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Berlinale: 64th Berlin International Film Festival

As the 2014 movie season kicks off in Park City, Utah, exciting things promise to continue as Berlin hosts its 64th International Film festival shortly after. Always an international hub for the arts and culture, the historic German city is set to draw much attention this year. With big names premiering even bigger movies, cinema fans will find much to discover and discuss. As any high-profile festival should, Berlin will screen films spanning all genres, languages, and movie budgets. In addition to the films themselves, the European Film Market and Co-Production Market are guaranteed to generate many exciting deals.

Berlinale-film-festivalWhere: Berlin, Germany.

When: 6th (Thursday) – 16th (Sunday) February, 2014.

Venues: This year’s venues are yet to be announced. Last year’s festival’s events took place at the Marriott Hotel, MGB, Gropius Mirror Restaurant; movie screenings were held at Cinema Arsenal, Cubix, Colosseum, just to name a few.

Where to Stay: According to the official website, the festival has partnered with local hotels to offer a limited number of rooms to accredited professionals. These hotels range from one to five stars, which can be viewed here. Prices vary amongst the hotels; for instance, five-star hotel Hilton Berlin can be upwards of $500 a night (for a king guestroom). Other partner hotels include:

Hotel ADLON Kempinski (*****)

Crown Plaza Berlin City Centre (****)

Hotel Gat Point Charlie (***)

Motel One Berlin Tiergarten (**)


Tickets: As usual, tickets will be available through the festival’s website, as well as box/ticket offices. Advanced ticket sales will begin one week after the official programme is published at the end of January.

Special Presentations: With a goal to “open up new perspectives” on how film and other creative disciplines intersect, the festival has two special presentations planned. These include, “Berlinale Goes Kiez” and “Native – A Journey Into Indigenous Cinema.”

Awards: Films will be competing for a slew of amazing prizes and honors. Selected by a prestigious international jury, Silver bear awards will be presented for best director, actor, actress, outstanding artistic contribution, script, and the jury grand prix, as well as the illustrious Golden bear for best film. Romanian film Child’s Pose, made with an indie movie budget of only 850,000 euros, took home the award last year.

George Clooney headlines High Profile Debuts

George Clooney’s first project in the director’s chair since The Ides of March, The Monuments Men has officially announced it will make its international debut in Berlin. The film, starring Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, and many others, tells the story of a motley crew platoon that must go behind enemy lines to rescue stolen works of art.


The universe seems to be in Clooney’s favor these days, as a coincidental nazi-art loot discovered in Munich times nicely with the release of the film. The Wall Street Journal reports Sony Pictures Spokesman Steve Elzer as saying “You could not ask for a more timely, topical or relevant discovery that corresponds to the events depicted in our upcoming film.” With a film budget of $70 to $80 million, a successful Berlin debut will play a large part in the movie turning a profit.

A Grand Opening

Internationally admired auteur Wes Anderson will open the festival with his latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Causing much buzz with its trailer, the film seems to posses the same likable qualities of Anderson’s previous films, making it a smart choice as the opener. According to, the movie recently received an R rating, suggesting it is more mature than his previous film, the light-hearted Moonrise Kingdom. The rating shouldn’t signal any box-office troubles, since his previous R-Rated films, such as The Royal Tenenbaums, grossed over $71 million internationally on a movie budget of $21 Million. This is the first of Anderson’s films solely written by himself, utilizing collaborations with Roman Coppola and Owen Wilson in the past.

the-grand-budapest-hotel-owen-wilson-636-380European Film Market

In addition to the festival, Berlin will also host an international film market. Similar to the AFM, the European Film Market will work as the business center of the festival; allowing producers, distributors, and other professionals to network and make deals. The official page describes it, “as a barometer for the upcoming year in film.” The market will take place at the Martin-Gropius-Bau renaissance hall. Projects with large and small film budgets will be given equal opportunity to pitch their movies to industry elites. In addition to the Film market, a co-production market will take place from the ninth to the eleventh. According to the website, “The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a two-and-a-half-day event for about 450 international producers, sales agents, distributors as well as broadcasting and funding representatives active in the field of co-production.”

Berlin World Premieres

With such classics as Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and Last Year at Marienbad (1961) on his resume, it’s no surprise Berlin is excited to have the french director Alain Resnais’ new film as part of its official selection. The new film titled Aimer, Boire et Chanter, starring Sandrine Kiberlain, marks the french director’s fiftieth director credit, according to IMDB, and will have its world premiere in Berlin.

