arrival of well-heeled new financiers and a flurry of spectacular theatrical deals.”

Some of these deals include:

Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal – $20M worldwide buy from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. This is the second film by fashion icon Tom Ford. His previous film, A Single Man, was made for a movie budget of $7M.

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Bleed for This, starring Miles Teller and Katey Sagal received a $4M US deal from Open Road.

A final thought from Jeremy Kay on the atmosphere of this year’s market:

“One buyer noted how it was easy to find money today but hard to make it. For many US players, day-and-date distribution could be the answer and there is a belief that Europe and the rest of the world are primed to follow.”

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Top 10 Movie Grosses vs. Film Budget for Independent & Major Studio Releases 2014

FilmBudget.com compiled a report of the top ten indie film and major Hollywood studio movie grosses vs. the film budget for each listed movie released in 2014. While the film budget is not a direct correlation to the success of a movie it does provide an indicator of what the marketplace is responding to as compared to the relevant budget number.

Gross revenue figures are for domestic U.S. theatrical box office data which are current as of the date of this writing.  By using up-to-date figures the date of release is removed as a variable in the reporting of domestic theatrical revenue totals.

To create a breakdown of cost vs. revenue we looked at the widely reported expense of making the film production. P&A Marketing and release expenses are not included in the budget information provided.

Independent Film Release 2014 – Film Budget vs. U.S. Box Office Gross To Date

Indie Film Title                              Film Budget                   U.S Box Office Gross

The Grand Budapest Hotel              $31 million                            $59 million

St. Vincent                                       $13 million                            $43 million

Chef                                                 not available                         $31 million

Boyhood                                          $  4 million                            $24 million

Birdman                                           $22 million                            $24 million

The Theory of Everything                 $15 million                            $23 million

The Imitation Game                         $15 million                            $20 million

Wild                                                $38 million                            $38 million

A Most Wanted Man                       $15 million                            $17 million

Begin Again                                    $ 8 million                             $16 million

 

Major Hollywood Studio Release 2014 Movie Budget vs. Box Office Gross To Date

Movie Title                                                       Movie Budget     U.S. Box Office Gross

Guardians of the Galaxy                                       $170M                 $330M

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1           $125M                 $337M

Captain America: The Winter Soldier                   $170M                 $260M

The Lego Movie                                                  $  60M                 $258M

Transformers: Age of Extinction                          $210M                 $245M

Maleficent                                                           $180M                 $241M

X-Men: Days of Future Past                                $200M                 $234M

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies                  $250M                 $255M

Big Hero 6                                                          $165M                 $222M

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                          $170M                 $209M

 

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2015 Cannes Film Festival

Considered the major film festival of the year, Cannes offers not only a solid preview of the year to come but a celebration of film itself. For many directors, actors, and other movie players, Cannes is the major milestone of their careers. Further, the festival is the perfect stage for movies made with a film budget big or small to leave its mark.

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When: 13 to 24 May, 2015

Where: Cannes, France

Tickets: Sorry, but the festival is reserved for film industry professionals. If you are a professional, you’re going to need accreditation before you can gain access to the “Palais des Festivals”. Not an industry professional but still want in on the fun? Movie lovers can enjoy open-air screenings of Out of Competition films as well as classics from Cannes’ illustrious history.

How to Submit a Film: Though this year’s door has closed (movies had to be submitted by March 10th) it’s still good to be prepared for next year. Check out this comprehensive guide to submitting your film to Cannes film fest.

Venues: A list of screenings along with their venues will be released on the official site for download a week before the festival.

Films

Though most films are purely speculative at the moment, a small number have announced their presence at Cannes 2015. Here are a few films most likely being screened at the festival.

Mad Max: Fury Road | Directed by George Miller

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Legendary director/writer George Miller returns to his hugely popular Mad Max series with its latest installment titled “Mad Max: Fury Road”.  Though the trailer promises much of what made the original films so popular (elaborate car chases, eccentric costumes, and plenty of explosions), the most obvious difference is Tom Hardy playing Max Rockatansky. The movie will premiere outside of competition on May 14th.  The project was made with a movie budget of $100M (estimate).

