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NYC Now Casting: Experienced Actors Wanted for Comedic Holiday Commercial + 2 More Gigs

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, which means all those Christmas commercials will be kicking into gear soon, and now is your chance to be a part of one. A major electronics brand is currently seeking talent for a holiday-themed spot. There are also roles available in a series teaching English as a second language, and a commercial shooting in Philadelphia that encourages people to be themselves! Major Electronics Brand Shoota major electronic brand is currently casting actors for an upcoming holiday-themed commercial featuring five to six comedic vignettes. Nonunion male and female talent are wanted for three roles in the spot, such as male and female friends, and a young, fun dad. Good comedic timing is needed, and prior commercial experience is preferred. The production will shoot Nov. 11–12 in NYC. Pay is $560 per day. Apply here! “Wide Angle”“Wide Angle,” a narrative series teaching English as a second language,
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Busan Film Festival rift continues as staff speak out

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Busan Film Festival rift continues as staff speak out
Festival employees appeal for “support and participation”.

Update: Kim Dong-ho, Kang Soo-youn have now resigned. Full story Here.

Original story: Busan International Film Festival (Biff)’s executive staff have issued a public statement criticising festival director Kang Soo-youn and chairman Kim Dong-ho while calling for former fest director Lee Yong-kwan to be reinstated.

In an open letter released today, employees including secretary general Kim Gwang-ho and publicity manager Jungyun Kim stated they made this move after communications broke down with Kim and Kang to stabilise Asia’s leading cinema event in the aftermath of ex-president Park Geun-hye’s political manipulations of the culture sector. Some of those machinations contributed, at least in part, to landing Park and aides in jail.

The letter criticised Kang for giving “indulgence” to Busan mayor Suh Byung-soo even though Suh had not apologised for going after the festival and specifically Lee, through targeted audits and legal prosecution, after they refused
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Southeast Asia's Seafic lab hands out inaugural prizes

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Southeast Asia's Seafic lab hands out inaugural prizes
You Are There, Doi Boy win awards.

The Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (Seafic) has awarded prizes to projects from Singapore’s Nicole Midori Woodford (pictured) and Thailand’s Nontawat Numbenchapol in its first round of awards.

Midori Woodford’s You Are There won both the Seafic-tfl Award and the Open Sea Fund Award, presented by Vs Service and White Light Post, which came with $25,000 of in-kind services. Through the Seafic-tfl Award, the project’s producer Jeremy Chua will attend this year’s TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event (November 24-26).

Nontawat’s Doi Boy won the Purin Award, which came with a cash prize of $15,000. The award was presented by a jury comprising Cannes director of film department Christian Jeune, former Cj Entertainment executive Kini Kim and Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi.

Produced by Steve Chen and Supatcha Thipsena, Doi Boy is a Thai-Cambodian co-production that marks the first narrative feature from Nontawat whose first two documentaries, Boundary and By
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Best Editing Oscar: How Do Voters Separate Great Editing and Directing? (Hint: It’s Not Easy.)

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Best Editing Oscar: How Do Voters Separate Great Editing and Directing? (Hint: It’s Not Easy.)
When Thelma Schoonmaker won the first of her three Academy Awards for “Raging Bull,” she humbly told journalists that she believed she was being honored for work done by the director, Martin Scorsese.

“I won the Oscar for ‘Raging Bull’ for those fight sequences,” said Schoonmaker in a 1991 interview with Wide Angle/Closeup. “If you look at those fight sequences, those were so incredibly storyboarded and shot in an incredible way – that is the conception a good director has to bring.”

Read More: Oscars 2017 -Editors on Bold Storytelling in ‘La La Land,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and More

All below-the-line talent interprets a director’s vision through their crafts, but the editor’s work is most closely associated with the director’s. From 1981 to 2016, every Best Picture winner, except “Birdman,” was nominated for Editing. “Birdman” features long, unedited takes and elaborate camera movements; that might be the only way
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Busan: Seafic script lab unveils first five projects

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Line-up for first Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab includes debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #Bkky is premiering at Busan.

The Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (Seafic) has unveiled the five projects selected for its first edition, including the debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #Bkky is currently premiering at Busan.

Nontawat’s first two documentaries, Boundary and By The River, premiered at the Berlinale Forum and Locarno Film Festival in 2013, respectively.

Seafic invites first second and third-time filmmakers to work with a script consultant and international experts for nine months to develop their projects. In total, Seafic received 57 applications from nearly every Southeast Asian country.

