Archive for February, 2015

Film tax credits get scrutiny as abuse is exposed

Written by: Rob Masson NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – With the state facing a $1.8 billion budget deficit, tax credits are about to get a hard look, especially film tax credits. “We’re always concerned when we have programs that are abused by people in the process,” said state Rep. J.P. Morrell Louisiana has become a […]

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Film production bills fail

BISMARCK – The almost nonexistent film industry in North Dakota won’t be getting any help from legislators this year. Two bills that would have helped the film industry in the state failed on Thursday. House Bills 1420 and 1422 would have offered tax credits to production companies on money spent in the state and appropriated […]

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About English as a lingua franca for film production

By Julio Nakamurakare Herald Staff If linguists speak of a global language or a lingua franca, that’s definitely English. With a number of speaker of 1B +, if you make a movie in Mandarin it will, most likely, be shelved and gather dust for years before a connoisseur labels it a masterpiece. If, on the other […]

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First studio set to transform Myanmar’s film industry

By Chit Su Myanmar’s filmmakers have long had to make do without a film studio, shooting films on location or even in their own homes. That is set to change with the soon to be completed construction of the new Pin Lal film studio, located in North Okklapa, which is set to fill what many see […]

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PACT/BECTU film fee talks critical

A critical point has been reached in the epic negotiations over an agreement to cover freelances in the film industry. BECTU has told PACT, the independent production companies’ trade association, that if they cannot agree on whether the deal will cover going rates rather than minimum rates, further negotiations would be “pointless”. Two years of […]

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Ascension Parish jumps into movie, TV business, creates film commission to ease the way for filmmakers

Parish creates film commission to ease the way for filmmakers BY DAVID J. MITCHELL GONZALES — As state legislators prepare to consider the future of the state’s generous film production incentives this spring, Ascension Parish government is betting on continued interest in movie production in the Bayou State. The Parish Council last week created a new […]

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120 female students study film production

JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS The director of the Audio-Visual Production Department at Effat University, Muhammad Ghazaleh, has said that about 25 female Saudi students from the department’s section in Jeddah are expected to graduate in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in film production. The department was first opened in September 2013 with about 16 students, and has […]

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WYOMING FILM OFFICE TO OFFER $25,000 TO BEST FILMMAKING TALENT

BY IAIN ALEXANDER The Wyoming Film Office has launched a free-to-enter short film contest to find top filmmaking talent, offering a $25,000 production budget for the best short entry. The Wyoming Short Film Contest is inviting filmmakers from around the world to submit their shorts online before April 2nd, with a total running time of no more than 15 minutes. […]

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L.A. Mayor Unveils ‘Greenlight Hollywood’ Initiative To Fight Runaway Production

by Dominic Patten EXCLUSIVE: With eyes and cameras all over the world focused on the Oscars this weekend, Eric Garcetti is set today to formally announce the next steps City Hall is going to take to curb runaway production and keep filming in Hollywood. As Deadline readers will know from my interview last week with Film Czar Ken Ziffren and his […]

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Ukraine’s Film Industry Pushes for Extra Tax on Foreign Distribution

by Vladimir Kozlov Ukraine’s cash-strapped film industry is pushing for a tax on distribution of foreign films, revenues from which would be spent to finance local film production. “This is a necessary step,” Filipp Ilyenko, head of Ukraine’s state cinema agency and the main proponent of the idea, was quoted as saying by the news agency […]

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