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Dear Filmmaker Welcome, I hope you have a wonderful time with us at our International Film Market and Film Business Conference presentation. we look forward to meeting all of you! Carl Tooney / Publisher

Our three-day event is always held in one location, I have and professionals mixing together makes for an ideal fun

Adam Tinnion / Director of Marketing Roy Abbots / Screening Manager

them engage with professionals which then allows them to make new contacts and the possibility to do business with each other in the future. Our International Film Market and Film Conference is about the

Shauna Abbots / Administrator Charlie Inder / Sponsorship and Marketing Kaoru Kajitani / Editorial Interpreter Malcolm Forest / Banner Advertisements

Script authors I wanted to give you opportunities to meet partners to produce your script yourself.. These 3 days are packed full of professionals that can help they can advice and by being all together I hope you will be able to make contacts and ask to go to market with your project. We have with us the support of industry professional like Megan company from China that is looking for distribution and possibly looking for funding a presentation from Japan for European funding, we have producers and directors with years in the industry here and available to you to answer those questions, what to do once Brad Blain we have years of media knowledge, and Ray, we are honored to have such wonderful professionals who are readily available with advice on your project and can help with any questions you may have.

Carl Tooney President Nice International Film Festival

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personal struggles with anyone, including those closest to them. Men are taught not to share emotions, but to be macho and be a man, don’t cry like a girl.

Living in a Facebook/Instagram and Fake Newsworld comparing their success to others, many create high expectations, leading to depression and loneliness. Living My Illusion inspires people globally to break the silence that entraps their soul and take action before it’s too late.

LIVING MY ILLUSION A Documentary Series following the midlife transformations of Joel Van der Molen with life coaching and teachings of the acclaimed International Best Seller and world’s leadingauthority in human behaviour, Tony J. Selimi. Nearly every decision that people make is out of fear and based on what other people will think of them. Consciously and unconsciously lying to themselves and others on a daily basis, labelling and judging themselves, and comparing their situation to others. We are born into a fast-paced, technological every aspect of our lives. We go in search of the dreams we are told to go in search of without questioning; buying the house, the car, getting married, having children, and getting a dog or a cat to complete the illusion. We end up living other people; values and their expectations of us, whether they are our parents, friends, society, culture or religion. We reach milestones in life

As a result, billions of people are suffering in silence, afraid of speaking and honouring their truth for the fear of what society will think of them. They remain in jobs they are not interested in, stay in or in the worst case scenarios, commit suicide. The typical midlife crisis age is 43 for men, and 44 for women. The suicide rate in the UK has increased by 40% since 2008 and 80% of this is men. That’s good people giving up in believing that things will get better for them, too modest to seek help for fear of criticism, unable to share

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We follow Joel’s journey through midlife crisis, and how he has built the perfect life. Anyone looking in through the kitchen window would think he’s ‘made it’; A successful businessman, husband and father. However, what one perceives as the perfect life masks an inner pain.

Tony J. Selimi is one of the few people in the world who has become a masterful teacher, seeing through peoples disempowered states, emotions and beliefs to acknowledge what stands between them and the inner peace they desire. He serves as a perfect mirror to Joel, and his job holds the huge responsibility of helping him at the deepest levels to confront, challenge and transform the parts of his being that are not aligned to his true authentic self. The way Tony communicates with direct honest, home-hitting truths to Joel makes the audience sit say next. Joel’s daring to speak his truth without fear leaves the audiences gasping for breath. Because of the remarkable teachings and monumental realisations, Joel and his wife Timea gained the strength and inspiration to be willing to share very real, gut-wrenching and depressing experiences with honest candid detail for the viewer to acknowledge and see the suppressed truth in their own lives. In this revealing documentary we see personal battles with inner truth, and through each episode learn the resulting effects that our choices and decisions have on the way we live our lives. The transformation that is documented with Joel gives inspiration to others, that it is possible to greatest illusion.


"SIN NOVEDAD" (“NO NEWS") Is a 2017 Spanish psychological and social drama

starring Silvia Espigado, was premiered at Alicante International Film Festival 2018. Lola (Silvia Espigado) lives alone with her son, Jorge (Ignacio Jiménez), near to an industrial estate in Madrid. She works a lot of hours for a stingy and strict boss (Gonzalo de Castro) in a storage company. One night, Jorge confesses to her mother that he has begun to keep in touch with his father, Marcos (Fernando Guillén Cuervo), who abandoned them a long time ago...

For example, AISGE, a very important cultural Spanish media said about “No News”: “The independent cinema of 2018 in Spain can boast of new jewel. Personal and shocking drama. Spectacular Silvia Espigado”. The Original Music was composed by Javier Berzal de Miguel (1995), the younger brother of the director. Javier has been candidate for “Best Original Music” at Goya Awards and he has won “Best Original Score” at London Independent Film Awards 2019 and at Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival 2019, USA. Others awards are:

“No News” got 19 candidatures for 2019 Goya Awards and 7 selections (included “Best Film”) at prestigious Forqué Films Awards 2019. It has received greatcritical reviews of National and Internacional Film Festivals and Film Critics in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Iceland, Austria, Malta,

intriguing storyline”, “Such a thrilling ride and powerfulperformances”, “Deep and thought

“Best Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel” at Mediterranean Film Festival 2019, Italy; “Best Actor: Fernando Guillén Cuervo” at London Independent Film Awards 2019, “Best Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel” at Around International Film Festival 2019, Paris; Monthly winner of “Best Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel”, “Best Actress: Silvia Espigado”, “Best Supporting Actor: Fernando Guillén Cuervo”, “Best Scenography: María Jesús de Miguel” and “Best Make-Up: María Jesús de Miguel” at Oniros Film Awards 2019, Italy.

