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2024 Women to Watch x Adobe Fellows Announced

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Year-round Program Offers Pivotal Support to Women Filmmakers

PARK CITY, UTAH, July 10, 2024 — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the eight women participating in the 2024 Sundance Women to Watch x Adobe Fellowship, a yearlong support program designed to further support and sustain the creative practice of women artists, prioritizing filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities. The program began in 2020 and was informed by the Institute and Adobe’s shared commitment to develop and champion underrepresented voices at pivotal moments in their careers.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Adobe to provide meaningful support for women artists creating groundbreaking work in film,” said Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, Director of Artist Accelerator and Women at Sundance. “The Sundance Women to Watch x Adobe Fellowship offers a comprehensive approach, including a sustainability-focused cash grant, professional and tactical skills development, networking and opportunities. By addressing systemic barriers women encounter in the industry, we aim to empower these visionary artists. We deeply appreciate Adobe’s commitment and look forward to guiding these women on their creative journeys.”

The fellows are each supported with a $6,250 cash grant; workshops; referrals for career development opportunities; a yearlong complimentary membership to Adobe Creative Cloud to create, share their stories, and further refine their craft; a virtual connection to the Sundance ELEVATE professional development track; and access to Sundance Collab, Sundance Institute’s digital space for artists to learn from experts and build a global filmmaking community.

The fellows are selected jointly with Adobe from Sundance Institute’s community of supported artists across program disciplines, including the Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Episodic Program, Indigenous Program, and Artist Accelerator Program. In addition to the Women to Watch x Adobe Fellowship, Adobe is a Presenting Sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival and Founding Supporter of Sundance Ignite (a yearlong artist development program for filmmakers ages 18–25). Adobe also supports Sundance Collab.

The fellows selected for the 2024 Sundance Women to Watch x Adobe Fellowship are:

Francesca Canepa is a Peruvian director residing in Mexico City. Her short film The Silence of the River premiered at the Berlinale 2020. Her feature film La Otra Orilla was selected for the 2024 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and is currently in pre-production after winning the French CNC Production Fund.

Artemis Fannin produces films that uniquely amplify marginalized voices. Her career spans across all major platforms. She is currently the Managing Producer with 371 Productions and working on two active projects. She is an alum of the Southern Producers Lab 2023 and the 2023 Sundance Producers Intensive. 

Kristine Gerolaga is a Filipina American filmmaker and actor. She is supported by Sundance Institute’s Artist Accelerator Program as a 2023 TAAF Collab Scholar and the Feature Film Program as a 2024 Screenwriters Lab fellow with her horror feature film Lamok.

Sylvia Khoury is a New York-based filmmaker and playwright. She received her MD from the Icahn School of Medicine in 2021 and is a 2022 Pulitzer Finalist in Drama (Selling Kabul). She is a 2024 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab Fellow, where she developed her featur

Ten Bets for TFF #51-Third Edition / Blitz Goes to London / Trailer and Poster for Napoleon Restoration

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TEN BETS FOR TFF #51-THIRD EDITION




Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Here's 2024's third installment of MTFB's "Ten Bets" for the Telluride Film Festival.  The big move this week is that Steve McQueen's Blitz comes off the possibilities list (see the story below).  Additionally Emilia Perez and The Room Next Door move up a couple of spots while Anora and The Seed of the Sacre Fig each drop a couple of spots. Nickel Boys moves up to #5.

Here's this week's Ten Bets for TFF #51:

1) Emilia Perez/Jacques Audiard
2) The Room Next Door/Pedro Almodovar
3) Anora/Sean Baker
4) The Seed of the Scared Fig/Mohammad Rasoulof
5) Nickel Boys/Ross
6) Bird/Andrea Arnold
7) Maria/Pablo Larrain
8) The End/Joshua Oppenheimer
9) Queer/Luca Guadagnino
10) Conclave/Edward Berger

Other possibilities:

We Live in Time/Crowley
I'm Still Here/Salles
Parthenope/Sorrentino
In the Hand of Dante/Schnabel
Hard Truths/Leigh
The Piano Lesson/Washington
Untitled Noah Baumbach
Megalopolis/Coppola
Napoleon (new restoration)/Gance
Leonardo DaVinci/Burns
A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things/Cousins
Oh, Canada/Schrader
The Actor/Johnson
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BLITZ GOES TO LONDON


(Saorise Ronan in Blitz via Apple)



Apple+ and the BFI London Film Festival announced on Monday that Steve McQueen's Blitz will World Premiere as the Opening Night Film. Assuming that the premiere designation is accurate that means that the film will not play Telluride nor Venice and Toronto.