Other exciting Berlinale news includes, the world premieres of director Yann Demange’s ’71, starring Jack O’ Connell, Yannis Economides’ Stratos (an international co-production between Greece, Germany, and Cyprus), German Dominik Graf‘s Die geliebten Schwestern, and Claudia Llosa’s Aloft, starring Jennifer Connelly. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aloft is the Peruvian director’s English-Language debut. Her second feature, The Milk of Sorrow, won the Golden Bear back in 2009.

Outside of the competition, Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down, starring Pierce Brosnan and Aaron Paul, will make its world premiere. The film, an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel, is about four people forming a surrogate family in order to deal with their own personal problems.

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 10.29.25 AMAustralia’s The Turning, a collection of short films based on stories by Tim Winston, will also have a special screening. The movie has eighteen director credits including, Tony Ayres, Jub Clerc, and Ian Meadows. With an incredible cast, starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, and Rose Byrne, the omnibus film is sure to cause a buzz at the festival.

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A Company in Peril

netflix-logo-close/bgr.comRemember when Netflix was under fire for falling stock prices? It seemed that the movie-streaming giant had hit a wall, leaving its millions of subscribers at the will of up-and-coming competitors. Investors panicked as the press published pessimistic outlooks, claiming Netflix must change something. For example, Jason Gallagher of YAHOO! news stated, “Only a major acquisition or innovation can save the company from being swallowed up in a storm of streaming options, and time will tell which direction it is going to go.” That was back in the spring of 2012, but what about now? Turns out Netflix is still around, and doing quite well.

Original Series: Big Move For Netflix

So how well is Netflix doing? According to The Hollywood Reporter, its stock has grown 445 percent in just a year. But stocks aren’t the only thing gaining momentum, as the company’s revenue increased from $905 million to $1.106 billion. Why the immense success, when just a year earlier major publications were foreseeing its demise? The answer is original series, which aren’t just any original series, but critically-acclaimed sensations. Spanning many genres, Netflix has gained an incredible amount of new subscribers thanks to excellent original shows, such as House of Cards and Hemlock Grove. Despite its lack of star power, the streaming site’s most popular show, Orange Is the New Black has gained a huge following thanks to its positive feedback.  Also, Netflix gained much attention by releasing the highly anticipated new season of the cult hit Arrested Development. Check out this list of ten Original shows to watch. According to Variety, 1.29 million new subscribers were added in just three months. With those kinds of numbers, its no surprise Netflix plans on doubling its Original Programming budget for 2014. In addition to doubling, Andrew Wallenstein of Variety reports “the streaming service announced a significant shift in its accounting practices regarding original programming that will see it accelerate spending on series like “House of Cards.””


Are Movies Next?

There’s no denying the success Netflix has had in DVD Rentals, streaming, and now original series, so why stop there? After delivering a keynote address at the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles, Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos made it clear that the company is considering releasing original movies. In an article on Doddle, James DeRuvo stated “Sarandos says that there are far more buyers out there, who want to buy outside the box, than there are sellers who want to sell it. He cites the film Life of Pi, which saw more viewers in 2D on Netflix, than did in 3D in the theaters.”

In other words, there’s huge potential for Netflix to compete in an industry struggling to hold on to its audience. As the article explains, its biggest frustration is with the theaters, not Hollywood studios. It will be interesting to see how the company plans on creating a formula for exhibiting its movies, if it decides to enter such a market, as well as what types of films it plans on making and how large its movie budgets will be.

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BFI London Film Festival & Finance Market | Film Budget Inc. |

 October is an exciting time to be in, or a fan of, the film industry. Kicking off this past Wednesday, the London Film Festival provides twelve days of moving pictures. Being one of the great capitals of the film world, London is sure to deliver a stellar festival full of events, talks, panels, and most important of all, movies. Further, this year has already proven to be special as the festival kicked off with British director, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips starring the iconic Tom Hanks.

 When:  October 9th to the 20th

Where: London, England

What:  234 fiction and documentary features will be screened at fifteen venues. Venues include: BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX, Renoir Cinema, Curzon Chelsea, and eleven others.

Opening/Closing Night: Tom Hanks bookends this festival with the opener Captain Phillips and closer, John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks. Both films work as a great display of Tom Hanks ability to star in larger budget Hollywood films (Captain Phillips, according to Box Office Mojo, had a production film budget of $55 million), as well as smaller budget independent films.

