Archive for May, 2015

Women out of focus in film industry

Screen Australia has released two new infographics detailing the latest statistics on the relatively low participation rates of women working in film in Australia. Deputy Chair of Screen Australia, Deanne Weir said decision makers in the Australian screen sector needed to change to improve the depth, quality and diversity of content, and truly represent the richness […]

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Funding Cut as Film, Video Game Lobbies Squabble

by Ryan McCrimmon With a $63 million budget cut looming over the state’s film incentives program, advocates for the film and video game industries are weighing what went wrong — and pointing fingers. The two-year budget deal reached by House and Senate negotiators last week includes about $32 million for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, less […]

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Union City-based partnership to get film workers ready fast Read more: Neighbor Newspapers – Union City based partnership to get film workers ready fast

Union City, Atlanta Metro Studios and the Fulton County School System will help send up to six south Fulton high school graduates to Clayton State University’s digital film crew training program. “Production companies are picking Georgia because we have the entire package – a business-friendly environment, statewide accessibility, diverse locations and a skilled crew base,” […]

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DIVERSITY CRISIS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY: HAVE YOUR SAY

From ageism to sexism, discrimination and a lack of roles for women and minorities, the film industry faces a growing diversity crisis that needs to be solved. This month the A.C.L.U made a formal request to US state and federal agencies to look into the gender discrimination taking place in Hollywood. According to the letter filed on […]

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N.S. film tax credit changes blamed for film cancelling shoot

$2.5M project was rewritten to be set in the province, but now they’re seeking N.S. landscapes CBC News A production company that rewrote a movie to set it in Nova Scotia will now film it elsewhere, and it’s blaming the changes to the province’s film tax credit. Paul Barkin of Alcina Pictures says the $2.5 […]

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Independent films in Egypt, Middle East: coproductions and agendas

As a part of Hybrid Reels programme, Mostafa Youssef of Seen Film Production led a discussion about film co-production as a source of funding Marwa Morgan Every weekend, cinemas in Cairo are filled with audiences eager to see the biggest releases, which have been advertised on billboards all over the city. Given this enthusiastic audience, […]

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House budget bumps film funding up to $40M

By Hilary Snow The N.C. House’s proposed spending plan for 2015-16 could be promising for the state’s film industry. Included in the House’s recently approved $22.2 billion budget for next fiscal year is $40 million for filming–a boost from the already-spent $10 million grant in the current budget, but a drop in the originally recommended $60 […]

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Ontario Amends Foreign Film Tax Credit Cut for Hollywood

by Etan Vlessing After hearing from the major Hollywood studios, the Ontario government has amended a current bill to cut savings from the province’s foreign film and digital media production tax credit incentives. The changes, unveiled Monday, will see foreign productions already committed to the province before the government last month cut its tax breaks to 21.5 […]

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€6m deal signed for film studio in Limerick

by Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent The Irish Examiner revealed negotiations were at an advanced stage earlier this month to create an international film industry hub at the former Dell plant. Limerick City and County Council has now bought the 350,000sq ft former industrial building and is in continuing talks with Ardmore Studios in Wicklow which […]

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How Sweden hit its 50:50 gender target for film production in record time

Paul Byrnes Film critic Ingrid Bergman has been everywhere at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It’s the centenary of her birth, so the festival chose as its poster a beautiful picture from the 1950s by Magnum photographer David Seymour. Her daughter, Isabella, headed up the jury at Un Certain Regard, the sidebar to the […]

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