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2011 American Film Market Press Report:

11-15-2011 - Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Brandon Bowlin FuTurXTV www.thedarkroome.com Auggie Cavanagh - Cameraman & Still Photographer
About the AFM The business of independent motion picture production and distribution a truly collaborative process reaches its peak every year at the AFM, when 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, premieres, networking and parties. Participants come from more than 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world's press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry. Founded in 1981, the AFM quickly became the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood's decisionmakers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals will be sealed - on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production - making the AFM the must-attend industry event. The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the trade association representing the world's producers and distributors of independent motion pictures and television programs. More information is online at www.IFTA-online.org.

I can easily summarize up this years 2011 AFM with five distinct things: Ron Howard and Rob Reiner were at AFM, China is buying films big time, film sellers are mostly happy at AFM, buyers are mostly happy and everything old is new again in 3D. That is what I immediately took from being at AFM this year. I have to say that I started to feel the crowds and excitement and buzz coming back to AFM that I have not seen for several years. AFM will never really get back to its heyday of being one of the most crowded and coveted Hollywood Industry events like it was in 2005 and 2006. But I can say that this years AFM was well attended during the first week and many of the panels and premiere screenings were still having solid attendance during the second week.

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And I can say that the 2011 AFM was notable not because I ran into 70s Blaxploitation screen legend Fred Williamson in the lobby looking for investors for Original Gangsters 2. But rather there were many notable and easily recognizable A-list producers like Ron Howard and Rob Reiner who actually showed up and were promoting their films. For Ron Howard he was at AFM creating hype and hoopla for his new film called Rush. Rob Reiner was at AFM doing interviews for his new film Summer at Dog Daves, starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen and is being sold by Voltage Pictures. The pictures of Ron at AFM and the press release about him being at AFM are below:

2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 1:

Producer Ron Howard (2nd-R) with Exclusive Media Group excutives Nigel Sinclair (L) and Guy East (R), and Cross Creek Brian Oliver attend 2011 American Film Market - Day 1 - Ron Howard attends AFM to meet with buyers for his Epic Formula 1 FILM 'RUSH', held at Casa Del Mar hotel on November 2, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. Los Angeles, CA (November 1st, 2011) Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard attends the American Film Market to meet with buyers and talk about his vision for his new film RUSH on behalf of Exclusive Media Group (Exclusive). Alongside Exclusive cochairmen Nigel Sinclair, and Guy East and Cross Creeks Brian Oliver, Howard participated in a number of intimate round table meetings about the epic Formula 1 feature film and highlighted how hed become such a fan of the sport. RUSH is coproduced and co-financed by Exclusive with Cross Creek Pictures. This marks the third collaboration between Exclusive and Cross Creek, who are also co-producing the picture with Imagine Entertainment, Working Title and Revolution Films. Howard, Brian Oliver, Brian Grazer, Eric Fellner, Peter Morgan and Andrew Eaton are all named as producers. Exclusives co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East executive produce RUSH with Exclusives Head of Production Tobin Armbrust. Imagines Todd Hallowell will also Executive Produce. Chris Hemsworth (THOR) and Daniel Brhl (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) star in the film penned by Peter Morgan (FROST/NIXON). Alex Walton, President of Exclusive Films International, is debuting RUSH to buyers at AFM. Currently in production, RUSH is being released by Universal Pictures in the US in 2012.
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The 2011 AFM Seller that impressed me the most this year was The Little Film Company. You can read a detailed press release about their new AFM 2011 films:

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2011) Clay Epstein, VP of Sales and Acquisitions for The Little Film Company announces the UK sale of the new action film, WAR OF THE DEAD to Momentum Films/Alliance Pictures. Weve had an incredible response to WAR OF THE DEAD and are thrilled to have found the perfect distribution team for such a great film with Momentum/Alliance, Epstein said. WAR OF THE DEAD is directed by Marko Makilaakso and stars Andrew Tiernan as Captain Martin Stone who leads a specially trained, elite platoon of American and Finnish soldiers who attack an enemy bunker. Underestimating their enemys strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest. As the platoon tries to regroup, they are suddenly attacked by the same soldiers whom theyd just killed minutes earlier. Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of wars most terrifying secrets and realize they have woken up a far more deadly enemy. "We're excited to be in business with the Little Film Company on what promises to be a real treat for fans of full-blooded action." Said Henry Beattie, Worldwide Acquisitions Manager for Momentum Pictures/Alliance Films. With the current fad of Zombie films taking center stage on the global film market, WAR OF THE DEAD stands out with its high production value and non-stop action. The Little Film Company is selling the European coproduction at AFM along with an impressive slate including Dario Argentos DRACULA 3D, THE EYE OF THE STORM with Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling, BENEATH THE DARKNESS with Dennis Quaid and SPUD with John Cleese.

