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La Biennale di Venezia – 71st Annual Venice International Film Festival

The 71st annual Venice film festival is officially underway. As the oldest major festival still running, Venice promises to deliver a diverse series of films. From Hollywood features made with large movie budgets to foreign films made with independent film budgets, festival goers are set to enjoy an impressive lineup.


When: 27th August > 6th September 2014

Where: Venice, Italy (Palazzo del Cinema, Sala Darsena, Palazzo del Casino, PalaBiennale, Hotel Excelsior, Movie Village, Piazzale del Casino, Terrazza Mediterranea, Bar Al Leone D’Oro, Piccole Procuratie)

venice-film-festival(Click for a helpful map of all ten film festival locations)

The ten locations listed above include the four screening theaters, which range in size from 149 seats (Sala Casino) to 1,768 seats (PalaBiennale). Industry meetings – for professionals only – will take place at Casino and the Excelsior.

Whether you’re arriving by plane, train, boat or car, the official Venice Film Festival site has some suggestions you can find here.

Film Programming

As the official site puts it,

“The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.”

Here are just a few of the anticipated films being screened at the 71st annual Venice Film Festival.

Birdman | Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of Mexico

The festival opener, starring Emma Stone and Edward Norton, has already been met with mixed reviews, sparking concerns that the festival lacks big names and headliners. Xan Brooks of the Guardian said of the movie, “an acid but empty flight of fancy.

birdman-veniceThe President | by Mohsen Makhmalbaf of Iran

“The President” opened the Orizzonti – “An international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema” – section of the festival. Jay Weissberg of Variety described the film as “didactic.


The Humbling | Directed by Barry Levinson

“The Humbling,” starring Al Pacino and Kyra Sedgwick, is an adaptaion of Phillip Roth’s 2009 novel of the same name. The film was shot with a movie budget of around one million dollars.


Pasolini | Written & Directed by Abel Ferrara

This drama, starring Willem Dafoe and Maria de Medeiros, tells the story of legendary director Pier Paolo Pasolini.


Check out this list from the BBC – Venice Film Festival: The Ten Best Films to See

Tickets: Tickets are available online and at the box office. Prices vary, ranging from eight euros (Sala Darsena) to forty five euros (7:30 pm Stalls and Gallery at Sala Grande).

Juries: Awards will be decided by four international panels. These panels include: Venezia 71 consisting of nine judges (Tim Roth, Alexandre Desplat); Orizzonti consisting of seven judges (Ann Hui, David Chase); Opera Prima consisting of five judges (Alice Rohrwacher, Ron Mann); VENEZIA CLASSICI chosen by Giuliano Montaldo.

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This is Your Festival: Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Last fall saw an abundance of great movies, starting awards talk early. That being said, it’s no surprise that the Toronto Film Festival (Read last year’s breakdown: Tiff. 2013) was seen as the start to all the fall movie madness. The festival’s prestige comes from its ability to draw the most talented filmmakers in the world. From projects with large movie budgets to small indie films, tiff. has something for everyone. As Variety put it,

“In what has become a launching pad for awards contenders and starry releases, the Toronto Film Festival, which last year screened Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” will also welcome directorial efforts from “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and “Captain America,” himself, Chris Evans.”

When: Sept. 4-14th

Where: Toronto, Ontario. The festival takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox right in the city’s entertainment district, occupying an entire block at “Reitman Square on the north-west corner of King and John Streets (350 King Street West).

tiff-belllightboxParking is available at the Lightbox, or you can go green and ride your bike (Toronto has a lot of bike racks).

Film Programming:

Toronto always brings the noise when it comes to amazing Galas and special presentations. This year, festival goers will be able to experience over twenty unique film industry programmes. The most glamorous and exciting being the Gala presentations, which offer, as the site puts it, “Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” Here are a few to look forward to:

Black and White | Written and Directed by Mike Binder | USA

“An attorney (Kevin Costner) struggling to raise his biracial granddaughter after the deaths of his wife and daughter becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the child’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer).” The Gala is sponsored by AMC.