Irrational Man | Directed by Woody Allen

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Cannes is familiar grounds for the legendary director, who’s to screen his 45th feature, “Irrational Man”, at this year’s festival. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, will be released by Sony Picture Classics in the US on July 24th. Woody Allen’s previous movie, “Magic in the Moonlight”, was made with a film budget of $16.8M and earned $32.3M at the box office.

Carol | Directed by Todd Haynes

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Director Todd Haynes is no stranger to the period piece with such classics as 2007’s “I’m Not There” and 2002’s “Far From Heaven”. Todd visits the past yet again with his latest feature starring Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler. The movie, set in 1950s New York, tells the story of a department-store clerk falling for an older woman. According the project’s IMDB page, most of the movie was filmed in Ohio.

The Sea of Trees | Directed by Gus Van Sant

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Highly acclaimed director Gus Van Sant will be screening his newest film “The Sea of Trees” at this year’s festival. The movie, written by Chris Sparling, is described on its IMDB page as: “A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.” The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts.

A Tale of Love and Darkness | Directed by Natalie Portman

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According to The Wrap, Natalie Portman joins seven other filmmakers making their directorial debuts at Cannes. The film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, is based on the memoirs of journalist Amos Oz and was adapted into a screenplay by Portman.

From the thewrap.com:

Main Competition:
“Carol,” Todd Haynes
“Dheepan” (temporary title), Jacques Audiard
“La Loi Du Marche” (“A Simple Man”), Stephane Brize
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier
“MacBeth,” Justin Kurzel
“Marguerite et Julien” (“Margeurite and Julien”), Valerie Donzelli
“Mia Madre,” Nanni Moretti
“Mon Roi,” Maiwenn
“Nie Yinniang” (“The Assassin”), Hou Hsiao-hsien
“Il Racconti dei Tacconi” (“The Tale of Tales”), Matteo Garrone
“Saul Fia” (“Son of Saul”), Laszlo Nemes
“The Sea of Trees,” Gus Van Sant
“Shan He Gu Ren” (“Mountains May Depart”), Jia Zhang-Ke
“Sicaro,” Denis Villeneuve
“Unimachi Diary” (“Our Little Sister”), Hirokazu Kore-Eda
“Youth,” Paolo Sorrentino

Women in Motion: General delegate Thierry Fremaux and French luxury brad Kering have joined forces to give all the amazing women in film, both past and present, their due. Variety describes the event as, “conceived by Kering to highlight women’s achievements in film, Women in Motion will host a series of talks with high-profile talent and execs, as well as hand out two awards during the upcoming 68th Cannes film festival, which will mark Pierre Lescure’s inaugural year as president.”

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As the winners and nominees enjoy some well deserved celebrations, it’s time we all look back on what makes these men and women such great filmmakers. In a video posted by the Producers Guild of America, directors Clint Eastwood, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Richard Linklater sat down to discuss the relationship between directors and producers.

Clint Eastwood kicked the discussion off by stating the ambiguities that come with the title “producer,” and realizing that a producer is ultimately a businessperson who allows the director to work creatively and unencumbered.  Recalling his past, the legendary director of “American Sniper” tells the story of his first project, made with a movie budget of only $750,000, and how he had to come to terms with its constraints.

All three directors seemed to agree on the importance of choosing a producer with whom they can maintain a healthy working relationship. As Linklater puts it, “finishing each other’s sentences.” What it seems to come down to is the director’s ability to know which hat (screenwriter, director, producer) to wear and when to wear it, and the ability of the producer to make that possible.

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According to the official site of the Berlin Film Festival, 2014 saw a total of 325,262 tickets sold and 491,316 theater visits. That should help explain why Berlin is considered one of the most important film festivals of the year.

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Is Berlin international? You bet. Last year, 80 different countries were represented at the film festival. For this reason, Berlin leads the charge when if comes to deal making; a fact highlighted by the European Film Market (EFM).

When: Februrary 5-15, 2015

Where: Berlin, Germany

Tickets: According to the site, the festival programme will be published the 27th of January, just days before advance ticket sales start (Feb. 2nd).  Festival goers will be able to purchase tickets directly at the box offices or booked online (the number that can be allocated is limited). Ticket prices range from € 4.00 to € 85.00 (this is for the Culinary Cinema package, which includes dinner and a talk).

