The otherwise remarkably staid Canuck film distribution scene has seen some seismic shifts this year.
Upheavals aplenty have marked the French distribution scene in recent months.
Germany's indie distribs have faced arduous competition from the onslaught of Hollywood blockbusters in recent months.
Italy's indie film distributors are increasingly making "go mainstream" their mantra.
After a fabulous 2006, when Japanese pics grabbed a 50% market share for the first time in 21 years, distribs of local product saw B.O. slide through the first eight months of 2007.
Latin American indie distributors are regrouping after suffering losses from the lack of TV support.
The Nordic region -- Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland -- is a tricky market. Even very successful local product can fail to cross over into neighboring countries.
In Russia's rapidly growing distribution market, top-level indie films -- with the right distributor and release strategy -- surpass or match Hollywood studio fare.
Film funding agency Telefilm Canada reported Tuesday that box office for Canadian films was down bigtime in 2006, dipping to 4.1% of overall ticket sales in the country from 5.3% in 2005.
"Ratatouille" cooked up more dough at the European box office this weekend, opening top in Italy and comfortably retaining pole position in the U.K. and Germany.
"Ratatouille" laid out another feast at the international box office, dominating an otherwise moderate weekend with $27.7 million at 3,793 playdates in 33 markets as many of Hollywood's offerings…