Gala: Other Gala films include, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color presented at the festival’s Love Gala. As you may already know, the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Blue is the Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche has received much praise and controversy as its stars questioned the nature of their director’s approach to filming the movie’s graphic sex scenes. Most of the controversy came during the Toronto International Film Festival.

BFI Fellowship:

 Sir Christopher Lee, or as you may know him, Dracula, will be awarded the BFI Fellowship. An iconic actor in every sense of the term, Sir Christopher Lee has appeared in hundreds of films, including big budget blockbusters such as Star Wars: Episode III. According to, his films have collectively grossed over three billion dollars.

 Cheers, Sir Christopher Lee

Other Events: Educational programs, including free film screenings, panel events, The Festival Jury Project, will be consistent throughout the festival. Also, screen talks will be hosted with cinema greats such as Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, as well as a master class discussion with famed director Alfonso Cuarón along with a screening of his new sci-fi flick Gravity. The film, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is the fifth collaboration between the director and legendary cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. Already grossing $100 million world wide, the space drama is set for record returns.


Production Finance Market

Wednesday marked the opening of the Film London Production and Finance Market with a keynote address by Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics. With recent feature film hits such as Blue Jasmine, Mr. Barker shared his wisdom on how to successfully distribute and sell independent films. For example, Michael Barker claims SPC has survived the unstable indie market by “maintaining a conservative approach to revenue projections.”  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Barker also claims that patience is a virtue when creating an audience through word-of-mouth. In addition to this keynote address, the Sony Classics veteran will join Endgame Entertainment’s Doug Hansen and Start Motion Pictures’ Ben Browning in a panel on how film finance is being shaped by the emerging online market.

Michael Barker with Woody Allen

Michael Barker with Woody Allen


More on the Market:

In partnership with the BFI, the Film London Production Market is an excellent opportunity for producers, financiers, and distributors to land deals. describes it as:

“The Production Finance Market in association with the 57th BFI London Film Festival brings financiers together with producers and film-makers to make connections, forge partnerships and encourage mew film financing relationships.”Unique to this year, the micro-market will run alongside the event. The micro-market allows projects with film budgets of one million pounds or less to meet with potential financiers. Mr. Barker will also be running a master class for these filmmakers.



International Film Festival Rotterdam |IFFR.2014 | Film Budget Inc.

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When you think of film festivals in the winter, what comes to mind? Berlin? Sundance? What about Rotterdam? Every year thousands of people gather in Rotterdam, Netherlands to discover, and support, some of the newest faces and talent in the industry. Films range from studio big film budget movies to art house low film budget cinema.  It’s a great place to see quality films from all over the globe, as well as make deals. In fact, Rotterdam is an ideal event for talented individuals to find the finances they need to reach a larger market. So make a detour on your way to Berlin, and check out the largest admission-charging event in the Netherlands.


When: January 22nd to February 2nd (the 43rd edition)


Registration: Entering a film is going to cost you this year, but it’s only $34 for a short film (under 60 minutes) or $60 to enter a feature film (over 60 minutes). Check out the official entry page for more details,


Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands. The festival will take place at fifteen different locations throughout the city. Luckily, Google maps and IFFR have teamed up to make this helpful map, which can be found here,






Tiger friends: Can’t get enough of the IFFR? Become a tiger friend for only fifty euros a year and reap the benefits; including a ten percent discount on any merchandise (online or at the festival).


CineMart: This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to find finance for their projects. According to the website, 35 projects are launched a year. This will take place the 26th to the 27th.  CineMart also includes an awards ceremony.


What Else? In addition to all the screenings, festivalgoers will have plenty to do. For example, plenty of parties, talk shows, and music acts will fill their time.




Additional information: Like the IFFR Facebook page, or subscribe to their youtube channel.

American Film Market 2013 (AFM) Film Budget Inc. |




Relying on collaboration, the independent film market continues to grow; and no other point in time does this collaborative spirit reach a higher pinnacle than in November. Every year more than 8,000 industry leaders converge in beautiful Santa Monica, California to share ideas, network, and a love for movies. What results is a conference fecund with both creative and financial progress. Since the conference began in 1981, billions of dollars worth of deals have been sealed for high, medium and low film budget productions in the week long celebration, and, according to the official website, this year is expected to be no different with over $800 million in deals waiting to be made.

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When: November 6th through the 13th 2013


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


Registry: There are six different passes available ranging from “Show Floor Day Pass” to the “Platinum All-Access Pass.” According the website, the Executive pass is the best value, offering seven day access to the Show Floor and five day access to the conference series.