Kevin-Costner-Black-White-Films+New+Orleans+DwpUXG3vNFalThe Equalizer | Antoine Fuqua | USA

“An ex-CIA agent (Denzel Washington) uses his lethal skills to protect an imperilled young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) from the Russian mob, in this hard-edged big-screen adaptation of the cult ’80s TV show from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).” The film, made with a movie budget of $50 million, will be enjoying its world premiere.


Boychoir | François Girard | USA


Drama about a 12-year-old boy’s struggle to make the most of his extraordinary musical gifts at a prestigious music school. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates.

Infinitely Polar Bears | Maya Forbes | USA

Imogene Wolodarsky, Zoe Saldana, Maya Forbes, Mark Ruffalo, Ashley Aufderheide

Family drama set in the late ’70s about a father trying to win his wife back. Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoey Saldan.

Opening Night:

The spot remains open, as the festival has many excellent options to choose from. For instance, Bill Pohland’s “Love & Mercy,” a Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano & John Cusack, and Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere, remain viable options. That’s not to rule out Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” made with a film budget of $15,000,000 and starring Ben Stiller (Read: Paul Murphy Scoring “While We’re Young”).

Family, Chess, and Much More

Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum star as brothers in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”; David Dobkin’s courtroom drama, “The Judge,” pairs Robert Downey Jr. as the son of Robert Duvall; and American chess icon Bobby Fisher gets a biopic in Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice,” putting Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber head-to-head in 1972s “Match of the Century.”

foxcatcherThe United Kingdom is well represented with Alan Rickman’s second film in the director’s chair (his first being 1997s “The Winter Guest”). The film, “A Little Chaos,” stars Acadamy Award Winner Kate Winslet as a landscape designer commissioned to construct Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles.

As usual, TIFF will be highlighting excellent films from around the world. As a recent article in Indie Wire puts it, “This year’s TIFF City to City Program highlights works from Seoul, South Korea. The Contemporary World Cinema Program features films from 42 different countries.”

Special Presentations

“Clouds of Sils Maria” directed by Olivier Assayas of France and starring Juliette Binoche; “Gemma Bovery” directed by Anne Fontaine of France and starring Gemma Arterton; “Beyond the Lights” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood of the USA and starring Danny Glover; “Two Days and One NIght” directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne of Belgium/France and starring Marion Cotillard.

Can’t wait until September to get a taste of these great movies? Check out tiff’s movie trailer page!

Tickets: Festival Box Office OPENS AUGUST 31st. They will be available at 225 King Street West Metro Centre as well as online.

Similar to previous years, ticket packages come in four categories all offering various quantities. Regular Flex Packs span from 10 tickets to 100 tickets in increments of ten. The prices span from $200 to $1,808. The Premium Flex Pack comes in either a 6 ticket option ($373) or a 12 ticket option ($746). The Back-Half Pack also comes in either a 6 tickets ($74) or 12 tickets ($148) option. Finally, the Daytime Pack comes in a 20 tickets option ($226) and a 40 tickets option ($452).

TIFF-Bell-Lightbox-Cinema-1-photo-by-George-Pimentel-WireImage-for-TIFFTIFF choice options are divided between focused and variety. For instance, the Midnight Madness package is considered “focused” and will cost $180. The Daytime Sampler package is listed under “variety” and will cost you $96. If you’re really looking for a special tiff experience, perhaps the $1,500 Buzz List option is the one for you.

Single tickets are also offered, ranging from $24 for a screening and $46 for a premium “red carpet premiere” ticket.

Industry Conferences: Industry registration is now open! In addition to registering, applications for the Talent Lab, Telefilm Canada, PITCH THIS!, and TIFF Rising Stars are now being accepted.

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As spring brings a welcome change in weather, Cannes, France, prepares to bring another round of brilliant filmmaking to the world. That’s right, Festival de Cannes 2014 is quickly approaching, which means all eyes are on Europe.

Cannes-Film-Festival“Cannes must be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich it. That´s what makes the Festival de Cannes our festival.” – Thierry Frémaux

Competition – From first time directors to living legends, this year’s line-up will make any film fan giddy. All eighteen films up for competition are highly anticipated. Some highlights: French new-wave legend Jean-Luc Godard tries his hand at 3-D with “Goodbye to Language”; Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut with “Lost River” filmed in Detroit.