The inaugural line-up also includes the debut feature from Pham Ngoc Lan, to be produced by Vietnamese filmmaker Phan Dang Di (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid), and the second film from Sivaroj Kongsakul, to be produced by Thai director-producer Pimpaka Towira (The Island Funeral). See full project
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Busan: A Critic Analyzes the Festival Lineup

Busan: A Critic Analyzes the Festival Lineup
It is not just size but the element of surprise that makes the Busan Intl. Film Festival (Biff) a Mecca for film buffs. A festival whose reputation is founded on discovering and nurturing new talents, picking which films to watch here is like blind-tasting. This is especially true for New Currents, the festival’s main competition showcasing debut or sophomore Asian directors. Like trying out a new grape variety or wine from lesser known regions, the best thing to do is to trust your instincts and take many sips.

Since most overseas film professionals come to Busan to scout Asian films, the World Cinema and Flash Forward sections sometimes fall under their radar. Nevertheless, the programmers of Flash Forward fish for non-Asian indie films that may have slipped through the net in major festivals.

“Bonfire,” a debut by Dmitry Davydov, is set in Sakhia Republic, the little-known federal subject of Russia,
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Busan: Mecca for Film Buffs Opens With Strong Slate of New Talents

Busan: Mecca for Film Buffs Opens With Strong Slate of New Talents
It is not just size, but the element of surprise that makes the Busan Intl. Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6-15, a mecca for film buffs. A festival whose reputation is founded on discovering and nurturing new talents, picking which films to watch here is akin to blind-tasting. This is especially true for New Currents, the festival’s main competition showcasing debut or sophomore Asian directors. Like trying out a new grape variety or wine from lesser-known regions, the best thing to do is to trust your instincts and take many sips.

Since most overseas film pros come to Busan to scout Asian films, the World Cinema and Flash Forward sections sometimes fall under their radar. Nevertheless, the programmers of Flash Forward fish for non-Asian indie films that may have slipped through the net in major festivals.

“Bonfire,” a debut by Dmitry Davydov, is set in Sakhia Republic, the little-known federal subject of Russia,
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Web Series ‘Twentyfiveish’ Relays a Weekend’s Worth of Quarter-Life Reevaluations

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Web Series ‘Twentyfiveish’ Relays a Weekend’s Worth of Quarter-Life Reevaluations
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Twentyfiveish

Logline: Rosie travels with her best friend, Tucker, for a weekend getaway, reuniting with former high school friends who face equally uncertain futures.

Elevator Pitch:

#adulting is hard. “Twentyfiveish” follows Rosie, in the midst of a quarterlife crisis, who escapes for a weekend trip with her best friend Tucker. Upon arrival, she is surprised by former high school friends, some welcome and some not, who also face equally uncertain futures. Together, over the course of the weekend, they try to navigate their way through being twentyfiveish.

Production Team:

Brendan Robinson

Producer/Cast

Brendan is an American actor known for playing
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'A Quiet Dream', 'The Dark Wind' bookend Busan 2016

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Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Busan International Film Festival (Biff) on Tuesday unveiled its line-up, set to open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Running October 6-15, the 21st Biff will screen a total of 301 films from 69 countries with 96 world premieres and 27 international premieres. The festival will close with the international premiere of Iraq-Germany-Qatar co-production The Dark Wind, directed by Hussein Hassan (Narcissus Blossom).

Festival director Kang Soo-youn said of A Quiet Dream: “It’s a film that people who like films and people who make films can’t help but like.”

The latest from Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu (Dooman River, Grain In Ear), A Quiet Dream stars Han Ye-ri (Haemoo) as a young woman caring for her comatose father while running a bar and being wooed by three men.

Young Korean indie directors Yang Ikjune, Yoon Jong-bin
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Busan reveals 2016 lineup

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Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Busan International Film Festival (Biff) on Tuesday unveiled its line-up, set to open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Running Oct 6-15, the 21st Biff will screen a total of 301 films from 69 countries with 96 world premieres and 27 international premieres. The festival will close with the international premiere of Iraq-Germany-Qatar co-production The Dark Wind, directed by Hussein Hassan (Narcissus Blossom).

Festival director Kang Soo-youn said of A Quiet Dream: “It’s a film that people who like films and people who make films can’t help but like.”

The latest from Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu (Dooman River, Grain In Ear), A Quiet Dream stars Han Ye-ri (Haemoo) as a young woman caring for her comatose father while running a bar and being wooed by three men. Young Korean indie directors Yang Ikjune, Yoon Jong-bin
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CEO Neil Peplow on Aftrs' remit and the return of discipline-specific MAs

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Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow.

