Archive for December, 2015

Ukraine, Israel agree on transport safety, cooperation in film industry

A number of agreements have been signed during a state visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Israel. “Today we have signed four agreements: on cooperation in the field of cinematography, an agreement on the introduction of work permits for employees of the diplomatic corps, a series of agreements relating to safety, including on transport,” […]

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Crewmember Killed on Latest ‘Resident Evil’ Film

by David Robb There’s been another tragic accident on the South African set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, this one taking the life of crew member Ricardo Cornelius. He was killed on Dec. 3, but reports are just now surfacing. None of the production or distribution companies involved has yet to make a public statement or express […]

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Amazon to increase film production in their bid to ‘win an Oscar’

AFP, Berlin US online retail giant Amazon announced on Sunday that it is planning to produce 16 feature films a year, throwing down the gauntlet to Netflix, whose African war drama “Beasts of No Nation” may be headed for Oscar glory in February. “We want to win an Oscar,” Amazon boss Jeff Bezos told Sunday’s […]

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Bollywood provides life support to Pakistan’s film industry

Despite border skirmishes and neighbourly acrimony, Bollywood films continue to provide a lifeline to Pakistan’s film industry, says leading filmmaker Jamshed Mahmood Raza. “It’s very simple: we are cousins,” says Raza. “We share the same language. We share the same songs. We had cinemas, but we were not making films. New cinema spaces emerged because […]

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A force awakens as Star Wars movie enters a very different Chinese film universe to 1977 original

Relaxation or removal of foreign film quota to pose a challenge for mainland film makers Enoch Yiu Not long ago, in a film industry not too far away, the game changed. Four decades of reform in mainland China has reshaped its film market and given the latest instalment of Star Wars a very different welcome […]

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Section 181, Film Production Tax Incentive, Reinstated (and Retroactive!) in 2016 Spending Bill

by Scott Macaulay Great news for independent film producers: the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week and signed by President Obama contains a reinstatement of Section 181, the tax provision that incentivizes film and television production by allowing for immediate deduction of production costs up to $15 million. What’s more, the provision, which expires December 31, 2016, was […]

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NETFLIX TO DOUBLE PRODUCTION IN 2016 ADDING 10 NEW FEATURE FILMS

BY IAIN ALEXANDER  Netflix is ramping up its production slate for 2016 in a bid to drive subscriber growth. The movie streaming giant is about to take original programming to the next level with 31 new scripted shows along with 30 brand new series for children and a production slate of 10 feature films. Netflix recently axed 100s […]

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Georgia Film Academy launches pilot certificate program in January

Janel Davis and Tammy Joyner The Atlanta Journal-Constitution State higher education officials Monday unveiled a statewide program aimed at preparing more Georgians for a career in the state’s multibillion dollar entertainment industry. The Georgia Film Academy’s pilot certification program will start January 11. State leaders see the film academy as a one-stop site for education, training and […]

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KwaMashu African Film Festival offers industry workshops

The KwaMashu African Film Festival (KAFF), taking place now (4-13 December 2015), is able to offer industry workshops, such as Budgeting for Film Makers, Copyright and Marketing and Distribution, through its partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. The Commission’s mission is to promote the province’s film industry through increasing the participation of the previously disadvantaged […]

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INCENTIVES WATCH: STATE TAX CREDITS CAUSING NIGHTMARES FOR FILM INDUSTRY

by Jason Plotkin I am not a fan of horror movies. Don’t get me wrong, there are some horror movies that are good–classics even. I guess I’m just not a fan of being scared. Luckily for me, I am not a member of the Florida film industry. Illustrating the fears of the Florida film industry are […]

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