Sci-fi/horror legend David Cronenberg “deconstructs Hollywood” with “Maps to the Stars” starring Robert Pattinson; Acting great Tommy Lee Jones directs “The Homesman” starring Hilary Swank; and many, many more. For a complete list, read CNN’s Cannes Lineup.

When: From 14 to 25 May, 2014

Where: Cannes, France

Mission: “To draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”


Palme d’Or, which, in 2013, went to Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color“; an independent French film made with a movie budget of only four million euros. It went on to gross over $19 million worldwide.

Grand Prix – read a list of 2013 winners here.

Prix du Jury

Best Actor (2013 winner – Bruce Dern for “Nebraska”) Best Actress (Bérénice Bejo in “Le Passé“)

Cannes Classics – “Discover the Cannes Classics Selection online from 17th April and access the detailed film notes one week before the Festival opening.”

Cannes-ClassicsJury – This year’s jury will consists of an equal number of men and women. As usual, the panel will be globally diverse. 2013 saw some big names with Nicole Kidman and Steven Spielberg on board, and 2014 will be no different. According to the Los Angeles Times, this year’s panel will consist of: Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jeon Do-yeon, Leila Hatami, Jia Zhangke, Jane Campion, Carole Bouquet, and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Cannes-JuryOpener – Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” starring Nicole Kidman

Not in Competition – Though it will not be competing, DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” has much to be excited about. Its first installment, made with a movie budget of $165 million, has grossed over $494 million worldwide. The film is directed by Dean DeBlois and stars the voices of Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.

There are many other excellent filmmakers showcasing their movies at Cannes. The official website puts it,

“Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations – including 15 by women directors – will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.”

Cannes Court – This short film event brings together the Short Film Corner and the short film competition.

The Daily – As we wait the official announcement of the 2014 schedule, the 2013 Daily gives a hint at what this year’s festival will consist of.

Celebrating Cinematic Diversity

Since 1947, the first year of “Festival du film de Cannes”, the French Riviera film festival has played a pivotal role in international cinema. Cannes quickly became the festival for foreign cinema to reach new markets. In addition to better distribution, world-greats, such as Japan’s Akira Kurosawa and Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman, earned the recognition they deserved from Canne’s diverse panel of judges.

With such an important, rich history, Cannes 2014 promises to continue its tradition of embracing cinematic diversity. By remembering the past and championing the future, the French festival is sure to be a brilliant celebration of cinema.

LE MARCHÉ DU FILM – From May 14-23, 20,000 film professionals will meet at Cannes Film Market. As always, the market will be a great opportunity to advertise, promote, network, and collaborate with film industry insiders. According to the film market website, 5,364 films will be represented at the festival, as well as 1,076 companies at 397 booths. Registration online is now closed. Finally, Cannes’ Film Market is an excellent way to highlight your movie or company. That being said, it’s not too late to advertise, click here to learn more: Cannes Advertising Opportunities.

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Sundance London – Film and Music Festival 2014

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Coming off a successful festival in Utah, Robert Redford and his Sundance team are set to bring their magic to London. For the past three years, Sundance London has proved itself a platform fecund with artistic potential. In what Redford  describes as the “cross-section” of the arts, music and movies synthesis to create music inspired by movies, and movies inspired by music. In Sundance Presents Cross-Section of U.S. Indie Fare, Music-Themed Pix at London Festival, director of the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper, describes the movie legend’s passion as:

“It’s an idea that Redford has been very involved in, the whole notion of mixing artists together for a greater impact, and it has been growing in the minds of American filmmakers.”

When: 25 – 27th April

Where: The O2, London


Movies: 21 feature films and 18 shorts.

Working in the “cross-section,” Sundance has selected many films with a strong connection to music. Films include: the European premiere of “The Trip to Italy” starring Steve Coogan, International premiere of “Memphis” written and directed by Tim Sutton, offbeat comedy “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender, “They Came Together” starring Paul Rudd, and many more.