And I did make sure I went and spoke with one of the few- if not only-African-American AFM Buyer/Sellers named Phil Roberson with Wonderphil Productions. You can see
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many brothas and sistas down in the Loews Hotel lobby or by the pool and all over the Market. But it is extremely rare to actually see anyone Black in the AFM suites. And it is even rare to meet a president of company like Phil at AFM. We did not chat long at Wonderphils suite, but Phil told me his plate was full in regards to producing any new films. Phil said they were not acquiring new projects until they sold all of their films first.

I did get a chance to see a few films as well at AFM and I was greatly impressed with Telepools Color of the Ocean which really examines the issue of immigration from multiple sides to produce a highly engaging and memorable film. And I especially liked the lead performances of Houbert Kounde who plays Zola, the African father from Senegal, Alex Gonzalez the hardened Spanish border patrolman and the sympathetic and caring German tourist played excellently by Sabine Timoteo. She really stands out. Synopsis: "On a Gran Canariass beach, a German tourist witnesses the arrival of a precarious
boat with African refugees on board. In order to help, she gives money to an African father and his son, both escaped from the reception centre. That decision will influence strongly their lives while the officer investigating the case will severely try to deport both Africans."

A muscular, moving thriller with a three-sided perspective on the moral complexities of immigration, "Color of the Ocean" would be a terrific promo for Canary Islands tourism given its sun-drenched beaches, except for the dead and dehydrated boat people scattered along them. Two of these are at the heart of writer-director Maggie Peren's well-told story, whose deft handling and universal issues could find a helping hand in the specialty marketJohn AndersonVarietySeptember

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The film I wanted to see the most was Seven Below which is a supernatural/horror thriller that was directed and co-written by my good friend Kevin Carraway. I have known about Seven Below for a few years now and know all the ups and downs of what it took Kevin to get his film funded, made and then bought by Vision Films, Inc. But when I went by Visions AFM suite they did not have any screeners available. So I am going to put off doing my very extensive film review of Seven Below until I see the film.

I can say that one of the best meetings I had at AFM was when I stopped by the suite of Dongyu Club & Inc. and Pictures Department. Last year I was really bummed that a few times I stopped by their suite they were either out or they had already left. So it was not to anyones surprise that I had a really great time talking to Pictures President Yuko Shiomaki, to my left in the picture below, because I knew a lot about their Japanese Hip-Hop films from their talented director Yu Irie. I can say as a big Hip-Hop film fan that I greatly enjoyed watching Yu's 8000 Miles and its sequel 8000 Miles 2: Girl Rapper. I was not blown away by 8000 Miles because the pacing was very slow for an urban/HipHop drama. But it did have lots of entertaining characters. I can also honestly say that Yus 8000 Miles 2: Girl Rapper is right behind Brazil's Antonia as another well acted and well directed indie film breaking down the Hip-Hop lifestyle and culture from a uniquely female perspective. I would put 8000 Miles 2 in my Top 10 of indie Hip-Hop films. And I look forward to seeing Yu Iries third 8000 Miles film that he just finished.

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The 2011 AFM Vendor that caught my eye this year was The White Rabbit Animation Inc.s booth on the 8th Floor. I was very impressed with TWR because they offered a very simple and cost effective way for many AFM producers to convert their 2D films into new and more marketable 3D films. The 2D to 3D conversion process basically costs $800,000 to $1Million for a standard two hour film. This seems quite reasonable now and I am sure as the 3D theatrical market and 3D TV market expands than those costs will probably go down by a 1/3 or even half by next years AFM. But surely if you have a lot of action or horror films than this is the way to contact TWR and make greatly increase the value of those films because they can be now remarketed to new and younger audiences that most likely never even heard about them in first place.

TWR animation Inc. is a cutting-edge animation studio, established by Dr. Charles Chao-Hua Lee whose work was focused on Character Animation and Stereoscopy. By gathering up a group of passionate elite researchers and animation industry experts, we are committed to bringing you various technical solutions to suit your needs as well as producing innovative animations. Our R&D team works closely with the best multimedia labs, including Cambridge University, USC, and NTU CSIE department to develop advanced technologies. Not only develop graphics and pipeline tools to optimize production efficiency, we are proud to be one of the first facilities in Asia to provide high quality 2D to 3D stereo conversion services.

