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New projects by producers Barbara De Fina (“Goodfellas”), Ed Burke (“Some Mother’s Son”), Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“The Celluloid Closet”) and Camelia Frieberg (“Exotica”) highlight the selections for fourth annual International Film Financing Conference. This year’s event – the largest clearinghouse for indie productions in North America – will take place Jan. 10-12 in San Francisco.

“Not only has the number of applications increased this year, but the quality of the submissions is truly staggering,” said IFFCON ’97 co-director Michael Ehrenzweig. “I think it says something very positive that established producers are interested in making films of ambition.”

Sixty film projects are annually selected for IFFCON with this year’s eclectic group including “King Lear” with Paul and Mira Sorvino; “Tenderloin Rhapsody,” a new feature by Michael Fields (“Bright Angel”); and documentary profiles ranging from poet Langston Hughes to theatrical entrepreneur Joe Papp and Mark Mori’s “Looking for Bettie Page,” about the 1950s pin-up girl. Event co-director Wendy Braitman said that competition among nonfiction entries was particularly fierce.

Described as a “forum” by its organizers, the event holds a series of panels its first day that are open to the public. The rest of the weekend is restricted to producers whose submissions have been accepted and industry resource people.

IFFCON provides an opportunity for people with films in development to interact with potential buyers or future production partners. Confirmed attendees include Cinemax, 40 Acres and a Mule, Fox Searchlight, HBO NYC, Miramax, New Line, Overseas Film Group, and Turner Entertainment.

Registration for Open Day is limited and available through the IFFCON 24-hour information line at: (415)-281-9777. Access on the Internet is available at: http://www.iffcon.com.

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