From the Collection: Sundance draws from its incredible past as it hosts a series of classics. The screenings include, “Reservoir Dogs”, “Memento”, “Winter’s Bone”, and “Axiom.” These films are not only a testament to the festival’s ability to bring indie talent to popular culture, but proof a movie with a low film budget can be a box office success. For instance, Reservoir Dogs was made with a movie budget of $1.2 million and grossed over $2.8 million.

banner_reservoirIn addition to the screenings, panels and talks on subjects such as “The Art of Film and Music” will work as a fascinating experience for aspiring filmmakers and fans alike. Further, Shorts Workshop: London, “designed to empower the next generation of filmmakers,” will also take place.

Short Film Competition: Contestants were asked to submit a 3 to 5 minute short video on the topic “Making a Go Of it.” The contest is for UK residents only, and will be shortlisted by a panel of judges before Sundance Institute representatives pick a winner. Further, a community choice prize package will go to the film with the most public support.  Good luck to those who entered!

Tickets: Individual tickets will be on sale starting 9am Friday March 28th. This will be the last chance to buy ticket packages. Prices range from £25 (Just Shorts & Music and Movie Package) to £170 (Sky Superscreen Pass).


Opening Night Party: Who doesn’t like a good party? With Archive booked to open at the Brooklyn Bowl, followed by a live DJ set, the festival  is sure to get people moving. Doors open at 8PM.

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra – you had me at Afrobeat – is putting on a free show for the screening of “Finding Fela,” a documentary on Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, on the 27th. Need more persuaion to attend? Read Sundance London’s official website description of Dele’s grooves:

“expect nothing but the funkiest rhythm guitars, fiery percussion, call and response vocals and blazing horns, faithful to the original blueprint, but also clearly bearing Dele’s own DNA.”

The Sundance Institute in London – how can you go wrong with that? Make sure you get your tickets before it’s too late! For more information on the movies being screened click here.

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A City Fit for Movies

Far from Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and New York City, SXSW hosts one of the year’s biggest events for entertainment and tech junkies alike. Holding true to the state’s mantra, “everything’s bigger in Texas,” SXSW is much more than one particular type of festival; it’s a music festival, movie festival, and interactive conference.


Is Austin an unlikely city for such an event? Of course not. From a filmmaker’s perspective, Austin is a vibrant market as well as a proven city to produce movies. Do ‘True Grit,’ ‘Dazed and Confused,’ The Tree of Life’ ring a bell? That’s right, they were all made in Austin. Need more proof the city is an important force in the movie industry? Check out the Austin Film Commission’s website.

A Festival in Three Acts

As mentioned before, SXSW is essentially three festivals rolled into one. The music portion begins tomorrow and ends the 16th. The film festival spans from March 7-15. Ending tomorrow, the interactive festival took place from the 7th to the 11th.


Arguably the most talked about moment of the festival thus far, Edward Snowden spoke to crowds via videocast in a recent event. Though the quality was reportedly lousy, Snowden managed to answer intriguing questions that were submitted via Twitter. Despite the highly controversial nature of his actions, and all around “bleak” revelations of our Nation’s privacy, the discussion revealed some optimistic moments. As reported in an online article by TIME magazine,

“Snowden’s revelations have led companies such as Google and Yahoo to bolster their security measures, which helps protect online data from being watched by government eyes.”

In addition to Snowden’s virtual appearance, the interactive festival offered a tremendous amount of wisdom and information from a series of events, speakers, and brilliant minds. From web design to dinosaurs, SXSW-Interactive never ceased to inspire.


Spanning almost every genre, the 2,200 acts performing at this year’s SXSW offer something for every music fan. From Hip-Hop giants Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick is headlining the I-tunes sponsored show) to the Irish hard-rock group Strypes, Austin promises to tear the roof off. Check out The Wall Street Journal’s guide to 20014s music festival.

Keep in mind, the music portion of SXSW is much more than just live shows. For instance, Lady Gaga will be the much talked about Keynote speaker this year. Read more about it here.


