Rome Film Fest 2012: Business Street and Cinema Network

Nov 14, 2012–This year the Rome Film Festival’s film market, The Business Street (TBS), will be held on 14th -18th November. The Business Street has been the first attempt to bring back to Italy an event with the credentials to attract international industry players and take its rightful place on the circuit of market events, from Cannes to Berlin, that distinguish the industry’s production and distribution calendar. The area around Via Veneto will be the hub of market activity, featuring screenings, a digital video library, meetings between producers, buyers and sellers, and rich offerings featuring conferences and workshops devoted to the most important issues facing the national and international film industry today.

The Business Street’s market screenings, which will be held at the Cinema Barberini and the Casa del Cinema, will mostly be devoted to titles having their world premieres at the Festival, but they will also represent a remarkable showcase for the circulation of Italian films abroad. The 2012 Business Street, in fact, can boast a strategic position on the international, as well as Italian, film calendar, well removed from the crowded late summer slot, which makes it the ideal platform for the commercial launch of new films in Italy and abroad.

The workshop “Film Financing around the World” is one of the most interesting events of the inaugural day of TBS. Organized in collaboration with ANICA and with the Ministry for Economic Development, the conference that will be held starting at 2:30 pm at the Auditorium in Via Veneto will offer the opportunity to discover and understand the strategies, solutions and practices of film financing at a global level, thanks to the participation of producers and experts from Asia, the United States, South America and Europe. Speakers will include Riccardo Tozzi, Mike Goodridge (CEO of Protagonist Pictures), Anne Lai (Creative Producing Initiatives Director, Sundance Institute), Soledad Gatti Pascual (producer, The Bureau Film Company), Carlotta Calori (Indigo Film), Arturo Paglia (producer, Paco Cinematografica), Petri Kemppinen (Head of Production, Finnish Film Foundation), Assaf Amir (Chairman of the Israel Film and Tv Producers association), Cai Shangjun (producer and director), Chen Zhiheng (Cinema Consultant of Beijing Brain Funds Management Corporation, Director of China Cinema).

Alongside TBS, the Festival places a special focus on the “cinema of the future” through its New Cinema Network (NCN), which has promoted, incentivised and facilitated co-productions for new independent film in Italy, Europe and all over the world for six years now. NCN is where filmmakers selected from among the most exciting international talent on the independent film scene today find the ideal platform for presenting their new projects and meeting Europe’s leading industry players. Roughly 50% of the projects selected for NCN over the course of its past editions have completed their financing and become films that have won international acclaim and an impressive number of awards (to name just a few: Illegal by Olivier Masset-Depasse and The Invisible Eye by Diego Lerman – both Directors’ Fortnight selections in 2010 – and Milk of Sorrow by Claudia Llosa, honoured with a Golden Bear at Berlin in 2009, and nominated for an Oscar® as best foreign film). For six years now, the Hotel Bernini Bristol and the Casa del Cinema, traditional headquarters for the NCN co-production meetings, have rightly become renowned as the “home base” of the international and Italian film industry.

This year NCN presents an impressive lineup of projects from all over the world, appraised and selected by a committee made up of Marco Müller, Marie-Pierre Duhamel and Sandra Hebron, along with Lucia Milazzotto and her staff. To the roster of projects selected for the event must be added three more from the Italian Panorama section created to support and showcase new trends in film, particularly projects whose financing is not completed: projects that have found a producer but are seeking foreign co-production deals.

For the third consecutive year, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, with its cash prize of €30,000, will be bestowed on the best project presented at NCN in 2012. This is an important honour on the part of the Council of Europe, which has chosen NCN as one of Europe’s three most successful co-production markets.

In addition, alongside the activities scheduled by the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture of China to celebrate the “EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue”, TBS and NCN have joined forces on a special project called “Spotlight: China!”, designed to promote the mutual circulation of films in both areas by inviting Chinese buyers and sellers to Rome and encouraging co-productions for NCN projects involving three of the most promising filmmakers on the Chinese film scene: Cai Shangju, winner of the Silver Lion at Venice in 2011 for Ren shan ren hai (People Mountain People Sea); Liu Jian, a talented director of animated films and a leading exponent of conceptual photography (thanks to his first film Piercing I, which put him firmly in the international spotlight), participating with the project School Town; Xu Haofeng, the latest offshoot of the leading dynasty of kung-fu masters, writer and screenwriter (he wrote The Grandmasters by Wong Kar-wai), selected for the Horizons section at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and in Rome this year with his second film Jianshi Liu Baiyuan (Judge Archer), who brings a new martial arts project to NCN, Swords of Honour.

November 14, 2012

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