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Winners Announced in REDirect Explore 2016 Contest

Irvine, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2016)— RED Digital Cinema®, in partnership with Outside Television, has announced Isaac Sokol’s Into Dust as the winning short film in this year’s edition of the REDirect Explore competition. Second place went to Jesse Hoffman for The Process, and Joey Schusler’s Pedal to Peaks won the Fan Favorite category.  “On the heels of REDirect Skate and ... Full story

$350M Paid By Dalian Wanda Group To Acquire Mtime

Led by Wang Jianlin, Asia’s richest man, the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group continues to expand their global film empire through a recent agreement to acquire Mtime, a Beijing-based film and media company, for $350 million. Mtime’s business also comprises ... Full story

San Sebastian Film Festival 2016 Official Selections

The competition for the Golden Shell at the latest edition of the San Sebastian Festival, running from September 16th to 24th, will have as its protagonists some of the most eye-catching moviemakers on the international panorama. Bertrand Bonello (‘Nocturama’), Fernando ... Full story

Line-up For 2016 Venice Days Revealed

Out of the 11 titles in competition representing 20 nationalities and including seven female directors, 10 of these films will be world premieres and seven of them will be first works. Long time independent sidebar to the Venice International Film Festival, ... Full story

Warner Bros. Sets Plans To Expand Local Film Productions In S. Korea

First-time writer and director Lee Ju-yeong along with other established South Korean directors like Kim Jee-woon (‘The Good the Bad, and the Weird) are riding a tidal wave of new local production being rolled out by Warner Brothers. The company plans ... Full story

Toronto International Film Festival Sets Industry Conference Line Up

This past Tuesday, TIFF offered a first glance at the panels to come for its September event. These include discussions on the Brexit as well as Hollywood’s gender bias problem. To top it off, there will also be a conversation ... Full story

Judges For New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition Announced

This past Thursday morning, the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) selected the team of judges who will work together to choose New Zealands next best short film. Carthew Neal and Emily Perkins will join Buffy Mckinnon to judge six short ... Full story

Aspen Film Names Trio Of Festival Experts As Guest Programming Directors For 2016-17 Season

Aspen, CO (July 20, 2016) – Tapping three female industry veterans to lead its slates in the coming year, Aspen Film today announced special guest programmers for its flagship events during the 2016-17 season. Rachel Chanoff has been named Director of ... Full story

China Film Group Co. Sets Records As It Prepares For $611M Stock Offering

Breaking records for the Shangai Stock Exchange, China Film Group Corporation's $611 million intial public offering will be the largest in the history of Chinese entertainment.  The $611 million translates to 4.09 billion yuan.  China Film Co. is a state run ... Full story

Zanzibar International Film Festival 2016 Award Winners

This past weekend Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2016 awarded some of the best films from across the globe. ZIFF 2016 took place from July 9th to the 17th with more than a week of film screenings and special events ... Full story

Thousands Attend Funeral For Iranian Film Director Abbas Kiarostami

Thousands of Iranians, including artists, intellectuals, and others have attended the funeral ceremony in Tehran of the country’s top filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who died last week at the age of 76.Kiarostami, the winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes ... Full story

Toronto Film Festival Partners With Instagram To Create Digital Shorts Competition.

The Toronto International Film Festival, taking notice of the flurry of photos and videos posted to Instagram, has partnered with the Facebook-owned app to launch a digital shorts competition. The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival will see new and established filmmakers from around ... Full story

China’s Box Office Drops In the Second Quarter of 2016

After years of surging growth, China's box office experienced a 4.6 percent decline in the second quarter of 2016, with the first-half gain of 21 percent its lowest in years.A few months ago, it would have seemed inconceivable.China's box office ... Full story

Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d'Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76

Celebrated Iranian director, whose Taste of Cherry won Cannes’ top prize in 1997, remained in the country after the Islamic revolution and continued to flourish.Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme ... Full story

Panavision Unveils Next Generation PanaND Filters

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif  – Panavision, the entertainment industry’s leading designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high-precision optics and camera systems, has announced the availability of PanaND filters. Representing the next-generation neutral density filters, they offer significant improvements in quality and ... Full story

A Look Into the 2016 New York Indian Film Festival

From May 7 to 14, film enthusiasts will enjoy a line-up of independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films connected to the Indian subcontinent at the 16th New York Indian Film Festival. Organizers have in store 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 ... Full story

The Egyptian Film ‘Clash’ Only One Of Its Kind At Cannes

This Thursday morning, Mohamed Diab's latest film ‘Clash’ (or ‘Eshtebak’) was selected for screening at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It will compete in Cannes’s ‘Un Certian Regard’ section. ‘Clash’ will be the sole representative film from Egypt to be ... Full story

Iranian Short Film ‘The Story of a Rainy Night’ Awarded Best Cinematography

After taking home a number of prizes from previous festivals, ‘The Story of a Rainy Night’ (2014) has grabbed itself another. Atlas International Film Gmbh has awarded the Iranian short film with Best Cinematography. The film’s star, Mehdi Fard Ghaderi, ... Full story

Winners of the 2016 Saudi Film Festival

The 2016 Saudi Film Festival concluded Monday night in the Gulf coast city of Dammam, after four days of screenings and filmmaking workshops aimed at establishing a well-founded Saudi film industry.More than 50 Saudi screenplays, still awaiting production, and 70 ... Full story

Aidan Celeste Takes a Hard Look Back at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

The film industry is overproduced, and it is hard to see, let alone find, a gem at any film festival. Bero Beyer, a producer by trade, and new director of the IFFR is aware of this issue. He intends to ... Full story

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