“You go in, it all goes dark, and you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see through their eyes. That’s just mega, it’s so powerful. Even a painter, who can do it, only can do less. A painter at one time is showing you one frame, but a filmmaker can take you into an experience and an existential atmosphere that may be a trip for you.” – Tilda Swinton on How She Feels About Cinema

It’s moments such as Tilda Swinton’s hour-long talk at SXSW that inspires the next generation of great actors, actresses, and filmmakers. Whether it be talks, screenings, or events, the SXSW film portion is sure to get things going for spring.

World premieres include director Carlos Marques Marcet’s Spanish flick ‘Long Distance,’ Shawn Christensen’s ‘Before I disappear’ and five other fantastic projects all up for competition. In addition to indie, world, and documentary cinema, this year hosts five headliners.

With a movie budget of $6 million dollars, director Rob Thomas’ ‘Veronica Mars’ has already received much media attention from its screening.


Other headlines include: Nicholas Stoller’s ‘Neighbors’ starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’ starring Nicolas Cage, John Favreau’s ‘Chef’ starring Scarlett Johansson, and Michael and Peter Spierig’s ‘Predestination’ starring Ethan Hawke. For a full list of the festival’s screenings click here.

And the Winners Are

A great time was undoubtedly had by all, but none more so than the winners. Here’s a brief rundown, courtesy of, of this year’s best. Congrats, filmmakers!

Grand Jury Winner in the Narrative Feature Competition: ‘Fort Tilden’

Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers’ ‘Fort Tilden.’ Read more about the movie, made with a low indie-film budget, here.

Grand Jury Winner in the Documentary Feature Competition: ‘The Great Invisible’

In what Variety describes as a “deeply sobering and sympathetic new documentary,” The Great Invisible reveals the aftermath of the tragic 2010 BP oil spill.

Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling: ‘Animals’

Screenwriter David Dastmalchian’s story of two drug addicts in love.

Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo: 10,000 km (Long Distance)

Natalie Tena and David Verdauger.

Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage: ‘Vessel’

Director Diana Whitten’s documentary about the travels of Dr. Rebecca, who provides abortions on the high seas.

The Best (and Worst) of the Rest

Though there may not be an official award for ‘Good Music Moviemaking,’ Flavorwire’s article SXSW Film 2014: The Best and Worst Films of SXSW reveals, in their opinion, the winners and losers of more specific categories. Check it out!

Jason_Bateman_Bad_WordsJason Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’

Need inspiration? SXSW hosts a wealth of discussions, interviews, and panels. In fact, they’re even hosting a discussion on how to be successful at other festivals. An indie-filmmaker’s dream.

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A Great Year for Movies

2013 was a great year for movies. You can’t walk down the street anymore without hearing someone arguing with their neighbor over who’s going to win best director. More importantly, people are conversing about films in a way much deeper than just entertainment. While ‘12 Year’s a Slave‘ got people discussing our nation’s painful past, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ and ‘The Great Gatsby‘ showed greed is just as pressing of a topic as it was in the 1920s.

But what about the numbers? After all, it takes money – often a lot of money – to make movies, and without profits there are less films going into production. The good news is people are still going to see movies. In an enlightening inforgraphic form, the economics behind what they call ‘our obsession’ is broken down in comparatives. The infographic reads,

“Despite claims of piracy hurting profits, movies remain one of the most popular & profitable entertainment venues in the US”

When compared to other entertainment venues, movies are still selling a staggering number of tickets, in addition to having a low average cost by event. For instance, movies sold 1.36 billion tickets and maintained a low average event cost of only $31.84. On the other hand, the NFL sold 17.2 million tickets with $313.52 as the cost of the event. Though, the NFL does charge a much higher price for those 17.2 million tickets, but it only does so for part of the year – 17 weeks not counting playoffs.

movie-theaterA Side Note – These numbers are from 2012. According to The Numbers website, 2013 saw a drop in tickets sold to 1.16 billion, and a revenue of $9.45 billion. But with immense hype for this year’s Oscars, I predict many of 2013s top films continue to make large profits.

