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Ventana Sur 2017: A 10-Point Wrap

Buenos Aires — The most bullish edition of Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market, closed Friday after a five days of screenings, a panoply of panels, deals, and unequivocal reminders that, in geo-content terms, Latin America is still on the rise as a film and TV power. 10 Takes on this year’s ninth edition:

1. Standouts: ‘Dry Martina,’ ‘La Camarista,’ ‘Love At Last Sight’

Che Sandoval’s “Dry Martina,” Lila Aviles’ “La Camarista” and Sergio Machado’s “Noah’s Ark” proved three standouts at 2017’s Ventana Sur. “Dry Martina,” from Chile’s Forastero and Argentina’s Rizoma, landed what to date looks like the deal of the market, here from Film Factory, within literally a couple of hours of its market screening in Ventana Sur’s Copia 0. “La Camarista,” Mexican Avilés’ feature debut, landed the biggest prize, the European Vision Award, in a strong Primer Corte pix-in-post edition. Starring Ricardo Darin, one of Latin
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Toronto: Le Pacte Acquires France on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — In a bellwether deal, Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, one of France’s most distinguished independent distributors, has secured French distribution rights to “Campeones,” directed by Academy Award-nominated Javier Fesser (“Binta and the Great Idea”).

Sold by Madrid-based Latido Films and produced by Spain’s Morena Films (“Altamira,” “Cell 211,” “Comandante”), Telefonica pay TV division Movistar + (“Tadeo Jones 2,” “Dragonkeeper”) and Fesser’s Películas Pendleton, “Campeones” has already tied down a Spanish distribution deal with Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi), whose releases include some of the biggest Spanish comedies ever.

Le Pacte’s French rights pick-up is another early market indicator of interest in the film,” as Latido Films prepares to move “Campeones,” currently in post-production, at Toronto’s market.

Founded by Labadie in 2007, Le Pacte plays off a mix of big name auteur titles (Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”), films from on-the-rise French talent (such as Thomas Lilti, whose
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Telefonica Reverses Pay-tv Dip in Spain

Telefonica Reverses Pay-tv Dip in Spain
Madrid – Telefonica, Europe’s first telecom to move massively into scripted TV production, saw pay-tv subscribers increase at its Spanish operations in the run-up to the launch of its weighty slate of original TV series productions, which hit the market this September with “Velvet Collection.”

After dropping three consecutive quarters from a high point in June 2016 of 3.755 million, pay-tv subs at Telefonica España added 51,000 clients from April to June this year, increasing from 3.615 million at the end of March to 3.666 million on June 30.

The increase was fostered by new customers and migration from low-value options to the Fusion + Ocio bundle launched in April, which had 131,000 clients on June 30, Telefonica said in its second-quarter results announcement Thursday.

A quad-play offer of mobile and fixed telephony, broadband internet and TV, Fusion + Ocio is offered at prices ranging from €60 ($70) for 50Mb Internet speed to €72 ($84) for 300 Mb.

The big question for Telefonica and other telecoms pushing into original production will be
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Telefonica’s Movistar + Unveils Enrique Urbizu’s ‘Giants’

Telefonica’s Movistar + Unveils Enrique Urbizu’s ‘Giants’
Madrid — Shot in 2:35 aspect ratio, an immediate widescreen declaration of intent that this is not a run-of-the-mill TV series for Spain, Enrique Urbizu’s new project, “Giants,” is one of seven premium original series in production at Telefonica’s pay TV unit Movistar + which formerly unveiled the drama late last week in Madrid. Following, five points on one of Movistar +‘s biggest premium TV series bets:

1. O.K., But What Is It About?

Sales agent Emmanuelle Guilbart at Paris-based All About Content announced the briefest of details to Variety when bringing the series onto the market at April’s Mip TV. Now, much more is known. The series narrates the conflicts and internal struggles of a family of drug dealers in Madrid. The three sons are raised with an iron fist by a widowed, violent man, Abraham Guerrero, soon to be kingpin of Madrid’s criminal underworld, who is
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Cannes: Latido Films Acquires Burning Blue, Dynamo Production ‘Siete Cabezas’

Cannes: Latido Films Acquires Burning Blue, Dynamo Production ‘Siete Cabezas’
Cannes — Latido Films has acquired international rights to into-the-woods thriller “Siete Cabezas,” produced by Dynamo, Colombian producers of Netflix mega-hit “Narcos,” along with Burning Blue, headed by Diana Bustamante.

Burning Blue has, for five consecutive years, had films participating at Cannes with titles such as Argentine Diego Lerman’s 2014 drama “Refugiado,” and Colombian César Augusto Acevedo 2015 feature “Land and the Shade,” which took home four awards, including Cannes Camera d’Or.