gripping storyline” or “Excellent acting and art direction”. http://mjbm.es/

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AN INTERVIEW WHITH: DIRECTOR YUJI KAZIZAKI

FTM: First, I want to say congratulations the scenery the dialogue and the message process of wine making and making the ideal wine. Can you compare this to the

is the same as searching for an original work or story. Then, you decide what grapes to grow. That’s the same as deciding what kind of actors to cast. As for distillation with the harvested grapes, it is the same as the editing

FTM: What fascinated you about Japanese wine and the Usuke Boys? YK: In Japan, the soil where wine is grown is different to that of Europe, American and South America. In Japan the humidity is heavy, it rains a lot in summer, and the soil is said to

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THE DIRECTOR & KEY CAST MEMBERS OF THIS UNIQUE FILM TALK ABOUT THE WORLD OF WINE

be very hard to cultivate wine grapes. Some ten years ago, the megatrend in Japanese wine was importing fruit juice from overseas, adding water and fermenting this into wine. For the most part, Japanese wine lovers drank imported wine. But then, a man Usuke Asai burst on the scene saying that the land that every one thought was not suited for grape cultivation might not be the case. The performance of soil is known as terrior. Asai’s belief was that the people who cultivate it. Clinging to these words and believing these words, a young group of Japanese is making today’s wines. Of course, while the environment in Japan is much more harsh compared to places like France, Italy and Spain, with passion and sincerity, they were able to create wonderful wine that is not embarrassing on a world stage. FTM: You used familiar actors that you have about casting the other characters especially the character of Okamura?


FTM: As a director, what is the thing you most wanted to tell the audience of this this story into a movie? YK: While I am Japanese and this is a work is with people from around the world I felt that we people of the world are not divided by race or nationality, as wine is something that is produced and drunk around the world. As YK: Dai Watanabe, who plays the role of Okamura, is the son of Ken Watanabe. Actually, over thirty years ago, I co-starred with him and have respected him as an actor since then. When I met his son Dai, I sensed he was a wonderful actor in the power in his eyes and his overall presence, which was not outdone by his father. I was convinced that if it was him, he could play this role well and make it his own so I asked him to appear as the lead.

sticks out most in your mind? wine environment, every scene leaves a deep impression. If I have to select a theme, what was most memorable for me was being able to incorporate the ideology of wind, forest, ago in Japan into the scenes.

The culture of wine in Europe, which attained greatness, was adopted in Japan and enjoying wine is the same as enjoying Western culture. On the contrary, in Japan a breed of grapes called Koshu exist and these Koshu existed some 1000 years ago in Japan. Using their special skills, now, Japan is successful at producing wine even though it was said to be almost impossible. Japanese people have certain greatness in their techniques and passion as well. This is our identity and proof that we have become a part of Western culture. Instead of quarreling that our culture is different, I feel it is better to say that we are one culture that have shared and interchanged or it is most important that we appreciate each other. To European audiences, wine may not equal Japan in their minds. And that is the biggest reason for Japanese wine.

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AN INTERVIEW WHITH: ACTOR DAI WATANABE

FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story? DW: About 14 years ago when I reached the age where I was able to enjoy drinking, there was little opportunity to drink Japanese made wine and restaurants and bars hardly carried it either. That awareness had not never thought there were people creating wine in Japan on a worldwide level. But after reading the script, my conceptions were if this wonderful story is not told and wanted to get shooting. FTM: Your character was great and showed true dedication in educating himself and understanding the process of making wine. Can

with the character that Okamura is based on. I grapes and wine. He was a very silent person and did not say much. I felt and learned to appreciate the strength in his stillness, as he stood silent in

also learned a great deal about lots of wine from to drink and gain knowledge. Instead of being a

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intrigued about the wine making

I was able to fully learn the depth of wine. At the same time, I fully realized the pain in making wine. Maybe just drinking wine suits my personality better (laughing). But if the opportunity arises, my hope is to make wine and drink it myself.

wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself?

Boys have frequently enjoyed drinking wine together. Also, now, the overall degree of recognition for Japanese wine has risen but it is still not there. When I drink with other people, I recommend Japanese wine and hope to contribute a bit to the spread of its popularity. I’d like to establish a wine club and be the presenter to help the spread of Japanese wine.


AN INTERVIEW WHITH: ACTOR MASAYUKI DEAI

FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story?

FTM: Did you ever have days on set where you felt that you had drunk too much or were you always in control?

studied to do so. When I got the offer from director Kakizaki and received the script, I was engulfed by an indescribable desire. At

MD: Basically, I’m not the type of person who can drink enough to lose self-control. Actually, I was never able to drink much. But when I heard from director Kakizaki before

germinated inside me to play the actual people who have built up Japanese wine culture and are active today.

started drinking wine to prepare. And now, I enjoy drinking wine alone in my home.

