Real Ideas Studio announces global microgrants for emerging filmmakers

Thirty-two students in culturally-diverse teams created eight documentaries during the Slamdance Film Festival, which ran concurrent with this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. According to festival directors, the Real Ideas Studio screening was the largest at Slamdance, with standing-room-only attendance. Subjects of other films ranged from an amputee snowboarder, to the search …
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Third annual Asian Film Award nominations

Below is a complete list of nominations for the third annual Asian Film Awards, an event organizers hope will grow to become the Oscars of Asia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Martial artist and actress Michelle Yeoh will head the jury that selects the winners, which will be announced in Hong Kong during a March …
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European Union film support goes global

The European Commission today proposed an international cooperation program for the audiovisual industry which seeks to strengthen cultural and commercial ties between Europe’s film industry and film-makers of third countries. The Media Mundus program will provide 15 million euros ($20.5M) between 2011-2013 for joint projects submitted by audiovisual professionals from the EU and third countries. …
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Nielsen Media to launch MovieWeek LA event

Nielsen Business Media today announced that it will launch MovieWeek LA in 2010, an annual industry and consumer gathering that will explore the art, craft and business of creating the moving image. The confab – which is being created by the company’s Entertainment Group, which includes The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Backstage, and ShoWest – will …
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Win a part of more than $350,000 in cash and production help in new Film Indie/Netflix contest

Netflix and Film Independent (FIND), the not-for-profit arts organization that produces the Independent Sprit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, today announced that they are joining forces to discover the next great independent filmmaker. The Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition will award one aspiring filmmaker the means, guidance and resources to make a …
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Joss Whedon’s web-based series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog on DVD today

Amazon-owned CreateSpace announced that Joss Whedon’s cult web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog DVD and soundtrack CD featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion will be available for the first time this December exclusively on Amazon.com using the CreateSpace DVD and CD distribution solution. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which originated as a musical …
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Casting call for comic adaptation The Fashion Police

From the comic book series now being adapted into a feature film. Introducing the Fashion Police – the search for America’s Most Flaunted. With the advent of the new millenium, corruption has eaten at the very fabric of New York City’s fashion industry. Tip-offs, rip-offs, knock-offs and show-offs have amplified its cry for justice. The Fashion Police …
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Openfilm launches new features and tools for indie filmmakers

Openfilm, an online destination for independent films, shorts and animations, announced today a variety of new tools and features to help independent filmmakers showcase their work and help audiences discover and watch web video in high-def for free. The highlights include an improved new look for the site with superior navigation, viewing recommendations and film …
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Image Metrics creates gaming and film divisions to focus on the needs of each

Image Metrics, a leading provider of facial animation solutions for the entertainment industry, is aligning its operations into video game and film and TV divisions to address the growing demand for its services in both industries. “With leading visual effects companies and game developers outsourcing key production components to specialized experts like Image Metrics, demand …
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army first DVD and Blu-ray to feature 4D audio technology

Released yesterday, Hellboy II: The Golden Army on DVD and Blu-ray, is the first movie to feature audio mixed using GenAudio’s AstoundSurround software. GenAudio, developer of AstoundStereo 4D sound localization cue technology, has partnered with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to bring the DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def audio experience into the next dimension by immersing viewers …
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Remix Hotel to be held in Los Angeles

Remix Hotel is heading to Los Angeles for its annual, action-packed weekend of music-production technology, industry panels, and artist appearances. Welcoming Avid as Presenting Partner, Remix Hotel Los Angeles 2008 adds a new programming component—video production—to its successful format of audio-related demos, exhibits, and performances. Providing hands-on access to the technology used to create today’s …
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Have Paul Haggis and Barry Sonnenfeld screen your short film

No joke. Apple Computer is again sponsoring the Insomnia Film Festival, where filmmaking teams can potentially have their self-produced short films screened by industry heavy-hitters, including John August, Doug Ellin, Jody Hill, Masi Oka, Jason Bateman, Paul Haggis, Greg Mottola and Barry Sonnenfeld. If your movie makes the top 25 picked from online voting, you …
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Dubai Studio City to showcase facilities at American Film Market

Dubai Studio City, the Middle East’s first dedicated film production cluster, will highlight Dubai as a compelling destination for international filmmakers during American Film Market (AFM), which is currently being held in Santa Monica, California. Dubai Studio City executive director Jamal Al Sharif, will lead a panel discussion on Location Expo: National Perspectives, highlighting production …
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UCLA to host film distribution, prediction and financing workshop

The UCLA Entertainment & Media Management Institute (EMMI) at UCLA Anderson School of Management today announced that it will host the annual Bruce Mallen Business and Economics Scholars Workshop November 7-8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Workshop will bring together top academic scholars and industry professionals to discuss research focused on measuring, predicting and/or …
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