I had written here on the blog on May 30th that:

"I'd reallllly...love for Blitz to get to TFF and McQueen has a solid past with the fest, but...given the sto

Checking the Distributors: Netflix / Best Films of 2024 So Far?

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 CHECKING THE DISTRIBUTORS: NETFLIX




Netflix first showed up in the Telluride lineup in 2015 with Beasts of No nation and Winter on Fire.  Since then the streamer/producer has been a sturdy presence at TFF.  Here's their titles that have made an appearance at T-ride:

2015: Beasts of No Nation, Winter on Fire
2016: I Called Him Morgan, The Ivory Game, Into the Inferno
2017: First They Killed My Father, Wormwood
2018: Dovlatov, Girl, Reversing Roe, Roma, The Other Side of the Wind, They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
2019: Inside Bill's Brain, Marriage Story, Tell Me Who I Am, The Two Popes
2020: No announced films
2021: The Hand of God, The Lost Daughter, The Power of the Dog, Procession
2022: Bardo, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sr., The Wonder
2023: El Conde, Nyad, Rustin

The Netflix run has included major Oscar players such as Roma, The Power of the Dog and Marriage Story.

This year the Netflix larder of films that feel TFF-like seems thinner than most recent years.

The most likely title to make it to TFF #51 is Jacques Audiard's Cannes award (the Jury Award and a collective Best Actress award for the four main players) winner Emilia Perez.  Audiard has been represented at Telluride in the past but its been awhile.  SHOW passholders saw A Prophet in 2009 and Rust and Bone in 2012. 

Also in play is Malcolm Washington's filmed adaptation of the August Wilson stage play The Piano Lesson starring Samuel l. Jackson and John David Washington.

And there's a very outside shot that Noah Baumbach's latest might be ready for screening and should that happen it would be something we'd have to take very seriously for TFF #51.  IMDb reports that the film has been in post-production since early May.  Not much is known as the plot has been kept under wraps but the cast is stacked with George Clooney, Laura Dern, Adam Sandler, Billy Crudup, Emily Mortimer (who co-wrote the screenplay) and Greta Gerwig.

Chances:

Emilia Perez 50%
The Piano Lesson 25%
Untitled Baumbach 10%...mostly because it's just not likely to be ready in time.


BEST FILMS OF 2024 SO FAR?

News & Opportunities: June 2024 Round-Up

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Our regular monthly update featuring the latest news and opportunities for your cinema, festival or film society.

ICO News
  • This week we published our 2023-24 Annual Report. The ICO exists so that everyone can experience life-changing cinema, wherever they live and whoever they are. We hope you enjoy reading about how we’ve been working towards that goal over the last year.
  • Thank you to everyone who joined us for ID Screening Days this month, whether in person at Watershed or online. We hope you found the sessions as inspiring and invigorating as we did. Our next event will be Autumn Screening Days, which will take place at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham from 16-18 November, with a preceding audience development day for theatrical exhibitors on Friday 15 November and films screening online for a week from 18 November.
Opportunities & Resources
  • Explore ways of connecting with a new wave of cinema goers at this year’s Cinema Rediscovered Reframing Film Industry Sessions. Expect insights about navigating the presentation of sensitive or challenging materials; join a discussion with the BFI National Archive about how UK-wide film exhibitors might play a bigger role in opening up the archive from film on film to lesser-known materials; get insights into the world of restorations and find out what is coming up from some of the UK’s leading repertory distributors.
  • Plus, Cinema Rediscovered has launched a UK and Ireland-wide touring programme featuring titles from this year’s festival, which will be available to screen from between August 2024 – January 2025. Take a look at the programme details to see which films you could bring to your venue.
  • Help The Film and TV Charity rewrite the script by taking part in the biggest and most important mental health survey for people working behind the scenes. Share your story and take the survey now.
  • Calling all UK-based film curators! Park Circus is teaming up with Cinema Rediscovered to invite you to pitch a four to five title rep season idea curated from the Park Circus catalogue. Applications close 12 July.
  • Applications for Cinema For All’s Glow coaching programme are now open! Explore new ways to develop your community cinema and work towards your next steps with a £200 bursary and coaching support from their expert team.
  • A reminder that registration is open for BFI FAN CON! Join cinemas, festivals and film exhibitors from across the UK in Belfast from 11-13 September. There’ll be lots of networking opportunities, case studies of some of the most exciting FAN projects and innovative approaches to programming, marketing, operations and much more. Book ASAP to grab one of the last few Early Bird tickets!
  • Looking for programming ideas for family audiences for the school holidays? Discovery Film Festival’s Gr