In closing I can say that the 2011 American Film Market was a success for many sellers and buyers because China and India are the emerging film markets that were actively looking and purchasing many film and TV properties. China especially is flush with cash and billions of consumers that have a large appetite for Western and European styled films. I can also say that the great economic collapse of 2008 is still lingering in the backs of any smart sellers or buyers minds, but there was clearly more optimism and enthusiasm for the future of content creators and distributors. And as more global tech consumers buy iPads, Tablets and smartphones, then the future of AFM is very bright.
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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 2:

(Right Photo) (L-R) Host Jack Gonzales, Former Travel Director, Sony Pictures, Pamela Aberg, Sony Pictures, and Bertram van Munster, Co-creator and Executive Producer, The Amazing Race speak onstage during the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Flights. Camera. Action. How to make it all happen, held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA. (Left Photo) (L-R) Host Jack Gonzales, Former Travel Director, Sony Pictures, Pamela Aberg, Sony Pictures, and Bertram van Munster, Co-creator and Executive Producer, The Amazing Race attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Flights. Camera. Action. How to make it all happen, held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

(Top Left Photo) (L-R) Director/ co-writer George Gallo, co-writer/ producer Kevin Pollak, actress Selma Blair, producer Christopher Mallick, and producer Robert Beaumont speak onstage during the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Lighting Entertainment's 'Columbus Circle' held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA. (Top Right Photo) (L-R) Co-writer/ producer Kevin Pollak, actress Selma Blair, director/ co-writer George Gallo, and producer Christopher Mallick attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Lighting Entertainment's 'Columbus Circle' held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 2:

(Left Photo) (L-R) Managing Director, American Film Market, Jonathan Wolf, IFTA President, Jean Prewitt, Regional Director, Americas. Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Louis Ho, CEO Emperor Motion Picture, Albert Lee and Los Angeles Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Dannie Chiu attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Hong Kong Day Ribbon Cutting held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA. (Right Photo) Jean Prewitt, IFTA President (L) and Louis Ho, Regional Director, Americas. Hong Kong Trade Development Council attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Hong Kong Day Ribbon Cutting held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA.

(Top Right Photo) (L-R) Yvonne Chuang, Senior Vice President, Tomson International Entertainment Distribution Ltd. , Zhou Tiedong, President, China Film Promotion International, Wei Han, President, Bliss Media Ltd. and Patrick Frater, CEO, Film Business Asia and Louis Ho, Regional Director, Americas. Hong Kong Trade Development Council speak onstage during the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Hong Kong: Asia's Co-production Center and Gateway to the China Market, held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Top Left Photo) Managing Director, American Film Market, Jonathan Wolf, speaks onstage during the 2011 American Film Market - Day 2 - Hong Kong: Asia's Co-production Center and Gateway to the China Market, held at Loews hotel on November 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA.
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AMERICAN FILM MARKET, HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL PUT SPOTLIGHT ON CO-PRODUCTIONS AT HONG KONG DAY NOV. 3
Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 28, 2011 The American Film Market (AFM) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will collaborate for the second annual Hong Kong Day at the 2011 AFM on Thursday, Nov. 3, putting the emphasis on co-productions with a day-long series of events. AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf and HKTDC Regional Director of Americas, Louis Ho, made the announcement today. The focus on Hong Kong as Asias co-production center, and the benefits of co-producing in Hong Kong, will include events and activities highlighting the myriad of films and projects from Hong Kong-based sales companies. It will also provide a look at the 2012 edition of the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), March 19-22, where U.S. companies will again take part in the American Pavilion. The American Pavilion at FILMART was first launched under a multi-year partnership announced at the 2010 AFM between the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)the parent organization of the AFMand the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is designed to provide exhibit space, as well as marketing and technical support, to U.S. companies and put them on equal footing with other national pavilions. Hong Kong Day activities, which begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the entrance of the Loews Hotel, will include a seminar about co-producing in Hong Kong and the China market, and a cocktail reception for invited guests. Hong Kong is a hub of film production, providing an environment that combines artistry and efficiency with an avenue to the Chinese market and FILMART, the regions only global film market, Wolf said. We are proud to continue our collaboration with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and to be able to put the spotlight on co-productions in this very important region. Given the success of our first Hong Kong Day at AFM last year, we are once again thrilled to highlight the vibrant film industry in Hong Kong and its role as an important route into both the Chinese mainland and Asian markets, Ho said. The influx of American companies at this years FILMART, led by the efforts of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, and from first-time exhibitors representing Cambodia, Iceland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, provided a nearly 9% increase in exhibitors. We look forward to expanding our relationships with the global film community even further in the coming year and exploring new co-production opportunities. The following films from Hong Kong film companies will have their market premiere screenings on Hong Kong Day: Life Without Principle from Media Asia Distribution, Ltd. Screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 11:00am The Sorcerer and the White Snake from Distribution Workshop
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Screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 1:00pm Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale from Fortissimo Films Screening at AMC Santa Monica 3, 1:00pm Shaolin from Emperor Motion Pictures Screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 5:00pm