FTM: You always bring great emotion to the roles you play, how did you prepare for this one? MD: I asked director Kakizaki about what I didn’t understand. The director made it possible for me to meet the person that my role was based on. I was and making wine in his distillery. I talked to him for a me in playing the role. I told the director how I wanted to play the role and played it.

a wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself? MD: I have never been a member. During the chance for us to enjoy wine. Among the actors, the chance to enjoy wine together return to the hotel, buy some wine and drink it with everyone. Since wrapping the picture and returning to Tokyo, I have gathered at my house and the homes of fellow actors bringing wine and drinking together. Wine connects people and actors together and in

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AN INTERVIEW WHITH: ACTRESS YUKA TAKESHIMA

FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story? YT: Yes, I was very excited. Before appearing in wine. My image of Japanese wine was that it was drunk by only a handful of people who were very status-conscious. From common sense about the world, Japan is not a wine country. I was seriously shocked to learn that Japanese people existed who were risking their livelihoods to create wine on a worldwide level. I was deeply moved to be able to present the

when she is seen as just an employee, this scene has a lot of emotion, how did you prepare for this? YT: My character is modeled after an actual person. Since this person actually experienced and heard about various things. The husband of the person that I played said that at the time he thought she would never recover from the experience and was completely devastated. In some sense, this is still a trauma in her life and when I learned that, I wanted to help her overcome her trauma via my performance in the role. I was unable to fully recall the conversation we had at the time, but after going to their home, meeting them and having meals together as well as making wine, going to I was able to create my character based on our conversations, her thoughts towards wine and her pride in the world she had done.

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about the wine making process as the YT: I became very interested. I think the process of winemaking and being an actor in the business is very similar. In preparing for the like a grape. And when mixed together and fermented the wine that is made in the end... this fresh wine can be enjoyed and after ten or enjoyed. In the same way that wine is made, I feel that I am alive as part of it. I totally agree with the idea that creating a good work or good wine is the same. From here on out, I wonder what kind of wine the woman that my character is based on will create. I’d like to keep my eye on her for a long time. As for my thoughts on wine, I’d like to keep studying and keep drinking and hope to share my life with wine.

a wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself? YT: No, I had not been in one. But the director got to know Japanese wine about three years ago. I was there at the time as well and started to have an interest in Japanese wine. The director and other friends as well started to drink wine on a daily basis. Since then I have tasted all kinds of wine.


AN INTERVIEW WHITH: ACTRESS TSUKASA ITOH

FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story? studied to do so. When I got the offer from director Kakizaki and received the script, I was engulfed by an indescribable desire. At

germinated inside me to play the actual people who have built up Japanese wine culture and are active today.

FTM: You always bring great emotion to the roles you play, how did you prepare for this one? MD: I asked director Kakizaki about what I didn’t understand. The director made it possible for me to meet the person that my role was based on. I was and making wine in his distillery. I talked to him for a me in playing the role. I told the director how I wanted to play the role and played it.

FTM: Did you ever have days on set where you felt that you had drunk too much or were you always in control? MD: Basically, I’m not the type of person who can drink enough to lose self-control. Actually, I was never able to drink much. But when I heard from director Kakizaki before started drinking wine to prepare. And now, I enjoy drinking wine alone in my home. a wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself? MD: I have never been a member. During the chance for us to enjoy wine. Among the actors, the chance to enjoy wine together return to the hotel, buy some wine and drink it with everyone. Since wrapping the picture and returning to Tokyo, I have gathered at my house and the homes of fellow actors bringing wine and drinking together. Wine connects people and actors together and in

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A story about the Japanese winemaking industry, the Usuke Boys: Nippon Wine no Kakumei Ko-tachi by Kaori Kawai, that was published in 2010. The Usuke Boys follows the efforts of people trying to make high quality wine in Japan. Okamura (Dai Watanabe), Shiroyama (Masayuki Deai), Kamimura (Yuka Takeshima), Takayama (Kenta Uchino) and Itoh (Satoshi Judai) meet regularly at a group for wine experts, where they enjoy sampling wines from all over the world. When they encounter one of the world’s best wines, the Kikyogahara Merlot, produced in Japan by Usuke Asai (Isao Hashizume), they realise that Japanese grapes are just as

So full of admiration are they for this inspirational winemaker and his wonderful Merlot, they decide to change their lives. Okamura quits his job and plans to make wine by renting some land to raise grapes with the help of Itoh and Uemera and other college classmates. Meanwhile, Shiroyama starts cultivating wine grapes at a fruit grape farm owned by his wife’s family. And taking over his family winery, Takayama overcomes his parent’s objection to him raising wine grapes. Under Asia’s guidance, as these winemakers implement his methods, they start to make great wine.

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A humble prison-keeper’s daughter falls in love with a falsely imprisoned war hero, while helping him secretly grow the impossible black tulip in 17th century Holland, and she saves them all, and herself, in this witty, romantic drama. She dared to grow the impossible! A great tagline, then and today.

“She dared to grow the impossible! A great tagline, then and today.”

While Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Black Tulip, starts with the historical lynching

I am the award-winning writer and co-producer of Angela’s Decision (Australia). I published the companion book, Angela’s Decision: A Journey of Adaptation, on Amazon.

prize money offered by the Haarlem Botanical Society for the black tulip, with

I adapted my BBC-awarded radio drama into a feature script. I co-produced two

the stage with the tulip but towers over it.

the Holler, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant winner, and For George On His 30th Birthday, both written and directed

I wrote original scenes with Rosa on page one, giving a glimpse of what she truly has at stake as a woman- Rosa’s ‘me too’ moment. True to Dumas’, Rosa deals with themes of greed, corruption, desire and obsession

From Rosa and Cornelius’ blossoming romance to the jealous neighbour Boxtel and the ambitious Prince William, you’ll recognise this global story that resonates even today, when the most powerful country then was to be toppled. But not the tulip. And certainly not Rosa.