Aftrs' new five-year strategy was shaped by what the school calls the most comprehensive and up-to-date national industry skills survey ever undertaken. The report was supplied by Screen Audience Research Australia (Sara) who undertook nationwide research, consulting with more than 500 Australian practitioners.

The survey found skills gaps in the areas of screen business, new technologies, and script coverage, among others. Sara CEO Peter Drinkwater pointed out that "the industry is rapidly changing: tighter budgets and greater time pressures mean less acceptance of failure. The role of training is therefore paramount, with 90 percent of the industry wanting access to more training opportunities in the future..

On the eve of the report's unveiling earlier this month, If sat down with Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow to discuss the school.s five year strategic plan and its focus on outreach, talent development and industry training.

Coming in to Aftrs around nine months ago,
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Wide Angle Tasmania to close in 2016

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Screen development organisation Wide Angle Tasmania will close in June 2016.

The closure comes after Screen Australia ceased funding and Screen Tasmania offered reduced funding.

The board has decided there is no viable way for Wide Angle Tasmania to continue in the long term.

Wide Angle's board and management have spent the past 18 months scoping alternative business models, according to a statement.

"The board has determined that Wide Angle's slate of activities can only be delivered by a not for profit organisation, which requires appropriate government support," according to a statement.

"All other alternatives dilute or conflict directly with our core mission of encouraging, developing and supporting emerging screen practitioners in Tasmania."

Wide Angle Tasmania chair, Tony De Cesare, said government support for the not for profit organisation had helped to deliver impressive results for the screen sector over the past 10 years.

"It's the right model for service delivery,
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Busan: Japan's Studio Ghibli Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year

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The 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) is to present its Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award to Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Studio Ghibli was founded by My Neighbor Totoro director Miyazaki and Takahata Isao, who directed recent Oscar-nominated animation The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

Studio Ghibli has produced 21 films including Howl’s Moving Castle and Berlinale Golden Bear winner Spirited Away, which also picked up the 2003 Oscar for best animated feature film.

Biff organizers said: “Studio Ghibli has produced numerous masterpieces with an extended production period, providing a stable production system as well as training successors for the development of animations.

“The studio has also left a significant mark through activities concerning environmental protection, peace, and the future of children.”

To mark the occasion, Biff is screening My Neighbor Totoro in the Open Cinema section and Takahata’s Only Yesterday in the Wide Angle – Animation Showcase
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Japan’s Studio Ghibli Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at Busan

Venerable Japanese cartoon company Studio Ghibli has been named as Asian Film Maker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival.

The festival will present its annual award at a ceremony during the upcoming festival (Oct 1-10) to be attended by chairman and producer Suzuki Toshio.

The festival plans to screen Miyazaki Hayao’s My Neighbor Totoro (1988) in the Open Cinema section and Takahata Isao’s Only Yesterday (1991) in the Wide Angle – Animation Showcase section. Before the festival proper gets under way the Busan Cinema Center will play a further 18 Ghibli titles in a special ‘Spotlight on Studio Ghibli’ section, Sept. 21-27.

Most previous recipients of the prize have been individuals, including Andy Lau, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Yash Chopra, though an award to a company has one precedent. In 2005 the festival gave the award to Japanese public broadcaster Nhk.

Ghibli was founded 30 years ago by directors Takahata Isao
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Busan to open with India's 'Zubaan'

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Busan to open with India's 'Zubaan'
The 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced its line-up of 304 films from 75 countries with 121 world and international premieres.

The fest in South Korea will open Oct 1 with the world premiere of Indian film Zubaan, the feature directorial debut of independent film producer Mozez Singh (White Noise, Peddlers).

Produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox), Zubaan is about a young man’s search for values and self.

Biff will close Oct 10 with the world premiere of Chinese film Mountain Cry, directed by Larry Yang, based on Ge Shui-ping’s award-winning novel.

Gala Presentations will include Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart, Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash and the world premiere of previously announced Busan-Youku collaboration project Color Of Asia - Masters, directed by Im Sang-soo, Naomi Kawase, Wang Xiaoshuai and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Other Asian masters set to attend include Eric Khoo with Singaporean 50th anniversary omnibus 7 Letters, Bahman Ghobadi with the
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Busan fest to honour Berlinale's Wieland Speck

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Busan fest to honour Berlinale's Wieland Speck
South Korean film festival also announces Wide Angle juries.