The other Hong Kong films screening at the AFM are: A Simple Life and Overheard 2 from Distribution Workshop; Mural from Golden Network Asia Limited; 1911 from Jackie Chan International Cinema; and Lady Kung Fu and Lan Kwai Fong from Mei Ah Entertainment Group, Ltd.

Details of all Hong Kong films being shown at the AFM are available at The Film Catalogue, www.TheFilmCatalogue.com

HONG KONG DAY AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET November 3, 2011 Major Events Opening Ceremony (ribbon cutting) Time Venue : 11:00 am : Main Entrance, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Remarks : No RSVP is required and all guests are welcome

Hong Kong: Asias Co-production Centre and Gateway to the China Market* Time Venue Remarks : 2:30 pm-3:30 pm : Venice, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel : Open to AFM badge-holders. No RSVP required Capacity 100

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Hong Kong Reception Time Venue Remarks : 5:30 pm-7:30 pm : Ocean & Vine Restaurant, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel : Invitation only

Hong Kong Companies at AFM 2011

Company All Rights Entertainment Distribution Workshop Easternlight Films Edko Films Ltd. Emperor Motion Pictures Film Asia Entertainment Group Co., Ltd Fortissimo Films Golden Network Asia Limited Jackie Chan International Cinema Media Asia Distribution Ltd. Mega-Vision Pictures Limited Mei Ah Entertainment Group Ltd. Pegasus Motion Pictures Distribution Ltd We Distribution Limited

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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 3:

Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas, Producer, Maria Full of Grace, Contracorriente (Undertow), La Cara Oculta (L) and Host Bertrand Moullier, Naval Conseil, FIAPF Senior Expert for International Affairs speak onstage during the 2011 American Film Market - Day 3 - The Producer's Vision: a Conversation with Colombian Producer Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas held at the Loews Hotel on November 4, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (RIGHT PHOTO) (L-R) Host Bertrand Moullier, Naval Conseil, FIAPF Senior Expert for International Affairs, Managing Director, American Film Market, Jonathan Wolf, Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas, Producer, Maria Full of Grace, Contracorriente (Undertow), La Cara Oculta, and Benoit Ginisty, Director General of FIAPF attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 3 - The Producer's Vision: a Conversation with Colombian Producer Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas held at the Loews Hotel on November 4, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 4:

(Left Photo) (L-R) Actor Nathan West, actress Chyler Leigh, executive producer Walker Zuck, producer James Walker, and producer Robert Beaumont attend the 2011 American Film Market Day 4 - Lightning Entmt. Cocktail Event for 'Brake', held at the Viceroy Hotel. (Right Photo) (L-R)Moderator Stephanie Palmer, Good in a Room, Tobin Armbrust, Senior Vice-President and Head of Production, Exclusive Media and Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/ Agent speak onstage during the 2011 American Film Market - Day 4 - Pitch Conference- BizTV Network, held at the Fairmont Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 5:

(Top Photo) (L-R) Josh Foglio of West Virginia Film Office, actor Ryan Lee and Jamie Cope of West Virgina Film Office attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 5 - Super 8 DVD release held at the Fairmont Hotel on November 6, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Bottom Photo) (L-R) President and CEO of IFTA Jean Prewitt, director Rob Reiner and Managing Director of American Film Market Jonathan Wolf attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 5 - Voltage Pictures Presents: 'Summer at Dog Dave's' held at the Loews Hotel on November 6, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

Josh Dickey of Variety (L) and Actor Rob Reiner speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 5 - Voltage Pictures Presents: 'Summer at Dog Dave's' held at the Loews Hotel on November 6, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 6:

(Left Photo) Darrien Michele Gipson of SAG, Kay S. Wolf of WGAW, and Daniel Tankman of the DGA attend at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 6 - Working with the U.S. Guilds panel held at the Loews Hotel on on November 7, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Right Photo) Darrien Michele Gipson of SAG, Kay S. Wolf of WGAW, and Daniel Tankman of the DGA speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 6 - Working with the U.S. Guilds panel held at the Loews Hotel on on November 7, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