I am co-writing a memoir about a tea farmer in the U.S. and writing the feature script. Rosa, the screenplay and synopsis are available upon request.

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WRITTEN BY: AGNESE

PAGLARANI In the dictionary, the word hero is described as ‘a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities’. Our world, since humans took over, has billions of heroes in its story. Generals who conquered lands, kings who expanded their empires, but also simple men who fought giving it all they had for their country. This script is based on this last case. A HERO’S TRUE STORY To Hell and Back is based on Audie Murphy’s biography, about his experience during the campaigns of Italy and Southern France. Even though he was rejected from some corps, once in the army he proved himself and commander, becoming at the end of the war ‘the most decorated soldier of WW2’. While the book was already made into a movie in the 1950s, the script adaptation I made is not only about him, but about his comrades and friends. It’s also about how human relationships developed during the harsh times of war and how they changed even the purest souls forever, leaving wounds THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN Now someone may ask, “how is this script different compared to other biopics and war aren’t many movies that address this part of WW2 in Europe: The Italian Campaign has been overlooked in the worldwide cinema and there are few movies about it – the last one possibly being Miracle at St. Anna by Spike Lee, in 2008. Secondly, the movie focuses on the humanity of the characters instead of battles and the war itself. It treats this topic with sensivity and dignity, without avoiding in any way gory scenes, staging the horror of the war in the most realistic way. AN INSPIRED ADAPTATION glorify the main characters or condemn the ‘villains’ of the story – not even to make military propaganda – my purpose was to make a faithful adaptation of a book I loved, giving space to all the characters in it, all the while keeping in mind that some of them were real people who died. Apart from the book, my inspirations are Apocalypse Now, Band of Brothers and in some sense, even The Avengers saga.

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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT According to a report by Forbes this year, 80% of

to buy?. The answer is simple; Because you don’t want to miss this “sure” bet. Well, is that a bad thing? · · · · · ·

Be watched by 8 million viewers in 3.5 years Won 5 Accolade Awards in 9 months. Built a 30,000 subscriber YouTube channel with 8 million views Broke into the Chinese YouTube market and obtain 750,000 views in 100 days.

I know it is hard to believe, but it is all true. both. But she wants to move to another level, she wants to win major awards. She has great stories, but needs partners with experience to partner with her.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Shihyun Sherry Wang started realtor and CPA. in 3 years, she tions or nomination and over 200 festival awards. She won multiple awards as Writer, She has won multiple awards as Writer, Director, Editor, and won ‘Best Female Filmmaker’, two festival awards on ‘Best Film’, two ‘Best Music Video’ awards, ‘Best Horror’, ‘Best Biography’, ‘Best Documentary’ in feature, short, super short and best trailers. Her teams have won 14 best acting, four best cinematography, four best visual FX, as well as the best spirit and best semi-global impact awards.. Her youtube channel mysterydecoder has over 8 million hits in 3.5 years with 31,000 subscribers

Check out her brilliant work and imagine how great it can be with your contribution. You don’t need to read scripts. feature. Maybe you like to take risk, but you don’t have to if you want to work with her. If you are in the market to buy but not to produce. Check out her line up. Your problem maybe which

Actually, stop by Nice Film Market on May 9 th , 2019 at 1pm or on May 10 th at 5pm. Filmmakers Festival during the last 2 years. This includes the 9 minute long “The Messenger” that won Best International at Gala del Cinema Internazionale - Venezia 2017 project, “The Possessed”, which won 12 IMDb awards and received a nomination for Best Story and Best Short at the Milan Filmmaker festival, her doomsday documentary, “Game Over”, which was nominated in London last year, her Biography type Docudrama “Mary Queen of Scots and Her Last Word” and her documentary “Wake up the Psychic in You”, both of which were nominated at this year’s Nice Filmmakers festival. As an added bonus, you will be shown “Chess Song”, with lyrics by her and composed by Brandon Fiechter. This song was searched 13,000 times in last 18 months and won “Best Music Video” at the 3 rd annual Hell Chess Film Festival. It is a unique song because the song won over the judges with only music and lyrics; no vocals. And to prove that only the sky is the limit, she introduced her channel to her Chinese viewers in Taiwan. In 110 days, she gained 900,000 views and 3,754 new subscribers. Taiwan has only 23,000,000 people. Can you imagine what she can do in the Chinese market?

International Filmmaker Festival on May 12, 17:10 in Room 1. be perfect, but that is where you come in.

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KANEMASA DIRECTED BY: YOUDAI UENISHI Mari has been abused all of her life. She doesn’t get enough food and lives in a house with no water or heat. One day, a bad man sneaks into Mari’s house. A repeat criminal with a long list of offences, his name is Kaneda. As Kaneda was also abused when he was a child, as soon as he sees Mari, he sympathises with her and her bad situation. Kaneda wants to save Mari, but even though the girl has been abused, she still loves her mother. So Kaneda tries to force Rin, Mari’s mother, to become a better person and take care of her daughter. However, Mari’s mother also had a very tough childhood and doesn’t know how to love Rin. Mari, Kaneda and Rin all start to live together, in order to feel the warmth and love of one another. They try to be a real ‘family’.

POWER PLAY THE SCREENPLAY WRITTEN BY COLIN K. STEWART ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK BY F. ETHAN REPP A cancerous political suspense cocktail, based upon deceit, revenge and envy. Our young, handsome mayoral aspirant, Collier Winthrop, is recruited by a crusty old political boss, Al Caso, to upset the status-quo. He soon is faced with opposition from within and without. 1970’s.

