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Stage 32 Joins Forces With the American Film Market!

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market.   As you know, we are big supporters of AFM and all they do to connect producers, financiers and distributors all over the world. To be recognized in such fashion is truly an honor and I thank head honcho, Jonathan Wolf, not only for all the support, but for his friendship as well. In an effort to give back to the film communit…

9 Tips to Take Back Control of Your Emails

Do you often intend to check your emails quickly before your day starts and end up sitting with them for longer than you wanted? Do you feel stressed from the massive amount of disorganization in your inbox and are spending more time organizing them than actually working on your goals? You are not alone. Email technology is amazing, I love it, however as much as it can empower us, it can overwhelm us. Staying in control of your emails allows you to save time and focus on other areas of …

The Home Stretch of 2016 - Are You Hitting Your Goals? Creative Check In!

No weekend News and Notes blog this weekend because I'm out of town...However... As we approach the final stretch of 2016 I thought it might be a good time to reflect a little on the creative goals we set for the year. Need a refresher on the goals you set? Here is where we all checked in to start this year. How are you doing? Making progress? Lagging behind? Changing direction entirely? Let's talk about it in the Comments section below. And, of course, if there is the opportunity to a…

How To Get Commissioned for British TV Right Now!

Stranger Things is killing it among the industry people I know right now. Almost everyone who watches it drinks it straight down. I thought I'd try half an ep to see what it felt like. I watched five episodes non-stop, then finished the series off the following evening. Same with the recent Ashley Pharoah show The Living and The Dead from the BBC. I watched it as fast as I possibly could. One is glorious 1980s nostalgia, one is a heart-achingly beautiful journey into Thomas Hardy …

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Vision Films Enters into a Distribution Deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  Vision Films, an international sales agent and North American distributor for independent feature films and feature length documentaries, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) to distribute their new feature film releases across home entertainment platforms in the United States and Canada. Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films states, “We are so pleased to be joining the SPHE family who has a proven track-record of success in the U.S…

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Polish Days at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival 2016

Launched in 2013 in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute, Polish Days is the top industry event of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. According to Magdalena Sroka, the general director of the Polish Film Institute, this joint initiative of the Polish Film Institute and the festival has become one of the most interesting events dedicated to promoting Polish cinema. Indeed, the importance of Polish Days for the international promotion of Polish cinema cannot be ov…

Women to Watch: Katayoon Shahabi, Producer and International Sales Agent

Katayoon is CEO of the first private Iranian company to distribute Iranian-made movies and documentaries around the world. Knowing Katayoon for many years, sharing many experiences as we got to know one another at the festivals and markets, I want to share this heroic woman’s special place in our world for those who do not know her yet. When not at the film festival events supporting her film, Behnam Behzadi’s “Varoonegi” aka “Inversion” aka “Un…

Edinburgh International Film Festival and its Shorts

Established in 1947, EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals. It has an established reputation for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. The new artistic direc…

Women To Watch: Sophie Dulac - Founder of Champs Elysees Film Festival

 Women to Watch: Sophie Dulac, Founder of Champs Elysees Film Festival, Producer, Distributor and Theater(s) Owner For the past five years I have had the honor of interviewing Sophie Dulac three times. She is not only the founder and president of the five-year-old Champs Elysees Film Festival but is also a distributor of eight to ten films a year of which two were in Cannes this year, a theater owner of the Paris mini-chain, Les Ecrans de Paris, a producer, and VP of Publicis, a PR…

Susan Kouguell Interview With Award-winning Australian Filmmaker Joe D’Arcy

In the final days of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, I had the pleasure of meeting Australian filmmaker Joe D’Arcy, whose 6-minute short film ‘Je suis un Crayon’ (I am a Pencil) curated by Academy-award winner Whoopi Goldberg, was included in the animated shorts program. This program was described as ‘showcasing imaginative storytelling and captivating craft’ and indeed ‘Je suis un Crayon’ was no exception. D'Ary with his wife Carol and Whoopi G…

The Arab World in Cannes

Mohamed Diab’s “Clash” / “Eshtebak” opened Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It takes place in Cairo during the summer of 2013 - two years after the Egyptian revolution. In the wake of the ouster of Islamist president Morsi, two journalists are grabbed during protests, their cameras and IDs confiscated, and thrown into the back of a police truck. The Clash Full of detained demonstrators of divergent political and religious background…

Two New Festivals of Interest

Cult Film Festival Cult Film Festival’s first edition June 16-19 in Trouville-Sur-Mer by French writer and TV personality Karl Zero who says “Cult is the hyphen between popular and visionary”. Watch the Cult Film Trailer here Cult or Not Cult? Oui = Yes, Non = No and Pas Encore = Not Yet.   The Slum Film Festival Slum Film Festival in Nairobi premiered the short film “Tales from the Slums” from Kenya and was shown in Films Without Borders, the cha…

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