Archive for November, 2016

Lights, Camera, Redaction: China Sets New Rules for Filmmakers

Scripts of films dealing with ‘significant topics’ must be submitted to government officials for approval In Hollywood, they make movies to make money. In China, there’s an extra hurdle: to serve “the people and socialism, prioritize social benefit, and coordinate social and economic effects.” So says the new “film industry promotion law” approved this month […]

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Director Feng Xiaogang accuses Wanda of monopolizing market

One of China’s most famous film directors has publicly accused the country’s richest man of monopolizing the cinema market and limiting screening of his latest movie BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s most famous film directors has publicly accused the country’s richest man of monopolizing the cinema market and limiting screenings of his latest movie. […]

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Film Professionals, Local Officials Applaud Film Tax Credit For HV, Catskills

By ALLISON DUNNE New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that expands the additional 10 percent Empire State film production tax credit to counties in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. It also raises to 40 percent the tax credit offered elsewhere in the state. Local officials and film professionals have high hopes. A former rail […]

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Governor proposes scrapping Mississippi’s film production subsidy

By Steve Wilson If Gov. Phil Bryant has his way, Mississippi will follow the example of Florida and other states and scrap its film production subsidy program. Bryant’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1, proposes allowing the incentive program to expire with the new fiscal year, among other cuts. Bryant, as chair of the state’s bond commission, voted to change bond regulations […]

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Film industry tax avoiders face multi-million pound bill

Investors in a financing scheme aimed at helping the UK film industry are being asked to repay “multiple millions of pounds” following a court ruling. HMRC is pursuing investors in the Eclipse scheme, including celebrities, financiers and sports stars, for up to 20 times their original investment. Courts ruled that the film investment partnership was […]

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Getting Personal: Actors bargaining for more

Tertiani ZB SimanjuntakThe Jakarta Post   FOREIGN PERSPECTIVE: Julie Estelle and Tio Pakusadewo in Surat dari Praha (Letters from Prague), filmed partly in the Czech capital. (Visinema Pictures) The arrest of Gatot Brajamusti for alleged drug possession last August in Mataram, Lombok, right after he was reelected for his second term as the chairman of Indonesian […]

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Government ready to support film industry, says minister

By Omiko Awa The Federal Government has pledged to invest in the necessary infrastructure that would bring about the growth of the Nigerian film industry and complement the efforts of professionals who built the industry from the scratch. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the pledge at the sixth Africa International […]

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Arab Film Studio turns five: looking back at the success stories so far

Chris Newbould Arab Film Studio, the intensive training course for aspiring filmmakers sponsored by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, celebrated its fifth anniversary this month with an evening of screenings of selected short films produced by the programme. It included films from the three main strands of AFS – the narrative programme that launched AFS in […]

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