Venues: 30 different venues will be participating in the festival, including Arsenal Cinema and Berlinale Palast (pictured below).

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Competition Section Lineup

Queen of the Desert | Directed by Werner Herzog

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Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” is a biographical drama on the life of traveler Gertrude Bell.  The film, made with a movie budget of $36M, stars Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson.

Taxi | Directed by Jafar Panahi

According to variety.com, “Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years.” That being said, “Taxi” is a highly anticipated film from the director who caught the attention of the international market with 1995’s “The White Balloon”.

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Mr. Holmes | Directed by Bill Condon

Ian Mckellen plays the iconic Sherlock Holmes in director Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”.  The American born director, known for “The Twilight Saga” and “Dreamgirls”, knows how to turn a big budget into even larger profits. For instance, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was made with a movie budget of $120M and went on to gross over $292M in the US.

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 Watch: “Sir Ian McKellen on Sherlock Holmes” from the Museum of London.

Berlinale Special Program

Woman in Gold | Directed by Simon Curtis

“Woman in Gold”, set to release in April, 2015, tells the story of a Jewish refugee fighting for artwork “she believes rightfully belongs to her family.” It stars Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes.

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Life | Directed by Anton Corbijn

This drama starring Robert Pattinson is simply described as, “a photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.” The movie was written by Luke Davies.

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European Film Market (EFM)

The EFM has some high expectations this year. In an article on Cineruopa, the new director of the market,  Matthijs Wouter Knol, is quoted as saying,

“With our programme, we want to expand the EFM into new business fields, develop the synergies between the festival and the EFM, and sustain the EFM’s position as one of the most important film markets worldwide”

In hopes of bringing entrepreneurs from other industries in contact with the film and entertainment world, the EFM will host ten creative startups at the event in order to spark networking and collaboration.

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Hollywood Looks to China for Capital

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Frenzied consumers aren’t the only ones looking for a good deal this December, as Chinese conglomerates turn to Hollywood for the best holiday shopping. With a red hot market on the line, Tinseltown is more than happy to receive capital from Chinese investors.

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In a recent article featured on China Daily titled, Hollywood Could be Saying Hooray For More Chinese Capital producer Jack Binder, president of Film Budget Inc., had this to say about Chinese investments in Hollywood:

“Amid the huge risks and rising costs of production, distribution and marketing, Chinese capital ‘is providing and will continue to provide much needed operating financing to the US film business’, said Jack Binder, founder of Film Budget Inc, a Los Angeles-based consultancy that helps moviemakers plan their budgets.”

Whether you’re making a Hollywood blockbuster with a movie budget in the hundreds of millions or a shoestring indie flick, the American box office seems to have reached its peak. With that in mind, Chinese box offices have been growing exponentially. To illustrate, the Chinese movie industry is “expected to reach $6 billion in 2014, according to EntGroup, a Beijing-based entertainment consultancy.”

A Winning Formula for Transformers

It seems Paramount’s “Transformers” understands the potential of China’s mega market, going as far as to have the premiere there. So, why does the franchise love China so much? Because China loves “Transformers”. According to Pras Subramanian in an article on Yahoo.com titled Why China, not the U.S., is the audience Hollywood Wants, “Transformers has pulled in over $300 million from China alone, whereas box office receipts in the U.S. are around $241 million for a movie that just crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales.”

Considering “Transformers 4” was made with a movie budget of $285 million, China’s sales alone make the film profitable.

Largest Chinese-Language Movie Ever To Be Filmed in L.A.

As Hollywood’s grasp on the American film industry starts to loosen, foreign productions are more than welcome in Southern California. That’s why many see the filming of the biggest Chinese-Language movie on Hollywood soil, titled “Hollywood Adventures”, as a step in the right direction.  Made with a movie budget of$30 million, “Hollywood Adventures” brings some much needed capital to the area. In a recent publication on the L.A. Times website titled Chinese movie ‘Hollywood Adventures’ is being filmed in L.A., Lindsay Conner of Phelps & Phillips believes the movie:

“reflects a growing trend toward Hollywood and China continuing to find ways to work together, whether it’s exploring themes that are relevant to both sides, or using locations or crews that are valuable to both.”

