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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: New World Distribution in the Old World

By The Collaborative Blog

As DVD sales continue to crumble (allowing us to use less petroleum), VOD is growing (now in 65.7 million US homes - about 55.7% of TV homes, according to MagnaGlobal). Digital distribution revenues are starting to percolate and be more reliable. Worldwide revenue from video-on-demand movies and TV programs will reach $5.7 billion in 2016, up 58% from revenue of $3.6 billion in 2010, according to a new research report. The tally does not include pay-per-view sports events, adult entertainment or subscription-based VOD services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google, among others, according to London-based Direct TV Research Ltd. It should be noted this is not all related to new film but rather making catalog or library content available digitally. According to the study, "Internet-based TV (IPTV) is projected to overtake digital terrestrial TV (DTT) in revenue next t year to become the third largest platform globally. Indeed, VOD revenue from DTT is expected to be largely confined to Western Europe"

In South Korea of course we know almost all have Broadband and watch films digitally but the US digital distribution market has been slower to mature, though it is finally, and so how is new world distribution faring in the old world? I wanted to explore the digital distribution trends in Europe.

"The EU records the second highest TV viewing figures globally, produces more films than any other region in the world, and is home to more than five hundred online video-on-demand services" (European Commission "Green Paper" on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union, 7/13/11). It should be noted that this 500 number is more theoretical and that probably only 100 are worth talking about and half of those being the main revenue generators. The EU funds new platforms but not all of them emerge successfully, much like our US government's funding of alternative energy.


Call for Entries: Santa Cruz Film Festival

The Santa Cruz Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 11th Season. Any film or video completed after January 1, 2011 is invited to submit.

The festival will take place May 10-19, 2012 at the Del Mar Theatre and other venues around town. It promises to be another amazing year of films, parties, events and workshops.

Earlybird deadline: December 2, 2011
Regular deadline: February 10, 2012
Find out more, and submit your film today!

Deadline Approaching: Film Independent's Documentary Lab

Now in its second year, the Film Independent Documentary Lab is accepting applications for the seven-week program that will provide the chosen filmmakers with creative feedback on their projects, help with distribution strategies and marketing of their film, introductions to established documentary filmmakers who will act as advisors on their film and an enthusiastic community of peers to support and challenge filmmakers on their way.

Documentary Lab Fellows also receive a one-year membership with Film Independent, a pass to the Los Angeles Film Festival, one-on-one consultations with Film Independent's Filmmaker Advisor, including in the FIND Talent Guide and year-round support from Film Independent.

Film Independent is looking for filmmakers with a documentary feature in post-production. Is this you? Check out all the details and requirements for the Lab, see what kind of Fellow projects we've helped in the last year in the Documentary Lab and apply today for this chance at invaluable opportunities. The application deadline is approaching on Monday, December 5.

Deadline Approaching: San Francisco International Film Festival

The final submission deadline is approaching for the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the Americas. SFIFF is recognized throughout the world for bringing eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events to the Bay Area. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.

$70,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Golden Gate Award recipients.

Final deadline (shorts): received by December 5
Final deadline (features): received by December 12
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Iberoamérican Images at MoMA, Dec. 1-15 (NYC)

The Museum of Modern Art presents Iberoamérican Images, a program of screenings taking place from December 1-15, 2011 at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater.

For nearly 15 years, Ibermedia has been instrumental in the continued ascent of Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese films. This intergovernmental organization facilitates and finances co-productions of documentaries and fiction films between its Spanish and Portuguese-language member countries, and grants money for international distribution and promotion.

This is MoMA's third program of Ibermedia films, and this year's selection ranges from internationally renowned directors like Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica) to promising new talents from countries with rapidly developing film cultures, including Peru's Rosario Garcia-Montero (Bad Intentions), Venezuela's Marité Ugás (The Kid Who Lies), Colombia's Ruben Mendoza (La sociedad del semaforo), and Ciro Guerra, whose 2009 ode to music and landscape, The Wind Journeys, opens the series. Several filmmakers will be present to introduce their films.

Visit the Iberoamérican Images webpage for details and a full schedule.

Free Women Helping Women Seminar on Career Strategies for 2012

Women Helping Women Presents: It's The End of 2011 What Have You Accomplished? - a FREE Seminar on Career Strategies for 2012. Take charge of your career or business direction in 2012! Networking and strategizing your way to success in Hollywood, presented by Sandra Lord.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 1:00-3:30pm
Beverly Hills Country Club 3084 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Reservations required:
email with full name, profession, phone

  Bilingual Web-Original Programming Network Launches Online
(IT News Online) - Web video company Maker Studios announced today the launch of its flagship online global bilingual network Tutele and Tutele Dos, a bilingual online network of original web programming specially created to supply the increasing demand for content by Spanish-speaking, English-speaking and bilingual Latinos. FULL STORY

Ventana Sur Movers and Reshapers
(Variety) - A spotlight on filmakers who are movers and reshapers at this year's Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires. FULL STORY

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NALIPsters sell LPA script to Prospect Park

NALIP members and Latino Producers Academy fellows Alejandro Seri and Johnny Silver, along with writing partner Steve Scarlata, have sold their spec script Final Girl to Prospect Park. They participated in the 2009 LPA with the project. The below article about the sale ran in Variety.

By Jeff Sneider, Variety

Famed photographer Tyler Shields will make his feature directorial debut with the thriller "Final Girl," which Prospect Park is producing. Jack Nasser, chief exec of NGN Releasing and Studio City Pictures, will finance the pic, which follows a pack of feral teenage boys who choose the wrong girl to be the victim of their final "initiation."

Steve Scarlata, Alejandro Seri and Johnny Silver wrote the script. Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz and Rob Carliner will produce with Nasser Group's Jack Nasser and Joseph Nasser, while Marco Torres will exec produce.

Photog Shields has directed music videos and earned acclaim for his video portraits as well as his work in the art and celebrity form, including controversial shoots with Lindsay Lohan and "Glee" star Heather Morris.


Latino Films Among Spirit Awards Nominees

The nominations for Film Independent's Spirit Awards were announced this morning, and two Latino films are represented in the nominees.

Mosquito y Mari producer Chad Burris is nominated for the Piaget Producers Award, which honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. Mosquito y Mari was a project in NALIP's Latino Producers Academy.

Mamitas writer and director Nicholas Ozeki is nominated for the Someone to Watch Award, which recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

Click here to view a full list of Spirit Awards nominees.


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