The company has a history of producing riskier cinema intended for an international audience, frequently participating in international co-productions across the globe.

In addition to heavy involvement in “Narcos,” Dynamo, one of Colombia’s biggest film producers, has produced titles such as Sebastian Cordero’s “Rabia,” and 2010 Sundance Audience Award winner “Undertow.”

Cine Colombia, the largest distribution and exhibition company in Colombia, will handle domestic distribution on “Siete Cabezas.”

Helming the project is Colombia’s Jaime Osorio Marquez whose 2011 writing and directorial debut,
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Cannes: Latido, Morena, Movistar + Team on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Latido, Morena, Movistar + Team on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Madrid-based Latido Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to “Campeones,” an anticipated comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-nominated Javier Fesser (“Binta and the Great Idea”) and produced by Morena Films (“Altamira,” “Cell 211,” “Comandante”). Telefonica pay TV division Movistar Plus and Fesser’s Películas Pendleton.

Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi), which has scored heavily with Spanish movies’ domestic release, will handle distribution in Spain.

In a sign of strong TV backing, the key to a film getting made on a good budget these days in Spain, Movistar + and public broadcaster Tve have acquired pay and free-to-air rights respectively to Spain.

Campeones” marks the fifth feature from a director whose “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure” garnered €22.9 million ($25.0 million) in Spain in 2003, becoming one of its highest-grossing films ever.

An upscale mainstream director who has often championed marginalized or socially-challenged minorities in films which broke out to considerable audiences, Fesser won Oscar
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Dimitri Rassam, Helen Estabrook to Produce Benjamin Millepied’s Debut ‘Carmen’ (Exclusive)

Dimitri Rassam, Helen Estabrook to Produce Benjamin Millepied’s Debut ‘Carmen’ (Exclusive)
Paris – Dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”) is set to make his directorial debut with “Carmen,” a contemporary musical drama inspired by French composer Georges Bizet’s opera.

Dimitri Rassam (“The Little Prince,””Playmobil”) is partnering up with Helen Estabrook (“Whiplash”) to produce the film.

Millepied is working with a top-notch creative team including Oscar-nominated Nicholas Britell (“Moonlight”), who will compose the original score of “Carmen” with Millepied, and Darius Khondji, the cinematographer of “The Lost City of Z” and “Midnight in Paris.”

Millepied will be creating the choreography for the film, which centers on a woman who travels from the deserts of Mexico to Los Angeles in search of freedom.

“I’m beyond grateful to be supported by the film community in my directing debut. The incorporation of music and dance in film is a cornerstone of my creativity and having such an experienced and talented team by
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2015 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners Announced

The 2015 Woodstock “Fiercely Independent” Film Festival celebrated its Sweet 16, and came to a close on October 4.

The awards went to:

Best Feature Narrative: "Oliver’s Deal" directed by Barney Elliott

Honorable Mention: "It Had to be You" directed by Sasha Gordon.

Best Feature Documentary: "Incorruptible" directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Honorable Mention: "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" directed by Holly Morris, co-directed by Anne Bogart.

Best Animation: "The Five Minute Museum" directed by Paul Bush.

Honorable Mention: "Religatio" directed by Jaime Giraldo.

Best Short Narrative: "Stanhope" directed by Solvan "Slick" Naim.

Honorable Mention: "Welcome" (Bienvenidos) directed by Javier Fesser.

Best Short Student Short Film: "Against the Night" directed by Stefan Kubicki.

Best Short Documentary: "All About Amy" directed by Samuel Centore.

Honorable Mention: "Naneek" directed by Neal Steeno.

The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography: "Bob and the Trees" directed by Diego Ongaro with cinematography by Chris Teague and Danny Vecchione.

James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative: "Oliver’s Deal" directed by Barney Elliott and edited by J.L. Romeu and Roberto Benavides.

Honorable Mention: "Touched With Fire" directed by Paul Dalio and edited by Paul Dalio and Lee Percy.

James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary: "The Babushkas of Chernobyl" directed by Holly Morris and edited by Michael Taylor, Richard Howard, and Mary Manhardt

Honorable Mention: "I Will Not Be Silenced" directed by Judy Rymer and edited by Paul Hamilton.

Ultra Indie Award: "Lamb" directed by Ross Partridge.

Honorable Mention: "Bob and the Trees" directed by Diego Ongaro.

The World Cinema Award: "Meet Me in Venice" directed by Eddy Terstall.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Roberta Petzoldt ("Meet Me in Venice").

Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Feature Director: Linda-Maria Birbeck director of "There Should be Rules."

