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'Shape of Water,' 'Florida Project' to Play Rotterdam Film Festival

'Shape of Water,' 'Florida Project' to Play Rotterdam Film Festival
The Rotterdam Film Festival on Thursday announced its first selection of films, including a variety of recent international hits from the fall festival circuit, for its 47th edition.

Among top award contenders, the festival will screen the Venice Golden Lion winner, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project in its Limelight section.

"This initial selection of films profoundly underscores the depth of the imagination, and emphasizes the relevance and vibrancy of independent auteur cinema,” said festival director Bero Beyer. “Filmmakers from all around the world astonish us with their visions that are as bold and powerful...
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Think Fest: Protagonist, Karlovy Vary, Iffr chiefs on the changing arthouse scene

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Mike Goodridge, Karel Och and Bero Beyer discuss the importance of festivals and distribution initiatives.

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The distribution role of festivals and the changing arthouse ecosystem was discussed in Think Fest’s second panel. Mike Goodridge, outgoing CEO of UK sales agent Protagonist Pictures and future artistic director at International Film Festival and Awards Macao, was bullish about the continued importance of festivals to sales agents.

“The distribution system is so dire that these tentpole festivals are becoming incredibly important as the only places you can see films,” he said. “We’ve had many films that haven’t sold widely at all – that’s where festivals kick in, they help to get the film seen.”

Goodridge added that smaller festivals faced a greater challenge as the impetus was normally placed on securing a high-profile world premiere slot, and the assumption that sales would follow then after
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Think Fest: Tribeca, Sarajevo, Berlin Forum heads debate the rise of Netflix

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Frederic Boyer (Tribeca), Mirsad Purivatra (Sarajevo), Anna Hoffmann (Berlinale Forum) discuss challenges on panel.

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The inaugural edition of Think Fest kicked off with a debate about the rapid emergence of streaming platforms, and what impact they have had on the film festival ecosystem. Pointed reference was made to the activities of Netflix, particularly in 2017, and the company’s disruptive approach to the traditional theatrical model.

At Cannes, Netflix had two films selected to play In Competition – Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories – but the streaming platform’s disinterest in adhering to theatrical windows prompted grumblings from French cinema owners loud enough to force the festival to announce a new policy.

From next year, distributors will have to show theatrical intention to receive Competition slots. While Cannes’ situation may be unique – with France’s requirement for a 36-month window between theatrical
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Festival innovation, Netflix in the spotlight at Jerusalem's Think Fest

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Festival innovation, Netflix in the spotlight at Jerusalem's Think Fest
Screen reports from festival-focused industry initiative’s first edition.

A group of high-profile film festival directors and wider industry gathered at Jerusalem Film Festival on Friday (July 14) to debate the future of film festivals in the age of streaming platforms and the changing arthouse ecosystem.

Dubbed Think Fest, the event’s guests including delegates from festivals including Tribeca, Rotterdam, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Sarajevo, Berlin, Venice, Goteborg, Busan, Istanbul and Thessaloniki.

Screen International contributing editor Wendy Mitchell moderated the day’s discussion, which addressed the impact of streaming platform on festivals, the changing face of distribution and why festivals remain important in the 21st century.

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Streaming platforms and disruption: Frederic Boyer (Tribeca), Mirsad Purivatra (Sarajevo), Anna Hoffmann (Berlinale Forum)

The changing arthouse ecosystem: Mike Goodridge (Protagonist Pictures, Film Festival and Awards Macao), Karel Och (Karlovy Vary), Bero Beyer (Iffr)

Staying relevant in the 21st century: Carlo Chatrian (Locarno), [link
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Jerusalem Film Festival Bows New Industry Program, Think Fest

Jerusalem Film Festival is set to expand its industry program with Think Fest, a three-day initiative bringing together dozens of international film festival directors, programmers, organizers and staffers.

The inaugural edition of Think Fest will run July 13-15 and will host several panels discussing issues affecting the film festival world.

“The program was designed based upon topics raised by the participants and organizers; the strong attendance of so many film festival professionals will undoubtedly result in a passionate and stimulating debate,” stated Jerusalem Film Festival.

The first panel will discuss the impact of digital services on film festivals with Frederic Boyer, the artistic director of Tribeca, Anna Hoffmann, the forum program manager of Berlin Film Festival, and Mirsad Purivatra, the director and co-founder of Sarajevo Film Festival.

