Archive for July, 2016

Deccanwood: An Indian film industry taking on Bollywood

As Bollywood expands to global markets and genres many, unable to connect, seek local alternatives that speak to them. by Mohd Abdul Alam Mohd Abdul Alam works for Al Jazeera English Online and reports on current events in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Many of India’s regional language filmmakers fear being swallowed up by the […]

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Scarlett Johansson and the film industry’s gender pay gap

Scarlett Johansson is the highest-grossing female film actor of all time, but is she really the biggest star? Not necessarily. The list on which Johansson has risen to number 10 is a running aggregate maintained by Box Office Mojo, a box office analysis website, that compiles a table containing films in which actors are featured players, […]

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Lessons for the post-EU British film industry from the collapse of the Soviet Union

Almost a week on from Brexit we have begun to see the ramifications of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, both financially and politically. Very little attention has been paid, however, to the effect this vote has had on the cultural industries in Britain. Of course, any changes in the arts sector will occur […]

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Brexit could threaten the Irish film industry warns IFB boss: ”Anything that prevents free trade or free movement is a problem’

David Kearns The spectre of Brexit is threatening to derail much of the hard work that has seen the Irish film industry enjoy its most successful 12 months ever, industry experts have said. The warning came from the Irish Film Board (IFB), which said it has concerns over any changes to the common travel area […]

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A film crew on every corner: 15 films in Dutch production this summer

The Dutch film fund Filmfonds has invested almost €6m in 23 different productions in its latest funding round, including 19 feature films and four documentaries. The fund, which hands out cash four times a year, hopes this will result in some €27m being spent in the Netherlands itself. The aim is to help the local […]

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South Africa, Namibia Sign Film Production Agreement

Christopher Vourlias South Africa and Namibia signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the Durban Intl. Film Festival, paving the way for stronger ties between the neighboring countries. The MoU, which was signed by members of South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) June 21, provides a framework that will support and strengthen […]

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Chinese, New Mexico film officials begin cross-cultural media partnership

UNM looks to become part of collaboration academically By Steve Carr Panda iMedia, one of China’s top online media holding companies, along with the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the Albuquerque Film Office and The University of New Mexico, recently announced a cross-cultural media partnership designed to bring jobs, and a […]

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Wayzata businessman indicted in $12 million moviemaking swindle

By Jennifer Bjorhus Star Tribune JUNE 30, 2016 Jerry Seppala promised to bring Hollywood to the Iron Range, opening a movie studio in an old hockey rink in the basement of Chisholm’s City Hall. Now Seppala and two California men stand accused of bilking investors out of $12 million meant to finance films. Seppala, 47, a businessman […]

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Nigeria: Nollywood Defies the Odds to Top Film Industry

By Christina Okello For four days, Paris came alive with the vivid colours of Nigerian prints, and the sounds of Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo on the occasion of Paris’ fourth Nollywood film festival that ended on Sunday. Spectators didn’t just get a glimpse of some of the hottest films in Nigerian cinema, but a better insight into […]

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Cinematograph Exhibition Board stops movie premiere

According to Secretary of the board, Kwamena Amoah, the producer was notified of the existence of an act which demands that movies are brought to the board before any public viewing but he did not heed to the call. Albert Benefo Buabeng The Cinematograph Exhibition Board of Control on June 4, 2016 stopped the premiere of “You […]

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