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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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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.

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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 ropeofsilicon.com, 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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Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival

In its 36th annual celebration of cinema The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns with a flourish of celebrity appearances and film premieres.   TIFF remains one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, focusing the motion picture industry on quality movie productions, both those with an indie film budget and high brow studio motion pictures.

When:  September 8 – September 18, 2011

Where:  Maps and Locations

“Toronto” as it is more commonly referred to in the inner circles of film industry executives, producers, directors, writers and cinema stars has become a critical destination for filmmakers presenting their pictures and likewise promoting new films in development and production.   The festival has become more of a film market in a way as it comes right after Labor Day and kicks off the fall film festival and film market season.

Films playing at Toronto are increasingly seen as important films and the festival provides a high profile to its cast, director and production company.   Many foreign sales deals are executed with acquisitions at Toronto tending to be a bell-weather of the state of the film production and distribution international economy.  Both overseas and domestic rights deals are consistently undertaken at the festival.

Talent planning on attending this year include:  George Clooney, U2, Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Werner Herzog and Adrian Brody amonst others.    Following the addition of seven world premiers to its billings the festival will present  336 films, 268 features from 65 countries, a substantial increase from the previous year.

This year portends to be a banner year for TIFF with a stellar line-up of film, eager actors and directors and a seemingly hungry market ready for quality film acquisition.   As a North American film festival with an increasingly  more European sensibility, TIFF seems to support those filmmakers whom understand the artistry of  motion pictures with a more modest film budget and a high quality story with an auteur point of view

 

 

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What is the difference between an indie film budget and a major studio movie budget?

When creating a film budget and schedule production services package for film producers, writers and directors it is important to know whom your end user is going to be.   General formatting of a film budget varies from studio to studio and between production companies.

While there is some standardization in accounts used by the various production companies, with each having there own chart of accounts, they likewise each have their own way of outlining and detailing the accounts and categories that make up a film budget and shooting schedule.  When it comes to indie film budget and schedule creation the field is much wider as are the options and possibilities for style, standards and formats.

A quality indie film budget and schedule has all of the basic elements of a major Hollywood studio movie budget, yet with somewhat more detail and some elements that are not required by a studio film budget set of documents.  For example, an indie film budget will almost always have a completion bond as part of its bottom line expenses.   A completion bond can be thought of as somewhat like an insurance policy, for the investors.   The bond as it’s known as protects the film financier from overages and the possibility that a film cannot be completed.   The completion bond company charges a fee and will interject itself and its professionals into the production process to ensure a film production is completed according to its indie film budget and schedule as layed out in pre-production film budgeting process.

A major Hollywood studio film budget on the other hand will generally not have a completion bond expense included due to the fact that a deep pocketed film production studio can insure itself against such calamities.   This is done with management control over the production, proper oversight and a realistic approach to studio film budgeting which may be absent in the much larger and far reaching indie film budget universe.   Similarly whereas an indie film budget and schedule may not contain a large overhead charge from the production company, a studio film budget will almost certainly carry a large overhead charge against the overall film budget perhaps as high as 10-15% of the budget.   This charge not only helps offset overages in productions under their supervision, it also helps defray office, facilities, executive travel and other business expenses by recouping them from the movie budgets of their film productions.

Due to the above elements and the very nature of indie film budgeting and scheduling, the common fact is that these film budgets are lower in general.   While not carrying the overhead expense, indie films also can shoot for less, do more with less and obtain more favorable rates across the board because they are not taking on such massive financial expenditures like the majors.

 

 

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