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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em: Brave New World of French film sales

This one article from Variety is a great tutorial in the ups, downs and sideways of French film distribution today as seen through the prism of Toronto.  The upshot is inevitably the end when Régine Hatchondo, head of Unifrance, utters the ‘V-word’, but it’s nevertheless fascinating to see how, knock-on-wood, the market for character-driven French (and other national) and indie content seems to be coming back (even with a bidding war for Werner Herzog‘s 3-D doc about French cave art, no less).

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Filed under: French film industry, VOD, , , , , ,

Sundance, back in the saddle

I’ve never been, but, having applied several times to their annual Screenwriting Workshops, and gotten the kindest rejections, I’m quite partial to the Sundance Film Festival.  And from what I’ve read, looks like things have gotten back to basics, in the best possible way for the quarter-century plus old fest.

The kinds of titles and content which sold quickly (and at somewhat a record pace, at least compared to recent seasons) don’t seem terribly indie, innovative or genuinely unusual.  But the distribution vehicles definitely seem to be evolving, with youtube getting in on the game, along with several new players.  If anyone actually reads my blog, they (I hope) would see I tend toward optimism, so I think all in all, it sounds like it was a good year.

Filed under: US film industry, VOD,

Beginning of the end . . . or visa versa?

"It's Always Darkest . . . " by Judy Chicago

"It's Always Darkest . . . " by Judy Chicago

VOD is rapidly getting more attention, if for no other reason that films don’t seem to be catching distributor attention, or rather distributors.  The news from Toronto was dreary, both inside and outside screening rooms.

I heard an old friend/colleague say this recently, which could mean it’s now a mantra, but producers and filmmakers who complain about “too many movies” seem to me more like desperate reality TV participants than sober business people, essentially opting for a “women & children first” policy for the film business.  Why not let go of the sinking old model, and let in what could be a warm sea and rising tide of new opportunities?

Filed under: subtitling, US film industry, VOD,