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Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’

Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’
This first feature of Kirsten Tan premiered in Sundance ‘17 World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Its provenance is Singapore but it takes place in Thailand. It continued onward to the Hivos Tiger Competition at Iffr (R’dam).

The thrill of interviewing here in Sundance is that you see a film; you have an impression and while it is still fresh you meet the filmmakers without having much time for any research or reflection. And then you get to see them again as “old friends” when you meet again in Rotterdam.

As Kirsten, her producer Weijie Lai and I sat down at the Sundance Co-op on Main Street here in Park City, I really had little idea of where the interview would take us, somewhat analogously to her film in which an architect, disenchanted with life in general, being put aside as “old” in his own highly successful architectural firm and in a stale relationship with his wife,
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Girard seeks Euro support for Cunningham

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French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.

The 3D documentary, inspired by the life and work of legendary Us dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, has been scripted and is being directed by Alla Kovgan.

The film will follow Cunningham from his early days as a struggling dancer in New York to his eventual emergence as one of the most influential choreographers of the Twentieth Century.

“It is one of those very ambitious projects about modern artists that has a lot of technology,” Girard said of a film that, inevitably, has been compared to Wim Wenders’ 3D Pina Bausch film, Pina (2011).

The project has already secured support from the Cnc in France and from the Rockefeller Foundation. Around a third of the €3.4m budget will come from the Us but Girard is in Rotterdam looking for European partners as well
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Kami Naghdi joins Clintons

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Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.

Former lawyer Naghdi took a six-year hiatus from law to produce on a number of features including Bille August’s The Color of Freedom, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn and Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives.

Prior to producing, Naghdi had provided legal services to films including Woody Allen’s Match Point and John Hillcoat’s The Proposition.

Naghdi said: “Clintons offers my clients an array of top class expertise. I have admired their work in music, theatre, digital media, brand management and advertising for many years. The opportunities for cross over and adaptations between the various media has become a key factor to exploiting intellectual property in this sector.

“Films are made into stage musicals, ballet, concerts and sports events are exhibited live in cinemas and every filmmaker wants to speak to Netflix
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Online Film Financing: A New and Soon-to-be Indispensable Tool

Online Film Financing

Going to Cannes? As registrants of the market, every year we receive many booklets that are useful throughout the year. For many years we have been receiving the Funds Book which lists useful figures and statistics as compiled by the European Audiovisual Observatory, an arm of the Council of Europe ( www.obs.coe.int) . Now the information is available in an online interactive format most useful to producers. The Online Film Financing Project (Olffi Project http://www.olffi.com/) is…

A Unique web-based tool that …

§ Assesses the level of eligibility of a project for specific support programs from complex international film funding opportunities

§ Simulates the number of points in various cultural tests

§ Combines different elements of a production set-up in order to match targeted eligibility criteria

§ Compares the level of eligibility for different financing programs

Launched…

It is extremely useful and helpful to have a quick view of the world’s financing mechanisms and to know they will be updated. Not only are its country overviews, but interactive comparisons between countries is unique.

Here is an example, in this case, a comparison between the national funds of Argentina and Brazil:

Funding Body

Incaa

Audiovisual Sector Fund (Fsa)

Country

Argentina

Brazil

Level

National

National

Support Programme

Ar - Fund for Cinematographic Production

Br - Prodecine (Fsa)

Activity

Production

Production

Annual Budget

Value

45 500 000 €

99 999 999.99 €

Info

annual budget Brl 400 000 000,00

Project Types

Feature Films

Feature Films, TV series, TV single work

Nature Of Project

Fiction, Animation, Documentary

Fiction, Animation, Documentary

Maximum Amount

General

500 000 €, Majority Coproduction : 324 000 €, Minority Coproduction : 300 000 €, Maximum Amount 500 000€ / Majority Coproduction 324 000€ / On average 75% of maximum amount, depending on Argentinian quote share and considering only Argentinian film costs.

Fiction

530 000 €

1 500 000 €

Animation

530 000 €

3.300 euros/minute

Documentary

530 000 €

333 000 €

Average Amount

General Fiction

350 000 €

Animation

415 000 €

Documentary

165 000 €

250 000 €

Cap Per Project

of total production budget

33%

80%

of Coproduction share Info

From 20% to 80% depending on % of Brazilian share

Nature Of Funding

Selective

Selective

Info

Type Of Funding

Not Recoupable

Recoupable, Profit Share

Recoupement Position

Not Applicable

Recoupment in first position / Proportional to the investment in production budget/ Limited to 80% of Brazilian producer profits, until minimum return of the investment (between 10% and 30%)

Info

Who Can Apply

National Production Company, Service Company

National Production Company

Info

The Producer must be registered in the Incaa National Register of Producers

Brazilian independent companies only.

