New strategies that mix mainstream titles with hot European and local pics are giving independents in Belgium and Holland a bigger slice of the box office pie.
Markets & Festivals
American Film Market 2002
2001 was a good year for the Italian film industry, despite several obstacles including a slow Christmas season at the box office; general deterioration of the economic climate (in particular for…
Dramas, thrillers and action pics, of both the adventure and suspense variety, are the top genres at the American Film Market most years, this one included.
Local films in the Nordic territories in recent years can pull down as much as 25%-30% of a year's box office, a phenom that has not gone unnoticed by the majors.
Among the 305 motion picture outfits registered at the American Film Market this year, 25 will be making the rounds of the annual movie mart in Santa Monica for the first time.
Local titles performed uncharacteristically well in the domestic market in the last year, much to the relief of the small independent distribs who traditionally pick up films for New Zealand release.
The Sept. 11 attacks and aftermath, an economic recession, the collapse of the German Neuer Markt and the threat of a guild strikes played havoc with the emotions and economics of the film biz over…
The distribution biz has experienced a raft of changes over the past 12 months, which sets the scene for some fierce competition for release dates in 2002.
2001 was a big year for French cinema as local pics stole the spotlight with smash hits such as the No. 1 Gallic performer "Amelie." Local films took 41% of the market, an increase of 11% from 2000.
In a surprise double win at the Berlin Int'l Film Festival, Japanese animated pic "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki and British director Paul Greengrass's "Bloody Sunday," about the 1972 clashes…
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