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IDFA 2013: The Endless Frontier of Interactive Reality

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The Interactive Reality Conference on November 24th was organized by IDFA Doclab’s Caspar Sonnen and Veerle Devreese of The Flemish Culture House (de Brakke Grond) and hosted by Ove Rishoj Jensen. It presented a diverse collection of speakers who demonstrated the range of activity on the frontier of interactive documentary: from the launch of a… Read more »

Top 14 Film Markets

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In addition to attending film festivals to screen or network on behalf of an independent film, a diverse array of industry professionals attend film markets. At film markets, the focus is on commerce. The goal of attending can be to make production and distribution deals, learn about new products or segments of the industry, or… Read more »

The Free Spirits of Contemporary Canadian Cinema

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Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition. Following up on his evening-in-the-life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède, The Independent’s Patrick Pearce decided to find out what’s going on in the festival’s Canadian-dedicated Focus section by speaking to a few of the directors featured in it. In 2012,… Read more »

Zero Time with Programmer Julien Fonfrède

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“That day is not good for him—he’s really tied up,” writes my usually agreeable Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) communications point person. Now in its 42nd year, this Montréal festival is a broad sweep of contemporary cinema with a dozen sub-programs from “the year’s best films” in Présentation Spéciale to “gems from around the world”… Read more »

TIFF 2013: "Visitors" and Experimentation on a Grand Scale

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Although it certainly offers some degree of diversity, over the years the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become known for its glitzy premieres of star-studded films that vie for Oscars. Godfrey Reggio’s experimental film, Visitors is nothing like the rest, making for an especially delicate, unique, and welcome treat. Those familiar with Reggio’s work,… Read more »

TIFF 2013: Report from the Second Annual Asian Film Summit

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first presented the Asian Film Summit in 2012 and it was proclaimed a success. The one-day event, housed at the posh Shangri-La Hotel, returned again this year and attracted many delegates who are turning their eye to a massive market that offers many opportunities for collaboration and alternative sources… Read more »

TFI Transmedia Case Study: "Hollow"

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The film industry, like the rest of the media world, is trending towards digital, mobile, and online. Change is coming in the form of interactive storytelling and transmedia and Tribeca Film Institute wants in. “We want to not only respond to changes in the industry, but to also shape the change so that good work… Read more »

An Affair of the Rock Doc

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Directed and produced by filmmaker Sylvia Caminer, the rockumentary An Affair of the Heart revolves around Australian-born Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield and his devoted fans. Over the last year it appeared in theaters and at festivals such as IDFA, Sidewalk Film Festival, and HotDocs. It’s available on DVD starting July 16th. Springfield, a… Read more »