The role of film festival within the changing landscape of arthouse film distribution will be debated during the second roundtable with Bero Beyer, the
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Top film festival heads set for Jerusalem's Think Fest

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Top film festival heads set for Jerusalem's Think Fest
Exclusive: Efm, Rotterdam, Locarno, Tribeca chiefs among those attending inaugural event.

A string of high-profile film festival executives have been confirmed to attend the inaugural edition of Think Fest at the Jerusalem Film Festival (July 13-17).

Initially announced at this year’s Berlinale, the industry strand will provide a platform for festival professionals to discuss key issues facing film festivals.

The full day programme, held on July 14 in the Jerusalem Cinematheque, will be open to festival delegates and to the public.

Participating in the event are: Frederic Boyer (Tribeca artistic director); Bero Beyer (Rotterdam artistic director); Mike Goodridge (Protagonist Pictures CEO and future Macao artistic director); Karel Och (Karlovy Vary artistic director); Anna Hoffmann (Forum programme manager at Berlinale); Mirsad Purivatra (Sarajevo director and co-founder); Carlo Chatrian (Locarno artistic director); Cosima Finkbeiner (Beta Cinema festival manager); and Matthijs Wouter Knol (European Film Market director).

Further attendees include representatives from festivals in Vilnius, Lisbon, Thessaloniki
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Edinburgh 2017: God's Own Country, Glory, Donkeyote and The Full Story Receive Festival's Top Awards

While the Edinburgh International Film Festival may still have a few days left to run, including the Closing Film England is Mine on Sunday, the recipients of their top awards were announced this morning. The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film went to director Francis Lee for his directorial debut and festival Opening Film, God’s Own Country. Named after one of the UK’s most original filmmakers, the jury was comprised of award-winning composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam Artistic Director, Bero Beyer, and BAFTA-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb. Lee said of his award; “I am thrilled with this honour for God's Own Country, especially when you consider the British films that have won before. After premiering at Sundance and Berlin...

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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival

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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival
Daphne, Glory also scoop prizes.

Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country has won the top prize at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The well-received drama, which premiered in Sundance and had its UK premiere in Edinburgh, took the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film.

The prize was awarded by a jury consisting of composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam artistic director Bero Beyer, and Bafta-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb.

The jury commented: “We present the Michael Powell Award to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, a film with a singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision. Assured direction with raw and endearing performances result in a film that has an authenticity that is both tender and brutal, a juxtaposition of landscape and emotion, which explores the question of what it means to be a man.”

On hearing the news, director Francis Lee said: “I am thrilled with this
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Netherlands Film Biz Encourages International Co-Productions

Netherlands Film Biz Encourages International Co-Productions
The Netherlands is home to a vibrant film industry with an open attitude toward international co-production. In 2016 alone, the country welcomed a great variety of international productions, including “Dunkirk,” helmed by Christopher Nolan; “The Ring,” directed by Imtiaz Ali and featuring Shah Rukh Khan; and “Racer and the Jailbird,” helmed by Michaël Roskam.

Indeed, several other high-profile minority co-productions were mooted in the trades as being under Cannes consideration, including the not-yet completed “Yesterday” from Hungarian helmer Balint Kenyeres, co-produced by Dirk Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden through Rotterdam Films; “Zama” from Argentinian Lucrecia Martel, co-produced by Eva Eisenloeffel, Leontine Petit and Joost de Vries of Lemming Film, and “Beyond Words” from Pole Urszula Antoniak, co-produced by Floor Onrust and Noortje Wilschut of Family Affair Films.

“Co-productions expand the possibilities for distribution in co-production countries and beyond.” Doreen Boonekamp

Bero Beyer, the director of the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam and a former producer,
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Festival heads react to Cannes Netflix controversy

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“We believe the cinematic experience is worth fighting for.”

Following the news earlier this week that Cannes Film Festival will, from next year, insist that all films in Competition must be guaranteed a French theatrical release, and Netflix head Reed Hastings’ subsequently bullish response, Screen asked the heads of other major film festivals to offer their opinion on the ruling.

Venice

Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera expressed solidarity with Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux: “First and foremost, I would like to express my solidarity with Fremaux. This must not have been an easy decision.