Carpe Diem Award Andretta Award for Best Film: "Waffle Street" directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms.

Fiercely Independent Award was presented by Atom Egoyan to Guy Maddin

Honorary Maverick Award was presented by Guy Maddin to Atom Egoyan.

For more information about the Woodstock Film Festival: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog
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Annecy: Spanish Animation – Art and Now Industry?

Annecy – Annecy’s 2015 guest country, Spain arrives at 2015 Annecy Fest with the biggest animation spread in its history, the largest delegation – 264 registrations by last Thursday, 80% up vs. 2014 – from any country in Europe outside France, and at last some financing and market tailwinds after being hit hard by recession.

It’s too early to talk of a Spanish animation boom. But there is a larger sense of optimism in the sector, of some sort of recovery. “We are at a key point in animation history in Spain. There’s an incredibly active panorama which we haven’t seen for years,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, president at Ilion Animation Studios.

The question now is whether Spain’s industry can really turn that corner.

From 2015, Spain’s tax authorities offer 15% tax credits to international productions that use Spanish animation houses or vfx. Spain’s animation sector needs as a matter of urgency such structural aid.
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Fantasia 2015’s 2nd Titles Wave Includes We Are Still Here, The Invitation

The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.

Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.

Fantasia's complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed on July 7th. To tide you over until then, we're thrilled to announce an incredible Second Wave of titles!

The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen

Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes
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Fantasia Fest’S 2015 Line-up Will Melt Your Brain

The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.

From The Official Press Release:

Fantasia’s complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed on July 7th. To tide you over until then, we’re thrilled to announce an incredible Second Wave of titles!

The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere

A Special Screening
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Fantasia Film Festival announces second wave of titles

A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.

From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:

The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen

Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes
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Fantasia announces second wave of titles

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Fantasia announces second wave of titles
Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, Ringo Lam’s Wild City and Miguel Angel Vivas’ Extinction among titles playing at Montreal’s genre film festival.

Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled the second wave of titles for its upcoming 19th edition, taking place in Montreal from July 14-Aug 4.

Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen will receive its international premiere at this year’s event, while the festival will also host the world premieres of Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, David Keating’s Cherry Tree, Jacob Gentry’s Synchronicity, Victor Zarcoff’s Slumlord and Bite from Chad Archibald and the team behind Anti-Social.

The world premiere of Miguel Angel Vivas’ English language debut Extinction headlines a heightened focus on Spanish cinema at this year’s Fantasia, with other titles including Marshland and Shrew’s Nest.

Other notable titles in the second wave include Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s [link
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‘Wild Tales’ Snags 10 Premios Platino Cinema Nominations

‘Wild Tales’ Snags 10 Premios Platino Cinema Nominations
Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” which was nominated for a foreign language film Oscar in the 2014 Academy Awards race, snagged 10 nominations for the second annual Premios Platino of Iberoamerican Cinema, followed by Ernesto Daranas’ teacher-pupil Cuban drama “Conducta” and Spain’s crime thriller “La Isla Minima” by Alberto Rodriguez, which grabbed nine each.

All three pics are nominated for best Iberoamerican feature along with Alvaro Brechner’s “Mr. Kaplan” (Uruguay) and Venezuelan Mariana Rondon’s “Pelo Malo.” The helmers of all five pics are also nominated for director prizes.

A record-busting 760 pics qualified for this year’s awards, evidence of robust film production activity across Spain, Portugal and especially Latin America. From the initial list, 30 pics made the final cut, selected from 13 of the 23 countries of Iberoamerica.

The ceremony will be held in the coastal town of Marbella, Spain, on Oct. 18.

At the press event Wednesday, thesp Kate del Castillo
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Spain Puts Forth Best Batch of Box Office Hopefuls

Whether projects, movies in production, completed film, market screeners or titles that made the Cannes cut, these are titles from Spain be moved at Cannes and that have varying degrees of international market potential:

Breathless Time

Tornasol Latido

Colombia-Spain revenge drama in which a nurse tracks down a paramilitary man who killed her daughter. Samuel Martin Mateos and Andres Luque helm.

The Chosen

Oberon Cinematografica/Alebrije Cine y Video/Ikiru Films Filmax

Extraordinary fact-based espionage thriller turning on Trotsky’s assassination. Monica Lozano co-produces.

The Clan

K&S Films/Matanza Cine/El Deseo/Fox Intl. Productions/Telefonica Studios Film Factory

Major Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Lion’s Den”) helms ’80s-set, noir abduction thriller chronicling the real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio. Big fall fest plans.