Main Eligibility Requirements

Has Cultural Test

No

No

Other Requirements

At least 80% of the financing must be confirmed / Financial coproduction only with Spain / For non official coproductions, min. of 20% of national share

Brazilian share at least 20% of the budget / For coproductions, application made by the Brazilian coproducer / Min. 2 actors per country / 2/3 of the artistic team from Brazil / If foreign director, must be Brazilian resident for at least 3 years (except for countries with coproduction treaties with Brazil).

Info

Spending Obligations

In the country

No

No

In the region

No

No

How much ? Info Others Obligations

Main Selection Criteria

Script, budget, financing plan, cast and crew, distribution

Quality of the project, financial aspects, artistic and technical team from Brazil

Payment Schedule

Beginning of Pp

No

No

During production

No

No

After Completion

No

No

End of Fiscal year

No

No

Comments

When To Apply

Number of sessions per year Application Dates

2014/02/17

All year round

Yes

Info

Certification Process

Certification Process

Inscription, evaluation, pitching and investment decision

Prior Shooting

No

No

At any time

No

No

After completion

No

No

Number Of Project Financed Per Year

National/Majority Coproductions

110

80

Minority Coproductions / Year

20

5

Founded by

Joëlle Levie served as General Director of the Bureau du Québec de Téléfilm (Canada) and later held the same position for the Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (Sodec). After returning to Europe, she took over the Tax Shelter division of the Ing bank in Belgium. Today, she works as an audiovisual consultant for various organizations (Ace, Eave, ScriptEast, Fémis, Esra Focal…) and is President of the film selection committee of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in Belgium.

François Farrugia is the founder and CEO of Moviesoft, a leading European software reseller for film production that provides scriptwriting, production scheduling and film budgeting software. MovieSoft.com serves nearly 10,000 clients in Europe.

Ilann Girard , General Counsel of Pandora Cinema for 12 years, created Arsam in 2002 to advise audiovisual producers on the development and financing of their projects. He is also an active film producer, serving as executive producer on The March of the Penguins and Plastic Planet and as producer on Goodbye Bafana, Lebanon, and Ombline. He has won two Oscars, Berlinale Cinema for Peace prize, the Golden Lion in Venice and two European Film Awards.

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About Us

It’s hard to get funding for your film. You’ve checked out your local film commission, raised a few bucks through crowdfunding, schmoozed with your uncle’s rich friend, and promised Pepsi you’ll include their drink in every shot. But you still don’t have enough. What do you do?

Olffi.com is our answer to the ever-growing difficulty of finding public funding for film and audiovisual projects. Discover new fundsyou never knew existed. Find out which countries give you the best cash rebates. Get in touch with local producers to partner with. Verify if you’re eligible for a grant. And make a real difference to your film budget.

Our goal in creating Olffi was to make finding public funding easy for you. We bring you information that’s complete and reliable, updated every day and validated by the funds themselves before it goes on the site.

New grants, increased budgets, new coproduction treaties: we keep up to date on all the changes in the world of public film funding, so that you don’t have to.

Questions? Write to us at contact [At] olffi.com or go online for a week’s free trial! Definitely endorsed by SydneysBuzz!
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Portrayals of South African Leader Mandela on the Big Screen. Any Truthful Ones?

Nelson Mandela movies (photo: Idris Elba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’) Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who spent 27 years in jail and who played a fundamental role in the demise of that country’s apartheid system, died of a lung infection yesterday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95. One of the best known political figures of the late 20th century, Nelson Mandela inevitably became a topic for filmmakers. Below are a few examples. Idris Elba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ British actor Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Mandela’s autobiography, and which opened this past weekend in the United States. Written by William Nicholson, the film — much like Richard Attenborough’s Best Picture Oscar winner Gandhi — is a de facto biopic (or rather, hagiopic, according to reviews), covering Mandela’s life from his childhood years to his election
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Nelson Mandela in the movies

In film, the role of the former Anc activist and president of South Africa has traditionally been approached with great reverence

The voice. The gentle, mysterious smile. The walk – generally an older man's walk, across a garden, or presidential office, or prison exercise yard. The enigmatically polite manner: intimidating, even awe-inspiring for allies and adversaries alike. The list of actors who have tried all this is long: Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Terrence Howard, Danny Glover, Sidney Poitier, Clarke Peters, Dennis Haysbert, Idris Elba – and Lindane Nkosi, the one South African actor who has managed to make some sort of impression as this character in Anglo-Hollywood circles, for a film called Drum, about the 1950s anti-apartheid campaign, that played at festivals in London and Cannes.