Checking the Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics / Emilia Perez Trailer / Megalopolis Still Costing Coppola

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CHACKING GTHE DISTRIBUTORS: SONY PICTURES CLASSICS




I think it's fair to say that no distributor has had a longer term relationship with the Telluride Film Festival than Sony Pictures Classics.  SPC's presence at TFF has been a staple for many years.  His a reminder of the films from SPC that have played the fest over the last ten years:

2013: The Invisible Woman, Jodorowsky's Dune, The Lunchbox, The Past, Tim's Vermeer.
2014: Foxcatcher, Leviathan, Merchants of Doubt, Mr. Turner, Red Army, Salt of the Earth and Wild Tales.
2015: Son of Saul
2016: The Eagle Huntress, Toni Erdmann, Maudie, Norman: The Moderate Rise...
2017: Fantastic Woman, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Foxtrot, Loveless, The Rider.
2018: The White Crow
2019: Pain and Glory, The Climb, Lyrebird
2020 (if it had happened): The Duke, The Father, The Truffle Hunters
2021: Julia, The Duke
2022: One Fine Morning, Living, The Return of Tanya Tucker, Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song.
2023: The Teachers' Lounge, They Shot the Piano Player, Daddio, Strange Way of Life

This year SPC could bring Pedro Almodovar's The Room Next Door, Walter Salles I'm Still Here and an outside possibility is Sylvain Chomet's animated The Magnificent Life of Marcel Pagnol (though IMDb Pro has it listed as still filming).

The Room Next Door is Almodovar's first English language feature film.  Last year his Strange Way of Life was at TFF #50 and the director has had a long history with Telluride.

Walter Salles' I'm Still Here also has a TFF history (Central Station 1998, The Motorcycle Diaries 2004) but it has been a long time since he last had a film in the San Juans.

Chances:

The Room Next Door 50%
I'm Still Here 35%
Marcel Pagnol 10%


EMILIA PEREZ TRAILER

We have a foreign language trailer for Jacques Audiard's Cannes prize winner Emilia Perez.  Here it is from YouTube:




MEGALOPOLIS STILL COSTING COPPOLA




We noted last week that Lionsgate had picked up Francis Ford Coppola's passion project.  Since then The Hollywood Reporter reported last week that the $120 million deal did not include any money for marketing.  THR's Aaron Couch and Kim Masters wrote:

"Lionsgate, it appears, will not be paying for marketing. Instead, Coppola is expected to provide the spend himself. Lionsgate intends to put the feature on more than 1,500 screens, which sources in the distribution

‘The Substance’ Among 16 Cannes Titles Selected for New Zealand Film Festival – Global Bulletin

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CANNES DO SPIRIT Coralie Fargeat’s Demi Moore-starring feminist body horror film “The Substance” has been set as the closing night title for the New Zealand International Film Festival. The picture is one of 16 which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month selected for the NZIFF which is now under the artistic leadership of […]

Irène Jacob to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival

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French-Swiss film and theatre actor Irène Jacob, who has worked with many of Europe’s top directors, will be honoured by the Locarno Film Festival with its Leopard Club Award. Jacob, who is originally from Switzerland, won the prestigious best actress prize at Cannes in 1991 for her part in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “The Double Life of Véronique.” Kieslowski […]

Cannes Lions Festival Expands Awards Categories and Programming

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As digital media mushrooms, advertising messages get disseminated across a growing variety of platforms — in increasingly inventive ways. Rather than the products being sold, it’s these marketing communications that take the spotlight at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The 71st edition of the Lions awards runs June 17-21 in Cannes, France, to […]

Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship Announce 2024 Cohort

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Program Uplifts Emerging Filmmakers Ages 18 to 25

PARK CITY, UTAH, June 14, 2024 — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the ten emerging filmmakers selected for the yearlong Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship. Now in its ninth year, the fellowship is designed as an early support system for storytellers ages 18 to 25, providing them with artist-centered support and professional development throughout the stages of their creative process. The year of support kicks off with the Ignite Lab, taking place at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, from June 16 to June 21. The lab is a weeklong residency that fosters community and connection. Fellows receive a $3,000 artist grant and a one-year complimentary membership to Adobe Creative Cloud to refine their craft. Following the lab, they also participate in monthly webinars focused on creative and professional development, a curated program at the Sundance Film Festival, and networking and relationship-building events with the Ignite community at workshops. Artist granting is supported by Adobe and Arison Arts Foundation.

The Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship cohort was selected from more than 900 global applicants who submitted a collection of work reflective of their voice and artistic vision. The fellowship originated from the shared mission Sundance Institute and Adobe have of identifying and amplifying underrepresented voices from the next generation of filmmakers while contributing to the development of new audiences for independent storytelling.

“We are so appreciative to have partners like Adobe supporting the important work that the Ignite Fellowship makes possible,” said Toby Brooks, Assistant Director, Sundance Ignite. “Early-career filmmakers face unique challenges and have significant things to say, and it’s so rewarding to collaborate on nurturing those voices. We’re excited for our return to MASS MoCA in June with this accomplished cohort and look forward to seeing how they grow together through this opportunity.”

The Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship began in 2015 and now has an alumni network of more than 100 artists. Fourteen alumni have had projects selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival, with several projects winning jury awards. Former participants of Ignite include Sean Wang (2023 Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs fellow and winner of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic for his feature Dìdi (弟弟)), Charlotte Regan (her debut feature, Scrapper, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and later opened the 2023 Sundance Film Festival: London), Lance Oppenheim (his feature Some Kind of Heaven premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival), Terrance Daye (his film –Ship: A Visual Poem was awarded a Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival), Aurora Brachman (co-producer of Girls State, which premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival), and Olivia Peace (winner of a 2022 Student Academy Award for Against Reality). Past Sundance Ignite x Adobe fellows have also gone on to win prizes at SXSW and Tribeca Festival, as well as the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination. Former participants have also been part of other Sundance Institute artist programs, including Directors, Screenwriters, and Episodic Labs, and received funding from the Documentary Fund.

For advice from Sundance Institute advisors and Ignite resources, check out the various offerings on Read more

Andy Fickman's DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS Acquired by Quiver Distribution for North America

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Quiver Distribution Takes North American Rights 
on Terrifying New Horror Film, 
DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS (fka Blue Light), 
From Acclaimed Director Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan, Heathers: The Musical, She’s The Man)
 
 Fans of horror movies can brace themselves for a spine-chilling new film that is set to amaze audiences with a unique take on a trusted genre based on true and terrifying unexplained events, and a new hardcore ARG site, designed by the creator of “The Tinman,” where fans can put themselves in the movie.
 
 
 
Could sit alongside Bodies, Bodies, Bodies and Talk to Me
– The Hollywood News
Pulls off some brilliantly effective scare moments
– The Hollywood News
 
Plays a game with viewers and characters alike
– Projected Figures
 
CANNES (May 17, 2024) – Quiver Distribution acquires North American rights on Film Mode Entertainment’s spine-chilling horror film based on true and terrifying unexplained events, DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS (fka BLUE LIGHT), directed by the acclaimed Andy Fickman, who has grossed nearly $1B at the worldwide box office and has had a storied career with hits like Race to Witch Mountain, Parental Guidance, The Game Plan,  Heathers: The Musical and She’s The Man. The deal was negotiated between Clay Epstein of Film Mode Entertainment and Larry Greenberg of Quiver Distribution.
 
“We’re excited to be working with our good friends at Quiver on Don’t Turn Out The Lights,” said Clay Epstein, President of Film Mode Entertainment. “They are a fantastic group of individuals who can always be relied upon to do an amazing job.” 
 
“It’s hard to believe that Don’t Turn Out the Lights is inspired by a real-life encounter, but we are glad that Andy Fickman made it out in one piece to be able to tell this chilling story,” said Quiver Distribution Co-Presidents Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman. “Being able to partner up again with Clay and the team at Film Mode on another film is an added benefit.”
 
The ensemble cast includes Bella DeLong (The Winchesters, Wuthering Heights, Twelfth Night with the Montana Shakespeare Company), Amber Janea (Lifetime’s A Predator Returns), Daryl Tofa (Two-Bit in The Outsiders on Broadway), Ana Zambrana (La Traición en la Amistad), Crystal Lake Evans (Starz’s Hightown), Jarrett Brown (Netflix’s Colin in Black and White), John Bucy (CBS/Paramount’s Frasier Reboot), and Finley Rose Slater (Days of Their Lives, The Idol) who worked previously with Fickman on Playing with Fire.
 
DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS is a horror film based on true and terrifying unexplained events. The film follows a group of friends on a road trip who soon realize something terrifying and unworldly is threatening their lives. 
 
Producers include Andy Fickman (Anaconda), Todd Slater (King of Killers), Grant Sla
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