“These are the final throes of a market that has evolved, changed too rapidly without establishing any rules. There are so many interests and motives at play, from the theatre owners, to the distributors, sales, producers and auteurs, but the role of a festival must be independent of it all, its role is to spread quality cinema, to select
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Venice, Rotterdam, Locarno festival heads react to Cannes Netflix controversy

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“We believe the cinematic experience is worth fighting for.”

Following the news earlier this week that Cannes Film Festival will, from next year, insist that all films in Competition must be guaranteed a French theatrical release, and Netflix head Reed Hastings’ subsequently bullish response, Screen asked the heads of other major film festivals to offer their opinion on the ruling.

Venice

Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera expressed solidarity with Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux: “First and foremost, I would like to express my solidarity with Fremaux. This must not have been an easy decision.

“These are the final throes of a market that has evolved, changed too rapidly without establishing any rules. There are so many interests and motives at play, from the theatre owners, to the distributors, sales, producers and auteurs, but the role of a festival must be independent of it all, its role is to spread quality cinema, to select
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Rotterdam ’17: Too Many CoProduction Markets?

Coproduction markets are playing a key role in launching and positioning film projects in every stage of development. Are the films coming out of these coproduction markets flooding the market with uncommercial product which cannot find a release platform?Bero Beyer, Director of Iffr addressing CoPro Market issues

In order to address the constant changes in the industry and to redesign the format to a more efficient one for film professionals, CineLink, in collaboration with CineMart, the Holland Film Meeting and Cannes Marche du Film/ Next Pavilion launched the Think Tank initiative. CineMart hosted the third edition of Think Tank, a broad panel of invited key market players and professionals exchanging ideas, practices and reporting on current developments and future steps towards enhanced models and formats of the coproduction markets worldwide.

Coproduction Market Summit

It began with an alarm. There are too many projects out there and too many coproduction markets.
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Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart

Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart
What a surprising city Rotterdam is and the Festival and Cinemart are full of surprises too.

Being in The Netherlands is like a homecoming for me. My first major job in the film industry was with 20th Century Fox International and City Fox Films in Amsterdam in 1975 which is when I first attended the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, three years after its founding by Huub Bals. It was much smaller then. Iffr’s logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion as an alternative. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. It has become one of the most important events in the film world, an integral part of the winter circuit of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals.

Fox and HIs Friends

Except for my
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Rotterdam ’17: International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) One of the World’s Largest Film…

Rotterdam ’17: International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) One of the World’s Largest Film FestivalsThe festival screened 484 films this year, of which 105 world premières, and attracted more than 314,000 visits. Iffr welcomed 316 filmmakers and 1,910 film professionals from all over the world. A record number of 63 feature films were rated at an average of 4 (out of 5) or higher in the audience award. January 25 — February 5, 2017Iffr Tiger Logo 2017

The festival opened on 25 January with the international première of “Lemon”, in the presence of filmmaker Janicza Bravo, actors Brett Gelman and Judy Greer. On Friday, 27 January, Iffr welcomed King Willem-Alexander onto the red carpet for the world première of “Double Play” by filmmaker Ernest Dickerson. Many of the international cast and crew were also present.

On Monday 30 January Rotterdam received dignitaries from all over Europe, who together with Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, put their signatures to the revised Council
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Iffr: Vr Days highlights virtual reality potentials and limitations

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Iffr: Vr Days highlights virtual reality potentials and limitations
Speakers debated Vr’s place in the film industry, and how content can be successfully and profitably distributed.

This year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) provided a platform for attendees to discuss the ever-present topic of virtual reality, and its place in the film industry, at Wednesday morning’s (Feb 1) Vr Days session at CineMart.

Introducing the programme of talks and panels, festival director Bero Beyer admitted that in previous years the Iffr team had been sceptical about putting too much emphasis on what is still a fledgling medium.

“We were sceptical, we thought it was an intriguing spectacle. CineMart centres around people with good ideas. We thought that was the place to start, with the projects and ideas [for Vr]. I’m very curious what will come out of this, whether [we will see results] in a month or a year,” he commented in his opening remarks.

The event’s moderator, Vr Days organiser Benjamin de Wit, said that Vr
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Iffr: Inaugural Propellor Film Tech Hub kicks off with nine projects

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One idea presented at the film industry futures event was dubbed “the Tinder for movies”.