The infographic also reveals that while revenues have been historically rising, so have ticket prices. For instance, in 2002 the average ticket price was $5.81, which has grown to $7.96 in 2012. Why are movie ticket prices rising? In terms of exhibition, many theaters are upgrading to a more luxurious experience, including bars, comfortable seats, and the latest sound and projection technology. Also, the onslaught of 3D movies and Blockbusters with gigantic movie budgets tend to force prices up every year.

The Winners

2013 wasn’t an all-time record setting year, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t winners. To name a few,

Iron Man 3 Grossed: $1.22 Billion with a movie budget of $375 million

Despicable Me 2 Grossed: $919 million with a movie budget of (estimated) $76 million

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $840 million with a movie budget of $130 million

Fast & Furious 6 $789 million with a movie budget of (estimated) $160 million

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug $757 Million with a movie budget of $250 million

Iron-Man-3It’s obvious Hollywood loves a good blockbuster, particularly one involving super heroes, but not all are a success. For example, this summer saw some major flops in ‘R.I.P.D’ and ‘The Lone Ranger’, which only grossed $261 million on a film budget of $275 million.

Star Power
The info-graph goes on to show star power is still Hollywood’s greatest draw. With the number one grossing movie of the year, Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. took in $75 million. Surprisingly, Channing Tatum, Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, and Dwayne Johnson placed higher than Leonardo DiCaprio, who made $39 million.

As for actresses, Angelina Jolie is still at the top with $33 million. Further, with hits such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘American Hustle’, it’s no surprise to find Jennifer Lawrence in the number two spot with $26 million (a number that wouldn’t even place her on the men’s list).

Jennifer-lawrence-Dior-dress-Golden-Globes-2014-deWhether it’s from international sales, higher ticket prices, or star power, the movie business still remains the most lucrative in the entertainment industry. Despite 2013 sales being down, hopes are at an all time high for quality’s sake, as this year’s Oscars is highly anticipated. In other words, you know things are promising when all nine of the candidates for Best Picture are worthy of winning.

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BFI London Film Festival Announces 2014 Dates

It’s never too soon to look ahead in the exciting world of cinema. Coming off a successful 2013 run, London looks to 2014 for a pinnacle year in the festival’s history.  Clare Stewart, chief of LFF, is already working on making London a force for any film interested in a major awards run. The Hollywood Reporter states,

“The fest chief, Clare Stewart, is attending the Berlinale with colleagues Tricia Tuttle, deputy head of festivals, Michael Blyth, festival programmer, and Andrea Bigger, industry manager, as they begin their search for films for this year’s edition.”

57th BFI London Film FestivalFall can’t come soon enough, as the BFI announces this year’s festival will take place the 8-19th of October. As you may recall, last year’s fall erupted with excitement, as incredible film after incredible film picked up steam at Tiff, and other fall festivals, before opening to eager audiences around the world. That’s why LFF believes it can play an even bigger role come autumn. From projects with large movie budgets, to smaller ones with independent film budgets, 2014 promises to showcase a wide range of pictures.

Though October may seem a ways away, submission deadlines are creeping in like a London fog. The deadline for short films (40 minutes or less) is listed for 13th of June, while features (more than 40 minutes) have until the 20th. For more info, including the submission regulations, click here.

bfi-london-film-festivalThe best news, if you’re a UK filmmaker, is that it’s free. As for foreign films, there is a fee, but if you act fast – submit by 5pm, Friday May 5th – it’s only £45.

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Berlin Film Festival Opens

It’s February, which means it’s Berlin’s time to play host to the movie industry. Staying true to its rich, artistic heritage, the German capital boasts one of the most progressive festivals of the year. Berlin is the perfect location to celebrate the boundaries of cinema, as innovative veterans and newcomers alike hurdle past them. Just a visit to the festival’s official website can satisfy any ardent cinephile’s need for the moving picture. That being said, this Thursday kicks off the ten day festival, but that doesn’t mean talks, deals, and discussions haven’t already started. Here’s a brief rundown of things you should know before the Golden Bear awakes from hibernation.

Berlinale_Bills_(Berlin_Film_Festival_2009)European Film Market – Optimism Amidst Challenges

Being the first major film market of 2014, the EFM is expected to set the tone for the year to come, particularity for European productions. According to Screen Daily, “The current market is focused on smart money and smart deals, not volume of product.” If you recall, this sentiment finds its roots in the AFM. Though there were plenty of deals and capital present, investors weren’t biting at every package they came across. Certainly, the EFM will be no different.