Nelson Mandela has been a role to be approached reverently, a difficult part and a career hurdle in some ways, like a royal figure in a Shakespearian play,
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Nelson Mandela Movies: 5 Actors Who Played the Late South African Leader (Photos)

For such a widely revered public figure, Nelson Mandela was oddly underrepresented when it came to major motion pictures. The South African leader, who passed away yesterday at age 95, was portrayed only a handful of times, mostly in marginal fare that barely registered critically or commercially. Part of this probably has to do with the unusual contours of his long life, 27 years of which were spent in prison -- daunting subject matter from the perspective of a filmmaker, who must place those decades in context.

The latest attempt to render Mandela's life and legacy on the big screen comes from director Justin Chadwick, in the form of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a biopic that we got to see earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Star Idris Elba brings a lot of conviction to the challenging role, giving Mandela great depth and shying away from the
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Nelson Mandela’s Death: Muhammad Ali & Other Celebs React

After Nelson Mandela died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95, President Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, and a bevy of celebrities are remembering the beloved former South African president’s amazing legacy.

The world is heartbroken after Nelson Mandela sadly passed away on Dec.5, 2013 at home in Houghton, South Africa. The revolutionary leader — who had been suffering from a recurring lung infection and was frequently in the hospital over the last year — will never be forgotten. Nelson has touched so many lives, including that of former professional boxer Muhammad Ali, who released a touching statement praising the late leader on Dec. 5.

Nelson Mandela’s Death — President Obama & Celebrities React

Muhammad expressed his admiration for Nelson and the impact he had on the world, saying:

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world.
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Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman pay tribute to "saint" Nelson Mandela

Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman pay tribute to
Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman and Dennis Haysbert have all paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, having all played the South African leader on the big screen.

Elba is starring in the highly-anticipated upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which traces the leader's journey from opposing apartheid to becoming South Africa's president.

"What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family," Elba said in a statement.

He continued: "I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now."

Freeman
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Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman pay tribute to "saint" Nelson Mandela

Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman pay tribute to
Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman and Dennis Haysbert have all paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, having all played the South African leader on the big screen.

Elba is starring in the highly-anticipated upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which traces the leader's journey from opposing apartheid to becoming South Africa's president.

"What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family," Elba said in a statement.

He continued: "I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now."

Freeman
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Celebs React to Nelson Mandela's Death

Celebs React to Nelson Mandela's Death
Following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday, Hollywood took a moment to express their condolences.

Related: Nelson Mandela Dies

Vice President Joe Biden: "Nelson Mandela once said, 'A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.' Mandela's wisdom and compassion were formidable enough to change the world. First his courage and then his forgiveness inspired us all, and challenged us to do better. In the words of the South African poet Peter Horn, he 'dreamed the world another way.' I saw his world the way it used to be when I visited South Africa as a 34 year old Senator. When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African American congressmen traveling with me were sent to the other side. I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented. When I tried to enter Soweto township with Congressmen
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Nelson Mandela dies at 95: Five touchstone film moments about his life

Nelson Mandela dies at 95: Five touchstone film moments about his life
Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.

It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years.
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Nelson Mandela Dies

Nelson Mandela Dies
Nelson Mandela -- the long-jailed activist whose famous struggle to replace South Africa's racial segregation system of apartheid eventually led him to become the country's first black president -- has died at the age of 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.

Mandela -- who was born July 18, 1918 in the South African village of Mvezo -- had been hospitalized in recent months after being treated since early June for a recurring lung infection. A message posted to Mandela's official Twitter page on Thursday read: "Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace."

Mandela became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s. He joined the African National Congress (Anc) in 1942 and for the next 20 years, directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against his country's racist policies.

When the Anc was outlawed in 1960, Mandela was forced to go underground
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'A Hijacking' Director Tobias Linholm Steps Into 'The War,' '40 Days Of Dating' Blog Is Going To Be A Movie & More

Some directing news to get y'all over that midweek hump. Screen Daily has two pieces of intriguing news for us: first up, Tobias Lindholm, director of the absolutely stellar “A Hijacking," has announced his new project, “The War,” about Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. Lindholm likes simple titles, it seems, and simple set-ups: “The War” will form the third part of a thematic trilogy about “desperate men in small rooms”, following on from “A Hijacking” and the even simpler “R” from 2010. This third film will also feature "Borgen" star Pilou Asbaek, as the previous two did. (Lindholm is a writer on that show).In more Danish directing news, Bille August, of “Night Train To Lisbon” and “Goodbye Bafana” fame has announced his new project, “Beware of Pity,” based on the Stefan Zweig novel of the same name about a young lieutenant in the 1930s who falls for a paralyzed aristocrat. Greg Latter will write the script,
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pedro Almodóvar Set For Career Honor At Efa Awards; Senator Backs Bille August’s ‘Beware Of Pity; More