Price: Prices are cheaper if you get them before October 18th. Ranging from $250 to $1,395.


Agenda: Daily conference series offer insightful knowledge and information for every aspect of the industry. For example, the second session on Sunday will be discussing the benefits and secrets of successful Crowd Funding. Further, there will be film screenings, seminars, and receptions.  Foreign sales agents, distributors and film producers collaborate with buyers and sellers to supply the world market with film product.




Though this is called the American Film Market, it will be hosting people from all over the world. Thankfully AFM has created this insightful 3D map of the Santa Monica film market campus.  We highly encourage you to check it out:


So why go? The AFM is a unique networking opportunity for anyone in the film industry. It’s more than a film festival; it’s a marketplace where deals are made.

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2013 Television Pilot Production Report – Worldwide Statistics

FilmL.A. Research released its annual report on television pilot production.  The report details tv production activity in Los Angeles, New York, other production centers and international locations.

 FilmL.A. Pilot Production Report 2013


Key facts include:

  • 186 Total TV Pilots Produced in 2012/2013 development cycle
  • 96 Total Pilots Produced within the Los Angeles Region
  • 75 Total One Hour drama pilots produced outside L.A. this season
  • 78% of Total L.A. based projects  were comedies
  • 83% of Total Comedy projects filmed in Los Angeles
  • $278m Estimated Total Pilot Production Spending in L.A. Region

The report explains the types of productions that are shooting and where they are set. Graphs and charts demonstrate trends from 2006 to today and the impact of film tax credits and production incentives on the television production sector.  Clearly evident is the strength of comedy to the L.A. market as runaway production succumbs to distant locations for drama.


Television Pilot Producton 2006-2013


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CAA Agent Reveals Netflix Film Budget for Television Series, Scripted Shows Budgets

In a UCLA Symposium on entertainment law a CAA literary agent revealed the programming costs for Netfilx, the movie and television streaming service, on original series.  He stated that the film budget for the their shows had the lowest cost at $3.8 million and that ‘House of Cards’ started at $4.5 million per episode before EP David Fincher escalated it above the figure.

The agent advised that the reason they pay such large amounts is that they acquire tv worldwide rights for four years.  He went on to cite the television budget levels for other networks and advised XBox was getting into the game as well as Amazon.

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SXSW March 8-17 2013 Event Details for Film, Music and Interactive

The South by Southwest (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals kicks off from March 8-17 2013

SXSW is unique in its ambitions and its scope in providing a forum, conferences, venues and showcases for emerging and established talent in a wide variety of disciplines.



As a film festival SXSW is an eclectic addition to the season fitting nicely between Sundance in Park City, Utah in January and the Cannes Film Festival in France in May.



The music conference and festival element of SXSW has become the preeminent showcase and gathering point for bands, artists and the industry supporting and exploiting their work (for better or worse.)  Having a gig at SXSW is a critical part of an up and coming bands schedule and for the established acts a crowd pleaser adding to the excitement surrounding the events.

Interactive has grown over the years to become a major focus of SXSW as the tech world has exploded and found new ways to encourage participation in a seemingly closed world.  SXSW provides the space for the interactive, internet, start-up, venture capital world to coincide with the content creators of the film and music sectors.

Together the three disparate worlds of film, music and interactive create a blend of excitement and enthusiasm not replicated anywhere toward the advancement of independent thinking in each of their genres and together, creating a nuturing, creative and passionate atmosphere of exploration, sharing and advancement.

Here are the key facts:  (Check back often for updates)

SXSW ® Conference & Festivals

When:   March 8th to 17th 2013

Film:  March 8-16

Interactive: March 8-12

Music: March 12-17

Where:  Austin, Texas


Map:   SXSW Google Maps

Twitter:   SXSW Twitter Feed


Interactive Section Highlights

29 SXSW Panels You Can’t Miss


Film Section Highlights

The Film Section is made up of the SXSW Film Conference,  SXSW Film Screenings,  the Digital Domain and the SXSW Trade Show

The SXSW Film Conference contains:


Talent, Producers, Directors, Writers and Executives discussing their individual crafts from writing, realizing the right film budget for a project, producing and directing war stories.


Industry leaders talk about their experience and provide instruction on the business of filmmaking.


Provide hands on experience with the rapidly changing technology of film production, social marketing and distribution.

Mentor Sessions

Attendees gain access to industry leaders in their respective fields and proximity to mover and shakers working in the film business today.


…to be continued: (Music)  stay tuned to for further details.

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