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AFM 2014 Wrap-Up

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AFM: It’s All About Content

From the Hollywood epic with a movie budget in the millions to the  indie comedy made on a shoestring film budget, one thing was certain: content was king at the 2014 American Film Market. Don’t believe us? Here’s what producer Brett Ratner had to say at one of the festival’s many conferences,

“I’m absolutely convinced that content drives everything,”

Does this signal a shift in the dynamics of the movie industry? Is star power no longer the driving force behind ticket sales? Only time will tell, but a quick look into the happenings at Santa Monica’s premier movie market may hold some clues.

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The King of the Santa Monica Pier

Throughout the festival much hype was given to “Elvis and Nixon”, a period piece set in 1970 highlighting the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s meeting with the president of the United States. Not much is known about the film, other than that Michael Shannon is set to play Elvis and Kevin Spacy will try his best at “not being a crook” as Nixon.

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Oliver Stone’s Latest Biopic

As you may know, Oliver Stone is no stranger to controversial topics. His latest project, which according to IMDB is titled “The Snowden Files“, will tell the story of Edward Snowden. The project sought international sales at the Film Market, leveraging its star power of Joesph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role to attract buyers. Oliver’s last feature, “Savages”, was made with a movie budget of $45 million.

The Hateful Eight

Distributors at the AFM were anything but hateful when it came to legendary director Quentin Tarantino’s newest production starring Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum, and many other a-list regulars. Though the film sports an all star cast, Tarantino made it clear that he was keeping it thoroughly indie by only allowing independent distributors to bid on his movie. According to Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter,

“It likely helps that Hateful Eight, with a reported budget of $44 million, is substantially cheaper than either Django or Basterds, making it easier for indies to get onboard.”

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Tarantino’s last movie, “Django Unchained”, was made with a movie budget of $100 million.

Scott Waugh’s “Inversion”

Waugh’s sci-fi thriller, written by Bragi Schut and David Arata, did well at the film market, selling to areas such as Spain, Australia, and Asia. In addition to the strong international success, producer Michael Nozik had some promising words about the film’s originality:

“The market’s response has been so strong, it confirms this film is an original and incredibly fresh story that asks, what if gravity, the most taken for granted and least understood part of nature, betrayed us.” (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

“The Commune” Strikes Many Deals With Europe

Thomas Vinterberg’s latest movie performed incredibly well at the AFM. According to Variety’s article AFM Buyers Turn Up For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’, the project found buyers in the U.K., Greece, Germany, Austria, Poland, Brazil, Former Yugoslavia, and Hungary. The article sums up the director’s reuptation for quality with this quote from Rikke Enis,

“The massive interest from distributors worldwide has been overwhelming and yet again underlines that Thomas Vinterberg is one of the most acclaimed directors of our time”

After another incredible year of deals and conferences, the 2014 AFM once again proved it’s an integral part of the film industry.

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With over 400 distributors, 1,000 production companies, and 8,000 industry professionals, It’s no surprise the American Film Market is the place to be come November. What makes this event so special? Unlike the numerous film festivals throughout the year, the AFM’s sole purpose is to offer seven days of world-class networking opportunities. For instance, last year’s festival saw over $800 million dollars worth of industry deals waiting to be made. Still need convincing? The AFM takes place  in beautiful Santa Monica, CA.

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When: November 5th – 12th

Where: Santa Monica, CA (Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel & all 21 screens on Santa Monica Promenade)

Christopher Woodrow’s Latest Project:

According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter titled “‘Birdman’ Company’s Ousted Chief Aims to Launch New Fund Amid Legal War”, this year’s American Film Market is set to be the launching pad for Woodrow’s newest project. According to its Wikipedia page, “Birdman” was made with a film budget of $18 million.

Market fever

According to Deadline Hollywood, the remake of Eli Roth’s horror classic “Cabin Fever” will begin filming this week in Portland, OR. What does this mean for Cassian Elwes, the film’s executive producer? It means he will be heading to this year’s AFM to handle the film’s domestic sales. According to the film’s wikipedia page, “Cabin Fever” was made with a movie budget of $1.5 million. Word on the remake’s budget hasn’t been released.