The 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) (Oct 1-10) has announced that Berlinale Panorama director Wieland Speck is to receive this year’s Korean Cinema Award.

The award is annually awarded to individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Korean Cinema to worldwide audiences.

Biff decided to award it this year to Speck who has screened a total of 29 Korean films in his 23 years at his post.

Speck’s selections included Im Kwon-taek’s Seopyonje (1994), and films by Ryoo Seungwan, E J-Yong, Lee Songhee-il, and Kim Ki-duk.

Speck said: “Korean cinema remains ever surprising, a vivid mirror of its diverse societal developments - which makes selecting for the Berlin International Film Festival so exciting.”

Past winners of the Korean Cinema Award include Cannes’ Gilles Jacob, Tokyo Filmex’s Hayashi Kanako and Film Society of the Lincoln Center’s Richard Pena.

Wide Angle Juries
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S Korea's Jeonju names Lee Choong-jik festival director

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S Korea's Jeonju names Lee Choong-jik festival director
Lee previously headed the Korean Film Commission.

South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) has appointed Lee Choong-jik as its new festival director.

Lee is a professor at Chung-Ang University’s graduate school and previously served as head of the Korean Film Council (Kofic, known at the time as the Korean Film Commission) from 2002-2005.

He will start his three-year term on August 1.

After graduating from Chung-Ang University’s film and drama department for undergrad and graduate studies, Lee went to the Ecole Supérieur de Réalisation Audio-Visuelle (Esra) in France and graduated as a film directing major.

His previous experience also includes serving as festival director at the first Seoul International Independent Film Festival; a jury member for the second Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle section; head of Kofic’s committee to promote digital cinema when it was first being integrated in Korea; dean of Chung-Ang University’s graduate school of Advanced Imaging Science
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Busan International Film Festival programmer to visit

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Screen Australia will host a visit by Dosin Pak, programmer for the Busan International Film Festival, in July.

Dosin will view new Australian films for preselection for the festival, which runs from October 1-10, and make recommendations about narrative feature films for the World Cinema, Flash Forward and Midnight Passion sections. World Cinema showcases feature films from non-Asian filmmakers around the world, including those from established filmmakers. Flash Forward is for new narrative features from non-Asian filmmakers reflecting bold vision and creativity.. Midnight Passion screens horror, sci-fi and cult films. Last year Kill Me Three Times screened in World Cinema, The Mule featured in Flash Forward, Paper Planes in Wide Angle and Wyrmwood in Midnight Passion. Busan.s requirements stipulate films should not have been completed before last October and must be 60 minutes or more. Filmmakers with eligible features should contact Dale Fairbairn at Screen Australia via email: dale.fairbairn@screenaustralia.
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Korean filmmakers join Sewol protest

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Korean filmmakers join Sewol protest
More than 1,000 Korean filmmakers and actors, including Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Park Hae-il, have joined a declaration at Busan urging for legislation to ensure an independent special investigation into the Sewol ferry disaster.

Over 300 people are counted dead or missing, with 250 of them minors, as a result of the Sewol ferry sinking this past April.

Perhaps in the largest consolidated action comprising independent and commercial filmmakers as well as actors, the group has announced they will hold a variety of cultural events and activities at the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) in order to communicate their intent to the world’s film community and audiences.

They started with a press conference yesterday (Oct 3) in front of Biff’s Busan Cinema Center and plan to hold one-person protest demonstrations, flash mobs and a petition campaign over the next fortnight. Yellow ribbons commemorating the lost are visible on participants’ chests as well.

The Truth Shall
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Park Chan-wook to Shoot Sexy Crime Story ‘Fingersmith’

Park Chan-wook to Shoot Sexy Crime Story ‘Fingersmith’
Seoul – “Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook has set an adaptation of the novel “Fingersmith,” a sexually-tinged crime novel by British writer Sarah Waters, as his next directorial project.

The film is to begin shooting early in 2015 with casting for the main leads currently in progress.

Waters’ novel is set in Victorian England and revolves around a young, female petty thief and an heiress who fall in love. Published in 2002, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2005, it was adapted for TV into a 2-part drama series for the BBC starring Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”). Park will geographically and temporally relocate it to early 20th century Korea, when the country was under Japanese rule. The Korean title is “Agassi” which translates as ‘young lady.’

The film will be Park’s first Korean-language feature in 6 years, following 2009’s “Thirst” starring Song Kang-ho. In between he directed “Stoker,” with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode,
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