The inaugural edition of the Propellor Film Tech Hub launched last night (Jan 31) with a kick-starter event at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr).

Run as a joint initiative between Iffr, Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm), Copenhagen-based film festival Cph:dox and Berlin-based film innovation studio Cinemathon, the event sees a selection of personnel from the film industry, tech industry and further afield invited to collaborate on the development of a series of embryonic ideas designed to aid the future of the film industry.

“We always want to be part of innovation,” Iffr festival director Bero Beyer commented to Screen, “Let’s lay the groundwork of an infrastructure and see if something can grow out of that. [The film industry] has been like polar bears on a melting piece of ice for too long, we have to dive in and be fearless about innovation.”

“The
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Rotterdam ‘17: World premiere of Ernest Dickerson’s ‘Double Play’

Rotterdam ‘17: World premiere of Ernest Dickerson’s ‘Double Play’
Ernest Dickerson is a client of manager Jennifer Levine who told me about this film in Sundance!

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) presented the world premiere of “Double Play” with the King of Netherlands attending along with the cast and crew. American filmmaker Ernest Dickerson (“Juice”, “The Wire”) directed the film version of the internationally lauded novel Double Play by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion. The film features a host of Caribbean, American and European actors including Brit Lennie James, the Tony Award nominated Saycon Sengbloh and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.

An ostensibly simple game of dominoes unfurls a portrait of Antillean society in Double Play. In 1973, Frank Martinus Arion (1936–2015) provided a unique insight into culture and society on Curaçao during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomy in his successful novel Double Play. The film adds a contemporary perspective. The audience sees what lay behind the
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Rotterdam ‘17: International Film Festival and Cinemart

Though the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) is going on its 46th year and its Cinemart on its 35th, 2017 marks only the third year since festival director Bero Beyer, a former producer, continues to reshape the event into a more focused selection of film projects whose life on the film circuit will have an impact beyond the festival scene itself, a field that is becoming increasingly crowded for many reasons which would take another article to explain.

But there will be quite a discussion about this very issue.The Rotterdam Cinemart, the first co-production market ever, started in 1982 and brought the then-small international film community together in a uniquely egalitarian and intimate way that only the Dutch could offer. In many ways it became a victim of its own success, mentoring similar events in Hong Kong and So. Korea and then copied by numerous others, but without the care and warmth of the original event.
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Rotterdam chief: cultural elite "too often in our own bubble"

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Rotterdam chief: cultural elite
The 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam got underway last night with stars and political messages aplenty.

With the Nertherlands’ King Willem-Alexander due to attend tomorrow night’s world premiere of Ernest Dickerson’s Double Play and multi-Oscar nominee Barry Jenkins already in town, International Film Festival Rotterdam, which launched its 46th edition last night, has a more starry feel than usual.

The festival prides itself on being a melting pot of cultural and political views, something expressed by festival director Bero Beyer who in his second edition at the helm gave a wide-ranging speech in which he explained the concept behind this year’s ‘Planet Iffr’ concept.

“We can be entertained and enchanted, confused, scared, soothed and seduced in many different ways by the stories that are told and by the way they come to us. This state-of-mind where we can experience other views, where we can experience time itself through the art of cinema: that is
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Rotterdam to open with Us comedy-drama 'Lemon'

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Rotterdam to open with Us comedy-drama 'Lemon'
Exclusive: Debut feature, starring Brett Gelman, Michael Cera and Judy Greer, to get international premiere at Rotterdam.

Us comedy-drama Lemon by writer-director Janicza Bravo will open the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) on 25 January.

Bravo’s debut feature will get its international premiere at the festival following its world premiere in Sundance.

Lemon tells the story of Isaac, a gawky forty-something from Los Angeles, whose life is not going as he would like. Accepting things doesn’t come naturally to him, he has to face the fact that his girlfriend has left him and his acting career mostly consists of commercials about diseases.

Co-writer Brett Gelman (of Adult Swim series Eagleheart), Bravo’s husband, plays the lead role alongside Judy Greer (Ant-Man), Nia Long (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Michael Cera (Juno).

Both Gelman and Bravo are set to attend the screening.

The film is produced by Burn Later Productions, Killer Films and [link
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