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trinidad + tobago film festival 2016: one on ones

trinidad + tobago film festival 2016: one on ones
While we eat “doubles” we talk one on one with selected filmmakers…

Great to be back for my fourth year at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival.

Jamaicans going to watch Jamaican shorts. Photo by actor director Tony Hendricks

My first night, I went with my new favorite delegation, whom I already wrote about in my Tiff It’s a Wrap blog, the group of Jamaican filmmakers to see their five shorts showing here at ttff as part of the Jafta Propella initiative to put money into the production and distribution of shorts (rather than in yet-another film festival). The range of stories and storytelling styles was a tasting menu of hors d’oevres for the festival.
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Venice: Memento Takes France, World to Rodrigo Pla’s ‘A Monster’ (Exclusive)

Venice: Memento Takes France, World to Rodrigo Pla’s ‘A Monster’ (Exclusive)
Gearing up for the 72nd Venice Film Festival, Memento Films, the Paris-based production-distribution-sales house, announced Wednesday its acquisition of both French distribution and world sales rights to “A Monster With a Thousand Heads,” from Rodrigo, a leading light of Mexico’s new wave cinema.

A social thriller as Pla’s debut, “The Zone,” “A Monster” plays Venice’s Horizons. It marks the third collaboration between Pla and Memento, whose credits as a producer, distributor or sales agent include two Palme d’Or winners, 2008’s “The Class” and 2014’s “Winter Sleep.”

In France, Memento Distribution released “The Zone” in 2008 to a robust 130,000 admission trawl – over $900,000 in B.O. gross; Memento Films Intl’s world cinema arthouse label Artscope took world rights to Pla’s third feature, “The Delay,” a fest hit, winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize at 2012’s Berlin. “Monster” marks a full-blown pick-up by Memento Films Intl.

“A Monster” jojns
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New Distribution Companies

Transmission of Australia was launched in January of this year. It is headed up by former Dendy Films executives Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie. They recently acquired Australian and New Zealand rights to Ruba Nadda’s romantic drama 'Cairo Time' from E1’s sales company Maximum International. In launching Transmission, Mackie and Payten signed a three-year joint venture with Paramount Australia that will see as many as ten Transmission films released through the studio’s Australia and NZ arm.

Cine Global of Germany, launched this year, has Mexico's 'La Zona'.

'Orphanage,' 'Padre' set for Morelia

'Orphanage,' 'Padre' set for Morelia
MEXICO CITY -- Juan Antonio Bayona's horror film The Orphanage and Christopher Zalla's immigrant drama Padre Nuestro will bookend the fifth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico's top movie showcases.

In all, 76 films will unspool in official competition at the Oct. 5-14 festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Opener The Orphanage is produced by Guillermo Del Toro, Spain's Telecinco and Rodar y Rodar, with the participation of Warner Bros. Prods. Spain. Picturehouse is handling U.S. distribution for the film, which was recently tabbed for an English-language remake by New Line.

Closing the festival is Padre Nuestro, winner of the Sundance grand jury prize for best U.S. drama.

In past editions, only documentaries and shorts were permitted to enter competition at Morelia. This year, however, the festival has added a feature-length fiction section for first- and second-time Mexican directors.

Among the features in competition are Cochochi, which bowed at the Venice Film Festival, and La Zona, winner of the International Critics' Award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

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