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Whether your cinematic impulses run to dramatic documentary or to social comedy, you will find yourself surrounded by an abundant selection for your viewing pleasure this coming week as the first ever Dominican Film Festival of New York (DFFNY) arrives at Coliseum Cinemas on W. 181st Street and Broadway. The festival begins Thu., March 10 and runs through Thu., March 17.
Take your pick: there are urban, gritty English-language dramas filmed here in New York City, as well as comedies entirely in Spanish filmed in the Dominican Republic.
A selection of 30 feature films and audiovisual works from short films, animation and documentaries made between 1961 and 2009, comprise the display of Cuba as the guest of honor at the International Film Festival in Mexico City (FICCMEXICO).
The meeting, planned by the Ministry of Culture of the Federal District, with support from the Ministry of Tourism, will be held from 4 to 13 February at different sites of Mexico City, among which the Zocalo.
The festival will consist of about 130 titles and sections such as the Mexican Film Festival, will present recent films of national cinematography, including some premieres in the capital. This edition will also feature two competitive sections: National and International and the back, to provide an opportunity to learn about the most important in the history of film making in the Caribbean country and its recent production.
Before 1959 there was in Cuba a film industry, but only isolated attempts, usually co-produced film with Mexico, Spain and Argentina, among other Latin American countries. With the triumph of the Cuban Revolution created the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), considered the real take-off of Cuban cinema with a distinct cultural identity. Since 1959 the Cuban cinema began to participate in festivals and film.
Thanks to director Santiago Alvarez, separated from the creator and director of new talent, the school was a real documentary. Around these years he founded the Cinematheque of Cuba, who was the first Latin American to store your most important titles of the film, and set the art cinema to serve the people.
More information: ithacafilmfest.com
Film producers in town to look at possibility of screening Mexican films in local cinemas
Dubai: The spotlight at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival In Focus panel discussion may have been on Mexican cinema, but the emphasis was really on strengthening ties with the Middle East.
“We want to meet people who we can enter into dialogue with to look at what opportunities there are for us in this region,” said panelist Cristina Prado of the Mexican Film Institute. “We have sales in this region and we have rights with the television. But we’d like to speak to anyone about whether they’d be interested in getting copyrights in order to show Mexican films in the cinema here. How films are distributed in the cinema here? They are all things we’d like to understand more about.” (more…)
The Maya Indie Film Series debuts July 23 in Dallas.
The Series’ end in Los Angeles will tie in with local Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Each film will have a rotating screening schedule throughout the Series. Final film screening schedules to be programmed by theaters.
Founded by award winning producer Moctesuma Esparza (“Selena”, “Gettysburg”, “The Milagro Beanfield War”). Maya Entertainment is in its second year as a groundbreaking distribution company focusing on, but not limited to, the Latino market. Esparza has also opened the burgeoning theatre chain Maya Cinemas in several cities. Maya Entertainment titles include “The Line” starring Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta, “The Ministers” starring John Leguizamo (more…)
The programme is open to anyone resident in the UK or to UK nationals living outside of the UK. There is no application fee. Applicants must have a documentary project in development with a duration of at least 50 minutes and which is intended for theatrical release (as well as other platforms). Applicants can be individual filmmakers or producer / filmmaker teams. All applicant teams must have completed a documentary (short, TV single or series, feature) which has been distributed in the UK (online, TV, cinema). All applicants should have created an online presence for their film (website, facebook group etc.), even if their online campaign has had a limited amount of development. (more…)
Van Wie’s film, “Forged,” has been selected to be part of the HBO’s International Latino Film Festival in New York City later this month. The film is one of 80 selected for the prestigious festival from more than 6,000 hopefuls.
“I guess you can say I just never gave up,” Van Wie said. “I never minded getting kicked in the face. This is a big honor.”
The 32-year-old Scranton native now lives in Wilkes-Barre.
As Van Wie puts it, he dropped out from NYU after first leaving the University of Scranton. He laughs when he talks about it – noting that he has done his time in the trenches learning the business he loves. (more…)
Rodrigo Bellott first came to our attention in 2003 when producer Ara Katz, retained our services to create the best strategy for finding international and domestic distribution for Rodrigo’s debut feature Sexual Dependency, a La Ronde type film which begain in a small town in his native Bolivia to New York City. Since then, Rigo has produced and or directed 4 features. When Steven Soderbergh was casting Che, he came to Rodrigo for help and afterward encouraged him to create a casting company which has served the industry very well as the first such company in Bolivia if not in all of Latin America. However, that has not kept him from creating his own projects and in September he will reside 6 months in Amsterdam where he will be developing his next project as a fellow of The Binger Institute.
He is coming to L.A. next week for the Outfest’s DGA screening of Contracorriente (Undertow) which he cast. (more…)
The Weinstein Co is close to a deal to restructure its debt and hand over control of more than 200 films from its library to creditors Goldman Sachs and an insurer, an attorney for the studio said on Thursday.
New York-based Weinstein Co — started in 2005 with more than $1 billion in financing arranged by Goldman Sachs — has struggled to produce hit movies, apart from 2009′s “Inglourious Basterds,” and the company has fought to avoid bankruptcy. (more…)
Latin American film commissions have united to create a regional network charged with a mandate to foster new business and build exposure for the continent’s film industry.
The long-gestating idea, inspired by the European Film Commission and the Association of Film Commissions International, was finally born at a meeting at the recent Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica. (more…)
The Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C. will present its third annual documentary film festival from Friday, June 25 through Thursday, July 1. The annual summer festival, titled “III BRAZILDOCS”, returns with six documentaries.
This year’s featured films – each showing once a day for seven days – highlight Brazilian culture, history and diversity. The lineup includes documentaries that have been shown at multiple national and international film festivals, and exhibited in commercial movie theaters throughout Brazil in the past three years. (more…)