(Left Photo) (L-R) Hal Sadoff of International Creative Management, Rena Ronson of United Talent Agency, President and CEO of CineTel Films Paul Hertzberg, Eric Schotz of LMNO Productions, Gary Randall of Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Jay Cohen of Gersh Agency attend the 2011 American Film Market - Day 6 - Production Conference - Brand Integration held at the Fairmont Hotel on on November 7, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Middle Photo) (L-R) Jay Cohen of Gersh Agency, Gary Randall of Boardwalk Entertainment Group, President and CEO of CineTel Films Paul Hertzberg, Eric Schotz of LMNO Productions, Rena Ronson of United Talent Agency and Hal Sadoff of International Creative Management speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 6 - Production Conference - Brand Integration held at the Fairmont Hotel on on November 7, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Right Photo) Director Jon Amiel (L) and writer John Alan Simon speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 6 - From the Trenches: The Director's Viewpoint held at the Loews Hotel on on November 7, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 7:

Robin Burt of IFTA (L) and Jimmy Williams of Alexandria/Pineville CVB speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - North American Production Incentives held at the Loews Hotel on November 8, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

Robin Burt of IFTA, Mariella Perez-Serrano of the Puerto Rico Film Comission and Antonio Sifre of Toro Colon Mullet Rivera & Sifre PSC speaks onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - North American Production Incentives held at the Loews Hotel on November 8, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

Sanja Ravlic (L) and Hrvoje Hribar of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Daniel Dreifuss of the Rio Fim Comission, Florence Swamy of Fiji Audio Video Comission, Hugo Villa of Mexico Film Comission and Vikramjit Roy of the National Film Development Corporation, India speaks onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - North American Production Incentives held at the Loews Hotel on November 8, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
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2011 AFM PICTURES DAY 7:

(L-R) Brad Kembel of Summit Entertainment LLC, Erik Brannon of Screendigest, Dan Cohen, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose of IFTA, Jon Ferro of Entertainment One and Managing Director of American Film Market Jonathan Wolf speaks onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - Distribution Conference - Monetizing New Global Platforms held at the Fairmont Hotel on November 8, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

(L-R) David Fenkel of Oscilloscope Laboratories, Susan Jackson of Freestyle Releasing, Charlotte Mickie of Entertainment One and Tom Quinn of the Weinstein Compnay speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - Distribution Conference - Limited and Specialty Releases held at the Fairmont Hotel on November 8, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

(L-R) David Fenkel of Oscilloscope Laboratories, Tom Quinn of the Weinstein Company, Charlotte Mickie of Entertainment One and Susan Jackson of Freestyle Releasing speak onstage. at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - Distribution Conference - Limited and Specialty Releases. (L-R) Erik Brannon of Screendigest, Brad Kembel of Summit Entertainment LLC, Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose of IFTA, Disney - ABC Executive Vice President of Pay Television and Interactive Media Dan Cohen and Jon Ferro of Entertainment One speak onstage at the 2011 American Film Market - Day 7 - Distribution Conference - Monetizing New Global Platforms held at the Fairmont Hotel on November 8, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
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AMERICAN FILM MARKET TO CONCLUDE WEDNESDAY WITH ATTENDANCE, BUYING COMPANIES AND BUYERS UP, PACKED CONFERENCES AND TOP TALENT
Santa Monica, CA, Nov. 7, 2011The 2011 American Film Market will conclude its Nov. 2-9 run on Wednesday with buying companies rising 8% to 718 from 664 in 2010; buying executives up 7% to 1,523 vs.1,417 a year ago; and overall attendance climbing 4% to 7,988 versus 7,695 in 2010. We are thrilled with the strong growth in buyers its our most important metric -- and selling out the new AFM Conference Series in its first year underscores the AFMs relevance to the production community, said AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf, who also serves as executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance. Industry attendees, the category that includes all non-buyers/sellers, jumped 21% to a record 2,402 from 1,988 last year. Attendance among exhibitor-affiliated participants (including their executives, producers, talent and guests) finished at 3,219, down 3% from last years total of 3,321. Among guests (government officials, NGOs, AFI FEST filmmakers, etc.), the category finished down 14% to 658 from 753 in 2010; there were 186 press attendees. Countries with more individuals from buying companies at the market this year included China (+61%, 37 vs. 23), Germany (+38%, 109 vs. 79), the United Kingdom (+16%, 73 vs. 63), South Korea (+15%, 116 vs. 101) and Japan (+11%, 128 vs. 115). Among regions, the Middle East rose 35%, to 42 from. 31, while Asia grew 17%, from 407 to 348. Among individual countries, China posted the most growth for buying companies (+50%, 21 vs. 14), followed by Germany (+39%, 46 vs. 33) and France (+18%, 40 vs. 34). The U.S. was up 8% to 137 from 127 the previous year. Exhibiting companies saw an increase of 4% (356 vs. 343) with no major shifts among countries. Others AFM highlights included: 415 films screened 69 world premieres 310 market premieres 28 films screened in 3D Films from 35 countries More than 700 total screenings