The results of the AFM should only set the context, and it wouldn’t be smart to assume producers and buyers aren’t getting wiser. In fact, now is an exciting time for a project with an independent film budget to be made. There’s a ton of capital, new distribution mediums, such a Netflix, offer options, and BRIC markets continue to grow. But, as to be expected, things aren’t without challenge. To explain, despite the optimism, companies and producers alike are learning they must change their game plans in order to strike deals. Jeremy Kay illustrates,

“The problem is, the money comes with strings attached. Courting financiers remains a tricky business and these days investors are more demanding than ever about allocation and recoupment.”

Always a staple in the movie industry, enlisting A-list star power has traditionally helped get projects financed, distributed, and finished. This philosophy isn’t going anywhere, but it doesn’t automatically solve the problem of unimpressive project concepts. In other words,

“The veteran executive says that stars and A-list directors are willing and able to work in the independent space, however assembling the package is as difficult as it has ever been.”

A changing enviroment is expected, that’s why this year’s Screen International EFM panel should not be missed. Starting at 4:30 PM on Saturday (the 8th) the EFM will host four producers as they discuss the lessons they’ve learned, as well all the mistakes they’ve made along the way. With the industry ever changing, it should be intriguing to hear directly from the people making independent films happen. Producers include, Robin Gutch (Kill List, Hunger), Louise Vesth (Nymphomaniac, Royal Affair), Judy Tossell (The Last Station, Germany), and Lars Knudsen (US, Beginners). The debates will take place at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant.

Other debates include – The Act (and Art) of the Doc, New Film Sales Opportunities in Fast-Moving Asia, The Changing Market.

Deals and Other News

Next Goal Wins, a documentary about an American Samoa football team, has found early success with K5 international. Five deals have already been struck with France, UK, Australia, The Middle East, and Japan.

next-goal-wins-poster__140203222447-275x407New Europe Film Sales picks up Bas Devos’ Violet to make a total of three films in this year’s festival. The other two include, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and Above us All.

Fortissimo Films’ Love is Strange, which fostered great reviews at Sundance, has sealed a number of deals. To name a few, its UK rights have been sold to Altitude Films, Faliro House for distribution in Greece, and Rialto Distribution for both Australia and New Zealand.

With many anticipated projects on board, Canada has high hopes to make an impact at this year’s festival. Though none of the five Canadian films are in the official competition for the Golden Bear, that hasn’t stopped the proud country from causing a buzz. Click here for The Globe and Mail’s rundown of Canadian features, as well as this list of ten Canadian films to watch.

1816817Still not excited for the festival? Don’t forget there are many A-list names involved -George Clooney, Bill Murray (you know there’s going to be some great parties with these two), Wes Anderson. Here’s a list of the ten most anticipated films.

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2014 Sundance Film Festival

Another year, another exciting festival. As the catalyst of the independent film world ends, industry insiders, fans, distributors, and, of course, sponsors, brush the snow of their jackets as they now prepare for Europe. So, what’s the condition of the indie-movie world? Is there a new ‘Fruitivale Station’ on the map? Damien Chazelle would certainly like to think so. As his film gave audiences and distributors alike a welcomed ‘whiplash’ of creativity, many other movies followed suit – wrapping up tons of deals. That being said, here’s a rundown of Robert Redford’s brilliant festival.

Park-City-Sundance-2014Damien Chazelle’s Incredible Debut

If you aren’t familiar with the name Damien Chazelle, then you may want to reconsider. His first feature, ‘Whiplash’, just took home the Grand Jury and Top audience awards in the U.S. dramatic competition. The film, about an aspiring jazz drummer, opened the festival with rave reviews. Though a movie about Jazz may seem appealing to only a niche audience, many claim it strikes chord with the human spirit, though be it, a painful one.

