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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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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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Thailand lures foreign productions with cash-back incentives

By Thomas Schmid Thailand’s government at long last is going to implement a new cash-back program to attract foreign movie productions to the country. The initiative, which has already been approved by the Thai cabinet, was announced on May 14 during a reception at the Thai Pavilion at the recent Cannes International Film Festival. The program, […]

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Ang Lee Gives Advice to Young Filmmakers; Asks Chinese Film Industry to be Patient

By J. Javelosa World-renowned American Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee addressed a group of people at a recently held themed forum, where he advised young filmmakers to take the time to hone their skills. The director was in Shanghai on Monday for the annual Shanghai International Film Festival and discussed some of the “things still to be […]

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Cinemas Built to Resurrect Stagnating Film Industry

By TIN HTET PAING / THE IRRAWADDY RANGOON — A private cinema developer will build 100 cinemas in Burma within the next two years to encourage the country’s stagnating film industry, the Information Ministry said. Representatives from local cinema developer Maze Co. Ltd., chaired by former actor Lwin Moe, met with information minister Pe Myint on Thursday. […]

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Singapore production house Two Oceans Film Company closes after 18 years

One of Singapore’s most well-established commercial production companies, Two Oceans Film Company, is to shut down. The firm, which was co-founded by Geraldine Ng and Koh Say Chong, and has produced TV and radio ads for the last 18 years, appeared in today’s newspaper in the form of a high court notice informing readers of the closure. According […]

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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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Beijing Film Academy to help Malaysia develop film industry

BY THO XIN YI BEIJING: MCA Youth has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Film Academy in a move to push for the development of the film industry in Malaysia. Its chief Chong Sin Woon said the MoU would pave the way for possible collaboration with the academy in the next three years. “We […]

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China Drafts New Film Industry Law

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief China has moved forward with a new film industry law intended to boost the sector and help Chinese companies compete internationally. Chinese state media reported that a draft of the new law was debated Friday by the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress. “Film legislation can stimulate the industry, […]

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China mulls law to boost film industry

China is reviewing a draft law aimed at boosting financial incentives for Chinese movies and ensuring freedom to make films, state media said on Friday, as it hopes to expand the cultural and commercial success of its film industry. BEIJING: China is reviewing a draft law aimed at boosting financial incentives for Chinese movies and […]

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