The Corpse of Anna Fritz

Corte y Confeccion de Peliculas/Play Time Movies/A Contraluz/ Bnc Produccions/Silendum Film Factory

Tyro Hector Hernandez Vicens
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Annecy animation festival unveils 2015 line-up

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Competition titles revealed; exclusive first footage to screen from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Disney’s Zootopia.

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 15-20) is to spotlight the contribution of women to animation and their growing presence in the medium.

This year’s Honorary Cristal will be awarded to French director Florence Miailhe, whose unusual technique has been called “film painting”. She was first at Annecy in 2000 with Au premier dimanche d’aout, which won the Cear for Best Short Film, and won a special mention at Cannes in 2006 for her short Conte de quartier.

Sticking with the female focus, there will be films about maternity and sexuality, the female imagination and a strand titled The Future Is Woman.

Canadian filmmaker Janet Perlman, who secured an Oscar nomination with The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin (1981), will also be the subject of a special focus.

This year’s festival, overseen by artistic
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Annecy Animation Fest Unveils Lineup, Turns Spotlight on Women

Paris — The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is set to turn the spotlight on women working in the toon world.

The 2015 Honorary Cristal will be awarded to Florence Miailhe, a critically acclaimed director whose short “Conte de Quartier” won a special mention in Cannes in 2006.

The fest will also showcase the work of Canadian female director Janet Perlman, whose short “The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin” won an Oscar in 1981.

Annecy’s artistic director Marcel Jean sifted through a record 2,606 films from 95 different countries, including 73 features, to finally come up with the final 215 films.

As every year, the festival will unspool a flurry of high-profile international animated pics. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen Ever” and “Zootopia” by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), as well as Pixar/Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out” (which world premieres at Cannes, pictured above) will play at Annecy.

The competition
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‘Marshland’ Sweeps Spain’s Goya Awards

Alberto Rodríguez’s noirish thriller “Marshland” dominated Saturday night the 29th Spanish Academy Goya Awards, winning 10 awards, including best pic, director, actor (Javier Gutiérrez) and original screenplay.

Nommed in 17 awards categories, “Marshland” confirmed expectations, and clearly beat Daniel Monzón’s action thriller “El Niño,” winner of four tech awards against 16 nominations.

“Marshland,” a “True Detective”-sque thriller turning on two homicide cops on the trail of a serial killer of teen girls in the marshlands outside Seville, was produced by Atresmedia Cine, José Antonio Félez’s Atipica and Gervasio Iglesias’ Sacromonte. Vicente Canales’ sales outfit Film Factory Ent. sells the film at Berlin.

Released by Warner Bros., “Marshland” was a box office hit in Spain, scoring €6.3 million ($7.2 million). Pic already won best actor (Javier Gutiérrez) and cinematography (Alex Catalán) at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Best actress plaudit was earned by Barbara Lennie for his role in Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl,
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Santiago Segura’s ‘Torrente 5′ Breaks Records at Spanish B.O.

Madrid — Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing Spain, Santiago Segura’s comedy “Torrente 5: Mission Eurovegas” ran up the biggest domestic opening for any film At the 2014 Spanish box office, scoring Euro3.6 million ($4.5 million) its first three days.

This record, alongside standout performances by other locals – Alberto Rodriguez’s cop thriller “Marshland” (with $1.0 million) and Daniel Monzon’s actioner “El Nino” ($647,640) over October 3-5 – gave Spanish film a magnificent 68% slice of the box office, sais Arturo Guillen, Rentrak VP, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The fifth installment of the successful saga beat “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which held the top post after grossing $4.3 million in its opening, in mid-July, released by Hispano Foxfilms.

The opening figures of “Torrente 5” “are lower than those of its predecessor, “Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis,” released three years ago, with $10.6 million and 1.1 million tickets sold, according to Pau Brunet at Boxoffice.es.

“On that occasion,
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Spain, China sign co-pro agreement

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Spain, China sign co-pro agreement
Spain has become the latest country to secure a co-production agreement with China.

Spain has become the latest country to sign a co-production film agreement with China.

The agreement coincided with the visit of Spanish president Mariano Rajoy to Beijing. Both governments signed the deal, which was approved by the parliaments of the two countries earlier in the year.

China remains a difficult market in which to secure distribution, with a quota of 38 international films sanctioned in 2013 and 34 in 2014.

The new agreement will allow Spanish films to be distributed within the Asian superpower, providing each co-production partner has contributed a minimum of 20% to the feature.

In an statement, the Icaa (Spanish Government agency for cinema) celebrated the agreement and highlighted the new tax deduction for foreign productions in the country of 15% with a maximum of €2.5m.

However, the Spanish film industry has said 15% is insufficent for attracting internatiponal shoots in Spain.

Two projects
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