Archive for August, 2015

Digital Single Market threat to co-production debated in Sarajevo

By Natasha Senjanovic Panel discussed the future of co-production in the proposed Digital Single Market. The second panel of the European Film Forum – “Public funding for co-productions: Cooperating better across borders in the borderless digital world” – took place at the Sarajevo Film Festival on August 21. The session was a response to the EU initiative […]

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British film industry tax breaks approved by EU

Government plans to extend tax breaks for the British film industry have been approved by the EU. Under the scheme, film production companies can claim tax relief of 25% payable towards the cost of production. Chancellor George Osborne said he hoped the move – first announced in the Budget – would help attract more blockbuster […]

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No end to Kannada film industry’s miseries

MURALIDHARA KHAJANE Govt. yet to release subsidies for selected films Inordinate delay by the government in releasing subsidy for selected films has become a cause of concern for the crisis-ridden Kannada industry. Filmmakers are demanding the release of subsidy by the end of every financial year. The Karnataka government, which was offering subsidy for 50 […]

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Animation industry draws on incentives

Dublin-based Brown Bag Films plans to hire an additional 50 staff as it focuses on new markets Things are on the up and up for Ireland’s animation industry, which is continuing to punch above its weight globally. Just this week, award-winning Dublin-based animation studio Brown Bag Films announced plans to hire an additional 50 staff […]

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British film industry tax breaks approved by EU

Government plans to extend tax breaks for the British film industry have been approved by the EU. Under the scheme, film production companies can claim tax relief of 25% payable towards the cost of production. Chancellor George Osborne said he hoped the move – first announced in the Budget – would help attract more blockbuster […]

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Spotlight on Iran’s film industry

Western films are rarely shown in Iranian cinemas and the movie industry struggles with budgets and outdated equipment. But after the signing of a nuclear deal between Iran and the six major world powers, film makers and movie goers hope sanctions will be lifted and their options expanded. The BBC’s Kim Ghattas reports from Tehran, […]

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20th Century Props reopens amid production rebound in L.A.

By RICHARD VERRIER In a propitious sign for Los Angeles’ production sector, one of Hollywood’s largest prop houses is reopening six years after it shut down. 20th Century Props stunned the industry in 2009 when it closed its North Hollywood business amid mounting losses that it blamed on the flight of production from L.A. Several L.A. prop houses […]

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A film industry on the rise

The inaugural South African International Film Festival, also known as RapidLion, will take place from the 12th to the 19th of March, 2016. It is the first South African film festival to concentrate almost exclusively on African cinema. Rapid growth in box office takings from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) has flipped the […]

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Meet the Leading Figures in Ghana’s Budding Film Industry

Posted by Donte Slocum Ghana’s film industry dates back to the late 1940s, starting out as an arm of the Gold Coast Film Unit.  Since the end of colonialism, Ghana’s film industry has lived through periods of boom and bust, however, in recent times, Ghana’s film industry has stymied due to economic hardships. Shirley Frimpong-Manso is […]

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Screen Actors Guild quietly adjusted actors union dues in 2011; drama ensued

By RICHARD VERRIER Union dues are often a source of controversy — even for union members whose pay rivals that of chief executives. Documents recently obtained by the Los Angeles Times show that the Screen Actors Guild quietly recalibrated its method for determining dues in 2011 in what the union said was a bid to get […]

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