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Pedro Almodóvar Set For Career Honor From European Film Academy Pedro Almodóvar will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the 26th European Film Awards in December. The European Film Academy is feting the filmmaker for his body of work, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – his 1988 breakout film – All About My Mother, Talk To Her and this year’s I’m So Excited. “I am very thankful for this award,” Almodóvar said in a statement. “From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.” He will receive the award December 7 at the the Efa Awards in Berlin. Senator Film To Finance Bille August’s ‘Beware Of Pity’ Germany’s Senator Film is backing the latest feature adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s Beware Of Pity. Danish helmer Bille August will direct.
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Bille August To Helm "Beware of Pity"

Bille August ("The House of the Spirits," "Smilla's Feeling for Snow") is attached to direct an adaptation of Stefan Zweig's 1938 novel "Beware of Pity" at Senator Films.

August and scribe Greg Latter, who previously worked together on "Goodbye Bafana" and "Night Train to Lisbon," are re-teaming on the English language project which will sport a German and international cast.

The story follows a young lieutenant invited to dine at at a Hungarian aristocrat’s castle. There he meets a parylysed young woman who falls in love with him.

Lars Sylvest and Helge Sasse will produce. Filming takes place next year in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary ahead of a 2015 release.

Source: Screen Daily
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Bille August to direct Beware of Pity

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Bille August to direct Beware of Pity
Senator backing adaptation of 1938 novel.

Bille August is attached to direct an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novel Beware of Pity for UK producer Lars Sylvest and Senator Film’s Helge Sasse of Germany.

Hallstrom’s frequent collaborator Greg Latter will write the script. The pair previously worked together on Goodbye Bafana and Night Train to Lisbon.

The 1938 novel by the Vienna-born author is about a young lieutenant who is invited to dine at at a Hungarian aristocrat’s castle, where he meets a parylysed young woman who falls in love with him.

The film will be in the English language with a German and international cast. It will shoot in 2014 in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary. Senator will release in 2015.
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Idris Elba Is Nelson Mandela In Long Walk To Freedom Teaser Trailer

Rising from anti-apartheid revolutionary and political prisoner to President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is a courageous man with an incredible life story. It's one that has inspired a handful of biopics over the years, including two made-for-tv features starring Danny Glover in 1987 then Sidney Poitier in 1997, and Goodbye Bafana, a 2007 release in which Dennis Haysbert played Mandela. Then of course there was Clint Eastwood's historical drama Invictus, which earned Morgan Freeman an Academy Award nod for his portrayal of the internationally respected leader. But the latest, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is one based on the man's own autobiography. And though you can't make him out in the teaser above, Mandela is played here by the one and only Idris Elba. Between winning a Golden Globe for his devastating drama series Luther and stealing scenes as the accordion-playing space captain in the polarizing sci-fi epic Prometheus, 2012 was a
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Stringer Bell The Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Pick Up 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Starring Idris Elba

The Oscars are in just over for 48 hours, but man, they feel so yesterday already, amirite? So let's start looking ahead to next year, and one can't ignore the news and start speculating when someone like Harvey Weinstein snaps up a movie about Nelson Mandela. The Weinstein Company has picked up the rights to "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," the biopic with none other than the eternally awesome Idris Elba in the lead role. Justin Chadwick ("The First Grader") directs with Naomie Harris co-starring as Winnie, with the film said by Elba last year to cover Mandela's "early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison…" It's a powerful story indeed, though previous attempts to chronicle the South African leader's life (or parts of it) haven't had quite the lasting impact. Actors ranging from Danny Glover ("Mandela"), Dennis Haysbert ("Goodbye Bafana") and Terrence Howard...
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Dennis Haysbert talks Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

A couple of weeks ago it was confirmed that Dennis Haysbert would replace the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's upcoming comic book adaptation Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and now the former 24 star has taken a moment to discuss the role in an interview with SuperHeroHype:

"I haven't finished working out to the capacity that I need to, but he's going to be different. This is playing as a prequel, so it should work out," said Haysbert, whose other screen roles include the feature films Major League, Far From Heaven, Jarhead and Goodbye Bafana. "It's going to be my character, but I've spoken extensively with Frank Miller and Robert [Rodriguez] about what they want with the character and yes, it has to have some feel of what Michael did but I have to make it my own."

Haysbert also discussed the
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