The new five-day AFM Conference Series showcasing sessions on financing, production, marketing, distribution and pitching attracted sold-out audiences of 600-700. Additionally, the inaugural Industry Conversations Series intimate, interactive and informative discussions with visionaries, trendsetters and experts of the film industry delivered many prominent speakers, including Director/Writer Rob Reiner; Producer Lauren Shuler Donner; Kevin Pollak; Selma Blair; Emmy-winning Amazing Race Co-Creator and Executive Producer Bertram van Munster; and Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas, the renowned Columbian producer of Maria Full of Grace.
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AMERICAN FILM MARKET TO STAY IN SANTA MONICA THROUGH 2017


Los Angeles -- Dec. 8, 2011 -- The American Film Market (AFM ), the premier event of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), will remain in Santa Monica through 2017, IFTA leadership announced today. New agreements will keep the AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, its home since 1991, with additional exhibition space continuing at JW Marriotts Le Merigot Beach Hotel and with conferences continuing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. IFTA Chairman Paul Hertzberg noted, We tirelessly explored every option to ensure the AFM would have the best long-term home. We look forward to many more successful Markets with the beach as our backdrop. IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt commented, Our stated goal from the start of this process has been to provide the best environment, resources and value for the worlds buyers and sellers and, after long and careful deliberations, we believe remaining in Santa Monica will achieve all of those goals. In Santa Monica, the AFM will soon have access to a new 12-screen multiplex, a 2,000-plus seat world class venue for red-carpet premieres, more hotel rooms, light rail transportation to Los Angeles and Hollywood, and even a spectacular new park across from the Loews. IFTA EVP and AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf said. We are thrilled that everyone in the city came together to make this happen. Over the next few years, Santa Monica will be transformed by a variety of public improvements and development projects that will significantly enhance the American Film Market, including: AMC Entertainment is developing a new Santa Monica cinema complex with 12 screens, including an IMAX theater. It is anticipated to open in late 2014 or early 2015. The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium will be rehabilitated and expanded, providing AFM with an ideal venue for red-carpet premieres. Expected to be completed in late 2014, the renovated auditorium will include a removable seating system that can accommodate more than 2,000 or create an open space for large events. At least 700 hotel rooms will be added to the downtown area, including mid-priced hotels from Marriott and Hampton Inn. A light Metro Rail terminal at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue, a five-minute walk from the Loews, will connect Santa Monica to Los Angeles and Hollywood. Dubbed the subway to the sea, it is expected to be operational in 2015. A stunning seven-acre park on Ocean Avenue directly across from the Loews Hotel is scheduled for completion in late 2013, along with an adjoining new mixed-use urban village with restaurants and shops eyed for 2014. Confirmed dates for AFM in Santa Monica are: October 31 November 7, 2012 November 6 - 13, 2013 November 5 - 12, 2014 November 4 - 11, 2015 November 2 - 9, 2016 November 1 - 8, 2017

Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau research estimates that the AFM will contribute more than $100 million to the local economy over the next six years.
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CONTENT SELLS HARD BOILED SWEETS TO UNIVERSAL


5 November 2011, Los Angeles - Content is delighted to announce it has sold HARD BOILED SWEETS to Universal Pictures International Entertainment in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux and Scandinavia,. Content acquired worldwide rights to the film earlier this year. Written and directed by David L G Hughes, the film is inspired by his international best-selling short A Girl With a Gun. HARD BOILED SWEETS is a crime thriller starring Scot Williams (The Crew), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Good Friday, Hot Fuzz), Peter Wight (Another Year, Hot Fuzz), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Finding Neverland, Michael Collins), Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges, Secrets and Lies), Laura Greenwood (The Brothers Grimm) and Philip Barantini (Band of Brothers, Ned Kelly). Ex-con Johnny is forced into pulling a heist he wants nothing to do with. Mob boss Shrewd Eddie has one million in dirty cash stashed at his home, just waiting to be stolen. But what Johnny doesnt know is that seven other very dangerous criminals also have plans to steal the money The film is produced by Hughes and executive produced by Margaret Matheson (Skin Sleep Furiously, Sid and Nancy, Scum). The deal was negotiated by Harry White, Head of Sales at Content, and Jasper van Hecke, International Acquisitions Manager at UPIE. Content is selling the film at the AFM where the film will also have its market premiere screening.

