Doc Circuit Montreal, in collaboration with the production company EyeSteelFilm, presents a new pitch competition for Canadian independent directors. The goal of this new initiative, which includes a $20,000 development grant, is to support the research and writing of a feature-length documentary film. EyeSteelFilm is seeking an author-driven documentary project for theatrical release, with potential to generate international interest.
The Hot Docs – Blue Ice Film Documentary Fund is a grant program that will provide financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $3,000 - $8,000 and Production grants of $5,000 - $40,000 will be awarded to approximately 4 – 10 projects annually.
The first wave of commercialization on the Internet had a tremendous impact on our lives and has disrupted most — if not all — industry value chains. The print industry was in the eye of the storm, with decline in readers and advertising budgets forcing many major magazines and newspapers to shut down, while the survivors continue to scramble to deal with the disruption. The primary reasons for the debacle of the print industry were:
High fixed cost structures left incumbents unable to match the niche segmentation requirement and accountability benefits of online advertising
Konrad von Finckenstein’s contentious term as chairman of the federal broadcast and telecom regulator is coming to an end, after five years characterized by clashes with the Tory government and a series of landmark decisions about the future of the industries it oversees.
Crossover Labs and Sheffield Doc/Fest have received funding from the Skillset Film Skills Fund to create Devise to Deliver, a 6-month, UK-wide training scheme designed for professional filmmakers wishing to broaden their understanding of the possibilities of digital media, including developing multiplatform business skills and embracing new ways to fund, distribute and market films through digital technology.
Two men who worked on the hit movie “Black Swan” have mounted an unusual challenge to the film industry’s widely accepted practice of unpaid internships by filing a lawsuit on Wednesday asserting that the production company had violated minimum wage and overtime laws by hiring dozens of such interns.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, claims that Fox Searchlight Pictures, the producer of “Black Swan,” had the interns do menial work that should have been done by paid employees and did not provide them with the type of educational experience that labor rules require in order to exempt employers from paying interns.