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Online Registration: According to the official AFM website, passes fall within six different prices. On the low-end of the spectrum you have the Day Pass, which will cost you $275. On the high-end you can opt to pay $1,495 for the platinum “all-access” pass. According to the chart, the Executive Pass is the best value at $1,095. Make sure you head to the website in the next week, as the online registration window closes November 2nd.

On-site Registration: Starting November 4th, on-site registration will be available for all packages, though they will cost you on average $50 more than the online registration.

Reminder: “October 29th is the deadline to submit badge photos in advance. After this date photos must be taken on-site    Materials to be received at off-site warehouse to guarantee delivery to AFM offices prior to check-in.”

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Conference Series:

Another aspect of the AFM that makes it so special is its incredible conference series. Whether you’re an industry professional or not, you’ll want to attend at least one of these insightful events. Below are just a few of the ten separate sessions:

Finance Conference – Come listen to P. John Burke moderate a discussion on “the state of independent film financing, emerging trends, where the money is and what the future holds.” The session takes place on Friday, November 7th.

Marketing Conference – In the second session of the Monday, November 10th conference, Gary Foster will moderate a discussion on the role publicists play in the success of a film.

AFM Campus:

For a great, interactive map of the AFM campus click the image below.

AFM-Campus

AFM Exhibitor List: From Ablaze Image Ltd. to Zone Entertainment Group, you can find all the 2014 exhibitors here.

Remember, this is “non-stop” networking with real film industry insiders. Whether you’re trying to sell your film or gain finance for a new project, AFM 2014 is where you want to be. Finally, if you need a finance and camera ready film budget and schedule package contact www.FilmBudget.com the international leader in worldwide film budget production services.

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BFI London Film Festival 2014

What better way to start October than with an exciting film festival in the international city of London? With 248 films spanning twelve days, there will certainly be a film for everyone. From projects made with an indie film budget to Hollywood blockbusters made with large movie budgets, the BFI is set to be one to remember.

BFI-London-Film-FestivalWhen: Octeber 8th – 19th, 2014

Where: London, England

Opening Night Gala:

The Imitation Game | Directed by Morten Tyldum

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The festival kicks off its opening night gala with this period piece drama about mathematician Alan Turing. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Cumberbatch already is getting Oscar buzz for his role as Alan Turing, the British mathematician who helped break the German Enigma Code in World War II and was then prosecuted for being gay.”

Closing Night Gala

Fury | Directed by David Ayer

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Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, tells the story of a Sherman tank “on a deadly mission” during the last months of WWII.  Fury was made with a movie budget of around $80 million, according to collider.com.

Other Galas

The London film festival is spoiled with many excellent galas sponsored by its partners. Here are just a few to look forward to.

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Men, Women & Children | Directed by Jason Reitman

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From the director that brought you such classics as Juno and Up in the Air, comes another, as the BFI London Film Festival brochure puts it, “smart, funny and very poignant film.” Men, Women & Children stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner.

Official Competition

Dearest | Directed by Peter Chan

This foreign language drama tells the story of a child abduction and a mother’s journey to get her son back.

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The Keeping Room | Directed by Daniel Barber

The official BFI London Film Festival site describes The Keeping Room as: “On the American frontier a young woman is forced to go to any means to defend her kin from the ravages of the barbaric outside world.”

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Son of a Gun | Directed by Julius Avery

This heist thriller, starring Ewan McGregor, is the feature debut of writer/director Julius Avery.

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In addition to these three films, nine other movies will be up for official competition (READ: “12 up-and-coming British directors“).

Tickets

Booking has already opened for both members and the public (as of September 18th). There are three ways to book tickets: Online (you’ll need to create an account), by telephone (9:30 AM – 8:30 PM daily), or in person at the ticket counter at BFI Southbank. Keep in mind there are some terms to ticket purchases. For instance, there will be a maximum of two tickets per film per customer.

Surprise Film

As speculation grows in the world of social media, the London film festival’s surprise film has already sold out. Screening Oct. 15th at the Vue West End Cinema, the surprise movie will follow in the ranks of past films such as Silver Linings Playbook and The Wrestler. What do you think this year’s movie will be?

Events

As any good film festival should, London will host an array of classes, lectures, and screen talks. For example, on Octover 12th, John Stewart of the Daily Show and political journalist Maziar Bahari will host a “debate talk” about the role of journalism in the context of freedom of speech.

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