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February 2017
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Will New D.C. Leadership Influence the Independents' Business Landscape?
As President Trump continues to assemble his administration, IFTA is following key appointments closely, and in particular, how the new leadership in Washington D.C. will likely influence the business landscape with respect to the independent sector of the film and television industry, both domestically in the U.S. and abroad through U.S. trade policy. Read more.
Marketplace Update
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Latin America
2015 saw currency devaluations that upset most broadcasters’ budgets leaving little room for acquisitions outside of major studio output deals. Now with local currencies slowly recouping their value, growing broadband penetration and more users to VOD, Latin America is not only a viable territory for independent film and TV series but is also poised for growth. IFTA Research examined Latin America’s entertainment marketplace to determine the strongest distribution channels for independent content.
Read IFTA's summary.
Production Money
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German Motion Picture Fund
A new non-repayable subsidy for TV and film production in Germany, the German Motion Picture Fund (Fund), is making €10 million per year available for the financing of high-quality TV series and international co-productions. Available to producers, the Fund operates on a point system and subsidies are distributed on a first come first served basis. It is already attracting many international productions. Read more.
Award Season
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The Year of the Independent
Independent films dominated last week’s Academy Awards' announcement earning 78% of the 107 total nominations in feature categories – another acknowledgment that quality independent films really thrived in 2016. Award season darlings Arrival, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Jackie, LA LA Land, Lion and Manchester by the Sea are all independent films made outside the six major studios. But the Independents are no stranger to Oscar wins having earned 22 Academy Awards for "Best Picture” since 1980 compared to 12 from major studios. Read more.
Going to Market
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Next Stop Berlin – IFTA at EFM
IFTA will have a large presence at EFM, taking place February 9-17 in tandem with the Berlin International Film Festival, with a dedicated Umbrella Stand and 83 of its Member companies set up to sell and network. Our contact listing of IFTA Members at EFM can be viewed here. See more on IFTA at EFM and its Members’ films that are being touted by the press here.

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