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Netflix and UNESCO call for African filmmakers to adapt folktales

Netflix and UNESCO call for African filmmakers to adapt folktales

Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 15, 2021. Posted in Awards and Festivals

A new competition is challenging Sub-Saharan African filmmakers to adapt folktales into films. Organised by Netflix and UNESCO, the six winners of African Folktales, Reimagined will be provided with a production budget of USD75,000 as well as USD25,000 in prize money. Finished projects will premiere on Netflix in 2022 under the title Anthology of African Folktales.

BT’s Hope United launch Black History campaign with Marcus Rashford, Eniola Aluko, Ferdinand brothers, and Saatchi & Saatchi

BT’s Hope United launch Black History campaign with Marcus Rashford, Eniola Aluko, Ferdinand brothers, and Saatchi & Saatchi

Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 14, 2021. Posted in Production News

Hope United are releasing a series of educational films with football stars Marcus Rashford, Eniola Aluko, and Anton and Rio Ferdinand as part of BT’s Black History Month programming. Made in collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi London, the first wave of short clips will explore the Windrush generation’s experiences, examining the ongoing impact that the migration of Caribbean diasporas has on today’s football scene and, more broadly, contemporary British culture.

Russia will shoot first feature on location at the International Space Station

Russia will shoot first feature on location at the International Space Station

Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 11, 2021. Posted in On Location

Russia has embarked on a mission to shoot a new film at the International Space Station. Actor Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and veteran cosmonaut Anto Shkaplerov were sent into space for 12 days to make the world’s first feature-length movie in orbit, which seems likely to be finalised before a similar Hollywood project coordinated by Tom Cruise, NASA, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Feature film Rust starts production in New Mexico

Feature film Rust starts production in New Mexico

Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 7, 2021. Posted in Production News

The New Mexico Film Office has announced that the feature film Rust is currently in production in Santa Fe, the state’s capital. Taking place throughout October and early November 2021, the project is expected to employ an estimated 75 crew members, 22 principal actors, and 230 background talent – all of whom will hail from the New Mexico region.

Hungarian film industry on course for another prosperous year

Hungarian film industry on course for another prosperous year

Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 6, 2021. Posted in General Interest

  All studio space in Budapest has been rented out for the remainder of 2021 as the Hungarian film industry experiences a strong recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Lionsgate and Disney’s Marvel Studios have chosen to shoot projects in the country, and the estimated amount of foreign investment in the region is excepted to near EUR488 million at the end of the year.

BAFTA-winner Paul Webster to give keynote interview at this year’s Film London Production Finance Market

BAFTA-winner Paul Webster to give keynote interview at this year’s Film London Production Finance Market

Written by Joe Jackson on Oct 5, 2021. Posted in Awards and Festivals

Multi award-winning producer Paul Webster will give the keynote interview at 2021’s Film London Production Finance Market (PFM).  The PFM is an annual two-day financing event held during the BFI London Film Festival, and Webster is expected to provide real industry insight by drawing from his 46 years of business experience.

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