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About Content Film, a division of Content Media Corporation plc Content Film is the worldwide film and library sales arm of Content Media Corporation plc. Content specializes in high quality and commercial feature films, and is able to assist film producers in securing finance. Content handles worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity on all titles. The Feature Film Library arm also manages international sales on over 200 titles. Content titles which premiered at the latest Toronto Film Festival include HICK starring Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis, Nick Broomfields latest documentary SARAH PALIN YOU BETCHA! and post-apocalyptic war action thriller THE DAY. Other Content titles include the action thriller THE NUMBERS STATION starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman; NOTHING TO FEAR - first of a slate of horror films produced by Slash, THE DALLAS BUYERS CLUB starring Matthew McConaughey and Hillary Swank, Nicholas McCarthys terrifying ghost story THE PACT starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien, LOVELY MOLLY from Sanchez (director of The Blair Witch Project), the cult genre sequel OUTPOST: BLACK SUN, THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD by Super Size Mes director Morgan Spurlock, the Sundance selected bare Knuckle Fight Doc. KNUCKLE; the violent medieval action IRONCLAD starring James Purefoy and Paul Giamatti; SXSW Winner 96 MINUTES starring Brittany Snow, and Xavier Gens post apocalyptic action thriller THE DIVIDE. Content attends all major markets and festivals including Cannes, Venice, Toronto, AFM, Sundance and Berlin. Content Film is being managed in an executive capacity by Jamie Carmichael, President - Film Division. Press Contact Information for CONTENT London Office 19 Heddon Street W1B 4BG London, ENGLAND t: 44 20 7851 6500 f: 44 20 7851 6506 www.contentmediacorp.com Los Angeles Office 225 Arizona Ave, Suite 250 Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA t: 1 310 576 1059 f: 1 310 576 1859 Judith.baugin@contentmediacorp.com

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FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENTS THE RAVEN AND HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET TO SCREEN DURING AFM FOR FIRST TIME TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
Both Films Virtually Sold Out for International Territories (Los Angeles, CA) November 3, 2011 FilmNation Entertainment is screening their first two productions THE RAVEN and HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET during the American Film Market (AFM) for the first time to international buyers. FilmNation has secured sales for both titles in almost all international territories. In the US, Relativity Media will release the James McTeigue directed THE RAVEN which stars John Cusack and Luke Evans on March 9, 2012. Relativity Media also holds US rights to director Mark Tonderais HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET starring Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, and Elisabeth Shue and will release on April 20, 2012. THE RAVEN has been sold to the following international distributors: Canada to VVS; UK, Spain, Benelux, Australia, NZ to NBC Universal; South Africa to Ster Kinekor; Germany to Square One Entertainment; Switzerland to Ascot-Elite; Italy to Eagle Pictures; Scandinavia to Nordisk; Greece to Odeon; Portugal to Lusomundo Audiovisuals; CIS to Top Film Distribution; Bulgaria, Czech/Slovak, ExYugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Romania to SPI; Iceland to Sam Films; Israel to LEV Cinemas; Middle East to Italia Film International; Turkey to TMC, Latin America to Sun Distribution Group; China to HGC; India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore to Multivision; Indonesia to PT Amero; South Korea to Noori Pictures; Taiwan to Studio Solution Group and Thailand to Sahamongkol Film International. HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET has been sold to the following international distributors: UK to Momentum Pictures; Australia to Roadshow Films; South Africa to Ster Kinekor; France to SND; Germany to Square One Entertainment; Switzerland to Ascot Elite; Italy to Eagle Pictures; Greece to Odeon; Portugal to Lusomundo Audiovisuals; Scandinavia to Nordisk; Benelux to Paradiso Film Entertainment; Iceland to Sam Films; Turkey to R Film; Ex-Yugoslavia to Cinemania; Eastern Europe to Eastern European Acquisition Pool; Middle East to Italia Film International; Latin America to Sun Distribution Group; China to HGC; Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Singapore to WEG Entertainment; Indonesia to PT Amero; Japan to Pony Canyon; Malaysia and Philippines to Multivision; South Korea to Thomas Enterprise; Taiwan to Studio Solution Group and Thailand to HBO Pacific Partners. Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment remarked: Its very encouraging to have domestic and international distributors in place on our first two productions. THE RAVEN andHOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET are well positioned with 2012 release dates which helps pave the way for our diverse production slate to follow. In THE RAVEN, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer whos using Poes own works as inspiration for a string of brutal murders. In HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class, Winter's Bone, The Hunger Games) and Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, Piranha 3D) star in this edge-of-your seat thriller about a teenage girl and her divorced mom who move to a new town hoping for a fresh start. When they discover the house next door is the site of a grisly double murder and the daughter befriends the sole survivor of the massacre (Max Theriot, My Soul to Take) it becomes all too clear the story of the house's dark past is far from over.

