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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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Section 181 USA Federal Film Tax Relief Renewed for 2012, 2013

In the last throws of the dwindling days of 2012 a largely untapped source of film finance has encouragingly been renewed.  First reports have come to light about the renewal which was included in the Fiscal Cliff aversion talks.

 

Films from 2012 applying correct documentation and for all of 2013 will have the film tax benefit available to their investors.  Based upon their tax structures the investment in film subject to tax relief is a hard won achievement for the creative film and television industry.

 

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Filmmakers are required to announced their Section 181 plans in their first tax returns.  Investors can take 100% of their investment as tax relief as opposed to amortizing over several years as generally allowed.   The relief is capped at $15 Million for feature films, which is increased to $20 Million for “distressed” locations.  Television programs qualify for the first 44 episodes.

 

 

 

When presenting such film finance plans to investors it is critical to have an accurate representation of the true cost of the production.  This is critically important to the planning of the investor to precisely know how much his financial input is required.

 

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Contact Filmbudget.com for details on utilizing Section 181 and an accurate,  major studio proven film budget package to know for yourself and demonstrate to investors the true cost of the production expenditure on your movie.

 

Film Producer Jack Binder (‘Reign Over Me’, ‘The Upside of Anger’) has been producing movie and television production for over twenty years and continues under his international film production company Greentrees Films.  As the founder of Filmbudget.com Jack continues to provide the film and television industry with quality film budgets and shooting schedule breakdown services.

 

 

 

How Do I Make My Movie? Do I Need a Movie Budget For Film Financing?

 

 

How Do I Make My Movie?  I think one of the most common questions any filmmaker would ask is “how do I make my movie”?  As a seasoned film producer I can only imagine the immense frustration of a novice movie producer contemplating this question.

 

Even with years of experience the question remains the most fundamental.   You would not be alone in wondering what is the pragmatic answer to this complex problem.   Millions and more to come will ponder this question.   As a film producer with twenty-five years of experience I have a unique perspective on this question.

Do I Need a Movie Budget? The key in my opinion is to focus on the obvious.  Money.  We need financing to make our films and finance is the profession which generates the funding.

 

So yes, you need a movie budget.   When we talk about a movie budget or a film budget we are referring to the document detailing the costs.  Often people discuss the budget of a movie in general terms.   When filmmakers talk budgets they are referring to the paper budget in most cases I would think.  The answer is a certain yes of course.

 

  

Without a movie budget at your disposal the filmmaker is at a loss.  Accurate, custom made budgets are what a financier looks at.    Of course they should be real film budget documentation from a professional line producer.

 

So How Do I Make My Film?  Here is the secret sauce:  in order to get your film financed you need money.  In order to obtain money you need a plan.

To have a plan you need a budget and a schedule.

 

With these elements you can get financing for your film.   Most filmmakers do not quite have that clarity.  That is the issue and why I created filmbudget.com to help everyone on this issue.

 

It may seem basic once someone has advised you however the most difficult task is the one contemplated in an apparent absence of understanding of the basic mechanics required to achieve results.

 

My name is Jack Binder and I am a producer of feature films including ‘Reign Over Me’ with Adam Sandler and ‘The Upside of Anger’ with Kevin Costner.

 

I founded Film Budget Inc.  and the website http://filmbudget.com to solve this divide in a fun way that lets me meet a great deal of movie directors, producers, writers, actors, studio executives and creative people of all types worldwide.

 

My budgets are accurate and proven, by myself for the major studios, independent film companies and international film finance providers.   I have been using film tax credits since the early nineties and helped write the Michigan film tax incentive (where I am from although I am based in Los Angeles and operate worldwide.)

 

Please feel free to contact me at http://filmbudget.com/contact.shtml regarding your film production, film budgeting, incentives, film finance plans or if you need a production consultant or advisor for your film or television production.

 

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Thank you,

 

Jack Binder

Producer/Founder

FilmBudget.com

 

 

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5 Top Reasons FilmBudget.com is the Finance Movie Budget Expert

When it is time to seek and obtain film finance on your movie it is important to get the right movie budget from the correct source.  An inaccurate budget demonstrates a failure to appreciate the financing at risk on your production.  Here are the top 5 reasons FilmBudget.com is the worldwide film budget leader and finance movie budget expert:

1.  Film Budget Inc.  Filmbudget.com is the only worldwide movie budget service that creates custom, accurate and proven film budget and schedule packages specifically crafted for your film.

2. Founded by film producer Jack Binder Filmbudget.com has 25 years of studio and independent film and television production experience which provides for a tried and tested film budget for your investors.

3. As an ongoing film production concern in collaboration with our international production company Greentrees Films, Filmbudget.com is an active player in the international market for film production.

4. Through intense attention to market conditions, changing cost structures and rapidly advancing technology, Filmbudget.com maintains a thorough eye on all facets of production and filmmaking to keep our cost analysis current.

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Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule line producer production services.   Quality movie budget service for film financing of your motion picture.

 

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Panasonic introduces its AG-3DA1 integrated twin-lens Full HD camcorder as the world’s first pro quality Full HD 3D camcorder with SDHC media card recording.  Filmbudget.com looks forward to further on location testing however this looks to be an incredible breakthrough in the race for quality 3D on less than Cameron film budgets for the masses.   As the industry embraces 3D many explosive arrivals are coming to be sure.   As we prepare movie budgets and proceed with film budgeting for our clients, we will certainly investigate the validity of the new Panasonic 3D camcorder as it applies to the professional film production and high quality moviemaking environment for economic features and television productions as required in today’s cash and credit challenged market.

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