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Moment Girl: Memento Mori

A buddy road movie with two young women facing life and death over three days

In junior high, Haruka lost the mother who raised her single-handedly. Ever since, her heart has been closed. She was distancing herself from people, but at 18 she discovers that she has only three months to live unless she has an operation.

One night, Haruka tries to escape the hospital but fails. Wanting to get out of the hospital somehow, she makes a plan to escape with Aki. They have an accident but manage to get out. In return for helping Haruka’s search for her father, Aki

15-year-old Aki has been repeatedly in and out of hospital since early childhood but is not responding to treatment and is diagnosed as having one month to live. Thinking of her overprotective father, she is putting together various notes as an instruction manual to leave behind so that he can lead a proper life after her death. At the same time, she is making a list of the things she wants to do in a notebook.

list of things she wants to do to a degree that doesn’t interfere with their trip.

Haruka and Aki end up sharing a hospital room. While looking at Aki’s relationship with her father, Haruka dreams of the father who walked out of their home. Rather than wanting to meet him, she feels hatred. She feels an urgeto kill the father who ruined her life.

Facing up to human life, death, and existence, what

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The two of them had completely different values, but their friendship gradually develops along the way. Through their journey and various encounters, Haruka feels the warmth of people and Aki the harshness of the world outside the hospital, and they grow as human beings.

Their three-day journey begins.


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ofmensional physics overtones, unfolding in an original concept of neo noir settings in Brooklyn, NY. The carnival ride plot twists and turns are offbeat and sometimes surreal, with

the feminine psyche and society’s sexuality standards, offering insights into female sexuality and society-imposed gender roles. Erotic and confrontational, it features two strong, bold, female leads who empower themselves to do what only men are privileged to do in most societies in their quest for a serial killer of Red Hook, Brooklyn women. It includes dynamic original music and performances by the talented rock group,

KILL THE STANDARDS.

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GIVE ME THE SUN is based on a series of extensive interviews with people involved in the tragedy of “comfort women." They were between 1995 and 2015. Titled “Give Me The Sun,” it focuses on the experiences of Japanese soldiers, and a number of Japanese human rights advocates and lawyers as well as Chinese village residents who collaborated with the Japanese army. Drawing on the testimonies of both the victims and the victimizers, the seeks to discover truths about wartime sexual slavery during the war.

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He’s being called Ireland’s answer to ‘Robert Rodriguez’ and with 20 job roles to his name for his may not be too far from the truth. “I guess you just have to do what you have to do” Noel Brady said. “Full Circle is probably a €200’000 production and I had to make it with just €2’000, so you do what needs to be done’. And this was no exaggeration, with 30 locations and shot over nearly two years you can see in the production. “But I have to say that as hard and as long as the journey was, it was all so very much worth it to pick up ‘Best Director’ at this years ‘International Film Festival’ in London, I’m still pinching myself”!

second-hand on Ebay, but I also used two different types of phones, a DV camera, a DSLR and a Go-Pro. Different scenarios call for different camer-

well. Lighting was mainly these 300 LED lights I got off Amazon, again all very modest as far production goes, but hopefully I used them to the best I could” How about Gaza, I imagine your budget didn’t cover the cost of travel? “No, not really. For those scenes we built a set in a disused boardroom on the outskirts of Dublin. Luckily one of my actors is a builder as well and had access to some old building materials and he helped build the set as well. After that I just tried to be clever with my angles and lighting and I think it worked out pretty good in the end”.

adverts, and I held a fund-raiser evening where the So what’s next for ‘Full Circle’ and Noel Brady. “Back to sell DVDs too. It wasn’t a bad idea but with just 12 people showing up I did feel the ship called ‘Full Circle’ had done a Titanic before even leaving the dock!” Tell me a little about the production end of things Pocket Cinema Camera’ that I picked up

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crossed ‘Full Circle’ will be part of the line-up. As for me I’m busying working on my next script, a very different type of story about a ‘Witch’, so it should be a pretty interesting journey ahead . Interview by Ciara O’Neill.


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‘AJ Sykes’s  most recent film ‘Regrets’, has so far screened at twenty international film festivals, received eleven nominated and won Best Scottish Short Film and Best Scottish Star. It is still currently doing the festival circuit and can next be seen at the  BAFTA accredited Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in May. AJ’s last film ‘Perfect Worlds’, a thirty five minute science-fiction film, screened at eighteen international film festivals, received twenty eight nominations, and won five awards including Best Short Film in Amsterdam. AJ is currently working on two science fiction features ‘Dandelion’ and an extended ‘A Perfect World’, with ‘Dandelion’ about to go into pre-production. AJ is a member of Directors UK, and a part of their recently formed DUK Scottish Working Group. She is also a member of the Working Group for the Association of Film and Television Practitioners Scotland (AFTPS). AJ served for two years as a committee member for BECTU, was with Equity for over fifteen years and is a BAFTA member. 

