The 67th edition of the Berlinale
will open on 9 February with “Django”, the directing debut of Etienne Comar which tells the story of one of the most extraordinary pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing.
Django Reinhardt was a superb guitarist and Sinti composer who was persecuted by the Nazis. Music and the destiny of minorities in Europe are the two topics that are a recurrent theme at this edition of the Festival, particularly in the Panorama
It is also in Panorama
that we find one of the few traces of Italy at the festival,
“Call me by your name” by Luca Guadagnino.
Another title that peeps into Generation kplus
, the section dedicated to kids’ movies, is
“Amelie rennt”, by Tobias Wiemann
Two movies filmed in our country but with an eye on the outside world: an all-foreign cast for Guadagnino, who has adapted a US bestseller for the big screen (the novel of the same name by André Aciman) and a German producer (Lieblings...
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2016 was an extremely positive year for the Film Commission Torino Piemonte
, confirming and consolidating the relaunch set in motion the previous year.
“The Foundation,” comments director Paolo Manera
, “took steps to expand and strengthen the region’s proposals and to confirm our Film Commission as an essential subject for the development of Piedmont”.
Let’s start with the numbers.
A total of 125 productions received support in the region: 16 feature films for cinema, 8 TV dramas, 15 shorts, 20 documentaries and 66 commercials, news reports and video clips. Activities which engaged members of the trade in the region for over 60 weeks of preparation and 125 weeks of filming, with the involvement of numerous local professionals.
The system created employment opportunities for 566 professionals and local technicians, plus 150 local actors and around 5,000 extras, making a total estimated economic return for the region of around € 15.6 million.
THE INTERVIEW/Cinema and Business
ASSESSMENT/The Quality of Numbers
STRATEGIES 1/FIP, more Credit for young Talents
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THE AWARDS/Women in the Forefront
RE-ACT/The Magnificent Six
"Wishing on a Star" is truly the emblem of When East Meets West
This is the project that won the € 5000 CNC Development Award
- the main prize among the many assigned at the conclusion of the co-production forum organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund
together with the Trieste Film Festival
, the seventh edition of which was held from 22 to 24 January in Trieste.
Like last year the winner was a documentary: the story of Luciana, a Neapolitan resident in Friuli, who is an exponent of what is known as active astrology which mixes esoteric strategies with a kind of tourism consultancy.
It is a very regional story, written by Erica Barbiani
from Friuli, who is also the producer with her Videomante
, but has chosen a Slovakian director, Peter Kerekes
(who is also the producer with his Peter Kerekes Film) as well as an Austrian...
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We are so often told that co- productions benefit the international circulation of lms, that it almost seems self-evident.
But is it really true?
This is one of the questions that the MEDIA Salles
analysis on the exportation of Italian films decided to answer.
Of the 370 titles, including majority and minority co- productions, released on the big screen in Italy in 2014 and 2015, 17% had been distributed in at least one foreign country and 12.2% in more than one at 30 June 2016.
Well over half (65.1%) of these films are 100% Italian productions, whilst majority
co-productions amount to 28.6% and minority to 6.3%.
Amongst majority co-productions there is a prevalence of films made exclusively with France (55.6% of the total) or with France and other countries (27.8%).
If we look merely at the quantity of titles that have crossed the Italian borders, co-productions would not seem to play a decisive role.
A more careful look, taking into account the number of foreign markets reached, reveals, instead, a quite different...
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New Frontiers of Storytelling
for producers and broadcasters who are growing increasingly hungry for content that evolves, taking on different forms.
This is how Laurine Garaude
, director of the Television Division of Reed Midem
explains the theme of the upcoming Miptv
, the Cannes entertainment market which will take place from 3rd to 6th April 2017.
The attention is all on Drama, given also that next year, at Miptv 2018, the first edition of the Cannes International Series Festival
will be launched. is new festival, which was initiated by the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard
, will take place alongside Miptv and is also backed by Reed Midem, with Canal Plus
as a partner.
The Mip Drama Screenings
will return for the second year, “this year we will have two categories: there will be six ‘works in progress’, and another six of which the whole first episode will be shown (compared to only twenty minutes last year). We are also expecting even higher attendance, with over 450 buyers (versus 350...
