In Italy, foreign indies are getting slammed by the country's mania for 3D and the strong showings of quality local titles.
Theatrical remains king in Latin America, where the box office has expanded despite the financial crisis of recent years.
Russian exhibitors are rapidly embracing 3D projection as the popularity of Hollywood releases in the format continues to pull in auds.
Bank gap finance used to be a key element of indie film finance, but today it's the exception rather than the rule.
China has taken to 3D enthusiastically, and the biz is obsessed with developing the format as a way of competing internationally, but also appeasing a domestic aud madly engaged about that third…
Overall, Aussie B.O. was up 15% in 2009, with no further plunges in homevid and Oz's first-ever title to breach the $A100 million mark in "Avatar."
Germany's independent distribs enjoyed a terrific year at the box office in 2009 thanks to a winning combination of hugely successful local pics and licensed titles.
Indie film production in Russia is an endangered species at risk of extinction after big changes in the way state film support is channeled to producers.
From the global banking crisis to great crested newts, the producers of "Ironclad" had to overcome all kinds of obstacles to complete their $25 million medieval actioner.
Although Japan is a world leader in the burgeoning 3D TV and game-console biz, the exhibition sector was at first slow to make the 3D move.
Many libraries of classic indie and arthouse films aren't in a fit state to exploit the digital future, and library holders lack the resources to invest in the necessary technical upgrade, according…