Amanda Sykes Film Fest International Academy Member

AJ Sykes originally trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Stage Management and Television Production. After this AJ  went on to have a successful career as an award winning Actor, Writer, Director, before retraining as a filmmaker.  AJ graduated from Screen Academy Scotland, Napier University Edinburgh, with a ‘MFA’ in Advanced Film Practise, and a ‘Masters’ in Film Directing - with specialisms in Screenwriting and Producing.  Most recently she had the opportunity to become involved with the filming of Amazon/BBC co-production of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ and BBC’s ‘Shetland’

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THE FILM INDUSTRY NETWORK ‘The Film Industry Network’ With ‘Film Fest Internationals Group Of Festivals’ Across many years of attending festivals and markets Ray Davies has advised industry professionals on Script Analysis, Sound, Routes to Market & Finance, Film / TV Production. His background across 16 years of Music, Media, Film & TV development stimulated an idea to collaborate with trusted industry connections, piers and former work colleagues to develop and create ‘The Film Advisory’ and ‘The Film Industry Network’. He has had the honour of working with Film Fest Internationals team and its group of festivals across Europe. Inspired in spring ‘2016’ after joining the Nice International Film Festivals Q & A makers seeking to place content in the industry mainstream. The experience of speaking with groups of people from around the world stimulated his idea to develop a new concept to support the producers focus and creative business requirements. ‘The Film Industry Network’ Services with ‘Film Fest Internationals Festivals’ & ‘TFA’ provide each client with a recognised Industry mentoring model, recommending and providing services to writers, developers and producers needing both elevation and support. With partnerships in place these were developed to create routes to very different pathways, a) ‘Industry’ b) ‘Education’. ‘The Film Advisory’ Supporting Filmmakers at Film Fest International’ The Film Advisory’ professional panel discusses distribution and looks across a ten year radius reviewing dia. Subject to location, time and pre-arranged booking these specialist presentations run with ‘Film Fest Int’ and its scheduled events across a festival circuit. Topics reviewed include the Acquisition, Sales, Development and Packaging offer one to one production concierge services that can run across the duration of a production life cycle as a guiding hand, or as a one days sitting. For as little as $300 we can and or its distribution and then lock this down with either verbal feedback or create a support package that stems across a production life cycle. ‘The Film Industry Network’ Mentoring Filmmakers at Festivals’ ‘TFIN’ presents a new workshop for distribution. This ‘101’ class applies to services both referral and inhouse that can be obtained across membership packages. Now also open to candidates seeking to take part in the proposed master courses. Workshops will address but will not be limited to a)development b) production planning c) placing commercial content.

‘The Film Industry Network’ Working With ‘Content & Filmmakers’ ‘TFIN’ offers a unique script to screen, route to market with groups and private clients seeking its support services. To date it’s helped around 450 industry creatives across it’s inception roll out period with‘Film Fest International’ by offering: 1) Practical Assessments on Scripts & Coverage. 2) Bespoke ‘One to One’ advisory, all tailor made. 3) Q & A’s with experts from Film, TV and Music. 4) Q & A’s with Writers, DOP’s, Execs, Directors & Producers. 5) Solutions to guide through market landscapes. 6) Market approach to support ‘RTM’ planning. 7) International Producers Lounge & pitch corner. 8) Bespoke presentations & creative workshops. Roku, Sony and others. 10) Routes to trusted International sales agents for TV, Film & Docs. Quotes ‘The Film Industry Network’s successful mentor programs has seen the journey of now seasoned Film creatives shape themselves. Producers and Directors enjoyed concierge environments where creative people can potentially gather and discuss collaboration. ‘Writers have found commissioned work building relationciers or consortiums looking foropportunities in Film & TV & have gone forward. ‘The Film Industry Network’ Working in ‘The Education Sector’ It’s successful, unique one to one mentoring model has expanded over the last 24 months to accommodate consulting and launch it’s alliance with new partnerships across the board. Starting with the curriculum focused Education model on industry standard skill set, through a partnership with ‘Ariel Blake’. As of May ‘2019’ ‘TFA’, TFIN ‘Film Fest International’, with creator and president ‘Mr Carl cessful module concepts forward this year. ‘The Film Industry Networks’ and ‘Ariel Blakes’ Master Course’ The modules will spear head Filmmakers and creators of TV content looking to gain ground by advancing on pre-existing skill set approach. Industry protors holding curriculum recognised degrees and will roll out term with an end of year red carpet expose for candidates already in development. The partnerships coming together rolling out 4 practical assignment modules and delivering 5 workshops across the Festival term, with assessment support to all participants. Across the entire year ‘TFIN’ will support and guide the Head of Education AJ Sykes by supporting development and roll out of each module and and content makers seeking to sharpen skills, expand on skill set and enhance knowledge of the business.

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EVENT DATES

Wednesday the 8th May 10:00 AM Accreditation opens

4:00 PM Memories Recorded Memories Stored 15m

11:00 AM opportunities hosted by Kaoru Kajitan Presentation to Japanese investors looking for projects to invest from script to full production within agreed budgets.

4:25 PM Say Yes 70m 5:40 PM Memories Recorded Memories Stored 15m

12:00 PM Market Screening - Kalavrìa - the Calabrian Greeks land 82m

6:10 PM Bird Woman 24m

2:15 PM Golan Ramaraz Producer Network

7:00 PM The Film Industry Network: A full distribution workshop presented by Ray Davies

Golan is a staff writer for Disney president Joe Roth and Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman at Revolution Studios, writing for actors like Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler and Julia Roberts. Spent time at Creative Artists Agency, and at several management companies, before turning to producing full-time. He was an executive for Doug Liman on projects like THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and MR & MRS SMITH. 3:15 PM Market Screenings 3:20 PM Out Of Aleppo 27m