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Entirely ”made in Lombardy”, "Call me by your name" is the new feature film by Luca Guadagnino
which will arrive in Berlin - in the Panorama Special
section - directly from Sundance.
“It is one of those rare cases in which the two festivals agreed to ‘share’ a movie between them, seeing as usually they want the exclusive of a world premiere”, says Stella Savino
, who produced the movie for Frenesy
, the company owned by Luca Guadagnino and Marco Morabito
, in co-production with France’s Memento
, which is handling the international sales.
“It is true that hopes are very high for this film, because it is based on the US best-seller of the same name by André Aciman, and also because Luca Guadagnino is very popular abroad.
It is no coincidence that he is one of the few Italians present at the Berlinale which he previously attended with ‘I am love’, another film which ‘exported’ our country well outside Italy. And maybe this is also why Sony Pictures...
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“The largest part of the Fund was concentrated on national and international bids, a single “over-the-counter” bid with a maximum contribution limit of € 150,000.
This was joined by the bid for regional productions which has a lower maximum limit, a de minimis regime, that involves a maximum of € 200,000 over 3 years of contributions,” explains Massimo Mezzetti
, the councilor responsible for culture, youth policies and legal policies at the Regione Emilia Romagna.
“We are finally starting off with all the bids in line because, up until now, we have been in a running in phase: the law arrived halfway between two legislatures and each had a slightly different time schedule.
Things will be easier for members of the trade even though, at this time in Italy, the market is rather at a standstill since we are still waiting for the decrees implementing the new cinema law which would release the part related to tax benefits.
It seemed as though they were going to come out in...
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Big data, bigger audience? How European works may profit from technology:
the European Film Forum Berlin 2017
will take place on Monday, February 13th at The Ritz-Carlton, in Berlin, moderated by the journalist Marjorie Paillon
Promoting the use of data and automated tools to enhance content recommendations in order to cater for broader interests and tastes, and thus develop and expand audiences for audiovisual European works, is on the Commission’s agenda for 2017.
At the European Film Forum Berlin 2017, policy makers and the audiovisual industry will discuss how to develop enablers at a European level, but also how to enhance research and development in the field of data within the audiovisual industry.
The European Film Forum will be followed by the Creative Europe MEDIA showcases:
Spotlight on uniting film, democracy and technology
In each session, two or three state-of-the-art MEDIA-supported projects will be introduced by a short interview discussing how they are harnessing the new potential that is opening up for the audiovisual industry.
The Creative Europe Showcases are...
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The Development Award to “Wishing on a Star” is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the awards that WEMW assigns to participating projects, also thanks to the many and growing number of collaborations.
One of these, new for this year, is the collaboration with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network
, the European association created to strengthen the female presence in cinema, that ‘brought’ to WEMW an award for a woman director, presented to Michela Occhipinti
, the director of "Flesh Out", produced by Gregorio Paonessa
and Marta Donzelli’s Vivo Film
“In recent years we have been producing more and more movies directed by women. Perhaps this is a good sign of the fact that, in Italy, there is a new generation of women who are working hard on strong, universal projects”, Marta Donzelli – who is on the “Women in the European Film Industry. Success Stories and Challenges” panel - has stated.
Even though it is small (€ 1500), this new award has already produced results seeing as, this...
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was also the occasion for presenting awards to the projects realized by RE-ACT
, the transnational audiovisual cooperation initiative started in 2015 by the Centro Audiovisivo Croato, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund
and the Slovenian Film Centre
The six winning projects, which were each awarded € 10,000 of co- development support were:
“Dark mother earth”, written by Kristian Nova
and Rok Biček who is also the director, produced by Danijel Pek for Antitalent
) in co- production with Cvinger film
(Slovenia); “Don’t forget to breathe”, written by Martin Turk
(who also directs) and Gorazd Trušnovec, produced by Ida Weiss
for Bela film
(Slovenia), in co-production with Quasar Media
(Italy), Studio Dim
(Croatia); “Half sister”, written by Damjan Kozole
(who also directs) and Urša Menart, produced by Daniel Hočevar
(Slovenia), in co-production with Nefertiti
(Croatia), Baš Čelik
(Serbia); “Menocchio”, written by Alberto Fasulo
(who is also the director) and Enrico Vecchi, produced by Nadia Trevisan
(Italy), in co-production wit Antitalent
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