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FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for the following titles at AFM: The Comedian starring Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig and to be directed by Sean Penn; Terrence Malicks recently announced next two projects, Lawless starring Ryan Gosling with a supporting cast that includes Academy Award winners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, plus Rooney and Haley Bennett, and Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale with Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas; Relativity Medias untitled Snow White project with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts; Oren Pelis untitled project; Zhang Yimous epic The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale; Steven Soderberghs Magic Mike starring Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer; Wettest County starring Shia LaBeouf; Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph GordonLevitt; Terrence Malicks untitled love story starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams; Under the Skin with Scarlett Johannson; Crush starring Lucas Till and Midnights Children directed by Deepa Mehta and based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. About FilmNation Entertainment One of the leading independent international sales & distribution and production companies in the world, FilmNation Entertainment was founded in 2008 by veteran international sales executive Glen Basner. FilmNation handled international sales on Academy Award Best Picture winner The Kings Speech and is currently in production and fully financing the Untitled Oren Peli project; in production on Jeff Nichols Mud starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon; in development on James McTeigues Message from the King from writers Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell; F*cking Engaged which will star Jessica Biel; The Faces to be directed by Paul Solet; The Amateur American directed by Ross Katz; and Guy Hibbert's screenplay Eye in the Sky with Oliver Hirschbiegel attached to direct. FilmNation has delivered on its philosophy of providing an unrivaled level of added value for its clients across all aspects of its business and serves as the exclusive international sales agent for Relativity Media, Media Rights Capital (MRC), Samuels Media Group, GreeneStreet Films and a non-exclusive multi-picture deal with Endgame Entertainment. For more information please go twitter http://twitter.com/wearefilmnation. to: www.wearefilmnation.com or follow FilmNation on

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WILD BUNCH ACQUIRES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO GEOFFREY FLETCHERS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT VIOLET & DAISY
Company plans to introduce the Saoirse Ronan Alexis Bledel - James Gandolfini starrer this week at the American Film Market CAA selling North American Rights New York, NY (November 2, 2011) Wild Bunch has picked up International rights to Academy-Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher s directorial debut VIOLET & DAISY. The film had a rapturous response at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival when it screened as a work-in-progress, and Wild Bunch now plans to launch it at AFM to sell international rights. CAA is the domestic sales agent on the project. Fletcher also wrote the original screenplay of the film and produced along with Bonnie Timmermann. The Magic Violet and GreeneStreet Films production was Executive Produced by John Penotti and James Skotchdople, and stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, and James Gandolfini. The film was co-produced by Steve Kempf. The deal for VIOLET & DAISY was negotiated by Alain De La Mata and Agnes Mentre for Wild Bunch, with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Of the deal, Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch says, We fell in love with VIOLET & DAISY when it screened as a work-in-progress at Toronto . The film is so unusual and unique and were excited to be a part of it. Of the deal, Fletcher says, The guys at Wild Bunch are remarkable. They've worked with some really fantastic and daring movies over the years. I'm so excited to be teaming up with them." VIOLET & DAISY is the whimsical story of a teenager's surreal and violent journey through New York City . It follows Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Atonement, The Lovely Bones) as Daisy. With her volatile partner-in-crime Violet, played by Alexis Bledel (Sin City, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Gilmore Girls), the two young assassins face a series of opponents, including one unusually mysterious man (James Gandolfini), in a life-altering encounter. The film, written and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious), also stars Oscar-nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Danny Trejo. About Wild Bunch Wild Bunch is one of the worlds leading players in the field of international sales, its position strengthened by both a wealth of experience recognized by foreign distributors world-wide, and a broad, artistically diverse selection of the best of director-led international cinema. Currently handling an international sales catalogue of around 300 titles, Wild Bunch has established a reputation for both professionalism and provocation with distributors world-wide. Characterized by its diverse editorial policy, the company offers a constantly renewed and always innovative slate of films from all over the world: director-driven, art-house, genre or commercial; features, documentaries, regularly honored at both European and international festivals. Wild Bunch is also renowned for discovering - and developing ongoing relationships with - new and innovative directorial talent, having to date handled more than fifty first or second-time features.
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