Ray Davies is a leading practitioner in his Music & Film. He presently heads up a Distribution, Packaging and Development advisory for a number of high end events and European festivals including ‘Nice International Film Festival.’ He co-created ‘The Film Advisory’ and the ‘The Film Industry Network’ to help supporting both Film making and TV pilot development. Aimed toward creatives and professionals seeking solid routes to market, looking to meet’ Buyers, Producers, Agents & Financiers. 8:00 PM Networking in the bar

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EVENT DATES Thursday the 9th May 10:00 AM Accreditation opens 10:30 AM Sales and Distribution 101 how to get your

Megan has a background in distributing with Producers from South America, Europe and Asia. During her time as a Sales Agent she handled the licensing and servicing of titles to broadcasters, cable channels and VOD platforms from around the globe. These include HBO, Starz, AMC and Sony Pictures Classics. Megan now handles factual contents and sales of nature and wildlife documentaries to major players in the Industry. 12:00 PM Movie Medics presented by Mark Doree The Movie Medics International will provide television, music or advertising production,

United Kingdom or worldwide our professional staff are from a military, nursing, paramedic and EMT background music, advertising productions and working in remote and hostile environments.

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1:00 PM Film Presentation of Documentaries, Features, Shorts A Selection of Meany Films - By Sherry Wang

Documentaries - e.g. Game over theories, Wake up the pyschic in you

The possessed. Historical drama - Queen Mary of Scots and her last words 2:00 PM Golan Ramraz producer network Golan is a staff writer for Disney president Joe Roth and Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman at Revolution Studios, writing for actors like Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler and Julia Roberts. Spent time at Creative Artists Agency, and at several management companies, before turning to producing full-time. He was an executive for Doug Liman on projects like THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and MR & MRS SMITH. 3:00 PM Professional work Shop with Manlio Roseano Manlio Roseano through is distinguished carer Manlio has been development consultant for FSG Law Firm in Rome, since May 2009. - Director, Producer and Screenwriter for the production company “MR Productions”, based in Bologna (Italy) since 2006. - Founder in March 2001 and Director until December 2003 of the rst lm production company in the Friuli region in Italy, the Skené S.n.c. - Director of


EVENT DATES EVENT DATES Thursday the 9th May

Friday the 10th May

the production company based in London: Wonderworks Production Ltd. from July 1997 until March 2001. - Member of “The Directors Guild of Great Britain” and of “PACT” (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television).

10:00 AM Accreditation opens

4:00 PM Market screening Full Circle the movie 95 minutes 6:00 PM How to distribute your movie in

platform. Meet your bridge to all that is China , distribution investment and shooting in China. 7:00 PM Market screening Night of The Bear 77m 8:30 PM Networking in the bar

10:30 AM Factual content co-production and commissioning hosted by Megan Speak Megan has a background in distributing with Producers from South America, Europe and Asia. During her time as a Sales Agent she handled the licensing and servicing of titles to broadcasters, cable channels and VOD platforms from around the globe. These include HBO, Starz, AMC and Sony Pictures Classics. Megan now handles factual contents and sales of nature and wildlife documentaries to major players in the Industry. 12:00 PM Market screening’s presented by Dale Johnson

(Tales) as part of its “Twisted Tales of Inhuman Nature” Twilight Zone/ Black Mirror style anthology series followed by its just completed full length paranormal neo noir erotic thriller. Noon to 12:40 (Schedule) Greed (6 min) Envy (9 min) Wrath (5 min) Lady Godiva (Sneak Peek) Possession (Sneak Peek)

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EVENT DATES

Friday the 10th May

12:40 to 2:00 pm Flesh is Heir to (Feature Length Film 78 min)

5:00 PM Film Presentation of Documentaries, Features, Shorts A Selection of Meany Films - By Sherry Wang

2:00 PM Market and sell your movie to television, hosted by Brad Blain.

How a youtuber channel won over 300 IMDB awards

Brad has in excess of over 25 years of successful experience in the visual entertainment content business with international sales and distribution of programming. In this time Brad held senior positions at several leading corporations including ITV, Fremantlemedia, Carlton TV and Warner Bros.

6:00 PM Market screening 68 minutes, Shamanic Trekker Journey to the Source

7:30 PM Market screening Living My Illusion 45m Over the past 10 years Brad has co-founded By Joel Van der Molen working alongside partners such as Fremantlemedia, Sky and Sony pictures and has also been a co-founder in a production company actively involved

3:00PM ties hosted by Kaoru Kajitan Presentation to Japanese investors looking for projects to invest from script to full production within agreed budgets. 4:00 PM Funding opportunities from China Hosted

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TWO SCREENPLAYS WRITTEN BY:

RICHARD SPENCER

“To create living art that is my goal,” said Gustave Courbet, one of the greatest artists of the 19th Century and the subject of Richard Spencer’s winning Best Unpublished Script at the International Filmmakers World Cinema Nice 2017. Titled Lust For Controversy, this period piece is the epic true story of a remarkable man fueled by passion who fought for his art, fought against the French government, fought for his love and ultimately fought for his freedom and his life, all set against the backdrop of France in the 1800’s. Just as Mr. Spencer brings us on the journey of Courbet’s world in Lust For Controversy, in his second screenplay, Driving Miss Doha, Mr. Spencer takes us on a trip of an entirely different time and place. This script is set in modern-day Saudi Arabia and gives new meaning to a road trip movie! It’s comedic, action packed and heartfelt —and is based on the momentous historic significance of women being given their driving rights around the same time that the public cinemas reopened throughout Saudi Arabia. Fed by their mutual fascination of American movies, the central characters, four female friends, had started their own movie club to watch the films in the privacy of their own homes before the cinemas were reopened. Now that the films that showed them the world beyond Saudi Arabia are available on the big screen—and women are learning to drive —they head out on the highway, armed with their favorite film scene memories and quotes—hence the screenplay’s title Driving Miss Doha. So fasten your seatbelts as the four Saudi friends, plus one American female trucker turned driving instructor, hit the road! Richard Spencer, screenwriter, is also a successful editor in the USA. And there is no better way to learn more about him, Lust For Controversy and Driving Miss Doha than in this Film The Magazine interview, where he tells us his story through his answers to our questions:

What drives Richard Spencer? The curiosity of the human spirit. Of course in life, but particularly when I’m writing. I’ve always been fascinated about what people say — and don’t say. There are so many fears and hopes that we are reticent to reveal honestly — to even our close friends — and I think we wait for situations and events to help bring these revelations out. When did you first know you wanted to be a screenwriter? In the fourth grade the teacher asked if anyone wanted to write a play for the class to perform and I immediately volunteered and created this play called “Parade Day.” I don’t remember much about it, but I remember the first scene had a fourth grader starting the play, reading a newspaper and uttering this line “Farrah Fawcett. Farrah Fawcett. That’s all you read in the papers anymore! And when you turn the page, you have Jimmy Carter’s face grinning at you.” Anyway, somehow the story culminated with everyone taking part in a parade at the end so I must have some sense of a final act/big finish. Can you tell the readers of Film The Magazine a bit about yourself, your background as an American magazine editor — and as a writer? I was born and raised north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of seven children and a twin. I would actually stay home from school (before VCRs) to watch soap operas and before I graduated I had already interviewed a few of the stars and submitted them for publication to magazines. When I moved to New York City, I quickly got frustrated with the editor of the magazine and told the publisher “I can do that,” and, at 26, became one of the youngest magazine editor in chiefs. And since then have created more magazines in the States than anyone else — 7 including In Touch Weekly and J-14 — and served as editor in chief of about 5 more. I fell in love with New York City from the minute I moved there and I guess like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex & The City know it will always be home for me.

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LUST FOR CONTROVERSY

Your screenplay Lust For Controversy was the Official Selection of the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes 2017 and won the Best Unproduced Script at the International Filmmakers World Cinema Nice 2017 — how would you describe those experiences? It was interesting because when discussing the subject of the film, Courbet, with Americans, it was really only art lovers who were acquainted with him. So quite refreshing to take the script to France and see how well known Courbet is in his home country. It’s surprising a movie has never been made about an artist who changed the art world so drastically — ushering out Romanticism and its lofty, dreamy scenes and giving birth to Realism, animals bleeding after the hunt. Did traveling to Nice and Cannes bring you closer to Gustave Courbet’s life and the culture that inspired him? I have been to France about a dozen times before, but when writing the script, I actually went to where Gustave grew up in Ornans, France. So cinematic — corners of culture dotted in the background with pastures and mountains. I was given a

personal tour of his childhood home, which is now a museum and ate the fruit growing in the garden we all like to imagine he ate while growing up. What drew you to artist Gustave Courbet? I’ve never been bored a day in my life and if nothing is happening I like to make something happen and I think I share that quality of his life. I also look at his paintings— daring to paint the local priests when they were drunk, prostitutes, a woman’s vagina — he knew how to shock so I liked how much he enjoyed shocking people. How important is art to you? A friend of mine recently launched a magazine called Galerie and its mission is to “Live Artfully” and I think that’s a wonderful message. Art isn’t just looking at the paintings but letting them influence your life. Taking some inspiration, rejecting what you don’t like and enjoying the ride.

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In your script Courbet’s life is as revolutionary and as real as his painting style— which paintings and moments in his life do you want to share with fellow filmmakers and film lovers? He had quite an ego...often called “The Most Arrogant Man In France,” so in addition to social statements, I quite enjoy his self-portraits. He learned, long before Hollywood, how to be a star. While Lust For Controversy is a true story of Gustave Courbet’s life your second screenplay, Driving Miss Doha, is a fictional account of four women living in Saudi Arabia today. What inspired you to write it? They were allowed to drive in 2018 — shockingly recent — so I think their story needed to be told. And despite the politics and rights, in the end it also boiled down to the physical challenge of learning how to drive which made the story even more human. Are these women based on anyone? Any woman you’ve ever met who has said “This is my time.” Your mother or sister or friend. Or you. What actors do you envision in the roles? And in Lust For Controversy? The gutsy American truck driver in “Doha,” who teaches the women how to drive I wrote with Sandra Bullock mixed with

Melissa McCarthy in my mind. For “Lust,” the obvious comparison to a young Courbet is a striking resemblance to Johnny Depp. But actors being artists themselves, there are so many performers who could identify with him. Lust For Controversy is based in Europe— Driving Miss Doha in the Middle East —what about these cultures inspired you? I love how civilized even in the early 1800’s the French were. Saudi Arabia is a fascinating place of rural desert and modern urban cities. Where does travel fit into your busy life? I used to think the older I became, the more I would travel. But little did I know that the more responsibility you get, the less available you are to travel. I guess I can do more when I retire. The kink in that scenario is writers never have to retire. Is there anything else you would like to share with us? You can never have enough gloves, shoes and bags! Remember that line from AbFab when a petrified Patsy had to appear on live television and that’s all she could mutter? Seriously, to filmmakers, keep telling stories. There are so many to tell. And be patient.

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Profile for Film Fest International

Nice Film Market Directory 2019  

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