“Anyone who’s ever had a high school or college teacher make it a point to manipulate or mess with students’ lives will no doubt have relatable, and possibly painful, memories revived by this vivid portrait of a music school at which the program, run by its star instructor, closely resembles the boot camp presided over by R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket.” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

The top two prizes weren’t the only thing the Film took away from Sundance. After its successful debut, ‘Whiplash’, made with an indie movie budget of $3.3 Million, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. The deal included the rights for North America, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

Whiplash-2014-3Based on a Damien Chazelle’s own short film by the same name, ‘Whiplash’ delves deep into the struggles of an artists, and lets his stellar cast come alive. The stand out performances by J. K. Simmons and Miles Teller are what made this film a favorite. For instance, in a review on The Daily Beast, Marlow Stern claims, “In the case of Chazelle’s film, it’s best to throw logic out the door and give in to the riveting performances and compelling underdog story.” It should be interesting to see if Damien’s talented directorship, and the casts’ brilliant performances, are enough to sell jazz to major audiences.

Other Winners

‘Rich Hill,’ a documentary about a family from Missouri hit hard by poor financial times, took home Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary. The film was directed by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo.

Upstart Brooklyn Media company, Vice Media, made waves at the festival with its film ‘Fishing Without Nets.’ The director of the Somali Highjacking movie, Cutter Hodierne, won the directing award in U.S. Dramatic.


Collecting the World Cinema dramatic grand jury prize was director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ ‘To Kill a Man.’ As for world cinema documentary grand jury prize went to Talal Derki’s tale about a soccer star and activist – ‘Return to Homs.’

A final thought, an article in the LA Times on  Sundance Winners claims success at Sundance, particularly in the awards department, does not always spell box-office gold. The article mentioned past winners, ‘Fruitival Station’ and ‘Beast of the Southern Wild,’ as being large critical hits, while only creating minor stirs at the box office.

Other Notable Sales

Focus Features: Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ sells for $2.75 million despite its flat reception and “stale jokes.” The film was made on a movie budget of $3.1 million, raised on Kickstarter.

‘Happy Christmas’, starring Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick sells to Magnolia and Paramount. According to, “Under the pact, Magnolia Pictures is handling U.S. theatrical and VOD distribution, while Paramount Home Media Distribution will manage U.S. physical home entertainment and all international rights. Magnolia is planning a summer 2014 release.”

‘Dinosaur 13’ – CNN Films and Lionsgate purchased this documentary about a lost T Rex Skeleton. The deal was for $1 million dollars, what Daniel Miller of the LA Times called, “a robust price for a festival documentary.”

‘Laggies’ – A much talked about performance by the lovely Keira Knightley sells this film’s North American rights to A24 for $2 million.

Parties and Events

“An Artist at the Table” held at the stein Erikson Lodge, saw a  320-person dinner of donors, celebrities, and board members. In attendance was Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, promoting his new film “Hellion”

AATTBlog_3Grey Goose was the sponsor of choice for premiere parties, playing host to “Wish I were Here” and “Laggies” events.

Amongst the many film parties, tailgaters for the NFL playoffs, including the cast of ‘Cooties,’ cheered on their favorite teams.

A more interesting celebration was for Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir’s new documentary ‘Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr.’ The doc captures the life of legendary actor Robert De Niro’s father, who was a figurative painter. Bradley Cooper and De Niro were in attendance.

Corporate sponsors, including SoulCycle and Eddie Bauer, offered a chance for fitness between the eating and drinking. It wasn’t uncommon to see a celebrity taking on the Eddie Bauer Adventure House’s rock climbing wall.

Crowd-funding the Future of Indie Cinema

445510006_640Zach Braff wasn’t the only product of Kickstarter and Indiegogo. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Sundance Trend: Kickstarting the Homestretch the struggle for up-and-coming filmmakers wasn’t just getting into the festival, it was finishing their project in time for Sundance. Many films, including ‘The Foxy Merkins’, relied on crowd funding to cover expensive post-production costs in order to complete their films. “Twenty selections for this year’s festival raised money on Kickstarter, the largest number to date.” – Chris O’Falt. Crowd-funding is the more attractive alternative to bringing in another equity investor. It seems movies made on an indie film budget are getting back to the roots of what being independent is all about.

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