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Buzz Titles for Sale at American Film Market

2 November 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A selection of titles looking for distribution at the American Film Market.

Ashes in the Snow (pictured)

Director: Marius Markevicius

Producers: Marius Markevicius, Chris Coen, Zilvinas Naujokas

Key cast: Bel Powley, Jonah Hauer-King, Martin Wallstrom

Logline: In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival. Based on Ruta Sepetys’ New York Times best-selling novel “Between Shades of Gray.”

Intl. sales: Radiant Films Intl.

Bad Samaritan

Director: Dean Devlin

Producers: Dean Devlin, Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan

Key cast: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan

Logline: Two young car valets use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons, until they target the wrong house.

Intl. sales: Electric Entertainment

Bel Canto

Director: Paul Weitz

Producers: Caroline Baron, Anthony Weintraub, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano

Key cast: Julianne Moore, »

- Variety Staff

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AFM: Independent Financing Evolves, Adapts to New Market Realities

2 November 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With tried-and-true film financing models now far from reliable, with digital platforms offering a double-edged sword of bigger buying with aggressive competition, and with economic volatility overseas, many experts say global independent film financing is riskier than ever.

“We’re in a period of uncertainty, both domestically and internationally,” says IM Global CFO Miguel Palos, who’ll be speaking at the American Film Market’s Nov. 4 global film financing panel, the 360 View, which features industry heavyweights like Weinstein Co. COO/president David Glasser. “In the U.S., you [used to be able to] say, ‘If my budget is $30 [million]-$35 million and I spend $20 million on P&A, I’ll get a minimum amount from home video and a minimum MG from certain territories.’ Now Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others are creating so much content that it’s difficult to model out what return you’ll get on your investment.”

But these new realities — and the ways buyers, sellers, and financiers are adapting to them — shed light on where the market is heading and some possible ways to navigate it. »

- Gregg Goldstein

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